Great News – Vurnon Anita Having Medical At Newcastle


I just got back from taking my daughter into Raleigh, and that ploy seems to have worked as intended (laugh),  because the reports are that Vurnon is now having his medical on Tyneside, so we should have an announcement shortly that he has signed for Newcastle United – that’s great news.

Vurnon Anita – undergoing medical on Tyneside

It’s Sky Sports that is reporting that Vurnon is now undergoing his medical at St. James’ Park, so the little talk he had with manager Alan Pardew about what role he would play in the Newcastle team, must have gone well and to to his satisfaction.

The Magpies reached a deal with his club Ajax a few days ago on a fee of €8.5m (£6.6M) and he wanted to have a talk with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and it seems his wages have also been agreed.

There was some concern that the fee wanted by his agent Mino Raiola may have been too high at around £1.5M, but that also seems to have been solved because the next step, given that he passes his medical is to sign the contract, which is rumored to be for a full five years.

And Raiola has been true to his reputation, by pushing through the deal quickly, since he only got Vurnon as a client last week – hey time is money in football too. 😀

It took a long time coming, but this is another excellent signing by Newcastle and even cheap at the price of £6.6M for a top player who can play in different positions, and he could even make his first team debut on Saturday against Spurs at home.

The 23-year-old Dutch International can play at left-back or in defensive midfield, and Newcastle have been after him for a few months now – but it will have been worth the wait.

We’ll now wait for the official announcement from Newcastle on their web-site.

It will occur some time between 6:30pm and 8:30pm Newcastle time, because that’s when I will be away from my PC  transporting my daughter to another of her business appointments, things happen that way somehow.

We’ll get this transfer wrapped up today, and then what are the chances we can complete the Debuchy deal by Saturday? 😀

Howay The Lads!!

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735 comments so far

  • toonking

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #2

    if you think about it, full back, as a position is really underrated. Some say they’re just wingers who weren’t quite good enough, but to be fair it’s the only position on the pitch where the player is fully judged on both defending and attacking. Some would argue centre midfielders also are, but most teams have a a CM more suited to attacking and another for defensive duties. It is impossible for us to sign a full back that can do both to a high standard; as simply, there’s only a handful of players in the last 20 year (my footballing life) that have done it successfully. Ashley Cole, Phillip Lahm, Roberto Carlos etc. So i think some of you need to lower expectations a bit.

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  • redondo77

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    sorry repost

    Anyway here in my country, Italian football have more coverage than English. We also got a lot of visits from Italian clubs for friendly, even our youth also join primavera programs.
    I like ITalian football because of their defensive play, great technics and dirty play “the ball can pass you but not the man”.
    If we are looking for defenders, we should look at some Italians.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Ibiza

    My thoughts appear to be far removed from everyone else here, but I have a feeling you may agree.

    I personally think that any notion that Ashley is going to fund a Champions League push, after ONE good season, is ridiculous.

    I think it’s mental, I think it’s completely forgetting that the club has a long term plan, and I think that everyone needs to have a little look at what went wrong with Leeds.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    From previous thread

    JustStu @ # 186 and pop @ # 209
    Get a grip children do you really think she is going to admit to breaking club protocol on an open forum such as the one you used to contact her on???????

    Get real

    I am not saying he is correct or bul***tting but you methods of detection leave a little to be desired.

    Columbo you safe for the moment (I wish there was a head shake smiley)

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    @transfer sage – he was a good enough Left back / Left wing back for Real Madrid to spend 15m on him at the time! He played left back in the only games he’s played for Holland too! Pretty sure he only started playing other positions when Madrid signed Marcelo and they tried to fit drenthe in further up the pitch! Agreed tho, he did seem lazy at everton, but really dangerous when they had possession!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #7

    haway man ed its been anounced on here dont you know!!!

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  • niafron

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    On this excellent news, i beg my leave.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

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  • toonking

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9

    toonLYF
    i am starting to give up trying to explain all this chaos with fullback even a friend said to me yesterday that maybe these bloggers who slate simpson don’t care about 4/5-0 thrashing as long as we have lots of player going forward. i myself also think of FB and winger doing team work ether by both going forward and getting back like jose and jonas did or the FB stays bak while the wide man remains forward most times which is how HBA and simmo play.

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  • Minato

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #10

    I know this has been heavily talked about but I hope this is for the midfield. Quite amazing to think we could have Anita and Tiote sitting in front of the defense with Cabaye free to do what he does best. I suppose if he is the only one through the door we will have the answer.

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Pretty sure that Abdul Al Mahahdi is signing last night

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  • steveno7

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    About time .now for the next long drawn out proccess. i think frencie will be a last signing.and also douglas come t end of august .

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  • rainrix

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #13

    Tds … I wouldnt say that is to unreasonable :). Really CL is proberly beyond us this season. What we need to do is focus on building and maintaining a side that can consistantly challenge for top 6. After that we should look to build and push on to bigger things.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14

    jayphoto

    im sure i heard something like he turned up to training pissed at everton and thats why they never signed him,

    the kids got talent undoubted but maybe not the right character

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  • 9

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Good signing, if it happens, and may go a little way to pacifying those who’ve been shouting and shouting about lack of progress. No doubt it will not be our only major signing this month – Ed may have called it correctly a few days ago: “Anita first, then Debuchy” – that’s not counting the reurn of England centre forward.

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  • steveno7

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    About time .now for the next long drawn out proccess. i think frenchie will be a last signing.and also douglas come t end of august .

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #17

    toonLYF @ # 2

    Carlos highly over rated as a defender in my opinion had a thunderous shot and overlapped going forwards but was not a good defender.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #18

    niafron

    adios amigo (thats french right guys??)

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #19

    @jay

    cheers, never knew much of him.

    He would certainly do a job as a winger, would be good for santon too if we had a player who used to be a fullback infront of him

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  • 9

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Oh, and not forgetting, at the end of August Douglas will be ready to sign for somebody. Maybe that’s over-optimistic!

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  • IITianToon

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Aah great news to end the day… good night folks.. hope to see the pictures of him olding black and white tomorrow!!!

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Yep G mag that’s french alright

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  • toon1707

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Hope this like waiting for a bus wait ages and ages for one then a few come at once good news though straight in to the team saturday if the injuries keep a few out

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  • jonnymcdonald

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #24

    ‘The 23-year-old Dutch International can play at left-back or in defensive midfield’

    By the sounds of it, the talk with Pardew was to find out exactly where he will be playing. If that is the case do not expect him to be as versatile as we are making out to be. I may be completely wrong but thats how I have read the comments from him.

    Good signing though wherever he plays!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #25

    TDS….You are right in your assumption, I do agree. He has put a plan in place, progressing faster will make him take note more, but imo, wont make him spend more to speed things up.

    I would imagine each year we will add a little to improve the squad…within our financial means.

    I hear people say “well if we don’t push on now, we will lose our star players”.

    Well, if that is the case, then they are on long term contracts and I would imagine we’d get good money for said player and then re-invest in the squad, slowly but surely.

    We may not take the CL by storm straight away, but this model, as used by Arsenal, seems to work for long term “big dog” status. Whether it will bring trophies is another question altogether, but one we can get to down the line.

    To quote Ian Toon…Slowly slowly, catchy monkey 🙂

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #26

    Cupiddstunt

    would have to disagree mate, i thought he was an absolute terrier as a defender, and his blistering pace meant not many wingers would be to simply outrun him, and just keeping up with wingers (traditionally the quickest players) is a good asset for a full back, something i wouldn’t consider Santon nor Simmo have.

    Carlos was a tough fcucker as well, which helped him.

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  • dembademba

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #27

    anita is two footed, been at ajax for ages therefore is drilled into him not to give the ball away. im pretty sure the first first team will be anita n tiote, cabaye in front, benny, n demba demba. thats pretty insane.

    but obv theres lots of other options i guess if anita can play lb, he can do a pretty decent job at rb too. id like a cb over a cf , we’ll see if we get one, id be surprised if we get 2, more surprised if we get a fb

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #28

    toonlyf

    santon?? hes got pace like, ad say one of the fastest in the team after obertan

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  • rivettCatcher

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #29

    CENTRE BACKS!!!

    I know, I’m like a broken record 😮 But would hate to go into the season with what we have now.

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  • AmericanGeordie

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #30

    I have little doubt that Anita has been signed to START as a HOLDING MIDFIELDER for Newcastle while providing cover at LB.

    This makes our primary formation a 4-3-3 with Tiote & Anita holding and giving Cabaye more free reign to go forward and make plays.

    The key to the 4-3-3 is that the fullbacks are more like wingbacks who must provide an offensive threat and overlapping runs, while the holding midfielders provide their cover. (Here Anita should work really well with Santon. Also I wouldn’t be surprise to see Jonas playing a lot more LB like he did for Argentia in the world Cup.)

    So, to me, this move really marks the end of Simpson and increases the need to bring in Debuchy. (Watch him with France in Euro 2012. He spent more time in the attacking zone in one month than Simpson spent all year.)

    Krul
    Debuchy-S.Taylor-Colo-Santon
    Tiote-Anita
    Cabaye
    Ben Arfa-Cisse-Ba/Marveaux

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  • Minato

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #31

    Is it just me getting more annoyed at yet another spurs player (first Bale, then Kaboul, now Walker) talking like anything more than a win at SJP would be unexpected?

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  • cupiddstunt

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibizatoon @ # 25

    But why wait until tomorrow (next few seasons) when we could have it all today all we have to do is spend 300+ mil like chelski or shitty and bob’s your auntie. 😉 😆

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  • beddersmag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Toon lyf

    Agree witb your point in that not many fbs can bith attack and defend well. Reason we did well last year is that our defensive fb simpson was paired with an attacking winger in hba, while santon who can attack was paired with defensive jonas. So a good balance. Disagree on ashley cole being one who can do both mind. I know evryone keeps telling me hes a threat but i perso ally dont see that in his game. Defend yes, but id like to see some stats on goals or assists as i cant remember many

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Was saying, i’d love Cissohko. Just relised that he’s a Lyon player. They are the us of France in dealings.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    @american geordie – No doubt you’re right! To be honest, he’s not good enough a left back to have been signed for that position, hes a top quality centre midfielder though! He wouldn’t join us unless he was playing centre mid, this is the position is on the verge of the national team playing!

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  • Papiss9

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Javier Zanetti, most complete fullback I have ever seen. Still very good.

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  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Guys what do you think of a 352, with the option for Anita to change to a 4132, if we are winning, similarly to what Wigan do:

    ———————–Krul———————-
    ——-Santon—-Douglas—-Colo———
    —————Tiote——–Anita————-
    HBA————-Cabaye——–Marveaux
    —————Ba———–Cisse————–

    and then, if we’re winning:

    ———————–Krul———————-
    Santon—-Douglas—-Colo——–Anita
    ———————–Tiote———————
    HBA————-Cabaye——–Marveaux
    —————Ba———–Cisse————–

    What do you guys think?

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #38

    minato

    i would consider anything more than a win as very unexpected lol

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  • beddersmag

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon lyf

    Agree witb your point in that not many fbs can both attack and defend well. Reason we did well last year is that our defensive fb simpson was paired with an attacking winger in hba, while santon who can attack was paired with defensive jonas. So a good balance. Disagree on ashley cole being one who can do both mind. I know everyone keeps telling me hes a threat but i personally dont see that in his game. Defends very well yes, but id like to see some stats on goals or assists as i cant remember many. Zanneti is another good example and to be fair that everton lad baines does a canny job though cant defend like cole

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  • toonLYF

    Aug 15, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Gateshead, he’s quick, but coming up against a winger such as Bale he wouldn’t keep up, the point i was trying to make is, players like Carlos, Lahm etc, possess the qualities of wingers physically, aswell as being tough and mentally sound in order to not get complacent with positioning/marking etc. The life of a full-back is hard.

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