Vurnon Anita The First Of Three New Players On Tyneside?


There is growing concern among Newcastle fans that the club will not sign enough new players in the summer to sufficiently fortify the squad, but it seems Newcastle are very near to announcing the first singing of one of their top targets today, as Vurnon Anita arrived on Tyneside yesterday afternoon, and he will undergo the last step of any transfer – a medical today on Tyneside.

Vurnon Anita – announcement expected very soon

The 23-year-old Dutch International made the short trip to Newcastle  yesterday afternoon from Amsterdam, to tie up his transfer to Newcastle, but he also wanted to have a talk,  one-on-one with Alan Pardew, to better understand his role in the side, and that would appear to have gone well.

Newcastle finally agreed a decent fee with Ajax of €8.5M, which translates to around £6.6M, and it would appear that Vurnon’s wages for his five year deal have been agreed too, otherwise he wouldn’t be having his medical.

We are expecting Vurnon to be unveiled sometime this morning,  so he can then join his team mates in a training session,  because he is very likely to be at least  on the bench on Saturday, and could even make his debut in that game.

And it’s almost certain he will play next Thursday night against Atromitos FC in Athens in the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, so he will strengthen that Newcastle side for sure.

We don’t expect Yohan Cabaye to start on Saturday because he is short of match practice, and we don’t know whether Cheick Tiote will be fit, but we think he will be.

So we are simply waiting for the news to be announced on the Newcastle web-site that Vurnon is now a Newcastle player, and it will be a great first signing for Newcastle, because he seems like another bargain buy.

But we still expect at least one new player and probably two,  to come through the door before Friday, 31st August, and we still have high hopes that Mathieu Debuchy can  still be signed.

And that will allow Newcastle to get £2M for Danny Simpson, who will be moved out because he will not sign his new contract, and he would become a free agent next summer – he’s a silly lad.

And we really need another striker through the door too, but who that could be is a very good question.

It could even be Andy Carroll, but considering other younger players who could be brought into the club, Andy may prove to be an expensive option.

And of course Adam Campbell looked tremendous in his cameo role last Saturday at Cardiff City, and he scored for the Reserves earlier this week too, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Campbell can break through to the first team squad this season – in fact that’s what we are expecting will happen.

And what a smashing youngster he is – if you have an nufcTV subscription, you must see his interview after the Cardiff game, he’s a Newcastle fan first and foremost, and then a great up and coming 17 year-old player on Newcastle’s books.

Oh to be 17 again. 😀

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85 comments so far

  • Edijs

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    hopefully!!!

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    repost

    brighter

    anita is left footed, although i have not seen him myself, alot of people on here rate him

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  • Ashcastle

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Debuchy got inj last night, so i doubt whether we will go after him

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    First of 3 first teamers I’d love to dream, I think one or 2 first teamers that’s it, rest youth?

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  • Ashcastle

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #5

    here is Anitas few glipms of CDM..a proper CDM. Simple pass, no long range efforts as such.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMWMUVjT5Eg

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    ashcastle

    seems to do the simple stuff well, just what we need, short passing game with arfa and marveux, with cabaye and tiote playing the long crossfields

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  • newcben

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    He is a mix between Tiote and Cabaye……not as good as breaking up play as Tiote but has a better passing game than him and not as good as playing the final ball as Cabaye but is better defensively.
    He will fit in perfectly with this formation.
    ————–Tiote—Anita———–
    HBA———Cabaye——-Marveux
    —————–Cisse——————-

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  • Fat_Robbo

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    ashcastle #3
    We have bought injured players before, marveux for example.
    Might use this as a bargaining tool to push move through at lower price.

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  • toonydoonunder

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    One good thing about Anita(if he signs) is that he will add to the very small ranks of left footers in the first team we only seem to have HBA at the moment in the first team it will add balance to that side ,i think this boy could be a very astute signing by the toon and could turn Cabaye loose and into one of the best midfields in the EPL.

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  • Toon73

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Toivonen and Pieters next in I can smell it.

    Is Jordan Rhodes still available?

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  • hkgeordie

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Ashcastle, good clip thanks. Neat and tidy, right place right time, always involved, CDM. Interesting given all the talk of possible LB cover that 9 out of 10 touches are with his right. HWTL.

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  • Valci

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    He’d better be announced today . I’m getting the transfer tingles already lol. Debuchy seems in doubt what with his recent injury but we might still get him or another RB/LB depending on where Pardew sees Anita playing. I would love Toivonen/Carroll next to fill in the striker role …then i’d be delighted with our summer dealings. Here’s hoping…

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    On the subject of bringing in a new forward, what is the situation with both Xisco and Ranger?

    Are they being shipped out, either on loan or better transfered! Does anyone know?

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  • Rossy G

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Correction…. Anita is predominantly right footed although still strong on the left. The concern is while Anita is a solid player I think we could have gone for better but his versatility sealed it, the signs seem to lead towards a lack of backing and so we need to sign players who play various positions….while this is wise for Europa etc it does mean we will sacrifice signing a top top player for a player that is versatile…..let’s face it all (most) versatile players are “versatile” because they are not outstanding in one position to make that their own.

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #15

    This lad can SING as we’ll?!?! Wow – we really know how to get value for money. We used to have a trumpet player… 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #16

    I really fail to understand this affection for Toivonen…but hi, to each his own I guess 🙂

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    jesper

    it was broke on twitter that after the cardiff game pardew told some fans that ranger would never play for us again, which was confirmed as the official nufc twitter blasted the fans for repeating it as it was off the record

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  • Toon73

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Jesper – he has good hair? 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Gateshead…so I guess it would be fair to assume that AP will try to offload Ranger sooner rather than later.

    What about Xisco?

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  • Tsunki

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper – if I recall someone said at the fan talk-im with Pards that Ranger is history as far as he is concerned. Xisco is substandard, actually he really is championship standard 🙂

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #21

    jesper

    you would think, but nothing has been mentioned of interest from any club since hughton left birmingham, so he may have to play another year in the reserves

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Would really like Xisco off our books…have no problem with him personally, but as you say Tsunki he’s substandard and a burden wage-wise 🙁

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  • lesh

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Tsunki // Aug 16, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    So Anita can sing eh?

    Just think…..If we got Debuchy to accompany him on piano, we’ll have a very talented dressing-room!

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #24

    Ranger really is a waste of two good football legs…

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  • nico

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #25

    Anita is right footed. Last player I remember us buying that said they could play with either foot was Santon. Now he is definately right footed as well.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #26

    could of sworn someone said he was left footed

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  • nico

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #27

    Jesper
    Ranger will never play under Pardew

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  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #28

    I think In Anita we have scouted a hidden gem in the football world.

    And Toivonen would be amazing in my eyes for the right price.

    Pardew said at the Q and A that Ranger had well and truly burnt his bridges at NUFC. Think Campbell could play the role Nile did 2 seasons ago.

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  • nico

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #29

    Gateshead-Mag
    Thats what I thought initially but when you watch him play he mainly uses his right foot

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  • charlee71

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Do you not think we should maybe give xsico a run out?

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  • Ashcastle

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #31

    #11 hkgeordie yes he was used as LB/RB most of the time by Ajax. so good that he can play at RB also which means Debuchy will be out of contention i guess.

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  • Valci

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #32

    Jesper – hey if i’m gonna ask for Carroll then Toivonen has to get my support. He is similarly dangerous in the air while being better on skill and pace. I’ve followed the eredivisie on and off (not very closely but still) over the last 2 years and i rate the player. He has a good goalscoring record over the last 3 seasons even when played as CAM rather then an out and out striker which to me says a lot even if we are talking about the dutch championship.

    What i think will upset NUFC fans the most is that he is a “dirty” player…but thats one of the things i like about him. I appreciate players that use their brains not just their feet…and if his opponents are dumb enough to fall for his tricks then i dont see anything wrong with that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #33

    I hadn’t stopped talking about the importance of signing Erik Pieters since we were first linked with him,but I think this Anita deal finally puts the saga to bed,from what a few have said on here the guy looks like he may have long term injury problems and now we have adequate cover on the left which has been my biggest concern more so than a CB,so if we can now get an international class CB in and possibly a replacement for Simmo I’d be happy till January.

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  • Ashcastle

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #34

    #30 charlee71 wht happened to xisco.. he is not seen in training ground also. is he alive 😀

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #35

    I dont think we should be spending a huge amount on a CF. Whoever comes in will be 3rd choice, yes we need more depth etc with the extra games but I’d rather spend less here on a promising younster who can play in cup/europa games and use the majority of whatever cash we have left to strengthen positions that we need for our first choice 11.

    Thats why I think carroll or even toivonen would be stupid, not the players themsleves but spending that amount on someone who wouldnt be in our first choice 11.Where’s the logic when we have limited funds and when we play our big matches they are sat on the bench, how is that value for money for us right now?

    Full back positions could be strengthened in out starting 11, possibly LW could if we say Ba wont play there and Marveaux hasnt proved he is capable of staying fit, and maybe CB again depending on Saylor’s fitness.

    Only these 3 positions should have over 5 or 6 million spent on them, anyone who isnt in the first choice lineup should be cheaper based on our “budget”.

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  • nico

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #36

    No. Xsico is pure rubbish when talking in Prem league terms. I’ve played against much better Northern League players

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  • chris_g

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    If we do sign Anita, I think he’ll be the last major signing in this transfer window. We won’t be bringing in a new RB until we sell Simpson and I think we missed the boat on that one. Reading were very interested but we kept them waiting because we were still farting around with the Debuchy deal, so they signed Chris Gunter instead. I don’t know if any other clubs are seriously interested in signing him, and Simmo hasn’t given any indication that he wants to leave.
    As for a new striker, I think they’ll leave that one until January.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #38

    If this Melvit Erding was so sought after last year,and is the nippy little striker so many crave on here why aren’t we still in for him ?

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  • charlee71

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Ashcastle
    We not goin to be able to off load him, I feel sorry for the lad. I dont even think hez been given a chance. If am wrong, then you could blame my female emotions ! He could be sitting polishing some spoons mind 🙂

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  • IFC.Toon

    Aug 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #40

    I don’t think he’s being signed for his versatility he has the potential to become a world class midfielder in the Seedorf vain, I don’t think Carr/Pardew would agree to 6m a lot more than we paid for the likes of Cabs/HBA/Marveaux just for a squad utility player.

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