Newcastle To Miss Out On Top Three Transfer Targets

The news in the Newcastle Journal this morning is that Newcastle will only try to bring in another striker before 11:00pm Friday night, when the summer transfer window closes.

Luuk de Jong – preferred to play in Germany

They report that Newcastle will not go back in with an improved bid for Mathieu Debuchy, and if the news is accurate that Real Madrid have launched a €10M bid for the player,  we wouldn’t have got him anyway.

But it seems when we look back on this transfer window in retrospect, Newcastle had four top targets in Luuk de Jong, Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas and Vurnon Anita.

Newcastle met the asking price for Luuk de Jong of around £11M, but the lad preferred to join Borussia Monchengladbach instead of Newcastle, so there’s not much you can do about that.

It seems Newcastle were unwilling to pay the asking price for Mathieu Debuchy, even though he was  keen to join his big pal Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside.

FC Twente center-back Douglas has finally decided to stay at the Dutch club for the last year of his contract, and it’s difficult to know if Newcastle even put in a bid, although we may be after him in January or next summer, when he’s available as a free agent.

And Newcastle brought in Vurnion Anita for £6.6M from Ajax, and we think this lad will be a good (perhaps great) player for Newcastle once he has a chance to settle into the English way of playing the game.

If Newcastle could have brought in de Jong, Debuchy and Douglas this summer, our ambitions for the season would be much higher than they are are at the moment.

It gives another chance to Danny Simpson at right back, whose always been a decent player, but we must get him to sign a new improved deal before next summer, when he could leave for nothing.

Gael Bigirimana looks like a top player in the making, and Romain Amalfitano looks sprightly out on the wing, and Curtis Good comes with a big reputation as a potential future star.

But we still think Newcastle’s Achilles heel is the defense, and we haven’t fixed that this summer.

What do you think?

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44 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    I agree Ed but we all (most) still live in hope.

  • Soni cazan

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Shame we were too hard up to pay that little bit extra for debuchy.he would of improved our first team xi where we are weakest.I agree that we needed our defense strengthening and we still do.colo and saylor get injured and were left with mike “ a mistake is round the corner” williamson and perchino (as great as he’s done he still has the physique of a 12 year old boy) and an untested lad who’s only experience is the a league.transfer windows been a poor one but hey were still a great team and can still challenge for top 7 but think champions league is well out of reach.

  • calvinho

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m disappointed in our transfer activity. I understand the importance of not paying ‘over the odds’ for players etc. However, the purpose of the transfer window is to strengthen. Yes, we can argue how the squad is stronger than last season. But we haven’t strengthened our starting 11. Even bringing in a full-back. This would have been my priority. We let Best & Loven go. These havne’t been replaced and would have certainly started games in europe and domestic cups. Guthrie has gone and replaced by Anita. I can understand how our youth players and a year further down the line in terms of development and Sammy, Vukic, Abeid in particular will be pushing for starting places within the next 3 years.
    So to summarise my point (i’m getting there!!), i see this summer as a failure in which we’ve failed to genuinely strengthen our position compared to last season.

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Umm Newcastle never agreed a fee with Twente for Luuk De Jong, Monchengladbach did thats why they signed him.

    Our strategy of being tight asses when negotiating has not worked, lets hope it doesnt end up backfiring on us

  • bro56

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    ah well then. Lets just get on with it and keep our player 🙂

  • southafricantoon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Every morning I wake up, hoping to see some breaking news. All I can say is OMG.

  • yorkshireToon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    What happened too “we have 10 targets for each position if we can’t get the 1st we’ll move down the list” getting gloomier on here every day and I’m getting close to joining everyone!

    You’d think in the last week we’d be linked with some players?!

  • spitfire_

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    “Newcastle To Miss Out On Top Three Transfer Targets”

    No!!! I’m shocked! Let’s make it four with Carroll.

  • Londtoon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Optimism valley has been turned into a land fill

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Debuchy is too old – 27.
    No sell on value.

    Very disappointing window so far.
    I guess Ashley didn’t get excited by our heroic 5th place finish – but then he supports Chelsea so he wouldn’t would he?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11


    Hopefully with all the numpties in it?

  • solano

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Hatem…it’s Spurs, the “big club”


    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #13

    we`ve just had a season where our defence kept its record number of premier league clean sheets, and every single one of our defenders missed games thru injury. so why the f***k are people still whinging their tits off about our weak defence?

  • southafricantoon

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Are there atleast some rumours of us being linked with someone …. Anyone please!

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #15
  • magicbus

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Why does the lack of investment in quality players not surprise me.
    We dont sell any of our best players and we are supposed to breathe a sigh of relief and say what a good transfer window its been for us.
    Perhaps the owners ambition was 5th place and thats it.

  • markmac

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #17

    How do we actually know that they were officially our top targets? keep the faith [or try and find some] theres a couple of days left….but just dont expect us to pay over the odds, we will only get someone if the price is right

  • bro56

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    ppl surely wont complain if we keep all of our stars even if we didnt sign anyone. granted, players are needed but after Carroll everyone expected 1-2 quality players to go per season. this is the next best thing 🙂

    Toon Toon

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m happy to see the Toon sticking to their transfer policy of not paying more than their own valuation for their top targets. It naturally places more emphasis on unearthing young talent and bringing them on. I’d rather see the likes Bigi, Amalfitano, Vukic, Campbell kick on than a large number of established players brought in at above the odds money.

  • yorkshire_magpie

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    Its pretty clear Ashley has a lack of ambition. If we wanted to improve on last years position then he would’ve bought a few signing in by now. If you really think about it has he even spent the 35 million that he promised is going to be used for transfers?!

  • solano

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #21

    bro@17…keep taking the tablets! opportunities to steal a march on nearest rivals don’t arise every window..and with the right investment at the right time we could realistically challenge on a few fronts and break the trophy hoodoo. If we don’t sign anyone it will be another opportunity passed up and another indictment on the priorities of those in the boardroom. 3 quality players could be purchased with the massive transfer trading profits accumulated in last 3 years and they would pay for themselves quickly as everyone on Tyneside sees the statement of intent to play at the big table.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Optimism Valley is still strong in those that want to be optimistic. Got to say, I find it highly amusing those branded as bullies are now the ones being referred to as numpties. I will also say that optimism valley (Christ, you guys like to go on and beat something to death), started last season when things were going really well. We strengthened, were undefeated in our start to the season and stayed near the top all year. Yeah, what a bunch of idiots for being optimistic!

  • wynsleap

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Ashley has no real ambition or vision on the playing side for this club. How long will it take before all fans realise this?
    It is an advertising vehicle for his beloved SD – no more or no less.
    There’s no ‘5 year plan’ and no hope of taking this club any further as he’s happy to go along with minimum outlay to keep his brand in the spotlight. We had a great season last year but it was despite of Ashley not because of him. I think it will be difficult to replicate it this time round as every club seems to be carefully recruiting for their FIRST team.
    Stand still and you go backwards. Our owner seems happy to do just that, which is so disappointing because some genuine investment on the playing side (not outlaying gazillions before anyone comes on here moaning about wasting money) could have taken this team into a serious challenging position.
    I’m afraid that’s how I see it this morning and it is all so depressing.
    At my age I want to see some REAL playing success not attractive balance sheets. Unfortunately I have a feeling it isn’t going to happen.

  • bro56

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24


    35mil wasnt promised. that goes towards the 240mil we borrowed. lacking ambition would of seen Barton, nolan, Enrique, Carroll leave without replacing them with Tiote, Cabaye, Barfa, Santon, Ba, Cisse, Anita, marv and errr Obertan lol

  • solano

    Aug 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    bro@23…it WAS promised to go into team strengthening and please do show the figures for the clearing of £240m debt -which is a figure which includes fatboyslim’s initial purchase price and which somehow, we are expected to pay for!

  • bro56

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #26


    we still have time yet but i’d be quite happy with this squad if we didnt lose anyone.

    We’ve added some quality young’un to the squad with Good, Bigi and amalf. Bought Anita, we have Campell hopefully coming through strong. We have Saylor now fit which we didnt have last season but finished 5th and Marv is like a new player so all in all, its not too bad. + Perch has proved his doubters wrong with a few roles he can play.


    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Will you all stop bleating on about Ashley’s lack of ambition just because you have the hump we haven’t spent stupid money this window.
    You’ll all end yo with egg on tour face come Friday evening.
    How was buying Cisse in the Jan window a lack of ambition on Ashleys part?
    How is spending 6 million+ on Anita lack of ambition?
    I can’t believe that after Ashley has turned this club around financialy and at the same time we had the highest finish for years we still have these dim wits who think they know better.
    You must all be children because any adult with an ounce of sense would know the club is moving in the right direction.

  • bro56

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #28


    here here 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #29

    NUFC FOR SALE – why are you going on about spending ‘stupid’ money? No one in their right mind is asking the club to spend ‘stupid’ money just make some sensible investment.
    We are two days from the end of the window and our nett outlay is around £1.5m. For a club which reached Europe last season is that real ambition?
    You say ‘the club is moving in the right direction’. That would mean we would at lest be fifth again at the end of this season. Are you willing to put good money on that happening because anything less than fifth would be moving in the WRONG direction.
    By the way, this is coming from a 60 odd year old adult with more than a grain of common sense and a lifetime of supporting this club.

  • Ian Magpie

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    @ wynsleap…………Spot on marra! I have been saying this since we got promoted. Fans need to have a real think about it and maybe then they will realise Ashleys intensions. Askyourselves:
    Why does MA need to go out and spend millions when he already has a team that has just qualified for Europe and finnished just outside the Champions League??? Quite simply he doesn’t and he won’t! He has already invested enough to ensure his club (media vehicle) is stable and safe in the top half of the Prem.
    From a business point of view he will make more out of advertisment at St James Park and Newcastle United than he will by pushing the club forward! It would cost more to push the club on from where it is now than he would make by winning trophies and even the champions league. Where the club is at the moment means he is onto a winner. He just needs to keep it there! Do any of you think he is interested in bringing silverware back to honour those thousands of loyal supporters………………….dont make me laugh!

    He has achieved stability in a club that certainly wasn’t stable (one of the first things you aim for when taking over a business) Anything after that such as qualifying for Europe or winning a cup is a bonus!

    Signing players to take us forward aint going to happen folks. Signing players that will keep us where we are will. I am as frustrated as hell but am grateful we have a decent team with no worries of relegation. Is that enough for a man of 42 who has never witnessed his club win a trophy………..NO! But i am realistic in accepting the fact that with this ragime in charge nothing is going to change that! I will always support my team and my team will continue as it has always done. Just my opinion folks but i urge you not to agree but look a little closer and try and figure out Ashleys intentions for yourselves!!! HWTL!!!


    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #31

    Other than the 2 Manchester clubs and Chelsea aside who has improved their squads significantly enough that we news to worry?
    Spurs have lost their best Roswell in modric
    Everton? Lost cahill, and Rodwell
    Arsenal lost their best player.
    We’ve lost nobody and brought in a quality 6 million pound signing.
    If you’re 60 plus then you should have more sense and experience to know that the years of spending big won us NOTHING.
    If you had the experience of a 60 year old you’d understand that which makes me think your nit telling the truth.
    and yes I would bet on a top 5 finish

  • Sav

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Like to see Anita get a try out at LB and Santon move to the right-back position.

  • Sav

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Looks like the club is relying oin Ferguson and has brought back Tav as cover, too. Ryan Taylor can do a job and Perch it seems can be relied on at CB and DM. Chuck in Curtis Goode as one to bring on for the future…thar seems to be our strategy and looks like we’re going to let Simmo run down the clock until the summer.

  • numba9

    Aug 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #34

    we need a good centre back and the manager and Ashley have known this for months so if they fail again to bring 1 in because they haggle over an extra 1 mill or something like that then they don’t understand the game . One injury at cb could cost us much more than a million !

  • wynsleap

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    NUFC – are you for real?
    As someone who has watched this club from the days of Allchurch, White and Eastham up to the Fairs Cup days (yes I was there for all the games) and been to every game the Toon has played at Wembley since 1955 you have a nerve to question my age and common sense.
    I suggest that maybe you are the ‘young pup’ with such a lot to learn?
    Oh… and the year we spent big nearly won us the League with Keegan and gave us the best team we’ve probably ever seen at SJP (or ever likely to see).

  • HullMag6

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    No big names of ours out, above average replacements in for fringe departees except best & lover. So its an ok window, ac to maybe come back but the part of me that resides in optimism valley thinks there might be a defensive surprise before the window slams shut. I might be wrong but top 6 is achieveable with what we’ve got.


    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #37

    Yes we almost won the title but didn’t.
    At that time we were the biggest spending club around.
    Those days are gone and unless some Arab billionaire buys the club it will never return.
    Too many fans like you still live in this keegan era mist.
    Those days have gone. We don’t have man city’s owners so get really.
    I’m 37 so not a young pup but have the sense to know our limitations.
    Your comments of fairs cup and keegan era is history get over it.

  • toonrobbybobson

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38

    I see impatience in modern day society is in full flow. I WANT IT NOW seems to be the main theme running through posts. Must be 14 year olds who play Championship Manager believing its real.

    We are a decent team with strong first 11 and strong youth options. If you keep signing players to back up the first 11 no point having youth. Scrap it like Keegan did and lose potential future stars.

    People say we need to invest because we are in Europe? No we arent. Europa league is rubbish its more a hinderance because only if you win the whole thing you would make a total of 6 million compared to the instant 16 million + off getting into the Champions League. So say we make 2-3 million off a half decent run in the Europa that doesnt pay for a packet of peanuts in the football world. A Leon Best? No thanks we might as well not bother.

    Oh Ashley only bought NUFC to market Sports Direct? Give over please and take your head out of the sand… That would be one of the worst investments ever for Return on Investment (ROI) for exposure/value. He could have done far better things than buy Newcastle for the money it cost and thats not taking into account the black hole he then had to fill. Oh by the way that black hole is still there. Wow we have balanced the books but did we make a profit to pay that black hole off from Fat Fred? Nope.

    It was a 5 year project which had a flurry last year. But ultimately we still have 100+million to cover in the next few years at same time as make the odd shrewd investment in the squad. Thats why signing a player with resale value is important and why we cant just throw millions to make sure we get Debuchy. They were willing to take a punt knowing they wont get any money for him when his contract runs down but to pay over 5 million they have said no thanks and its right decision. Once that black hole of debt is cleared we are flying as a club. But if you max out your credit cards at some point you have to pay it back. Is the project concluding no its still got years to run.

    Pardew has already stated the league is our priority so forget about the Europa league thats to blood the youth which you seen getting practice in preseason more than the first 11. It will bring them along and help support the first 11 in the Premier League. Problem with some fans is its not what the want to hear and the club have said all these things time and again but some fans just wont accept it.

  • bigmattyn

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #39

    @wynsleep, Pipe down. As NUFC said only an Arab Billionaire could realistically get us challenging for silverwear, the only other way is to invest in youth, try to find ourselves the next Messi and rely on our exceptional scouting network without spending above our valuation on a player.

    @NUFC FOR SALE I’m glad to see someone speaks some sense on here

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #40

    NUFC for Sales – You are delusional. Other clubs HAVE strengthened. We have spend a bout 3mill net , and, as it stands, WASTED an opportuinty to strengthen our first team, while we still have good players. But dont u worry mate, we’ll flog Tiote and / or Cabaye next summer, miss the chance to strengthen now while they are here, and spend a fraction o what we make from their sales next summer. Your precious chairman doesnt give a toss about NUFC – that why he renamed the ground! Where’s the centre back we need ?? Any why oh why , with this apparentlky amazing scouting network – can we not find one bloody right full back ? I’ll tell u why – its because we dont wanna spend. Its quite simple really. But dont worry, we’ll find an 18 yr old french african playing for St Etienne or someone next year and snap him up for 1 mill and that will be our lot. I’m still holding out for Carroll though….


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