Newcastle Can Lose Top Players – Nobody Coming In


Alan Pardew held his news conference yesterday afternoon for tonight’s second leg qualifying tie with Greek side Atromitos, but he was peppered with questions on the transfer front, and the Newcastle manager did his best to answer the questions.

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Asked if he was worried about still losing players in the last two days of this summer transfer window,  this is what Alan Pardew said yesterday:

“I lost Andy Carroll on the last day of the January window so no, I can never rest easy, but I want to keep the great players we’ve got, who we worked very hard to bring to the football club.”   

“Not just on the scouting side, but selling the club to the players, players like Vurnon Anita coming here from Ajax, a team in the Champions League, to come to Newcastle.”

“This isn’t an easy thing to do. We want to keep our best players and we’re trying very hard to make sure that we do that.”

It will be a shock this late in the transfer window if we lose any of our top players, but of course that’s what we said on January 30th of last year, after we had turned down two bids from Tottenham for Andy Carroll, but then Liverpool came in for him the next day, and although Mike Ashley turned down their first two offers, he took the £35M in cool cash and Andy was gone.

The players who could leave before Saturday include Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and captain Fab Coloccini, but obviously we hope we can keep our best players,  but it doesn’t look like any players are coming through the door before tomorrow night.

There was some disturbing news earlier today that Real Madrid have agreed a €7M fee for Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, and that’s just €1M more than we offered – but Lille have accepted Madrid’s offer – according to reports.

Even though Debuchy wanted to come to Newcastle, when a club like Real Madrid comes in for you, it’s hard to turn them down, and not only are Real Madrid always in the Champions League, but they are one of the favorites to win it this season.

But to miss out on a top player for just €1M after being after him for many months is hard to take, and Newcastle are left in a difficult situation with our current right-back Danny Simpson, who now looks to be staying on Tyneside, even though he will become a free agent next summer, and can leave for nothing.

And that’s inconsistent with what Alan Pardew had been saying earlier this year, that if Danny didn’t sign a new deal this summer he would be sold – so why didn’t we cough up the money for Mathieu Debuchy and sell Simpson?

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68 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #1

    yer , pretty boring and useless tbh

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Disturbing news? Hardly. You’re getting like half the people who come here, ed! Dramatic 😉
    We have signed 4 players, 2 of which are in their 20’s, and therefore should be first team cover at least. Bigi looks like the next mf wonderkid (so far) and I doubt good is a waste of space either. We havnt signed a player like that since xisco.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Ben3arfa

    maybe we should let you run the club as you obviously know all the ins and outs and exactly what’s going on.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I think it is time we wake up and smell the coffee 😉 I think chances are that Pardew is feed half truths be the three stooges…

    Does he look like a man content with the situatiob? No, but it is his job and he will carry on like the great silver supremo he is 🙂

    But honetly why are Real just entering the race for Debuchy now – have they just been sitting waiting on us to do our business, I don’t think so.

    Disclaimer: everything you read should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Pardew has played a blinder with this Carroll deal like

    Liverpool say he’s not for sale
    Pardew says they would love him back
    Liverpool agree loan deal with west ham only Carroll to say I ain’t goin anywhere but Newcastle
    Newcastle now know we’ve got them were we want them bcoz only option is us
    Rodgers then says Carroll not for sale n part of his plans
    Pardew says deal ain’t gonna happen
    Rodgers n Liverpool panick n say we have to sell b4 we can buy
    We can now get Carroll for the reported 15mil we’ve offered bcoz Liverpool will hav to take aslong as Carroll sticks to his guns that he will only return to here

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I was in hope of more positivity today, given that we no KNOW pards can’t sign anyone, so we can move on and be happy with our 4 new players, but apparently no, it looks like people like ben3arfa are still going to b*tch on about it, as if moaning will magically bring us julio minticlass, and wamberto brilliantinho.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Welcome back to another fun filled day on the NUFC blog.

    Good to see people are waiting for official news and the window to shut before making ridiculous claims…..if they didn’t they may find themselves looking a little bit silly 🙂

    Debuchy – Not a done deal. How many times had we “signed” him at an agreed amount. When you know what we officially offered and what another team have officially paid for the guy, then throw around accusations about £800k on a player with good enough quality for Real Madrid.

    Andy Carroll – Towards the end of last season our transfer priority was in defense. Perhaps, due to the players we’ve let go etc, we now have a greater need for strikers, so this has become a new priority? Maybe the board feel we have enough quality, but are lacking somewhat in attacking options? Before you go on about why did we let Best etc go….maybe they no longer wanted to play second fiddle to the demba’s?

    People being able to change their views – This is part of life. Only a fool doesn’t observe what is going with something and adjust his / her view accordingly. Doesn’t make what they said 1 month, 6 months or a year ago any less valid at the time or what they’re saying now less valid. Perspective people.

    The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar….oh wait. We wont spend a single penny. Forget it, back to your doom and gloom.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    i never said i knew whats going on

    i’m just giving my opinion on the Pardew quote and news

    I am allowed to do that your highness Queen Rotonda heights, right ?

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  • archaeomag

    Aug 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s Friday and . . . we’re all doomed – doomed I say . . .

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Mark….Have we been linked with them two players? Have them on Fifa and they’re amazing 🙂

    P.S. Not saying he is lying about incomings, but maybe he knows there are some deals being worked on, but also knows nothing is set in stone so is “trying” to manage our expectations??

    It isn’t over until the fat lady sings…..or in our case the fat man eats.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11

    -looks on twitter and waits for cwarr to post imminent signing of wamberto brilliantinho on 3 year deal-

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Where was it quoted Pards said “nobody coming in” ??

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  • drongo

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    Just a thought folks – if BR wants to use funds from Carrol to go for Dempsey and Walcott – wouldnt either Dempsey or Walcott be worth a look for us?

    Walcott would fit into our pattern of play quite niceley

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Benarfa is that the same pardew that in jan window said we would not sign a striker n within a week we had cisse
    Or the same pardew who said hba ain’t fit n is out of the spurs game only for him to play n take mom

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  • donno78

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Big game tonight. Taking my little boy to his first match. Can’t wait!
    As for signings I think if you look at the top clubs, the think they all have in common is they can score goals. Pardew obviously wants to give 442 more of a go this year but has seen what we have. Ba and cisse do not work well together. Andy carroll has been identified as a player who can work well with either. Remember Ba scored 15 with best & Ameobi and only 1 with cisse. Also andy Carroll from what I remember offers a lot of protection in defence from set pieces. I would have loved mirralas that went to everton and Ramirez who is likely off to southampton but both were unknown risks – eg Ruiz

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  • TorqToon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    The sun doesn’t always shine for everybody Ibiza! Some people enjoy living under a massive dark cloud!! Nobody thought Tiote and Cabaye would be the success that they were…an it seems people are underestimating what our new young lads can do!!

    If Anita, Alfi and Bigi have a stormer tonight and tear the Greeks a new one…I bet they still won’t be happy!!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17

    arch…..it’s Thursday, but yes, we are doomed!

    Knock out of Europa tonight and then a quick sale of our talent tomorrow. At least all of our kids will get lots of games this season.

    Maybe we could beg Green from QPR and is Heskey still available?

    On the upside, we can take the championship by storm next season.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #18

    Toon73 that’s the point he never ppl are jus making it up as they go along, what do they expect pardew to say yes we’re talking to this player n that player never gonna happen

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #19

    hey look , I hope it is true what you saying davybtoon
    but im not holding my breath to be honest

    i’m more worried about loosing our players , loosing cabaye and/or tiote last minute w/o a replacement is a scary thought

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Reading between the lines AC is in the door, but not over the line 😉

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Have we got a good squad? yep,

    Could it have been any better with a few more shrewd signings? yep,

    Should we still be positive and get behind the team? yep,

    Are most supporters on the blog spoilt brats who throw their toys out the pram when they dont get what they want? yep,

    Reality Check, We are Newcastle who apart form a few years over the last 50 have always been pretty shit, we now have some truly world class players at the club due to Mike Ashley’s transfer policy and scouting team,

    Get A Grip and support the lads. No signings are coming in, however the team below is as good as anything in the league apart form the top 3.

    Krul
    Jonas Saylor Collo Santon
    Tiote Anita
    Cabaye Ben10 Marveaux
    Cisse

    Bench – Ba, Sammi, Perchinho, Amalfitano, Bigi, Abied, Tav, Vuckic, Willo etc

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  • Tino99

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #22

    This is an absolute joke!!!!

    All we had to do was to buy a centre back, left back and a striker/winger like Remy.

    So disappointing, I am not joking but I can see us finishing above top 7. City, Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham since they are now buying Remy plus have just signed Dembele etc, Everton are storming it and collectively they are better than us in terms of grinding our results and getting points against the big boys. I think we will be fighting against Liverpool for 7th place.

    It is good that we built on last season that is the main point and have kept some of out best players like Willow, Obertan, Simpson

    BOOM

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Torq….Misery does love company.

    I’m quite enjoying the lack of faith in our Demba’s start to the season too. Did this not happen last season with Ba and then people wrote him off only for him to be perceived as the best but of business last summer in the whole league?

    Short memories. However, this is a new season, last year counts for nothing and they do need to do it again. Just don’t understand why people think they can’t. Baffling.

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  • drongo

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    Also -I dont agree that Spurs are stronger than last season

    Modric for Dembele is a downgrade, they had Adebayor last year anyway. Sigulsson (sp?) is a useful addition. But have lost King, Dawson and likely Parker.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Ok, toon73, if its pendantry day, pardews comments yesterday all but totally ruled out signings before deadline. Is that better? Does that meet the approval of your high and mightyness? Forgive me for taking comments at face value, and having faith in humanity that sometimes people tell the fcuking truth!

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  • Tino99

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #26

    This is an absolute joke!!!!

    All we had to do was to buy a centre back, left back and a striker/winger like Remy.

    So disappointing, I am not joking but I can see us finishing above top 7. City, Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham since they are now buying Remy plus have just signed Dembele etc, Everton are storming it and collectively they are better than us in terms of grinding our results and getting points against the big boys. I think we will be fighting against Liverpool for 7th place.

    It is good that we built on last season that is the main point and have kept some of out best players like Willow, Obertan, Simpson

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  • achtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #27

    i don’t know why you guys believe what’s in the press or what it potentially a bit of poker playing by the club. The info about debuchy going to Madrid is on some twobit website that could have been written by a twelve year old. no respected site is publishing the info. When pardew says we may not be buying more players that could just be to apply pressure on the selling clubs, Lille are holding out for more money, Ashley is a poker player, he’s not going to show his hand, he’s going to bluff. How clever would it be if Pardew said ‘we need to sign debuchy’ that would plays straight into Lille’s hands. What we should be saying and what we are saying is, ‘no problem, we can manage without him’. And if we have set a value for a player we should stick to it. Once you change on one player then the other clubs with think you will always do it. Remeber we bid 11m for Cisse, we didn’t budge, let the window pass and then the selling club came back to us in the winter and we got him for 8.5m. still close to 48hrs to go. lets see what happens

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #28

    How are we doomed? If we bring no one new in and lose no one from our current crop we’re still stronger than last season. Yes, teams like Chelsea have spent a lot of money but we don’t have that. By the looks of it clubs would need to bid upwards of £20 Mill to prize our star assets away from us. That’s a lot of profit which, with any luck, would be re-invested into the club.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #29

    I need to go back to bed. Check is one of the most positive on here, somethings not right 🙂

    p.s. That team looks good, especially without Danny boy in there 😉

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  • Kyo

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Why would Cabaye stick around after this whole Debuchy business (or lack of hahah).

    I expect him, Tiote and Ben Arfa to go by the end of next summer.

    Lets face it. We are a mid table team that had one good season, but the suits upstairs don’t want to push us further. They don’t want to take us to the next level of finishing in the top 4 or 6 every season. They just want to keep the club profitable.

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  • Tino99

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #31

    How strong would we have been if we had bought Remy, that Montepellier captain and Debuchy. We would have made real in roads in to breaking into the top 4. We need the depth in our squad, at the moment we dont

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  • 5Danny94

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #32

    I’ve noticed a few good points about players that we “nearly” signed. Gervinho had an awful season last year, Kevin Gameiro can’t get a game for PSG, we nearly paid £13m for Bryan Ruiz who didn’t have a great year for Fulham. It’s rare that I’ve looked at a player and thought “Damn, we should have signed him when we had the chance…” and I have a feeling it’ll be like that with Hoilett, Douglas and Debuchy.

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  • adwend

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #33

    what a joke and a big f*c* off to the people who say ( well the club ran so well now)

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  • barcodejoe

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #34

    bit hacked of the spuds look like there goin to take Remy!! i was hoping we would pick him up….The only player i can see comming in tomorrow is Carroll. Toon 4 greeks 0 tonight..

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  • cookietoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #35

    only remember pards saying if some1 goes out then some1 will be brought in to replace him. lets just c wot tommorow brings. if no1 goes and no1 cums al be a happy man. the group we have can only get better and we still have sammy to come back and young campbell might come through this season so its not all doom and gloom. HWTL’S!!!!!!!

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  • Toon73

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #36

    @25 Mark let’s talk “truth”

    Like Pards nuggets of truth about:

    not signing a new striker – bingo! a few days later Cisse is getting sized up for a shirt.

    OR

    ruling HBA out against Spurs – the next day he is tearing them a new one.

    Which one?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #37

    adwend…Thanks for that mate. Needed some sweetener for my coffee.

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  • achtoon

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #38

    check, totally agree. tino99 “all we had to do was..” aye, pardew just needs to pop round to sainsbury’s and get a player from the defender section, a player from the leftback aisle and a centre forward from the bargain bin. Not that easy mate. we want specific players who will gel with the squad, who we can afford, who have talent but that don’t want to go to a team in the CL, sound easy?

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  • SupaToonKid

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #39

    I really hope Spurs miss out on all their targets. Their fans are becoming even cockier than usual. They all seem to think they’ll sign Remy, Moutinho, Dembelé & Willian with Modric cash.

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  • Frank pingles come sock

    Aug 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #40

    Hey up my Black n white Zebra human fans.

    Not long now until Carroll comes back

    and i mean come as in come not actual come

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