Newcastle Miss Out On Four Of Their Top Five Targets


When you look back on this transfer window this summer, Newcastle had five top players lined up to move to Newcastle, but it seems we will be successful in getting only one of those over the line, and there are various different reasons for that.

Alan Pardew – seems happy enough with the transfer window

Here are five players we tried to get into the club this summer.

Luuk de Jong

This was the first player Newcastle went after in the summer, and we even bid the amount request by his club FC Twente – £11M – but the lad preferred to play his football in the Bundesliga, and the 21 year-old striker chose Borussia Monchengladbach over Newcastle – so it’s hard to fault Newcastle on that one.

Mathieu Debuchy

The saga of the season, and it seems like it’s been going on a long time,  but Newcastle stood their ground and bid only about €6M for the 27 year-old and cited his age as the reason we were not prepared to go any higher, and that produced a deadlock which seems to have existed over the last few weeks.
It could be we go back in for the player today, but in this case we think Newcastle should have paid the extra €1M for the Frenchman, because he would have strengthened our defense – you can over do the stubbornness sometimes – and we think that’s what happened with Mathieu.

Douglas

It’s hard to know what happened with this guy, who put out different and conflicting statements during the summer about wanting to stay at FC Twente and see out the last year of his contract,  and then saying it was time to move on.
With South Americans they are often owned by several agents, so we think it must have been difficult for the club to negotiate for him, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle go back in for him in January or next summer, or even today after Ryan Taylor seems to have sustained a serious injury.

Andy Carroll

It was always going to be difficult to get Andy Carroll back from Liverpool, because of the money Liverpool were trying to recoup from the disastrous deal Kenny Dalglish did with Newcastle on the last day of the transfer window on January 31st of last year.
It’s clear Andy has no future at the club now, and he has joined West Ham and rejoined his former manager Sam Allardyce, and his best friend captain Kevin Nolan, so he should fit in well in London, and Sam plays completely to Andy’s strengths, with high balls into the box.
But for West Ham to pay a £1M loan fee – plus Andy’s wages for the year – which are anywhere from £75K/week to £100K/week is not a good deal, and we don’t blame Newcastle for not doing the deal to bring Andy home.
However, it does leave us short of at least one senior striker, after Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best both left in the summer and have not been replaced.

Vurnon Anita

We got this lad through the door, and he could become another great acquisition by the club, once he’s given a little time to get used to the Premier League. Vurnon can also play at full-back too, and with Ryan Taylor being injured he may see duty at one of the full back positions for Newcastle this season. He was  recalled yesterday to the Dutch squad for the two World Cup qualifying games early next month, along with his new team-mate Tim Krul.

Newcastle may still make a move today for a defender, now that Ryan Taylor has been injured, so we’ll see if we can bring a new player through the door before 11:00 pm tonight. That could prove difficult.

But here’s hoping.

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66 comments so far

  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Hwtl get someone across the line 🙂

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  • rainrix

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Home boys missed the game last night. Does anyone want to do one of those player rating things for me? Just so i can gauge how our players did

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  • cndrbrown

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s hope we can bag a couple more before days end

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  • numba9

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    As if it needed an injury to realise we need cover

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Was reading somewhere that QPR will sign Simon Kjaer today aswell as Mbia.. If that team clicks its going to be unreal… Van der vaart gan to hamburg

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    Pardew seemed a little pissed off during the post-match interview last night.

    I hope I’m misreading his body language and we won’t be losing Cabaye and/or Tiote.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Rainrix, it was all about Obertan and Marveux. The two stand out players. Vuckic also had a good game, was very direct and in an ld around the box.

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  • bro56

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I think we only went for Luuk de Jong because Ba’s contract was still active and we feared the worse.

    Not too disappointed in Carrolls deal after 6mil a season was revealed lst nite.

    Douglas seems to have pulled the plug himself by staying put

    But I must say I expected to get Debuchy after all of the activity surrounding him by us. we’ve just bailed over a mil it seems.

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    @rainrix – for me highest rating was obertan -8 lowest was probably gosling -5, would give Bigi, Ba, willo and collo 6’s and marveaux, Simpson, perch (whilst on) and vuckic 7

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  • Nufc-83

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    If we want to maintain a top 6 finish then gosling Simpson and Williamson should not be anywhere near our 1st team and only be used in extreme circumstances.

    Bad window if we dont get anybody through the door and if thats the case i would be very happy with top 8 finish.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Vuckic MOTM for me – he didn’t stop closing down and made some great runs. Plus he scored the winner.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    And sorry but Swansea are showing unreal ambition.. Jason Cabyol, Hernandez are both class wingers who would improve any team

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabral**

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  • quitesimple

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #14

    whatever happened to the link between us and montpelliers bedimo nsame???? quality player

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  • RonVanDam

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Well Mathieu Debuchy can give Lille an ultimatum to either sell him for 6m or he’ll sit out his contract and leave next summer for free.

    As for Douglas, i dont think we should sign him. First he wants to leave, now he wants to stay, then wants to leave….. Dude cant even make up his mind. Do u want a defender who second guesses what he should do?

    I would rather we sign Yanga Mbiwa. This guy is class and his value will rise my the next window. Potential to be a world class player. Dont let him slip through and waste his talents at QPR

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  • toon smart

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I am going to add to the mayhem!

    Just seen CSKA moscow was knocked out of Europe yesterday. Is it worth trying for any of their players? Kesuike Honda etc.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    RVD – QPR are after Mbia from marseille not Mbwia from Montpellier.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #18

    I thought last night was a bit mixed. I think playing 1 up worked a lot better than 442 and we played a lot more though midfield and looked more fluid.

    Massive bit of luck Krul enjoyed, but overall I think Bigi is really going to be something special, Obertan probably had his best game and is seriously rapid and Marveaux and Vuksic flitted in and out.

    Down side, Simpson was Simpson and really offers so little and how on earth does Gosling get ahead of Abeid and Amaltafino? As some one said yesterday I hope Abeid is not this season’s Kadar, as he looked great pre season

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  • numba9

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Saylor has been injured on and off 4 a while if colo gets a knock we r knackered simply bad management not to sign any 1

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #20

    If i read about Qpr or West Ham signing anybody else my head is going to explode.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Trouble with Russian teams and those far over in Europe is the time taken to get everything sorted. Won’t happen as much as I’d like it to.

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  • rainrix

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Thanks guys 🙂

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    Just read some of Pards quotes on NUFC.com,can we all please have a round of applause for Mashley for not cashing in on our players this summer,or better still I think a whip round would be more appreciated.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Belfast, never ming your head, if either one of those clubs sign anyone else, their books will explode, as will their changing rooms!

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  • AusMagpie

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    We have the money to buy 3-4 players that would put us right up there with the likes of Chelsea, United and City yet our crew won’t dish out a few extra to get the deals over the line. Poor. I’m not usually a negative person but I can’t see us pushing top 5 again with this squad.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Im expecting nowt from us today,as per usual.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Ming?? *mind lol

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #28

    @JFA

    lol Pardew needs to shut up and stop telling the fans what to do.

    Isn’t a big part of Pardew’s job knocking on Ashley’s door to get him to open his wallet?

    #FcukingSignSomebody

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Fulham have accepted a bid from Aston Villa for Clint Dempsey

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #30

    Wasn’t to fussed on Carroll coming back,but the sight of him in a West Ham shirt is annoying me already. lol

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Nobody actually knows exactly who our targets were/are apart from the four we’re known to have tried to get in anita, de jong, debuchy and carroll. Please stop the doom-mongering, i think we’ll get a LB/RB now, a loanee striker is a bonus, anything else great. On the plus side marveaux and obertan looked great last night and midfield looks an area we can always rely on.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Im actually gutted by the lack of ambition shown in this window, really could of been our season but we’ll get no where near now, even the players were moaning last week about lack of signings

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #33

    Words cant express the anger I’m feeling,its as though I’ve been ripped off,just hope thr players who signed on the strenthg of us moving forward have been well versed and are happy with whats going on.

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  • terencelim

    Aug 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #34

    @25 AusMagpie,

    Football is all about opinions and hoping the club to do well by getting top senior players won’t categorize you as a “negative person”. Don’t get fooled by a few people here who grab every opportunities to slag off others with different opinions.

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  • hdavid23

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #35

    if the reports are true we cant really fault Ashley on the Debuchy transfer either… theyve supposedly accepted less from Madrid than what we offered… they were never going to sell him to us, they were just screwing with us coz we got Cabaye on the cheap…

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #36

    Luke Edwards ?@LukeEdwardsTele
    #nufc hierarchy meeting this morning to see if they can sign a replacement for Ryan Taylor. I wouldn’t hold your breath, but they will try

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t think lille want to sell debuchy to anyone at all, doesn’t matter if we offer an extra 800K or whatever, they don’t need to sell him, he’s contracted and doesn’t want to rebel cos’ he loves the club, don’t think player power is going to win this one for us. Get Cheik M’Bengue from Toulouse.

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  • mylestoon

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #38

    We need another strike desperately. We have Cisse, Ba, Ameobi and Campbell. Vuckic could do a job, but we need at least ONE more striker just so we have some options.

    We also need a CB and a LB/RB. Can’t believe we are not looking at these areas.

    Don’t get me wrong we are great in the transfer market now and we wont splash cash on any big name for the sake of it, but we do need some re-inforcements or this season is going to be a tough one and we will be lucky with a top 7 finish.

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  • drivershigh

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #39

    @toonsmart Would be AMAZING if we got Honda. Also, as I think we need another forward, why not Seydou Doumbia? Golden boot scorer last season.

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  • Beattie25

    Aug 31, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #40

    This could be a very sad day.

    The mackems are apparently favourites for Dempsey and we are meant to be happy that we haven’t sold anyone.

    Manipulation, spin and bull shit.

    However this could still be a fantastic day.

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