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Three Newcastle Signings For £18M Could Make The Difference

9:55 am, Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

There’s no doubt that January is going to be an important month for Newcastle, and we have to hope that several new players come through the door to strengthen our very small squad – which we’ve had since we were relegated almost four years ago.

loic remy close up

Loic Remy – could arrive in January

We expect Alan Pardew to be given anywhere between £10M and £20M to spend this summer, although more funds could be made available if Newcastle sell one of their players.

Demba Ba has his release clause active again next month, and any club coming in with £7M can talk to the player, and if they can reach a wages deal with his agents, then he’s gone.

And while that would be catastrophic for Newcastle,  it would also allow Papiss Cisse more freedom up front, so he could possibly hit the goals trail again in the new year.

If Demba Ba leaves and Shola Ameobi insists on going to the African Cup of Nations to play for Nigeria and miss up to six weeks playing for Newcastle, then we need to bring in another striker, and Marseilles Loic Remy could be the one to come in – even though he could cost us £10M.

And there is even a report today in the Journal this morning that Newcastle could sell Cisse in January, but that will not happen, until Demba Ba signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle, and that seems unlikely.

Newcastle may surprise us, but two players who could make an immediate impact on the Newcastle defense are Mathieu Debuchy of Lille and FC Twente center-back Douglas.

They were keenly pursued by Newcastle in the summer, but the price put Newcastle off, and rather than overpay for players we decided not to bring any of those players in – and that’s caused the Newcastle squad to be weaker than ever, because of all the injuries we’ve had.

It was a terrible mistake in retrospect.

Remy (£10M), Debuchy (£6M) and Douglas (£2M) would be three good players for Newcastle, and they would cost around £18M and would help us climb up that league table, since the chances are that we’ll be near  or in the relegation zone come January.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RonVanDam // Dec 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    From previous Thread

    Santon is our Bale

    Play ben Arfa at CAM and Marvaux at left wing. Perch as a CB with Collo.

    Willo and Jonas out.

    Goal for this year is to survive. I hope we get 40 points by round 30. I dont want us to be caught in relegation battle all year.

    If Pardew guides us out of relegation with reinforcements in Jan and we finish outside the top 12. I would like to see pardew sacked in summer.

  • 2 RonVanDam // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    If we sign Remy, our from three should be:
    Remy Cisse Ben Arfa

  • 3 RonVanDam // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    *From = Front

  • 4 Tsunki // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Ron – no pressure then 🙂

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM


    Do the majority on here think that our current team is not good enough to stay in the PL or better break the top 10 as was the mission statement this season?

    …I seem to remember a poll on here about whether or not or team was better this season compared to last season and the majority said we were far better off this time around!

    …BUT now Pardew can only save us if MA makes enough money available??? Is this now the general opinion or do people just change opinion faster than I change underwear on here?

    I am all for the notion that you take a stand until you take another one, but common! Performance are down and tactics are out the window – you could bring in three new players and that won’t change anything. Change has to come from within!

    Arrogance is confidence’s evil twin…

  • 6 WhyteThunder // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Yeah at this point Perch cannot put any more goals into our net than Willo. Marvaux showed pace and skill where Jonas has almost been willing the ball to the opposition all season. If we reinforce our defense with a solid CB, Douglas can be that, and cover for RB bc Simpson is bailing then we can survive. I’m also in favor of Ba leaving. His reps are unruly and in my opinion leaked the release clause information at the first sign of profit. We need loan cover at striker if he leaves macheda would do, as Cisse-Shola is hardly frightening up top.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Think douglas would be closer to 4 or 5mil.

    Twente are keen to keep him all season as he is crucial to them regaining the title. They would rather have a good CB pairing for the second half of the season and get champs league than 2mil.

  • 8 catchy in norway // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    im missing something
    ( yeah yeah i know)

    if ba goes then sure, remy could work,

    but is ba stays , our problem is creating goals for the 2 top strikers we already have,

    defence is no 1 priority, followed closly by the suply line,
    and if shola goes, it is for 1 month, show some faith in cambell, for criste sake its only one month that he will sit as back up

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM


    I think this team is capable of 10th….if not a little higher without signings.

    Signings would have kept us 5/6th with a chance of 4th.

    Only signing anita should not have left us as low as we are

  • 10 NUFCarter // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Artem Milevskiy is another striker we are interested in and hes played 10 with 0 goals and ive never heard of him. Not sure if hes a great replacement for ba and apparently remy only wants champions league football.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Fro previous thread :
    Charlie,I think when you take into account your stats, in 2009 there had been a manager’s resignation a pending heart attack and serious fan unrest, with the same stats this season we are the most stable we have been in years with a manager not likely to resign or have a heart attack for eight years.And Ed mentions two relegation battles in four years, I’d saywe were in danger of one in Mashley first season before KK arrived, so under the stewardship of Mike Ashley that to me is three relegation battles in five years.

  • 12 Lew Davies // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    we need to be spending more than £2M on a CB.
    you get what you pay for.
    Douglas is NOT all that good.
    Why Debuchy? he is ok in attack but not so good defending and tackling. Big mistake imo
    Remy ? I dont know. possibly.

  • 13 blew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Will the players mentioned come to a club in a relegation battle?
    Additionally they could get bigger pay packets elsewhere in the PL
    The mess the club is in will limit the type of player likelly to come. I am not hopeful

  • 14 NUFCarter // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    i would love remy and ben arfa playing left and right with cisse in the centre in a 4-3-3 formation

  • 15 Les Grossman // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Lew davies,
    And how many times have you seen Debuchy and Douglas play?

    The same amount as Loic Remy I would guess.
    Is there any end to your Bullsh!t?


    Ha ha ha ha ha

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM


    Douglas will be more than 2mil…he is a good player though.

    Swansea paid 2mil for michu and he seems a canny player?

    price doesn’t mean quality.

    chelsea spent 80 mil on torres and shevchenko…neither have done well for them.

  • 17 RonVanDam // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I wouldnt be surprised if Harper and Elliot become midfielders by the end of the season if we keep losing players to injuries 🙂

  • 18 Indian Magpie // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Please stop putting all freekicks on Williamson’s hed

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    TS…now that’s my notion as well and that was the message from Pardew as well back in august.

    …I am not saying I don’ think we should have signed those 2 or 3 players back in the summer, but it is definitely not why we are where we are right now!

    Just don’t get why certain people keeps kidding them self (don’t know what they are gaining from it?)

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM


    exactly….i love how people slate other players…one a french international and the other rec’d a call up to the dutch national team.

    they must be so much worse than simpson and williamson who have many international caps….wait???

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM


    we are where we are through bad management and underperforming players

    we should be challenging for the top 4-6 spots but are left to challenge top 10 due to our useless owner and his lapdog llambias.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    TS…Douglas’ contract is up in the summer; he won’t be much more than £2M for whatever club that should be interested (hopefully not us – I could do without another walking penalty or red card in our team)

    …he’s clumsy as they come!

  • 23 Munster Mag // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    is oir Bale?? Is someone on drugs? He’s not fit to lace Bale’s boots ffs.

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Munster…alot of people are either on drugs or drunk on here 😉 lol

  • 25 catchy in norway // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Transfer Sage

    what bugs me is , most on here , me included looked our sqaud and said top 8 for sure,, nailed on,

    i stand by that, the squad is a top 8 squad, anita was a quality addition,

    i have said from the day he got here , he is not the man to take us forward,

    based on what he has done at other clubs and our own, i stand by that to,,

    if you look at all the up and coming young managers out there, nearly all are moving towards trying to play football, rather than hoof it and see what we get, they all seem to have game plans,,

    in 2 years we have watched the table and not the team,
    last year everyone saying look at the table are you mad, we are 4th we are 5th, this year them same fans are now worried at where we sit right now,

    the strange thing for me, is everyone was quick to prais him for the 5th last year, yet everyone sees this as the boards problem ,, how can the same team go from 5th top to 5th bottom, in 4 month, when no one left,, surely ppl can see the problem lies with pardew,
    his training skills
    his motovation skill
    are both being asked questions right now,, and he is failing badly

    come on jonas stayed on the pitch and started to play in the 80th min

    shocking choices all season so far

    the sad thing is,, look at all the teams ppl suggest,, not many have jonas in them right now, so everyone sees it,, just not him
    talk about flogging a dead horse

  • 26 Transfer Sage // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM


    I know it’s up but they will ask 5mil at least I think.

    He is important to their team so would rather lose then for nothing in summer than risk mission out on the title and champs league for the sake of 2 mil

  • 27 Les Grossman // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    RVD has a vital point.
    We have not yet had a consistent team this season since the first few games.

    Injuries and suspensions have ravaged us.

    Maybe when we get a settled team again, as we did last season, we can start playing again and winning.

    Problem now is, we dont have anybody to come in and make seemless changes when a player gets injured or suspended.

    I am not adverse to players getting suspended for the right reasons, eg, tiotie for getting stuck in, but when they get sent off, they should lose their place to a player and will only get back in if the they merit it. Currently the players just walk straight back into the team after injury and suspension, so why try hard to come in and perform?? They are a shoein!!

    Which my point of not building on last seasons squad is all the more valid.!!

    If we survive this season, in the EPL, I would get rid of a vast amount of players….Marv, obertan, both ameobis, willo, and one or two more. Bring in QUALITY young players, Bigi like, to replace them!

    I can honestly say, I have never seen a more overhyped player than Sami Ameobi and if he is the future of this club then we are doomed!

  • 28 Carryingcoals // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I like the comments on here today, as I do your vision Ron. I agree with a lot of what’s being said. I wrote and article thats on the Mag at the mo and I’m surprised by people’s comments. Take a look and see what you guys think:

    It’s mostly me highlighting Jonas and a lot of people seem oblivious to how poor he’s been. I know what he brings to the team but people just aren’t getting what I’m saying I think ha ha..

  • 29 Lee Dodd // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Like the last 2 Transfer windows It Will Be the Same old Thing. They want €6.5 million and we offer €4.5 and say we cant agree a fee or we agree the fee and then cant agree the players wages. Same old Same old !!!

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    The fact you won’t lay any of the blame with the transfer dealings of last summer takes away a lot of credibility to support your argument.

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    TS…well you could have a point in that I guess 🙂 (then lets hope we spend our money more wisely then)

  • 32 Les Grossman // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Sadly thats exactly what I expect also!!!
    We as fans are now used to the Mike Ashley regime of misleading the fans!

  • 33 Les Grossman // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Also, as the Half season tickets are on sale, you can rest assured therell be some names bandied about that will fall down at the last hurdle.


  • 34 Lee Dodd // Dec 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    I Think if The fat Controller Doesnt Open the Fat Wallet In january a Lot of season Ticket Holders will Cancel Them and Just But Match Day Tickets like last Season. We Purchased Half season Tickets and as we did so well went for the 10 year option. If Ashley is Just Going to mess about Then Sod it . The last 4 Home games have been Pure Heartache as we are all over the place.

  • 35 TheToonKing // Dec 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Let’s be serious …no way in hell are we getting Remy at this point.

  • 36 will // Dec 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Sack Pardew? Come on, won’t happen, he is on 8 years, how much would the club need to pay him if he is sack!

    We were flying high last year all because our 2 wonder stricker pumping in those goals, a lot of time the team did not play well, but we were lucky! Our luck ran dry this year, our talisman stop scoring out of nothing, and here we are!

    To be honest, if we can get Messi in January, will we win the league? The team is not playing well, and I guess the team spirit is broken up by individual. That is one of the reason why we are not getting the result too.

  • 37 will // Dec 12, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Sack Pardew? Come on, won’t happen, he is on 8 years, how much would the club need to pay him if he is sack!

    We were flying high last year all because our 2 wonder stricker pumping in those goals, a lot of time the team did not play well, but we were lucky! Our luck ran dry this year, our talisman stop scoring out of nothing, and here we are!

    To be honest, if we can get Messi in January, will we win the league? The team is not playing well, and I guess the team spirit is broken up by individual’s greed!

  • 38 Sav // Dec 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Debuchy: Yes – if he is fit and in form.

    Douglas – looks a bit of a liability from what I’ve seen.

    Remy – Don’t think he’s that good. and he’s used to playing in a fast, attacking side, which sadly, we are not.

    We should have gone for Shane Long last year because he can create and score. If Carr believes Tom Ince can do that in the Prem. that is the type of player we need.

  • 39 nufc 11 // Dec 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    The main difference for me has been the defence their a shambles back to the brambles and boumsong era a clumsey comberson excuse not at the races at all maybe the fact we dont have competion back has made colo, santon, willo and co lose their edge shud have been spoted earlier by our coaching staff tho their all to blame if you ask me in saying that we havent had the best of luck either this year..

  • 40 JAMSHA // Dec 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    We are 1 season wonder….. i belive it Now…… We need a owner who will give us atleast 30 mill kitty or may Be 50 mill A season…

  • 41 SteJay // Dec 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Europe is f*****g us up.same thing happened stoke last season now look at them

    Our squads too thin for 60game season.we needed minimum 4 more players in during last summer

  • 42 Jinky Jim // Dec 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    1955 was my first visit to St.James Park
    Last week was my last.
    Another 8 years of Mr. Pardews tactics,I don’t think so.
    What have I learned in all those years?
    As long as we keep filling the stadium when we are playing crap we are Donald duckt. It’s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$.
    as loyal Geordie supporters we just get shit on year after year after year.

  • 43 Jamie McKellar // Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Should have got Clyne before he went to Southampton, if they go down we should get him as a definite!


    Nelson Oliveira

    And I know it wont happen, but if Walcott decided he would play every game at us then I am sure he could sign 😉

  • 44 Sav // Dec 13, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Clyne and Shane Long were ones we should have pursued but they are gone now so forget it. And Southampton are playing with guts and I don’t think they will be relegated, either.

  • 45 cockneymagpie90 // Dec 13, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    Persuading remy with this line up shouldnt be too hard…


    Thats a top 4 team right there!

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