Decision On Fabricio Coloccini Next On The Agenda


Having seemingly missed out on securing Loic Remy as Newcastle’s second striker this week, Newcastle will now turn their attentions to trying to keep our captain Fabricio Coloccini on Tyneside.

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Fab Coloccini – in action on Saturday – was this his last game for the Magpies?

The Argentine stunned Newcastle last Friday with his request to leave the club immediately and join Argentine club San Lorenzo, but exactly how he does that is not clear.

San Lorenzo cannot afford the fee of about £5M, and Coloccini still has three and a half years left on his £60K/week contract at Newcastle.

It seems that San Lorenzo were hoping that Colo could buy out his contract at the club, but we’re not sure how he would do that, and we suppose Newcastle could stand firm and tell him to honor his contract, although the reason he wants to leave is a personal family matter – and what that is exactly we don’t know – and Newcastle are not talking.

Newcastle are hopeful that Coloccini will remain through the end of the season, when he can leave – but even then Newcastle would want a fee, and the news is that Coloccini still wants to leave immediately for Argentina.

Newcastle have to be ready to bring at least one new center-half into the club this month, since we started the season with only three experienced center-backs, and most Premier League clubs have four players vying for that position.

There has been interest in Valenciennes’ Gaeten Bong, who is mainly a left back, and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been scouted for a year, and Newcastle are being linked recently with 20 year-old Danish International center-back Jores Okore, who plays for Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga.

And we have been watching Groningen youngster Virgil van Dijk for about a year now, and we seem to have an interest in Finnish International center-back Niklas Moisander, who is at Ajax, and also with Belgian Intentional Toby Alderweireld, who is also at the Dutch Champions.

And apparently Newcastle will not bother moving for FC Twente’s Douglas – so take your pick – but even if we get two of these through the door before February, we will still miss Coloccini’s calming influence at the back, which was evident in the 0-0 draw at Norwich on Saturday.

We are supposed to be strengthening our squad in January, but if we lose Colo we’ll have lost two of our best players – with Demba Ba moving quickly to sign for Chelsea on January 4th.

With only 16 days left in the transfer window there’s not a lot of time to bring in new players.

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45 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Even if we brought just 1 CB in and Colo left, we’d be back to square one with Willo still in the starting lineup! Really hoping we can close some deals.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    If you missed an earlier post, the club’s head of media attended a FansUTD meeting last night and she did think Colo would be here atleast until the summer, mind you she also thought Remy was ours too! Maybe she’s proudtobeageordie 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Oh good. More cheery stuff.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    @ 89… Yeah but we should have tayls back sooner rather than later and that’ll be “like a new signing” 0_0

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Truely is dire being a black and whiter at the moment, I haven’t enjoyed anything football related all season thus far which is troublesome

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    rainrix

    lol hopefully pards won’t be so naive to say that.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Yawn, D Graham in ‘talks’ with NUFC and deleting his twitster account….

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Tsunki…I prefer to call you by your moniker, even though ‘success has many fathers, and failure is an orphan’ 😉

    …it really does make more sense in Danish!

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    WW, I’d say depressing but with luck our fortunes will change.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Personally I would take Carroll in the summer. I would!

    He is a massive player when fully fit, always works hard. I think its keeping him fit which is clearly an issue.

    But he is better than Shola, and well we all know Shola can be effective when holding the ball up. Carroll is much better at it, more effective in the air.

    I am not suggesting we play hoof ball but in a 4-2-3-1 Carroll would thrive as lone striker. Its where do you put Cisse, the wing for me is not an option therefore Carroll for me would be on the bench, as a back up striker, or impact striker.

    I would take Mbiwa, Sissoko this window and call it a success. Then get Carroll and a few others in next window.

    Look we need to get rid of

    GET RID – REPLACEMENT – NET COST
    Steve Harper – Jay Alnwick – NOTHING
    Ryan Taylor – Jores Okore – 2-3m
    Dan Gosling – (would be replaced with Sissoko in this window)
    Mike Williamson – Toby Alderweild – 5-7m
    Danny Simpson – Bong – NOTHING
    Gabriel Obertan – ? – ? (Attacking left midfielder i.e. Remy type player who can play in the centre aswell if needed, with pace)
    Xisco – Andy Carroll – 8-10m
    Nile Ranger – Adam Campbell – (1m)

    We need replacements for each and everyone of them! I dont know if you agree with the above but the players I would let leave are either not good enough, injury prone or on high wages (Harper, RTaylor, Xisco).

    We would have a more youthful, stronger team from that. BUT this will never happen!

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  • King Arfa

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #11

    iv had enough now i dont get how we can be so incompetant when it comes to signings yea we got debuchy but took us bloody 6 months including the summer to tie him up pardew must ov expected Ba to do 1 and so should have had a player signed up day 1 ov the transfer window i only hope we have yet another backup plan in time for reading however i do think we have the players available to beat them no reason why we shudnt im sick to death of us being a laughing stock things need to change and they need to change NOW!!!!!

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #12

    MacToon
    I hope so mate, Cabs being back brought a smile to my weary face though and I pin all my hopes on him

    Also anyone know if Tiote is as poor for the Ivory Coast as he has been for us or are they yet to play in the ACoNs?

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesper – actually it has a ring to it in English.

    OK heads up this is a Remy musing but, how ironic would it be if the final decision Remy has to make came down to what the fans were like when things didnt go well……….

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Ian

    You trot out the same comments after every fresh defeat. Change the record because your Pardew love – ins completely blind you to see anything wrong in his tactics, team selections, man management and his non stop foot in mouth-itis. ”We will not be beaten getting out targets on price and wages” being his latest media gaffe.

    I am sick of Pardew sycophants endlessly defending the guy on the back of one good season as we sleepwalk our way to the drop. Wake up!!!!

    From Remy and PEA down to Graham now !!!!!!

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    unbelievable we are gonna waste the last 16 days on trying to sort the Colo situation out when we need to be more importantly signing much need players. I say tell Colo your under contract and you’ll have to wait until end of the season to figure something out. Surely he must realize theres bigger problems club wise than his own.

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  • rainrix

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    89…. Ha wouldn’t surprise me if he did, he said cabs would be like a new signing 😉

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Tsunki…if you like the saying, then I guess it wasn’t wasted on you ;D lol

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  • Les Grossman

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Siem De Jong at Newcastle Airport

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  • yorkymag

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Where is proud this snowy morn
    I heard he was seen on the dark side

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #20

    So No News

    Is that Good or Bad

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #21

    The Danish translation in English would be something like this – “A Sweet Child got many names”.

    …I always liked that one 🙂

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #22

    paw1250
    And we might score from a corner or Free kick

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  • catchy in norway

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Ian Toon

    i like the modle we have in the recrutement area, for me it proves there are players out there good enough to play in the prem in the top half, and will not break the bank to get them,
    i understand this mean we will always be a transition club for these players,( the ones good enough)
    and even though i dont like obertan, i will not nock the club for buying him,

    this is how i see the club being run

    ASHLEY,
    he has set out his plan, buy good tallented players from struggling clubs,, get them under 26 tie them to long contracts, sell on for a proffit

    CARR
    i think he has the hardest job of all, he spots the tallent and sounds out the agents

    LAMESASS
    his job is negotiations, whether that be coming in and going out, putting a package together that suits everyone

    PARDEW
    his job is to train what he has and get the best out of them on match day, try and keep everyone happy, in most other clubs he would have a say in who he wants, but i doubt he has here,, if he did, he would be flying all over to see players, and he knows A CB is the most important pposition that needs filled right now,,

    where i see this going wrong is both lameass and pardew,

    lameass thinks he is a negotiantion god because of the AC deal, but i would not like to guess how many deals he has screwd up for us,
    and his statments he makes, he proves he is not a football man with the crap he comes out with

    PARDEW

    for ASHLEY to get the biggest return on his money on players, pardew is the wrong man, i think he is to defence minded, he is to stubborn, he picks his fave players and not always the best players for the job

    i think players value would go up if pardew played a more attack minded game

    he went all out attack v man u and scored 3, man u scored 4, but he will not play man u’s attack every week, but he chose to play defencive v norwich scored 0 but got a point,,

    i think he will have his pance taken down v reading this weekend,,we do not play as a team and they do

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #24

    If Remy and marseille wanted to wait until this stage there is nothing we can do to get him to sign earlier except throw a lot of money at him, and even then he still might not.

    Yes we could move on but why rush when this player will be here fore hopefully 4/5 years.

    Even if we had moved onto another target who is to say it would be a better player or the deal would be done any quicker.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #25

    NUFCfans.co.uk ?@nufcfans
    According to @DMAILsports #NUFC are prepared to move for the 23 year old Ajax captain Siem De Jong in a £9M move.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #26

    WW, it hasn’t started yet, soon though I think maybe this weekend?

    Rotunda, I did see the posts where there was a craig or a gary (something like that), he posted in a similar way to IanT and then IanT replied as if he was the other other poster. Do you remember?

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  • ajcrawfs

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #27

    SIEM DE JONG!!!

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Look we need 2 strikers, 2 centre backs even if Colo stays. Ashley is right not to offer silly money to R£MY and D£MBA BA.
    We have to ship out Ranger and Xisco 2 strikers on combined wages of £80,000 a week. £4 million a year for nothing!

    Also is Graham Carr or his scouts losing their touch?
    Amalfitano, Abeid recently are very poor. Maiga , Ruiz we luckily missed out on. Hopefully R£MY will work out to be like them.

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  • tequilamag

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #29

    Rotonda Pardew never said we would not be outbid , that was EDs spin not a direct quote, Please read

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2013/01/11/alan-pardew-newcastle-will-not-be-outbid-for-transfer-targets/

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #30

    indian

    if that is true I will be delighted…he is a superb player

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #31

    Apparently Marseilles have accepted the exact same offer as us with QPR and possibly Shalke, but we are the only club out of the 3 to pay the complete sum up front an not in installments. If only they had insisted on it, we’d be the only club in the running. The club have now passé everything over to Remy and his advisors to look at the 3 offers on the table and decide.

    Talk of a ridiculous agents fee coming from QPR should they secure their player is rife and from people who I trust to know what they are talking about. Not going to call it a ‘bung’ but its the next best thing.

    I believe we offered him 55k a week (not the £40k that has been talked about on here) plus incentives at the end of the season based on league position.

    The major factor here is Remy will recieve close to £90k a week at QPR, a huge signing on fee and the agents fee. I just find it strange that they can’t pay the transfer fee up front – but can pay all the fee’s in cash!

    But if its not meant to be – then we move on. And quickly!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #32

    one comment a day

    All scouts make mistakes….it’s impossible to get them all right. As long as you get the major, bigger money ones right you can forgive the odd free transfer or low value as their chance of success might be lower hence the reason we pay a low fee.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Doesn’t Siem De Jong play centrally?

    …if this is true then I guess we are not going to playing 4-3-3 (unless he’s being deployed as an ACM, but we have Marv, Benny and to some extend Cabs even though I don’t like him there)

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #35

    Siem de Jong, Luke’s brother ha ha, well we know what happens next!!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Siem de Jong – I wish!!!! Class act.

    But alas – I don’t see it myself.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #37

    Do we conduct ANY discreet business? How many other clubs have absolutely all their targets under scrutiny from the minute we start sticking pins in other clubs’ team sheets?

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  • MacToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #38

    One comment…….. why did you post under a different name last night? Was it for a laugh?

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #39

    Unless – – – we heard of his availability and acceptance of a bid and WE walked away from Remy in favour of de Jong ? Would fit beautifully into a:

    De Jong – Cabaye – HBA
    Cisse

    Formation! 🙂 Just to fuel the fire a tad! 🙂

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  • One comment a day

    Jan 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #40

    @31 totally agree mate, just saying ‘are they’ not that they have!

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