Newcastle Must Get More Agressive In Transfer Market

Nancy full-back Massadio Haidara may be close to signing for Newcastle, and certainly Newcastle need to get some players in soon, and not leave things to the last moment – when we could end up with no players and be in an even deeper hole than we are already in.

Massadio Haidara

Massadio Haidara – 20 year-old Nancy left back

The 20 year-old has said he would be interested in a move to the Premier League, and if the latest news is to be believed Newcastle have had a £2.5M bid accepted for the Nancy full-back – and presumably Newcastle are now talking terms with the Frenchman.

Other news however suggests that the Nancy club is holding out for a bigger fee, and that would seem reasonable as they try to get as much as they can for their France U21 International – but we’ve seen this picture before, and usually Newcastle refuse to budge – and that means we will not get the player through the door.

Haidara was speaking to Eurosport yesterday:

“I have not been contacted. Newcastle could interest me. It wouldn’t bother me to play there, moving to a club where there are already a lot of French speakers would help me settle in.”  “I have a preference for England.”

“This is the championship that attracts me. I’m not into the idea of going at all costs. I will leave if there is a good proposal for me and my club. I’m twenty-years-old and not in such a hurry to leave. Nancy gives me the opportunity to play and it’s important at my age.”

Haidara is also wanted by Roma, and it seems he wouldn’t rule out a move to the Italian league:

“I’m not closed to the idea. Roma is a very good team, so why not play for them?”

This doesn’t sound like a good situation for Newcastle, because of our strict rules of not paying over what Mike Ashley thinks the valuation of a player is – and we’ve found out that even if we do get a bid accepted – then a more aggressive, more ambitious club – like QPR as one example heaven forbid – can still come in and sign the player from under our noses.

We think it’s about time that Newcastle got much more aggressive in this January transfer window, lest we end up with no more new players through the door come February 1st – which has happened at least a couple of times before,  when we left things to the last moment, and then failed badly on the very last day of the transfer window.

If you don’t learn from your mistakes – then history repeats itself.

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20 comments so far

  • Peter Beardsley

    Jan 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Good article contrasting the Bundesliga and the Premier League; money, terraces and wage caps.

  • Kyo

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #2

    We’re going down. Debuchy only signing.

  • gonz

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Has the club or Pardew talked about how the Remy deal? Why he snubbed us? How much were we willing to pay him weekly? etcetera……

  • gonz

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Has the club or Pardew talked about their part in the Remy deal that failed? Why he snubbed us? How much were we willing to pay him weekly? etcetera……

  • Alan_Pardew

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #5

    We are going for a nose dive. Strap in lads and take a deep breath.


    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #6

    We seem to give little credence or thought to good British players nowadays …Snodgrass at Norwich looks good and Hungry to me a really great battler with all the anyone has’nt noticed?. Not sure of his age?

    Also Shane Long is the top Answer to partner Cisse..plays for the team and has everything ..Including a fast mind ..Quick thinker like Beardsley.

    If we go in for Shane Long I can say that it will also cost us a player moving WBA way before they would consider it… as well as Cash…. Obertan’s the likely lad.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Nice little update on Ashleys own TV Sports News Channel about the Toon bidding for Haidara.

  • johnhoy

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Agree with Ed to a point. Aggression is needed but the only language that really talks is aggressive finance. Pardew does not have much say in anything to do with recruitment other than asking for this player or that. Redknapp is able to persuade players verbally. Pardew is not granted that authority. Lambias may agree with Pardew to Pursue a player for a certain price, but as we all know from the Keegan debacle- they will drop the bid so as to have it refused. How many times do you think that has happened so far in this window?

  • no1magpie

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #9

    very good player with exceptional speed, aggression and forward play…. In many ways better than santon.. With him and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa we will go for top four.

    He can out run any player, out skill them, pick a pass and score a good few in open play. VERY GOOD PLAYER. stupidity to thin we have not signed him yet.


    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Goodnight Tuff.

  • johnhoy

    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #11

    We will not spend the cash required to compete even with the likes of Tottenham. For a decade of my life we were always the bigger club


    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #12


    For several years we paid some of the top wages in the prem..running ourselves into some debt though ..We really cant compete with Arab and Russian money that’s dictating the Prem league placings now …all clubs in the prem should have the same spending limit on transfers and wages ..thats the only thing that will give us a level playing field so to speak..Not gonna happen though.. Spurs make twice as much as Newcastle on the commercial side..we used to make more when Freddie Fletcher was running that side of things at the Toon.


    Jan 17, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Nite All

  • Sav

    Jan 17, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Funny idea of aggression – to pay whatever the seller asks and more than you think is fair value.
    Remy isn’t worth 85 k per week and a disrupted changing room. Simple as. Sooner or later, clubs will learn the price we offer is the price we are prepared to pay. It is actually laudable – as long a s we don’t get relegated.

  • Geordiedownunder

    Jan 17, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #15

    As an afterthought on the Remy fiasco… If QPR goes down this season (Hopefully they will take Toon’s spot) as I understand it, Remy can leave…. in that case which club in Premier would take on the money grabber?

  • tweaked

    Jan 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #16

    its becoming a joke, we should of had 3 players in by now if they had other targets

  • Visten

    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #17

    @no1 magpie: All ifs and buts, we aint gonna sign anyone.


    Jan 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #18

    its the same old crap, being turned down by that ex boro and arsenal striker who couldnt hit a barn door shows our ambition. Stop deluding yourselves and accept we are ran on the wigan model, forget the 50k plus per game its all about profit and advertising for sports direct. Dont listen to anything that comes from pardews mouth or the scum paper the evening chronicle. Apathy rules amongst the supporters once upon a time there would be riots at st james, passionate fans we used to be. Now the new breed of mugs take the ten year season ticket option and the clubs treats them like the idiots they are

  • tweaked

    Jan 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #19

    what irritates me is all we hear is we in for this player or that player but no firm confirmation from anywhere saying this player has discussed terms and is currently having a medical, WTF do they do?? ohhhh look i think he’ll be good so we interested and this carries on for weeks before anything really happens


    Jan 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    JARRAMAG // Jan 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Do Ashley,Llambias and Pardue have any idea of the mess we are in because i dont think they do

    Below is a list of our first team and my humble estimation of how many goals they might score till the end of the season
    1)Cisse 8
    2)Ben Arfa 4
    3)Cabaye 3
    4)Shola 2
    5)Anita 0
    6)Tiote 0
    7)Marveaux 1
    8)Obertan 0
    9)Jonas 0
    10)Santon 0
    11)Debuchy 0
    12)Taylor 0
    13)Collo 0

    Thats 18 goals and im being optimistic

    I am sorry to be a doom monger but with the number of goals we let in i think unless the 3 wise men dont get some good first team players across the line we will be relegated.

    Mr Ashley are you prepared to get us relegated again and miss out on approx £60 mill in tv revenue ?

    Where has Pardue gone ?is he still our manager because he has gone very quiet and i wonder why?


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