Newcastle Looking To Bring In Five Players In 11 Days


Some good information in the Evening Chronicle today that in the last eleven days of the transfer window, Newcastle could be bringing in up to five new players, in a last ditch attempt to strengthen a squad that should have been strengthened last summer – but wasn’t – and we are paying the price of that huge mistake by being embroiled in a relegation battle.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – signing tomorrow?

And it’s very painful for the fans – to say the least. 🙁

Newcastle are supposed to unveil Montpelier star and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tomorrow – given that Arsenal (or even QPR) don’t make a last minute move for the player – and two other squad players should be recruited.

We think one of those is Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara and maybe Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko – although his agents are meeting with QPR in London today.

And we are also being continually linked with young 19 year-old Florian Thauvin of  Bastia, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal over the last couple of days.

Newcastle also need to bring in a striker, with news – which we hope is true – that we are after Darren Bent of Aston Villa, although the Chronicle is reporting two targets under consideration are young players – said to be more hungry than Bent – who doesn’t do much for the huge wages he is being paid at Aston Villa.

And a surprise to us is that we are presumably going to try to sign goalkeeper Jack Butland of Birmingham for around £4M, and then loan him straight back to Lee Clark’s Birmingham City for the rest of the season, so he can get games.

So what does that mean for the future of Tim Krul – are we going to sell him in the summer – because neither player will want to warm the bench at Newcastle next season.

Alan Pardew will make another request to the Newcastle Board this morning for new recruits, when he meets with them – but it could be an interesting meeting after Newcastle lost another crucial game on Saturday – and managed to get the loss from a winning position – and at St. James’ Park too against second bottom Reading.

We’ve seen how difficult it is to get new players into Newcastle this month, after famously losing out on Loic Remy – and we’ll believe it when and if it happens.

And we are supposed to announce the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tomorrow, so we hope there’s no breaking news that another club – like Arsenal or QPR for example – are after him.

If we can get five new players in the next 11 days that will be a big boost to the squad – and we hope Newcastle can do it – because it’s crucial to our success in avoiding relegation in May.

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196 comments so far

  • true toon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    first !

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #2

    As to Rangers twit in the earlier post

    I would say he’s 3/4 right and 1/4 wrong

    1/4 – Yes we the fans have the right to voice our opinions, especially when you’ve paid for your ticket with your hard earned money and dont want your beloved club go into relegation aftter getting promoted 3 seasons ago

    3/4 – We dont know the full extent of players injuries and whos match fit or not. We base our judgments on players reputations and who fits into the the next opposition we are facing and the tactical approach to the next game.
    Pardew comes across as intelligent and is spot on with most of his analysis, he’s the only manager that i can understand in interviews who does make sense, maybe im biased because he is our manager. You know he loves this club coz you see him fighting for us on the sidelines and interviews. When i look at the picture, it doesn’t make sense. Somethings missing as there’s a invisible piece that incompletes this puzzle.

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  • sir_norman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    fingers crossed

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    If we get Yanga, Siassoko and Yoan Gouffran this window i’ll be happy. 10m for 3 quality players. Now thats a bargin

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    No harm in Jack Butland arriving, especially if we loan him out.

    Means we have a ready made replacement if a bid for krul is made and if not we have a keeper who we can sell on for a nice profit.

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  • naptoon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6
  • WWYCD

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    So Butland, Sissoko, Mbwia and Gouffran/Thauvin?

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    ho ho some knee-jerk reaction

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  • big bob

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    watched mbwia on sunday against marseille and he looked dreadful played centre midfeld though so hopefully better there and also sissoko how can you be a defensive midfielder and an attacking midfielder ????

    prority has to be aright winger if pardew is playimg this formation as cant play ameobi wide right or even centre forward !!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know anything about Thauvin, so not sure he is the attacking player we need to get goals immediately.

    I’d slap in a £5million bid for Austin from Burnley. Might even see if they would be interested in including Ranger as part exchange, so say £7million plus Ranger? 😉

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #11

    I do hope we start looking away from France in the future though. Plenty of good players else where and we would be less obvious in our targets

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  • Bambams

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #12

    When we see them holding up our colours……….

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #13

    I for one have been completely underwhelmed with Krul’s performances so far this season, I don’t want him sold,m dropped or anything drastic like that; I do however think that bringing in Butland would be a good move so he has some very good competition and at £4m that would be a great deal both in terms of fee and potential sell on fee.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Haidara, sissoko, mbiwa, bent, thauvin and butland. That adds up to 6 players. Only on who is thauvin? Is he a cb? We need 2.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Yo…But France is right there, it would be a bit inconvenient to venture further, don’t you think?

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Butland has previous stated he will only leave if he’s going to be the first choice keeper

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  • Shiremagpies

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #17

    @wwycd, good shout mate, i think it would be a wise move, think its been over explored now, maybes revisit it in a couple of years or so, i think italy should be explored and south america,(generally) not specific countrys. what do you think

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Re sissokho he is a box to box mf in the yaya toure / viera mould hence dfm and am. Also Ed nice positive article, we have bid 750k for gouffran. Maybe an article on him ?

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  • Ian Toon

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    big bob- I have watched Yanga a lot on TV etc and he’s class. He is athletic, quick and with good balance . Good in the air he’s around 6′ but jumps well He is composed and looks as if he could play in midfield in fact I believe he was a DM against Arsenal. He would be a snip at the reported price being quoted.

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  • bemba da

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20

    RonVanDam, completely agree its as if theres a piece of the jigsaw missing. I genuinely think we’re in the middle of a transition period and if we can survive the drop this year it’ll be onwards & upwards afrer that.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    hmmm believe it when I see it.

    Should defo go into the loan market like. Sinclair, Marin etc etc

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Ibiza
    Completely mate I mean its ludicrous to spend a bit more on airfare when we are on the bread line…I recant my statement haha

    RVD
    Doesn’t stop us bidding on him maybe the draw of the black and white will be strong in this one

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  • Lee Dodd

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Newcastle to get 5 Players Crikey Is Mike Ashley Now well as Hewill have a heart Attack after signing that all off .. The Word is Coloccini is of on a Plane and Harry Rednapp Will Highjack the Plane to get him to Turn Round and Sign For His Mob in front of 18000 Muppets !!!! Honestly we are like Mushrooms . Kept In The Dark and Fed on Crap !!!!! Does The Club Think The Fans are That Stupid . We have been told and Told so many Times So Much Rubbish its Just Not Beleivable any More !!!! we keep our worst manager in 25 years and have to Be happy !!! Get Lee Clark In and Terry Mac for Gods Sake !!!!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    shire

    There was some story last year what said we had set up some scouting network in south america…hopefully it’s true and will come to fruition soon enough.

    We need to have scouts, plenty of them, in top league around europe so we can hear all the talk that gets spread about release clauses, clubs needing to sell, etc so we can get good players on the cheap.

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  • colwell

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    Hurry up and get Mbiwa signed, have a BAD feeling Arsenal are going to snatch him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Birmingham are desperate for cash, why not slap in a bid for their young winger Nathan Redmond? Bags of potential, and already has some good first team experience. Given their financial position a deal could surely be struck. And I’m sure Clarky would put in a good word if a bid was accepted.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    best way to conclude deals it to keep llambarse away

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #28

    Shire
    Yeah mate its just blatant we shop almost purely in Fance at the moment so everyone knows who we are after meaning our scouts rate them highly so other teams jump on them after our success.

    Places I’d like us to look? Germany, Holland, Norway area would love to say Asia (real emerging football area) and the South Americas but work visas are tough to come by. Italy is a good shout same goes for Spain economy for their spending is getting tougher and a few bargains are clearly available

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    I just hope that FatBoy doesn’t sack Pardew because then we won’t bring any new players in. I wouldn’t put it past him do do just that.
    As much as I’ve never liked Pardew (and i think he was the luckiest manager in the UK last season) he’s had no luck at all this season. Still, I’m always drawn to a managers ability to turn things around during a game which is what all of the greats can do. Sadly, Silver Alan never has a clue and his subs always baffle. It seems like he trains the team for one formation per game then wonders why a problem (Ba leaving two days before a game) means that we have to persevere with the formation theyve trained with all that week.
    FFS, have a little faith in your players, some of them DO have half a football brain and can adapt.
    Shame our manager can’t.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Lee Dodd – Don’t mind Clarky, but please god, no more Terry Mac!!

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  • Toon Tang

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #31

    absolute bollox . if we bring in 5 players in 11 days i will eat my own thatch

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #32

    belfast

    we definitely need to look at loans.

    I dont like loans if it hinders the development of our own youngsters but ours are no where near first team standard, so they should be sent on loan.

    If we could get marin or sinclair on loan in would be great business…both play in positions we a re weak in.

    Get them in until our ‘main’ targets are down to our price range.

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  • WWYCD

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Thats a shout I have seen Redmond a couple of times and he is yet to fail to impress me but Id imagine they’d be wanting a fair whack for him Zaha money Id imagine

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  • Shiremagpies

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #34

    @transfersage, that leads me onto my next question, if you look at the likes of man utd, sorry to use them as the example, i know we are lightyears apart on the founddations of the 2 clubs but when you look at scouting, fergie has people all over the world, we seem to have carr going here there and everywhere (france). is our scouting network graham carr or does he have a small team behind him?

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  • Wayayman

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #35

    Collo leaving, Tiote off form then at ACON, Ba gone.

    Any other teams able to cope with losing their most influential players, the spine of last years 5th place team?

    If we don’t strengthen with like for like quality, we’re in the *underland

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    WWYCD – I think Birmingham have to sell this month, hence the Butland deal being only a reported 4million. They tried to offload Zigic earlier, but it collapsed due to the wages that he was offered, so it might be that we can get him at a lower valuation. Or maybe 10million for Redmond and Butland but they can keep Butland till the summer.

    To be honest, I’m surprised Redmond hasn’t been linked away (to my knowledge) at all this window.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    don’t think we need more strikers if we play a lone striker.

    On another day cisse could have had a hat trick.

    Definitely a winger come striker who can play wide. Should have got Knockaert, but Thauvin and Pea (sadly now not coming) could do a job.

    I have wanted m’biwa for so long it will hurt a lot more than remy, but seriously wenger or pardew, CL or relegation battle, passing football or hoofball.

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  • Shiremagpies

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #38

    wwycd, good shout with spain, they are tits up economically so would be right up ashleys street. you say the visa issue but i ask the question how does fergie do it and abramovich do it with chelsea, there must be a way to manage it.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #39

    shire

    from what I know (not a lot haha) we have a team of scouts….Carr will obviously have contacts as well to chat to in France about players, possibly holland which is why he spends most of his time in these places.

    Ideally we should be assembling teams around the world to find new talent.

    However all this costs money and ashley will not part with more than he has to. So if he can get the job done with less scouts in fewer countries I think he will do that.

    Not saying he won’t expand elsewhere but I can ever see us having the level of scouting as man utd do, maybe in terms of the quality we employ but not the huge range they cover.

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  • joe prie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    hopefully Newcastle can confirm Mbiwa deal soon

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