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Mike Ashley Should Get Involved More Often

7:38 pm, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 81 Comments

Newcastle seem very close to signing 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara from Nancy, 23 year-old French International defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpelier, 26 year-old striker Yoan Gouffran from  Bordeaux, and 22 year-old Moussa Sissoko from Toulouse, although Moussa may be signing a pre-contract agreement to join the club for free, when his contract ends in June.

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Mike Ashley – fully involved in transfers since late last week

When you remember that Ben Arfa is due back in a couple of weeks – and the great Yohan Cabaye returned last Saturday and was simply magnificent in midfield, then Newcastle’s squad suddenly looks a lot stronger than it was in December, even though Demba Ba has left us.

And yes – we caution that nothing is official until announced by the club – so we are hoping there will be some announcements on new players tomorrow.

Sissoko had a choice between Marseilles and Newcastle United, and chose Newcastle (obviously an intelligent lad), where his pal Yohan Cabaye could end up as captain, if Fabrico Coloccini leaves the club this month.

That’s one loose end that is not yet tied up – so we hope to hear something on that soon – maybe tomorrow –  although we’d still be shocked if Newcastle let him return to Argentina.

Newcastle have moved with commendable (lightning?) speed and shown great initiative to get these players lined up and almost over the line, and it’s always difficult to do these deals in January – half way through the season.

And it’s more than interesting that Mike Ashley only got fully involved with the transfers at the end of last week – after we missed out on that guy who chose money over Newcastle United – always a bad choice.

If this is what happens when Mike Ashley gets involved with transfers, then we really hope the owner gets involved much more often.

The other good news is that all four new arrivals could be announced sometime tomorrow, and will have a week to prepare for our next game a week tonight at Villa Park – another  vital game for Newcastle.

The subs bench will be a lot stronger for that game with Steven Taylor expected to return to the fray after another week’s training this week.

And while we don’t want to be too greedy – there’s still lots of time to sign Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon – after Ricky was a target our ours in the summer of 2010, and news is that we would have to pay out €12M (£9.8M) to get the Dutch International – hey that’s cheap at the price.

If we can indeed get these players over the line and Yohan, Steven Taylor and the great Ben Arfa back in the fray – we should have a strong team – and then it’s up to Alan Pardew and the coaches to start getting the job done.

And no more excuses – please.

Howay The Lads!!

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81 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DanRo // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Nice to optimism for a change.
    I reiterate my thoughts since Dec 31st.
    Wait until transfer window is closed to reserve judgement.

  • 2 Ben_BKK // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM


  • 3 Ben_BKK // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Stupid thing wouldn’t post, missed my chance :( lol

    Everyone seen that Gouffran’s announced on his twitter that he’s signing for us tomorrow? At least this time it’s from the player himself, surely it can’t go wrong now!

  • 4 89Norcal // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM


    From what I seen on the videos, Gouffran is legit talent. I tried to look at fundamentals rather than goals vs questionable defenses (as if ours is much better :))

    I noted he reminds me of Ba in his play and times his runs well. Little faster than Ba though.

  • 5 cyprus // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    That’s probably an older picture Ed. Isn’t he much skinnier these days? Anyway, MA for coach!

  • 6 Fostino // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    is he any good…is he our ba replacement…big gamble if he is

  • 7 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    So has anyone actually seen gouffran play? Otherwise his goal scoring record is poor? I take it he’s a striker whoms a handful and creates space for other players and clever flick ons if his record aint that good?

  • 8 DENIro // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Yoan Gouffran – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Yoan Gouffran (born 25 May 1986) is a French footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United the Barclays Premier League. Gouffran plays as a striker and …

  • 9 cndrbrown // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Certainly optimistic for a change. Villa is a must win

  • 10 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    All of a sudden we seem the most active in the transfer window, it’s a complete different scenario than to the 1st 2 weeks of the window

  • 11 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    where’s all the coplainers today

  • 12 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Also shame he is cup tied in europa league with 5 apps and 4 goals!

  • 13 Ben_BKK // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    From what I gather he’s more of a second striker/wide forward, rather than an out and out centre forward like Ba or Cisse, which is just what we need really. His goal record in the last couple of seasons has actually been pretty good, if I remember correctly he had 14 last season and has 11 or 12 so far, which is really good for half a season. I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing him replace Shola (although with Pardew, what are the chances of that happening? :( )

  • 14 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    They’ll be here tomorrow saying gouffrans terrible and for us to stop buying french players!

  • 15 magpie6699 // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    That’s it! I’m finished! No mention of getting Ngog or Bent – ASHLEY OUT!

  • 16 ONLINE GUY // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Torq..Second goal I ever seen Gouffran score I knew he was different and had all the skills under pressure…He just need’s a new challenge ?…JUst been on Talk Sport ..he has signed, according to them ..this at 19:40

    If the players mentioned arrive I think we might just have to sing Ashley’s name Next home game..

    Question ..Has Pardew slipped something into Ashleys tea ?

  • 17 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Or if colo goes they’ll say pardew told him to go!

  • 18 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Alright lads. Sounds like a productive day. Exciting times and @torq fair play to MA for making us Le Toon.Bit of banter below for the deluded mackems.

  • 19 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM



  • 20 Toon1978 // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    Thanks for the info mate :)

  • 21 bills-son // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I’ve been ridiculed for this many times – but imo Ashley is massively ambitious.

    This guy iis a winner and one of the smartest operators – if not the smartest – in the hugely competitive sportswear business. He is known for being meticulous and hugely driven and guys like him dont do things in business for fun, or to come second. Ashley knows he cant compete financially with ManU, Citeh or Chelsea and he wont even try – that would be financial suicide. That means he has to operate smart within a lower budget and that has been frustrating for us fans. This window was a massive test of Ashley’s committment to NUFC and if he pulls off these signings he has to be given the credit he deserves.

  • 22 ONLINE GUY // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Hearing talk sport via net…Gouffran has signed according to them.

  • 23 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    did he play at st james’s when we beat bordeux ?

  • 24 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    From last topic
    Personally for me regardless of the personal issues, he wants out, so is in no frame of mind to be our leader on the pitch so gor me shouldn’t carry the armband, think he’s wanted out for a couple if months now going on his performances

  • 25 ross armstrong // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    my team v villa if all goes to plan

    debuchy mbiwa colo santon

    with williamson sold!!!!!

  • 26 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM


    ASh could compete with man utd etc he just knows in business terms it isn’t sustainable!

  • 27 Fostino // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    think i just seen ashley drive by with this tune blazing

  • 28 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Gouffran is fast tricky with good technique. Took him a while at Bordeux to get into things but he can play. 1.5m is a bargain. Should be about 7m

  • 29 BUDGIE // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Positivety, positivety, positivety, must be reading the wrong site tonight.

  • 30 hdavid23 // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    New Newcastle United home shirt leaked #nufc

  • 31 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    @ fostino

    Haha, quality song

  • 32 TorqToon // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Online – I don’t tend to go off talksport mate but the fact that the player himself has tweeted that he will be a toon player tomorrow – that’s good enough for me.

    A new challenge is exactly what he needs and now is the perfect time for that.

  • 33 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM


    I know, thats the only reason i am commenting tonight because their are actually sensible people online not 9 year old mackems.

  • 34 Anth // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I know what’s swung these deals:

    Yoan plays sonic the hedgehog on the megadrive and we have got that at Benton, he likes holding down on the d pad and pressing A loads n then releasing to go round hoops faster.

    Mbwia likes FIFA 13 (we got that to and promised domino’s pizza)

    Sissoko plays black ops and he has yet to play black ops 2, del boy text me n asked if he could have mine so I dropped that off earlier.

    Wolfswinkel is an extreme game boy user however he dropped his and it’s broken so chanley got on eBay n boxed that off so he can now play his beloved tetris!

    Who the fuck are QPR with FIFA 12 we pull out the stops.

    Howay the lads!!!

  • 35 TorqToon // Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    JToonJ – Tore our cb’s to shreds mate! Although that wasn’t necessarily too difficult.

  • 36 dubzy // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    DONE DEAL………….

    Yoan Gouffran @ YGouffran
    Tomorrow I will be a new player and I am proud Newcastle thank you all kisses …

  • 37 dubzy // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Yoan Gouffran @ YGouffran

    Growing up I needed a new challenge so I hope you will respect my choice qye … I would follow the results of the Girondins

  • 38 jimmysmith // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Great additions if they all come off, but why the f@ck are we always in for French players.

    I’ve always associated the French with a certain elan and insousiance not indigenous to Tyneside.

    What are they going to do with their spare time FFS, lounge around in their cravats and berets, smoking gauloises and generally being disgusted by the dearth of a decent baguette.

    If I was a local lad on the books I’d be reet pissed off.

  • 39 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Curtis good at left back again for Bradford.

  • 40 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    JtoonJ it was perch and willo as cb when he played but he shredded our back line. Proper fast tricky player defenders hate. Unless u have a nippy bugger like mbwia in ur back four 😉

  • 41 DanRo // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    #NUFC are delighted to announce the signing of French international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Montpellier.

  • 42 robin // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Its poses the question where does this leave Lambias? When the owner has to intervene because of Lambias being to hostile with players representatives, maybe this will signal aparting of the ways for the Shadowy Chief Exec! I still believe this will herald a spate of signings now that Ashley has grasped the importance of staying in the Premier league. A big name Striker will follow the french recruits into the club!

  • 43 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM


    Good! Lets hope he tears up villa’s already fragile defence and encourages cisse to go on a streak!

  • 44 DanRo // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Get in!

  • 45 toontillidie // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    been watching SSN for the last 2 hours and it seems that Mbiwa is in Newcastle having his medical and will be unveiled tomorrow along with haidara and Gouffran no sign of siss yet though plus we have also put in a 3.5m bid for Butland as a backup keeper behind Krul and Harps will be released if we get Butland

  • 46 Toon1978 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Mbiwa ….offficial!!

  • 47 Ben_BKK // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Don’t know if he played at SJP but I think he scored both goals for them when they beat us at their place, can anyone confirm this?

  • 48 DanRo // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    awesome signing

  • 49 geordie157 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    If we get these players in, then abeid, tav and maybe fergs can go out on loan.

  • 50 Hobs // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Defender Yanga-Mbiwa has signed a five-and-a-half year deal and will wear squad number 13

  • 51 Fostino // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    mbiawa, haidra, gouffran……tricky to spell. might be trickier for ed to fit them into the overhead banner…please god they’ll come. sousoko too……that would be effing awesome

  • 52 G // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Get in, it’s official Mbiwa has been signed. Announcement made on

  • 53 toontillidie // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Yeah he did ben in our 2 – 0 loss

  • 54 cyprus // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I can agree with you there, but what of the coach? MA has made a statement of intent, now it’s up to AP. Can he turn it around? How many more games should he be given? I prefer the stability, and I even understand MA’s intentions with that 8 year contract, but this is a results business and AP would’ve gone in any other good team. We have 15 games to get 19 points. In 23 we got 21.
    Nice that everyone here is getting excited, but transfers don’t automatically bring points.

  • 55 naptoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    billson i think we all give him his dues for this since he got invlved things have moved hopefully another nail in llambos coffin but it would have been ambition if he had done this in summer again tho couldve been down to llambs and charnley. anyway onwards and upwards

  • 56 martoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    The best bit about this for me is that it is a massive slap in the face for DL. Ashley obviously decided he had made enough cock ups and took personal control. I’m actually wondering if he might decided to replace him after this.

  • 57 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Yep Mbiwa bagged. We are going to be the busiest club this transfer window. Catchy.

  • 58 TorqToon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    @NUFCOfficial: Defender Yanga-Mbiwa has signed a five-and-a-half year deal and will wear squad number 13 for #NUFC. More on

  • 59 voodoo85 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Mbiwa #13 shirt number

  • 60 Hobs // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Mbiwa has signed!!!

  • 61 northernirishtoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Mbiwa confirmed on ssn

    Get fooking in there

  • 62 Tsunki // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    How do we know exactly that the Owlman had nothing to do with the transfer business exactly? What did I miss?

  • 63 JTOONJ // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

  • 64 naptoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    nice 5 and half year contract if hes half as good as made out we ve got a bargain i was hoping for a mass unveiling

  • 65 aidantoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:08 PM




  • 66 jammylambo // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    yes ! confirmed !! off to watch the bradford game :) now the mackems can shove thaty leg breaking twat theve signed well and truely up their arse.

  • 67 Mund30 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    yesssssss buzzng with Mbiwa unreal news, could be a great week exactly the boost we need HWTL

  • 68 naptoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    reports last week (just after qpr debacle) ashley was to be personally involved in transfers.

  • 69 aidantoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM


  • 70 stretchintoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    What a day,absolutley buzzing,if we stay up & im now very optimistic we will big things could be coming to tyneside next season,dare i say it… A TROPHY! not been this happy for a good while…..HWLL……..(howay le lads) COME ON THE TOON!!!!

  • 71 Papiss9 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Great to se MA take care of the business personally. Great signings. After we signed Debuchy I was realistic and hoped for a CB and a Winger/striker. Mbiwa and Gouffran allready signed.

    If Haidara and Sissoko signs aswell it will be one of the best january transferwindows ever.

  • 72 BDin9 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Mbiwa in. Next please.Great signing

  • 73 lesh // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Well done to Mike Ashley and it just shows what can be done when there’s a somebody with the authority to negotiate and flexiblility to close deals off.

    Now then, a great team effort and I wonder if there’s anything else MA can do to help relieve the load on the clearly overstretched Mr Llambias.

    Of course I mean that in the nicest possible way!

  • 74 aidantoon // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:33 PM




  • 75 ash1001 // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Its hopefully been a good day for NUFC, fingers crossed they all come off, all good buys with strong backgrounds, and they are for now and the future.
    Looks like it may just be the end of the road for certain players at NUFC, will thank them for there service, but afraid they will have to move on.
    One extra signing I would love to see is Chris Moat back at the club and Llambias back ‘chip’ counting somewhere.
    By the way has Ashley really been hands on in these deals if so he certainly knows you to take decisions, and take them quickly

  • 76 bills-son // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Cyprus – i agree wuth you, signings dont guarantee results, they just give Pardew less options for excuses.

    If Ashley ends up giving Pardew Debuchy, Mbiwa, Haidara, Gouffran and Sissoko then he has shown his manager massive support.

    Pards needs to start winning games – fadt.

  • 77 keeganjr // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    YESSSS YESSSSSSS YESSSSS I PROBABLY COME ON MY OWN FACE NOW.. This is so good.. Hes miles better then what we have.. Mbwia is one of the best players we have bought for the last 20 years.. What a day.. Keep it coming.. I LOVE U ASHLEY, BUT I HATE U ALSO

  • 78 keeganjr // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Not sure about nr13, that is a bad omen in norway… BUT WHO CARES..

  • 79 Marzy // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    I’m absolutely ecstatic over this Mbia, the lad is a class act and reckon he’ll fit straight in. just going through the pics on the official site? “I’m Smiling”.
    I may be dreaming here but imagine if all these transfers come true & we top it of with the signing of PEA?!? the cat that got the cream springs to minds.

  • 80 Marzy // Jan 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Mbiwa I apoligise

  • 81 LargeSadMenace // Jan 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Great news that we’ve finally signed a centre half and even better if we pull the other signings off but I wouldn’t go so far as to praise MA to the high heavens…this should have been done in the summer, in fact we’ve needed another senior centre-half in the squad since Sol Campbell left two years ago.

    Rather than a signal of his ambitious intent, It looks to me more like MA has moved to protect our premier league status after his risk to break even again in the summer backfired massively. Call me cynical but if the money is there now then it was there in the summer.

    Nevertheless, if we do sign these other players then AP will have more options and hopefully more success on the pitch. Let’s just hope that MA has realised his one in-one out transfer policy is not suitable in building a truly competitive squad. In other words I bloody hope Mbiwa is not Colo’s replacement.

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