Mike Ashley Should Get Involved More Often


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 comments so far

  • DanRo

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #2

    First?

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #3

    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!

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  • 89Norcal

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Toon1978

    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.

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  • cyprus

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • Fostino

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #6
  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #7

    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?

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  • DENIro

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Yoan Gouffran – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoan_Gouffran
    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 …

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  • cndrbrown

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Certainly optimistic for a change. Villa is a must win

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • Pardews Parsnip Bonce

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #11

    where’s all the coplainers today

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #12

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

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  • Ben_BKK

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #13

    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? 🙁 )

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Pardews Parsnip Bonce

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

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  • magpie6699

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #16

    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 ?

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Pardews Parsnip Bonce

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

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #18

    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.https://mobile.twitter.com/GraemeScott100/status/293799671380471808/photo/1

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Ben_BKK

    Thanks!

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  • Toon1978

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #20

    89Norcal

    Thanks for the info mate 🙂

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  • bills-son

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #21

    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.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

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

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Torq
    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

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  • ross armstrong

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #25

    my team v villa if all goes to plan

    ==========krul
    debuchy mbiwa colo santon
    ===cabaye=sissoko=anita
    gouffran===cisse===marveaux

    with williamson sold!!!!!

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #26

    bills-son

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

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  • Fostino

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEBEK-etXrM

    think i just seen ashley drive by with this tune blazing

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #28

    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

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  • BUDGIE

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • hdavid23

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #30

    New Newcastle United home shirt leaked #nufc pic.twitter.com/4WxWUQMq

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #31

    @ fostino

    Haha, quality song

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #32

    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.

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  • JTOONJ

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #33

    BUDGIE

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

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  • Anth

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #34

    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!!!

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  • TorqToon

    Jan 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • dubzy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #36

    DONE DEAL………….

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

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  • dubzy

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #37

    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

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • geordie157

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Curtis good at left back again for Bradford.

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jan 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    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 😉

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