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Newcastle Sign Third Frenchman In Three Days

7:50 pm, Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 538 Comments

For the third day in a row, Newcastle have announced the signing of a French player – and today it is 20 year-old
France under-21 international left back Massadio Haïdara.

Massadio Haïdara.

Massadio Haïdara – sings for Newcastle will wear number 19

The left-back comes in from Nancy and he is a big powerful player with lots of speed – something that we lack in the back four at the moment.

And with Toulouse announcing on their web-site that Moussa Sissoko has signed today for Newcastle – maybe we’ll announce four signings in four days tomorrow, when the Sissoko signing could be announced.

Now to get Ricky van Wolfswinkel in by Saturday to keep the streak going! :D

The Trappes-born youngster made more than 50 appearances for Nancy, and he is currently one of France’s top young talents.

This is what Massadio had to say after his signing:

“It was the desire of the club to sign me up which was the most important factor.” “It was nothing to do with the league position.”

“It was really all about the club’s desire and willingness to sign me up. Also, I like the club’s ambition to strengthen the whole team so we can improve our league position. That’s what appealed to me so I didn’t hesitate.”

And Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew had this to say about  his fourth new player this month:

 “Massadio is very highly-thought of in France and he’s somebody who our scouting team have been greatly impressed by.”

“At the age of 20, he will only continue to get better but he’s already played a lot of games in his country’s top division and represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.”

“He’s strong and quick and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop here.”

Massadio is another excellent signing by Newcastle this month – and our club is not finished yet.

And while the club made a big mistake in not strengthening the squad in the summer – a big mistake – they are now doing their level best to put that mistake right.

Hopefully we’ll still get even more players through the door before next Thursday – here’s hoping.

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538 responses so far ↓

  • 1 SBergenwall // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Exciting times indeed

  • 2 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM


  • 3 Jonny // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Don’t bother with rvw. Go up and down the English lower leagues and find a cheap hard working striker. Jon Walters type that doesn’t mind sitting on the bench but when called upon, gives it his all and more. That’s good enough for me.

  • 4 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    You’ve done your best to make it hard for us to get on this article, Ed, there’s no header link! :P

    Great news though, further strengthens the defence and could we possibly see Santon pushed further upfield? Like a few others I think he could be more effective on the wing, he’d definitely be better than Jonas if you ask me!

    Now for Sissoko and possibly another striker, but it’s already probably been our best transfer window that I can remember. Sissoko especially is an incredible signing, one I never thought I’d see us making! An absolute beast of a player that’ll give us one of the best central midfields in the league.

  • 5 spitfire_ // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    And fourth and fifth is on the way.

  • 6 NUFC STEVE // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Dries Mertens, Wijnaldum, Lens ………..

  • 7 Dublin_Magpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Happy days, could be four in four tomorrow

  • 8 Robby Bobson // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    NUFC STEVE…Gouffran?

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    What a wk so far. And its not even finished yet.

    Smiling from ear to ear :)

    All the journo critics around the UK & Europe take note

  • 10 clinath@ed // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Nufc Steve, who have you got as our right winger?

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 24, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    a natural left footer at LB its been a while since thats happened to the toon


  • 12 mattnufc // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I agree, all we need is a winger..preferably a French one!

  • 13 Andrizu // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    We don’t need a winger. We need a 20+ a season striker.

    Wolf winkle looks top drawer

  • 14 matt11_25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    ….and tomorrow… Sissoko!!

  • 15 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Andre Ayew would be on my list

  • 16 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    or vladimar wiess

  • 17 ben10arfa // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    @NUFC_Stats: Bastia confirm NUFC have made €3m offer for Thauvin plus 15% of future profit & loaned back until end of season (via @davidmcrossan) #nufc

  • 18 ben10arfa // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Could be 6 in five days

  • 19 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    I hope Mike Ashley see’s what this does to ordinary folk like us.

    I’m actually quite happy and upbeat for the first time since August.

  • 20 matt11_25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Looks like we are really following the arsenal model..
    RVW… will be our bergkamp!

  • 21 gaz 44 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Gouffran can play the wing

  • 22 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM


    You an ITK now ?

  • 23 woodsee // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Stay up this season is priority,then the skys the limit,at last it seems the best supporters in the world are gettin a team to match our ambitions

  • 24 ben10arfa // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM


  • 25 MacToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    SSN seem to have forgotten about Debuchy #amateurs

  • 26 matt11_25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    S.taylor = sol..
    eh I tried

  • 27 israeli_fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I know ketsbaia is a WUM but to be honest I kind of agree with him about man utd, their squad isnt better than ours… sure van persie and rooney are better than cisse, but our goalkeeper, defence, and midfield are better.

    the diffrence is the manager.
    if we get wenger (and we won’t) i really believe we can finish top 3 with this squad

  • 28 matt11_25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    ssn was just talking about this week?yeah?

  • 29 NUFC FOR SALE // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Do you think this Haidara will start???

  • 30 ben10arfa // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Bastia boss confirms arsenal also interested in thauvin but have yet to make firm offer

  • 31 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Mac…Oh yeah, Debuchy, easily forgettable :)

  • 32 alf // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Wolfswinkel next through the door – 12 million euros.

  • 33 MacToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    matt, he said on SSN, that’s 3 in this window!

  • 34 hatem786 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    next year we will win the BPL:)

  • 35 NUFC STEVE // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Gouffran can play there but doesnt naturally, thats not really good enough. Look at our season so far we can get upfield but final ball is Cat. With benny on one side and someone like Mertens on the left we wud be a top side as we are so sloid in CM. WE have 3 strikers not one left winger.

  • 36 ben10arfa // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Haidara is a better defender than santon. Too ofton hes caught out at back post, and doesnt stop crosses cumin in

  • 37 MacToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    ok maybe the tag should be #yesterdaysnews ;-)

  • 38 gstadt // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    One things for sure, from watching sissoko he’s not a DM, the man’s proper Box-to-box animal lol :-)

  • 39 israeli_fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    for those who never saw sissoko, he isnt as good as vieira, and probably will never be, but sissoko and cabaye together in the engine room will be a match for any midfield in the world, barcelona included

  • 40 ThaiMag // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    1st team
    Ben arfa———————-Marveaux

    2nd team

    3rd team

  • 41 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    NUFC 4 LIFE (…err I mean SALE!) – I just can’t believe it mate. Trying hard not to get overly excited before an official announcement – but from everything I’ve heard and the people I’ve spoken too, it’s as good as done.

    Ibiza – 5 years is a good contract length. With the option to extend!

  • 42 woodsee // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    A big well done to all the chavs buying there trackie bottoms at sports direct,

  • 43 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Alf – I wish mate! :-)

  • 44 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Mac…That’s better, stop living in the past man…honestly.

    What a turn around in one week. Last week it was “Well I’m not going back to SJP”, now people wish we had a game tomorrow.

    Why does that man play with us so?

  • 45 Tekkers29 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM


    M’vila signs for Rubin Kazan.

    “I know Harry wanted me there to supply the goals for Remy but i could not turn down the chance to join Rubin after i found out the Rubin chairman had upgraded to fifa 13″

  • 46 Nufcjoss // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    viva la france!! allmost got the whole french national team in our squad.. Not bad!

  • 47 NUFC FOR SALE // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    I still think we need a Striker

    and if Collicini leaves we need another centre half.

    We need to make sure with Steven Taylor being so injury prone that we keep Williamson as far away from the team as possible otherwise we will go down.

  • 48 israeli_fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    RVW isnt what we need, we need a player like owen (in his prime).

    if we can get shane long i will be delighted.. underated player

  • 49 roblee7 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    any info on this guy Thauvin? I’ll hold my hands up and say I know nothing about him. Is he a striker?

    Also, you guys think Haidara is a first team signing or a back up? Another i know nothing about but still excited!! I still think we’ll sign a big money striker, despite the other signings I’d be disappointed if we didn’t as not sure Gouffran and Cisse are enough, espeially if Cisse doesn’t improve, we could still be down there come end of season as need goalscorers desperado

  • 50 alf // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Apparently van Wolfswinkel and Thauvin are next ones on the radar.

  • 51 MacToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    We need a trainer in for our ball boys atleast, howay finger out Ashley.

  • 52 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    I don’t understand a word but it is Sissoko talking about NUFC

  • 53 GeordieToon89 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Sorry to be a downer lads but I really cannot see us spending another £10million on RVW, Although he’s a cracking players a just cant see Ashley paying that ontop of what he’s spent, plus where will he play? because we wont pay 10million for someone to be a rotation player

  • 54 NUFC STEVE // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Thai Mag
    NOT 1 good left mid in those 3 teams.

  • 55 Newcastle for alltid // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Something just came to mind: This season I didn’t have the spare money to spend on our new home kit right away when it launched. This dragged on and on, and I felt that I couldn’t support the lads properly – while results was getting worse and worse.
    A little over a week ago I finally ordered the home kit, as I though “Fcuk the money, I’ll just do it” So I ordered it. Now, a few days later, three new signings and an imminent fourth is upon us, and it’s all happy days.
    So now I feel partially responsible for all these transfers, and strongly believe that my 40 pounds was the money that tipped it over for Ashley so that he could say “Fcuk yeah! Well, now we can safely spend some money without worrying too much, thanks heavens”
    So yeah, everything is fine now.

  • 56 northernirishtoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    What an effect a couple of days can have.

    Great to be a fan at the minute

    Funny feeling the biggest suprise is yet to come


  • 57 roblee7 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    also, I bought a Stone Island jacket today….will i get tagged a football hooligan for wearing it? its well smart like and wouldn’t normally buy anything to do with football hooligans as I think they’re the lowest of the low, but it was £30 and new with tags…just dont want people to think I’m a nut job!

  • 58 yorkymag // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I think you under estimate Sissoko
    He is bigger and more powerful than patrick hei is a cross between torre and Viera
    He will be worth 40millon in 2 seasons

  • 59 ThaiMag // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    We need another winger and striker to have a complete squad

  • 60 psutty80 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Sounds like we’re in for butland aswell (from twitter), a bit strange as he’s english…

  • 61 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Proud think we crossed feeds!

  • 62 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    We won’t sign another ST!

    I think it has to be and will be a LW/SS.

  • 63 AD17 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    No excuses now Mr Pardew. You’ve finally got a top squad assembled (I say pardew, i mean Carr as i believe pardew has very little input in to signings)

    Now keep us up and lets kick on next year! I still believe we need another striker/forward and a centre half if colo does go (Douglas in the summer for free?)

    However Im still worried that we’re going to lose a player this transfer window to help fund these deals and I doubt we’ll spend any money in the summer!

  • 64 izzyb1991 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM


    cockneymag – haha, I’m with you on Fifa man, I just started playing ’13 again for the first time since November and the update last night gave me Debuchy but no Mbiwa- does it update at the end of the week or something? Fifa can’t keep up with our signings.

    Also agree with you on Amalfitano. He looks class. In his glimpses he’s looked calm and far better than Sammi and his motley crue.

    While we’re on the subject of Fifa – if anyone has a PS3 and fancies a game tonight – COCKNEY? – I’ll be on from about 11pm and my PSN is velveteer.

  • 65 israeli_fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    yorkymag since we bought cabaye and linked to 20 french players ewvery window i began to watch the french leauge on a regular basis.. he has the potential to become world class, but don’t think he will be as good as vieira, who is for me was 1 of the best ever.

    he is a slightly better version of diame, who i rate very highly

  • 66 alf // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Tim Krul’s 5/2 to sign for AC Milan so it makes sense they’ll be after Butland cos Elliott’s a pile of crap.

  • 67 Bambams // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Has anything more been said about Butland ?

  • 68 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Moonraker – Agree with most of what you said in your reply on the previous article although i think for many its not hindsight. We have been crying out for a cb for ages and everyone wanted one in the summer. Many wanted a backup striker after losing Best and Lovenkrands and also an attacking fullback. Not hindsight for me but you are correct, its hard to criticise on the back of three signings in three days. If the man signs sissoko and another striker i would be very grateful and would find it hard not to sing his name if a comical chant broke out. Put it this way he is more likely to splash out again if we’re chanting in his favour as opposed to the fcb chant. Hope Pardew can get the lads playing. No more jonas or Willo in the 11 please

  • 69 Bambams // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    @alf…..That was spooky fella !

  • 70 yorkymag // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    We will watch with much interest and pleasure as he entertains and tantalisers ,a mars bar I am right

  • 71 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Those who knock Amalfitano and say hes out of his depth blah blah blah dont have a clue!

    Iv actually wanted to see more of him and when he has had the odd ten mins hes impressed and look sharp.

    I think Pardew is taking his time with this guy and hasnt totally gained trust in him yet as hes only young. (You know what Pardews like).

    Deffinately one for the future and would be stupid to let him go!

    Id let him go out on loan to get some playing time if anything.

    Dont doubt this kid, mark my word!

  • 72 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    A good read – inclusive of Sissoko, we signed Gouffran, Mbiwa, Haidara AND Sissoko – all for €15mil !!

    That’s crazy ! :-)

  • 73 ThaiMag // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I think Mike Ashley must have played Football Manager before the transfer window started this month

  • 74 gstadt // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Israeli Fan, think you’re undercooking Sissoko, he’s much, MUCH better than Diane …. He’s worth 10-15mill on a long-term contract. Don’t think I’ve ever seen such keen but effective buying in football before, looks like MA cracked the football market, with a little help from the master scout Carr :-)

  • 75 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:26 PM


    Sorry pal i defo would but im on xbox

  • 76 alf // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Lee Ryder comes on here to find out who Newcastle are signing.

  • 77 gstadt // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Even if Krul goes to Milan, its a relief Butlands English ha

  • 78 TheToonKing // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    While we’re on Fifa who plays on the PC ?

    My ID is Toonking23 , would love to meet fellow fans and play a few games. Maybe a league ?

  • 79 bomber // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    i still think danny graham would be a solid signing, he wouldnt mind sitting on the bench, and will get goals!

  • 80 gstadt // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Just seen a lad comparing sissoko to essien when he was good – that’s closer than Vieira …

  • 81 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Torq…Any news about our suppose interest in Ali Ahamada?

    …or do you think Toulouse has had it with us ;) lol

  • 82 breno95 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    If AP wants to lift some pressure off him he has to have the new lads all involved at Villa otherwise he could find himself being quizzed by MA who will argue that he has gone and put the money on the table to bring in better players than AP has not had the opportunity to do so of late.
    All these lads have been playing regular football at their respective clubs before signing so IMO if they do not all make a debut and (god forbid) we lose at Villa AP is there to be rightly shot at. My 11 at Villa would be:-
    Sissoko (he will sign in time)
    Santon (left side)
    Marveaux (right side)


    Formation of 1-4-2-3-1.
    A failure on APs part to not put them straight in will then confirm his managerial incompetence. PS if Shola gets anywhere near the 16 man squad at Villa I would sack AP instantly if I was MA.

  • 83 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Haidaras “Its like in France ” interview from L’Equipe. Explains why he signed etc. Link:-

  • 84 oldbobaycliffe // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    since the end of last season,smith guthrie best and lovers and then ba 5 out 5(inc anita) in so our small squad has not increased so we need to get get sissoko in so we have the same squad size i woukd still like a c/b in someone over 6ft would be great but to be honest the quality of the new ones is better than the ones who have left except maybe ba trouble could be the quality of pardew

  • 85 israeli_fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    i agree.. sissoko is more like essien than vieira with his powerful runs through the middle.

    we still need tiote in the line-up… i dont know why but when tiote plays alongside cabaye he is a diffrent player

  • 86 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    @alf I saw an italian journalist on SSN the other day and he said Milan are Skint,they want to sign Krul and Astori but have to rely on the sale of Abate to fund these signings and he’s only getting sold for 10m,don’t think it will happen.

  • 87 GeorgeNUFC // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    The header/banner will get a bit crowded Ed and remember to get Tony to include Ryan Taylor when it gets updated :P

  • 88 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM


    Try updating again today, i think it should give u Mbiwa.

    I havent checked yet but i looked on google and it looks like hes a nufc player on UT so should be on there i reckon.

    Im not promising nothing though as im not gonna be home til later

  • 89 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:35 PM


    I really hope Amal comes good for us. Think an extended loan to a ball playing side would help him along

  • 90 Robby Bobson // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    So realistically how will everyone settle?…me opinon

    Gouffran – will be like leon best, not turning up roots but reliable – will do a job

    Sissoko – come in immediately and start shaking the place up!!

    Haidara – Europa this season, will find it hard to displace debuchy or santon for a while

    Mbwia – few weeks of over-eagerness, trying to nip in where he cant getting used to the pace and giving alot of free kicks away. Towards end of the season start to see the real force!

  • 91 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Who would sell Simo now for £1m or keep him in case debuchy gets injured or needs resting or euro games?

    I know what everyone is thinking.. How many French players could we get for £1m..

  • 92 JackButler // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France
    Moussa #Sissoko: ‘I think I am most suited to the Premier League. Newcastle is a very good club.’ #NUFC

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France
    Moussa #Sissoko: ‘Now I go to another club, another championship and I hope it works out’ #NUFC

    GFNFrance ?@GFN_France
    Moussa #Sissoko: ‘As you say, today I leave Toulouse, I have really loved my time here.’ #NUFC

  • 93 clinath@ed // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    The best 11 players does not always equal the best team….getting these new lads to blend into an effective unit before the villa game might be asking too much.

  • 94 EastEndMagpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    such positive signs, if we get sissoko and rick v.w.w, then just wow… that is more than what i could have hoped for at the begining of this window, dont know if many of you guys know much about sissoko but he is an absolute beast, saw a comment on here by someone slating a dude who likend hin to viera, thats exactly who i would say he is like, he is strong, quick, powerful, strong in the tackle, a leader, has vision for a great pass, and my favourite, an absolutley blistering shot with both feet, we have needed a player who can piledrive a free kick like this guy!!!

    him and tiote next to eachother will be unstoppable… all i can say is fair play to mike ashley… fair f*cking play. if he backs this up with 1 or 2 in the summer and some re-newed contracts for people like cabaye, santon, ben arfa, tiote, krul who should all be top earners now without question, then i may even be fooled into thinking we are seriously going after a top 4 spot!!

    so pleased, glad they have realised that the fans have taken a complete pasting this year, glad to see them give us a bit of joy, and with people like mbiwa in the side, who knows? maybe we could do something in the europa? or win a trophy next year?

    optimism is key lads. ;)

  • 95 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:42 PM


    Id have shola in my squad but never under any circumstances have him as a starter!

    Hes pretty good to have if its the last 5/10 mins and we really need a goal. He strong, has good ariel threat and holds the ball up pretty well.

  • 96 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    bollance, simmo can run down his deal if he wants to tavernier should be understudy to Debuchy at this stage. He offers far more than simmo. I have a lot of faith in tav pushing debuchy in the next couple of seasons. he has pace is good on the ball, can beat a man just needs to tidy up his positional play and he’ll be classy fullback.

  • 97 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Viera was incredible when he was younger and drove forward like Sissoko does. Both better than Essien. Essien cracking player but Viera was something else. He changed as he got older but in his prime he was awesome. We have a player in that mould, what we have missed. Now also we have pace at the back, a left footed LB, a versatile striker, it’s as though we have addressed our weaknesses. Bit by bit we will climb the league.

    A win of any description against Villa, then dismantle Chelsea at ours. It will be jumping at that game!!!

  • 98 9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Stunning to see chaps still whingeing over the Jan window and even – believe it or not – already slagging the manager for how he will/will not use all these new players in the very first game available. Good grief!

  • 99 clarkytoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Moussa Sissoko is trending on twitter – people can’t believe we’ve got him for that much money – saying some pretty complimentary stuff about our scouting and negotiation. positive stuff – enjoy it whilst it lasts I say !

  • 100 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    @ cockneymag i agree about keeping shola, gives a different option for last 10mins because we don’t have another target man, get one in, (Wolfswinkle is not one) and he can go.

  • 101 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Remember guys two years ago when Ranger was given a run out for the Chelsea home game – he almost impressed ?

    Hope never to see him come off the bench again in a Toon shirt

  • 102 beefman13 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Beattie, Sissoko has said it will be a privaledge to play for le toon, and there fanatastic supporters and that he will give everything for the cause, he also said he would like to thank beefman13 for pusuading me to come to newcastle, and that should not be forgotten as it was the major factor in my arrival.

  • 103 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:48 PM


    Shola is a bit jekyll and Hyde.

    Bring him on for 10-15 mins to consolidate possession high up the pitch and he barely puts a foot wrong.

    Start him he loses the ball through poor decision making or lack of concentration.

  • 104 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    bollance isn’t that the point he’s a decent impact sub only, not a starter

  • 105 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I sometimes look at the website for info on players and their contracts. They’ve got valuations for most of our new recruits and targets.

    Debuchy valued at £12.5m / 14m Euros
    M’biwa at £7.9m / 9m Euros
    Gouffran £6.6m / 7.5m Euros
    Haidara £1.8m / 2m Euros

    Sissoko £8.8m / 10m Euros

    Judging by that we’ve found plenty of value with Debuchy, Gouffran and Sissoko when he comes. I expect big things from Sissoko and Mbiwa.

  • 106 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    avez-vous déjà vu un mackem à milan

  • 107 JAMSHA // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    YNWA 50 minutes ago
    1.8m?????????? Can Liverpool borrow
    Newcastle’s negotiator?

  • 108 Marty-Toon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    This is fun,can’t remember seeing so much activity in years

  • 109 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Jesp – To be honest, I would suggest now we have burnt our bridges with Toulouse – for now at least.

    Ahamada is very close friends with Moussa Sissoko and that could carry a lot of weight. But I think Toulouse would LOVE to see the back of us for a while! :-)

  • 110 JackButler // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

  • 111 sirtoongospel // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Shola needs to be kept but as a last ten minute man. Brilliant to think that we might actually have options going forward. We are so close to having a brilliant squad now. Also, anyone fancy is for the Europa League?? We might just take some beating over 2 legs as SJP will be rather lively.

  • 112 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM


    I think hes already pretty good, just hasnt gained full trust in Pardew yet and was always going to be one for the future.

    If u slowly ease someone into the first team who is that young with great players around him it will defo make him a better player.

    If think thats Pardews specialty as weve seen it with players such as Benarfa and Marvo in the past. It brings the best out of them and thats probably the only thing i can say about Pardew thats of any good as this season i think hes made a catalogue of mistakes.

    Youre right with the loan it just depends if they are going to start using him more in the europa league and not risk having one less player who can do a job for the rest of the season.

  • 113 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM


    Good research.

    So we have spent between £15-20m and have over £35m worth of talent. Most under 24 so will only improve and become increase in value once they have prem experience.

  • 114 DeanToon88 // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM


    I’ve added you to Origin if your up for a few games mate :D

    would love to play with other toon fans on fifa 13 aswell, if anyone else has Fifa 13 for pc get me added Hav0k305

  • 115 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    People assume Gouffran not much good cos he cost 1.25m watch this space. His pace will torment the life out of defences.

  • 116 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    The French Connection (with more to come)
    Moussa Sissoko (23 years), from Toulouse
    Yoan Gouffran (26 years), from Bordeaux
    Mapou Yanga -MBiwa (23 years old), from Montpellier
    Massadio Haïdara (20 years), from Nancy
    Mathieu Debuchy (27 years), from Lille
    Romain Amalfitano (23 years ), from Reims
    Yohan Cabaye (27 years), from Lille
    Sylvain Marveaux (26 years old), from Rennes
    Mehdi Abeid (20 years), from Lens
    Gabriel Obertan (23 years old), from Manchester United
    Hatem Ben Arfa (25), from Marseille

  • 117 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    What A Team we’re starting to have now! All we need now is a proper LW and ST and we’re sorted. Our puzzle would be complete I think…AMAZING and I am still in shock! LOL

  • 118 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM


    I love you

  • 119 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Nick has pointed out we now valued assets. That is what they are. Until we reach the champions league we will need to buy to sell improving and building a squad to get champions league. It is the only way we can catch up. But I am confident we will get there.

    Think about the ages of players we have bought. If they don’t get us to the champs league I am sure the next batch will.

  • 120 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    If you count Europa and Ligue 1 Gouffran has 12 goals in 25 appearances. 8 in 20 in the ligue.

    That’s a goal a game by my reckoning.

  • 121 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Would love to know what HBA has to say about the ambition now being shown by the toon. He’s gotta be loving this. We got some serious technical ability in the squad now and that will put marveaux and benny on another level, the interplay will be silky smooth, watch out for some seriously sexy football!!!

  • 122 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    with debuchy and mbiwa and sissoko we are a force to be reckoned with. debuchy and mbiwa league winners with cl experience too.

    Unitl recently

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Anita Sissoko
    HBA Cabaye Gouffran

    Bench: Elliot Tiote Jonas Haidara Taylor Ameobi Marveaux
    was little more than a dream team…. how times change

  • 123 ToonAndy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Siem De Jong and Mertens and we will not only start winning games… We’ll start making teams look stupid… Beating teams like Reading 4/5-0 at home!

  • 124 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    @boom boom. when he settles i expect a decent player. he’s 26 so is pretty much at his peak. if hs a tricky speedy bigger i feel sorry for any defence having to deal with him Ben arfa and marveaux.

  • 125 cestriasteve // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Torq…… I cant believe it!!!! Sissoko, I mean its absolutely amazing what a signing.

    On a separate issue just relocated back to the north east today after 22 years on the road !! no more flights, trains and drives…… cue Lindesfarne music !! I have worked everywhere but there is no place like home…

  • 126 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Spuggy do the maths mate.
    0.48 goals per appearance probably closer to 1 every second with sub appearances.

  • 127 RonVanDam // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    I thought i’ll never see this happening under MAs regime. 3 players in 3 days. If we get 2 more, i can see a huge summer clearout.
    This will actually be Shola, willo, Simpson, Janas, Elliots (Maybe) last season

    Birmingham has priced Butler at 3.5m. Could be a very good buy, could make use of him in our Europa games with Elliot while Krul takes a break

  • 128 lesh // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Jack B @92

    What? He’s leavin g to take part in another championship?

    Let’s hope that Pards can keep us out of THE Championship otherwise we’ll be installing a new manager in a week or two if he doesn’t start producing. the points.

  • 129 JAMSHA // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM

  • 130 lesh // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Butler at £3.5m is one helluva investment – get him signed up – quick!

  • 131 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM


    Meant every other game.

  • 132 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    @nua he knew about this because as he said in his interview there is ambition. he had a talk with management. or the senior players did

  • 133 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    This is fcuking mental better not be a dream

  • 134 giimps // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    All of these players were scouted for the summer but Cashley wouldnt authorise the funding, 6 months later, he saves himself about 15mil in transfer fees and 5-7 mil in wages.
    Hes no mug, It is a gamble that they gel in the team, but when we climb the table due to a better “Team” ethic and ability, he gets the money he has spent back from the new tv deal, has all the players whos price will mostly double/treble and we can gradually push for top 4.
    At this moment in time, its great to be a Geordie.
    And to think I was thinking about letting my season tickets finish this season if he let us get relegated (probably wouldnt as I didnt last time) but I was thinking it.
    I wonder how many other toon fans/st holders thought the same and how this may have influenced him as well?
    TV deal far outdoes the st revenue but who wants to play to empty stands ?
    HWTL, and Roll on the Villa game

  • 135 Levi // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Every one is bangin onabout sissoko and cabaye with tiote holding, I just want to mention that anita is a fantastic player! Don’t forget about him

  • 136 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Would like to think that maybe Colo is staying because of the ambition being shown. Maybe benny’s being taping up these lads while he’s been recovering at clairefontain

  • 137 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    How is it that we have gone from signing Anita and Bigi for 6m when we finished 5th in Europa, to being in a relegation fight and signing…


    Incredible business. We have a huge pulling power on the frenchies! Awesome strategy.

    I can not see us landing another top striker now like, and I wouldn’t complain. But odd that that’s what we went out for.

    I wonder if we would have signed remy as well as these. I bet he’s kicking himself now.

  • 138 belgrade fan // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Still cant believe thih is happening…
    you guys still realize that we need a classy striker to complete our dream team..
    so…. Lisandro Lopez??? you said Lyon is in fin shit…

  • 139 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Levi agreed Anita is cracking little player, the midfield is well stocked with quality international players. Its being a long time since we had this many internationals on our books.

  • 140 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    I agree – I think we should try to incorporate Anita, Cabaye, Tiote (if finds form) and Sissoko in the same team – 433 with Cabaye in the no 10 role linking midfield and attack.

  • 141 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    I love Anita

  • 142 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM


    We need a ST, AC? Lol!!

    Didn’t get back to u earlier. u suggested we would be taking steps backwards with him in the team. Don’t think AC has the footballing skill of Fellini but AC playing that role with the pace players around him which we now have. I think it would work. Yes I am suggesting for him to drop deeper an play a Rooney type role. Asking a lot.

    Don’t follow England football team but know that even out of form and mainly injured there arent that many top English strikers about.

    But there are lots of factors against him returning. One important one being there is better value abroad. But he could be our token English man flying the flag as AP would say

  • 143 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Of course Anita can also play LB if Santon doesn’t improve defensively as well as Haidara.

  • 144 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:17 PM


    Exactly! anita is a fantastic quick passing creator, exactly the kind of player to get cabaye and sissoko playing, i would bench tiote!

  • 145 colwell // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I actually think Gouffran will be a hit, in the Prem defenders are pushed up more which allows faster players to break in behind.

    Gouffran is faster than Oba and I can see him getting a good few goals for us.

  • 146 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    So the question remains….

    Will we cap of the most incredible window with a powerful striker to replace Ba?

  • 147 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Krul,santon, Mbiwa, Colo, debuchy, cabaye, tiote sissoko, anita, Hba, cisse, Guttierrez. Thats probably not or best team but we could field a team of full internationals thats mental!

  • 148 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Anybody think we could go in for welbeck??

  • 149 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Clearly there El Gordo has some more “irons in the fire” -I would like a higher value/bustling centre forward/ attacking midfielder who can head a ball. If we can get a nice blend of the players then I think we will no just be beating the opposition we’ll be thrashing their arses good and proper.

  • 150 9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Of course we’ll sign a goalscorer before Jan ends! Sign up below anybody who doubts it:

  • 151 izzyb1991 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Cockney. I’ll probably be on until late too. Anyway, give me an add: velveteer.

    BEATTIE – just watched that Sissoko video mate. The guy is unreal. I’m always doubtful of tube footballers but you can tell if they’re rinsing the same shots from lots of angles and if the player is actually as good as the video or if it is pure class. And I have to say, Sissoko oozes class- no video could make those moves up. He has raw power, strength, speed and you know what? He’s really really comfortable on the ball. He can dribble (nothing fancy of course but still turns a man inside out (giggles)), he can tackle but best of all- he knows exactly when to keep running with the ball and when to pass it- watch closely. A lot of players don’t have that decision and innate awareness. For example, Obertan usually takes one touch too many and over runs it (more an issue for wingers and ‘fast’ players) but this guy doesn’t box himself into a corner, he gives it at the right time .

    I might double back on my earlier statement of Yohan being our ‘Lampard/Gerrard/Viera’ key in the middle. I think Sissoko HAS to start straight away and looking at it, he’s very tough and has averaged 35 games a season for the past few years so that says to me resilience and good temperament on the pitch without the reds of Tiote. There’s still a place for Tiote, that’s for sure, and that’s further down the pitch- I think there’s a lot of pressure on Tiote to push up and be that Sissoko player which he isn’t, so, with Sissoko to balance things up it will allow Cabs to attack and Tiote to defend- with Anita coming in to do a job if either 3 are injured – so, basically, forever.

  • 152 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    actually thats 12

  • 153 pizzicatochan // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    So when’s HBA free to play?

  • 154 ThaiMag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Moussa Sissoko – 1.8m
    Yoan Gouffran -1.2m
    Mapou Yanga -MBiwa – 6.5m
    Massadio Haïdara – 2m
    Mathieu Debuchy – 5m
    Romain Amalfitano – free
    Yohan Cabaye – 4.5m
    Sylvain Marveaux – free
    Mehdi Abeid – free
    Gabriel Obertan – 3m
    Hatem Ben Arfa – 5m
    French revolution 29m < Carroll 35m
    11 players for 1 player with 6m left OMG

  • 155 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Debuchy, colo, Mbiwa, santon
    anita, tiote ,sissoko
    cabaye, HBA

    Some line up that and anita would be starting 4-3-2-1

  • 156 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    IMO all we need now is a compliment to Ben Arfa over on the left to have the perfect starting 11.

  • 157 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Holy sh*t Mbiwa acceleration, positional sense and heading ability are is incredible…

  • 158 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM


    He is pure power.

  • 159 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    4-3-2-1 goaaaaalllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 160 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM


    I’m sure Pards mentioned the option of Cabs in the No10 role in some recent interview

  • 161 Toon Tang // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    looks like a younger, leaner, more agile, harder working shola ameobi

  • 162 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM


    Obertan stands out like a sore thumb on that list

  • 163 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Thanks to Andy Carroll we’ve signed a whole squad of player for around £35m. Selling Carroll was one of the best things we’ve ever done.

  • 164 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM


    “Don’t follow England football team but know that even out of form and mainly injured there arent that many top English strikers about.”

    No there arent and andy still barely got a look in at the euros and since moving to west ham he has dropped off the radar,
    Even if he came back at £30k a week thats over paid for someone who is now an injury probe below average CF, ffs carlton cole looks a better option really think ppl need to get over the whole carroll is geordie thing because if he wasnt he wouldnt be considerded in a month of sundays

    On sissoko WOW what a signing! Cannot believe we have pulled off this coup unbeliecable him cabaye and anita all in the same midfield! That is a seriously technical midfield! Add a pacy forward we are going to shred the league!!!

  • 165 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Yo YO ..

    evening…Always thought Shane Long would do a job around Cisse ..


    Cannot Believe we have Sissoko

    I can see a scenario after this season and next of a £30 million bid from one of the manc’s or Chelsea .. He is that good and only 22 ..He is unreal, with such a hunger to win . He’s got everything .

  • 166 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Rumor were in for Lamine Sane?!

    Check out his tweets to Gourcuff

  • 167 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Spuggy… no.

    We should get a young promising striker who can rotate with cisse.

    If they get another Ba type player we would be back to square 1.

    We have to focus on Cisse being the main man again and give the lad ammunition to score the goals we all know he can score.

    Hes had a sh*t first half of the season but i think hes had his confidence knocked by being put on the wing and letting Ba play central.

    Hes a great striker just needs the balls in the box more regulary and he will gain his confidence back and start showing that brilliant form of the second half of last season, well… almost that form ;)

    Just imagin Ben arfa one side of him and Gouffran the other….

  • 168 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I love the signings but I have to think that this 20 year old LB will be actually playing…not on the reserve side. When you are sitting this low with 15 matches to play, you don’t waste money on a player that can’t help you now…which leads me to a question.

    Is Davide Santon our new LM?

    I ask because I like Santon on the ball and attacking and while he is athletic enough to play defense and does alright at it, he’s not a “shut down” LB. Then, as I look at our LM spots I see Jonas who is either injured or playing like he’s 46 sometimes (have to love him, but he’s not in form right now) and Marveaux who has shown flashes. Might we see Santon on the field at LM…making us better defensively (if Haidarra is that good) and offensively at the LM positon?

    I know it might not be that simple, but why not try it?

  • 169 GeordieToon89 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Beattie – Do you think this is the sort of ambition that will show Ben Arfa we mean business and make him stay forever and ever?

  • 170 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:29 PM


    He would be fantastic in #10 role like for France in euros. We now have the personal and lack of pedigree strikers to suggest he will be playing #10.

    Think about it. Get Cisse in front of the goal with opportunities and he will score. Get Cisse playing with back to goal and he is terrible.

  • 171 John Tudor // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    millwall kid or him up scotland @cally thistle

  • 172 VanToonMan // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Fellas cwarr has tweeted “Come in Number 7 NUFC”….completely slipped my mind that number 7 is not taken by anyone….Sissoko to hold up the number tomorrow?? Would be amazing!

    Anyone know who last had that number?

  • 173 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Anyone that doubts Gouffran’s ability should check this video out. Good pace, run timed to perfection and sublime finish

  • 174 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM


    you thinking

    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Haidara
    Anita Sissoko
    HBA Cabaye Santon

  • 175 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM


    There’s a good few 30 yd + passes out of defence in that game.
    Does that make him a hoofer ? :)

  • 176 Caisleann Nua // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    not sure think it was Barton.

  • 177 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM


    No. I think if we wan’t Ben Arfa to stay he needs a new contract to make him amongst the top earners (if he isn’t already) and serious investment into youth and development whilst retaining/upgrading the team.

  • 178 GAZ09 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Joey Barton was the most recent #7

  • 179 ThaiMag // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    I agree. Obertan is the most disappointing player in our French revolution considering the transfer fee.

  • 180 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM


    I dont think you saw my post just before that but im on xbox mate, so pretty impossible to add you lol

    Get an xbox and im game ;)

  • 181 psutty80 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    yeah was barton, who’s got no22 as thats his number at toulouse, was his number at toulouse..!

  • 182 John Tudor // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    billy mckay or wood

  • 183 psutty80 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    maurveax has it apologies, number 7 it is then!

  • 184 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Did anyone see that tweet from the French journo about Ludovic Sane?

  • 185 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    You got a link about sane mate???

  • 186 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Gouffran looks EXACTLY what we need. Debuchy sissoko mbiwa amazing signings, gouffran could be the surprise.

    looks like everything obertan should have been, direct, skillful can finish.


  • 187 GeordieToon89 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Santon started his career as a winger he’s got a cracking strike on him and likes to run at people, It would not suprise me if we turn him into the left winger… I.E Gareth Bale

  • 188 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM


    Haha dont start that one again lol, at least they find a teammate lol.

  • 189 jimmy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    beattie whats he said?

  • 190 Robby Bobson // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Best thing about this spending spree is that our youngsters can become youngsters again.

    Sammy and Fergie can go on loan…maybe as part of the fee for Butland (who by the way is no where, and i mean no where ready to replace krul as people suggested).

  • 191 Alan Pas-de-clue // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    David Crossan ?@davidmcrossan
    One #nufc snippet that got missed outre-manche was SEN int Lamine Sané tweeting: “Don’t worry brother, I’m coming” to #Gouffran

  • 192 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

  • 193 VanToonMan // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Assuming Moussa signs….and that 4-3-3 is our best formation with Cisse up top and Gouffran and Ben Arfa either side….how do we decide the midfield 3 between Tiote Cabaye Anita Sissoko Marveaux…..that really is tough in terms of choosing our best 11

  • 194 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Santon is too right footed to be a winger IMO, maybe on the right but HBA would have to move to the left. I prefer HBA threat on goal with that left foot on the left.

  • 195 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM


    We will see how things pan out. Every year that passes brings his value down. Maybe we take him on loan next next season. But we would only do that with option to buy. He could be awkward to go on loan next season to any team except us. Liverpool would be desperate and part pay his wages.

    At the moment he is a better version of Shola with 100% more passion.

    Carroll was part of Euros but MYM was not despite being a hot prospect. No trying to belittle MYM because he is doubtless a Carr gem. Regardless of the problems. If he starts scoring again he’s back in the england fold. The big question is if. It would be a massive gamble but look at how direct and effective everton are this season.

    I am not suggesting me play long ball because clearly that does not work. We have all watched it not working this season. But everton don’t do that. They play balls all over the pitch to fellani. He has the strngth to hold up and play people in.

    Without fellani they are a different team. That is why they would comit suicide selling him. I also believe we would comit suicide selling cabaye. Let’s face it we are keeping him sweet bringing in his best mate!

  • 196 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Basically Lamine Sane is a big Senegal international CB who plays for Bordeaux.

    He is mates with Gouffran and tweeted him good luck and told him not to worry as he was coming.

    He then got insulted from Bordeaux fans and he tweeted them saying he loves Bordeaux and that he is staying there for now.

    It would make sense if Colo goes and he is brought in. Mates with Gouffran and perhaps Cisse?!

  • 197 northernirishtoon // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I knew sissoko was good by the high praise he got on here but fcuk me after watching him on YouTube I can’t believe we got this guy for 2.5m

    Ashley I applaud you

  • 198 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM


    Finally, who wanted the deal to go through most?
    AC or MA? (think about it)

  • 199 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Beattie @165 ref Lamine Sane. i’ve had a look at one of his messages to Gouffran -it is a bit unclear what he means -is he coming to Newcastle or the Premier League it’s not clear.

  • 200 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Cabaye, tiote, Anita and Sissoko. Where do you begin? It would be excellent competition and we will probably play three of the above with Ben Arfa and then either marveaux or gouffran with cisse upfront.

    The thing with Sissoko is he has the ability to pick the ball up and drive, he would be great on the counter. Mbiwa also has the ability to pick the ball up and run with it and I guess if gouffran has speed he also possesses that ability.

    It would be nice to see us up the tempo in games with our new recruits. We seem very static and slow so let’s hope Pards can do something with these boys in training. I watched a video of one of our players, can’t remember which one but the boy can rocket a freekick in.

  • 201 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Mister Tuff

    That is true, it could mean anything. He might even end up at the Mackems but I am jumping at everything.

  • 202 JTOONJ // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Sissoko looks like tiote on steroidds!

  • 203 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Qpr in for Ronaldo

    Sorry, rolando.. Any good? Presumably they will have to pay him well to join them.

  • 204 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Alan Pas-de-clue

    Kind of like this:


    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo/Sayor Haiddra

    Cabaye Anita Tiote/Sissoko Santon

    Ben Arfa


  • 205 Mister Tuff // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Link to the Sane/Gouffran message:-

  • 206 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Young footballers paid too much money these days!

  • 207 Toon1978 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Evening gents. One happy bunny today. I hope and pray we get the Sissoko deal sorted. Watched a video of him and he looks like a top player. Very similarto Mbiwa at driving forward.

  • 208 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Cheers mate

    But look how direct west ham played for him and he was useless!
    He played a bit part in the euros and personally if shola goes back to a sub role then no i dont think carroll is better he doesnt bulky defenders he doesnt hold the ball up and we simply dont gave the service to make him nesiccary as for his passion? Well thats personal opinion i dont think he has any he plays like he’s owed a place in the team not like he’s earned it
    Still think we need a small pacy CF rather than a lump upfront

  • 209 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM


    That video you posted ( Sissoko’s asked about England and he says it’s the league which best suits his style of play, and he says that Newcastle are a very good club, and although they’re in a bad position in the league at the moment, they have a lot of qualities and a lot of good players. He thinks next year we could be challenging again, it’s important for him to choose a club where he can develop to the maximum and that Newcastle is the ideal club.

    Not an exact translation but I got what I could, and I definitely like the sound of it :D

  • 210 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Can anyone remember the plan to bing in 10 new players over the next couple of windows.. We are half way there

  • 211 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    @ Van toon man

    That is one of the best problems a manager and fan alike can have. No more dreading injury’s and having no back up. Personally I would go for




    And that is with everyone fit. It is a close one with Gouffran & Marveaux but I choose him because we need goals at the minute. I would have Tiote for Anita only if he can hit his previous form i.e. Man U at home last year but he gives away possession far to much these days for my liking.

  • 212 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Sissoko is the midfield version of Ba

  • 213 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    As for who wanted the deal to go through couldnt care less carroll got paid, we got paid difference is we capitilised on our situation carroll thought he was the dogs and was bought down to earth with a bang

  • 214 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    The rest of the video is just he’s asked about Toulouse and how much it means to him cause he’s been there so long, and they he says a bit about thanking the fans and all that.

  • 215 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    All these quality players believe in us and our team, is it about time for us to now start believing in our team?!

  • 216 Beattie25 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM


    cheers very much for that!

  • 217 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Forgot to slip in our new lad Gouffon, too…he might take the place of Anita and we’d move to a 4-3-3

  • 218 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Ah here you go, a better translation:

    Although my version is not far off at all, not bad seeing as I haven’t learnt French since school :D

  • 219 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM


    Ideally we get the next Drogba. He is playing in the Premiership now. But at the time we could not compete. But I am sure things will change. We need to bring in more cash. Still in top 20 of ‘rich list’ is not bad.

    With almost £800k at stake for each place the pressure is back on. We need to bring Roeder out of retirement, that was a joke!!

  • 220 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Right then, get Fergy, Bigi, Vuckic, Sammy, Campbell, Tav and Dummet out on loan til end of season.

  • 221 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Becchio has handed in a transfer request

  • 222 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM


    I was referring to Lukaku!!

  • 223 Taking the Papiss // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    I don’t know if anyone has brought this up as I haven’t managed to read all the comments yet but I think this is something THAT HAS TO BE SAID!

    We are attracting French players- partly due to fact that we have so many already but the fact is this – all these players must have got good reviews about the club and PARDEW. All those people that shot me down for saying that we should stick with him have to appreciate that at the very least he has not lost the dressing room? Why would people join after speaking to our players if he had! Especially players like sissoko and mbiwa who had different offers!

  • 224 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM


    Just in case u still thought I was going on about Carroll.

    However, as joey Barton would put it. There is a younger better version who we will pay less £. Probably playing in ligue 1. G Carr has just not told anyone yet.

  • 225 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Lukaku would be a monster but think he’d take AC money to get!!

  • 226 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    And they said it couldn’t be done, how long can you find bargains for…..

    …… Carr steps up to the plate.

    The end.

  • 227 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Why not just go for Drogba short term loan?.. Get us out of the clarts

  • 228 Tsunki // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Dead right Beattie.

  • 229 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Taking the papiss
    Why would you get shot down mate? Everyone of them has said how they were sold on pardews vision of the club cant underestimate the influence of AP in getting these lads in

  • 230 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Beattie @ 214

    Good point – and the manager.

    If Cabs had said he was a dipstick none of them would have come to the Toon

  • 231 zico martin // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Beatie25 well said on your post 214

    We really need to get behind the team and not get on their backs when things start going against us , when the chips are down we need to get louder and even more behind the lads after all we all want the same result and we’re all black and white (and blue) ;0)

    Howay the lads

  • 232 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Drogba is linked to Milan in an £5M deal

    Any news about Colo? Read different stuff in the papers (not encouraging stuff :()

  • 233 Tsunki // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    You can get plenty of laughs trawling through past posts but even as recently as a week ago a disastrous window was predicted.

    Of course we could still go down due to Pardews dire tactical sense. ;)

  • 234 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM


    He was literally rotting at Chelsea until they had the bright idea to unleash him with WBA. Jury is still out on him but at 19-20 I would suggest it is a safe bet he will be good business even at £18m.

    Our time will come.. Hopefully sooner rather then later because the fan base is not getting any younger.

  • 235 beefman13 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Beattie25, i made sure sissoko would not let us down, so i let him use my name, i told him no tempting fate cos, if he lets me down there will be a meeting of minds and wills outside the Strawberry and that would be such a shame. he promised me he would do the biz.

  • 236 Marty-Toon // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Didn’t know Sissoko was so quick,knew he was good on the ball and strong but he’s a quick lad by the look of the vids on here.
    Get him in quickly
    Stephen Ireland will be dizzy with him and Cabaye playing rings round em :-)

  • 237 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM


    Great minds and all that.
    Reckon the pros know what his vision is even of we don’t understand the process.

  • 238 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Papiss Cisse – like the formation. Tiote would probably sound find his form if dropped but imagine having a bench with tiote, marveaux, obertan and hopefully a new striker.

    Bollance – I assumed those ten new players would be 16-20 year olds. The cynics are out in force on twitter claiming ash will be looking to offload someone to balance the books. It would be a shame if someone does leave, think lee Ryder said Tiote had his head turned in the summer but I question his reliability. .

  • 239 John Tudor // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    yes and leeds had two offers from foreign clubs we were one hahah

  • 240 beddersmag // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    My brothers friend knows santons interpreter and he told her that ac milan enquired about him and krul in nov. Word is neither wants to go and club not looking to sell but lambias said every player got price and they will be sold for big money if and when suitable replacements can be found. Apparently not until summer though as need to stay up. Makes sense as this new left back has come in and butland rumours wont go away. Theres no way things can be as good as it seems they might be now man, dont get carried away and avoid disappointment later. I suppose we all knew crazy bids would be accepted.Also, funny story that tiote disapeared from a party thrown to see him off to acon. They eventually found him doing pull ups from a door frame as he hsd missed them at training. Santon reckons hes an animal in the gym and lifts incredible weights

  • 241 soundoid // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Surely even A’lan Depardew can’t f##k this up now.

  • 242 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Was anything mentioned about colo having a bandage over his hand for reading match?

  • 243 Tsunki // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    To be honest there are a few this season that have not pulled their weight, which is why we are down here at the minute. If Tiote went, I would not blink. In fact apart from cabs, krul, hba, marveaux I am struggling for sympathy for most of them.

  • 244 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    So in the summer:

    - Clear out Xisco, Obertan, Gosling, Simmo and Willo
    - Buy top class striker and winger and a young RB and CB in the Haidara mould

    Our team is complete.

  • 245 Taking the Papiss // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Also a request to all those who still don’t want pardew..


    These signings should be seen as a line in the sand, it’s a huge boost to everyone and we should make sure that we are positive, if results continue to be poor, fine but lets all back Pards and the club for now!

  • 246 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    To be honest, I find it very very hard to believe that any serious club would be interested in Krul.

    It’s 2013, and Distribution is one of the most important traits in a goalkeeper.

    Krul’s is genuinely the level of about 3/20 on Football Manager.

  • 247 beefman13 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Graham Carr is some scout, to get this quality in is truly amazing and for the price we are paying with them being near contract completion is the way to do it, even 7 mil for a full french international is a top effort in mbiwa!

    Tell you what a full on top drawer striker to replace BA would be the cherry on top of the cake, even though i think gouffran will more than be capable of finding the onion bag.

    Oh by the way Mr Pardew, swallow your pride and ego and for god sake dont start jonas??? TO BE HONEST I THINK HE WILL START HIM V ASTON VILLA I REALLY DO. HE MUST BE HAVING A FLING WITH THAT FELLA, HE MUST BE!!!!

  • 248 NUFC STEVE // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Footballers Football Show. Now.

  • 249 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM


    cracking story that !!

  • 250 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Aubameyang looks hungry got all the tool’s plays just like Neymar ..clever..shrewd, good feet . pace…
    Sir Bobby Robson type player….Cost a fortune now methinks.

  • 251 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM


    Yes, the rumour was we were only after development squad players. But then it was also suggest we will never buy an u18 player again.

    We were linked with a Swiss 17 year old DM with Stephen pinaar hair before he had it cut off. Thought we would have completed that deal by now. Llambias is probably still negotiating.. but the club is Switzerland are pissed off because he keeps slamming the phone down.

  • 252 obatoyou // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Another signing, big thumbs up from the oba!!
    Bring it to the pitch boys, can’t wait for our next few games :)

    me and u Ashley, we was always tight right! :)

  • 253 beddersmag // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Oh yeah and interpreter, named laura btw, said santon told her pardew is a great bloke and well liked by the players. However he apparently admitted the ba situation caused unrest in training and he never had any intention of signing the great contract he was offered.

  • 254 gonufc (up and Hatem) // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Bony sounds like a better bet than Lukaku (not that I don’t rate Lukaku) but I still think people are forgetting Cisse a bit in all this- he was unreal last season, has been playing right wing almost all of this and people are saying we need to replace him!!

    Stick with Cisse!!

  • 255 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM



  • 256 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Do the math, colo’s wife’s left him, club wont let him go, bandaged hand = friction burn……

  • 257 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Yo Yo …

    What about Shane Long ?..I think he would work well with Cisse, what think ? West Brom would want a few quid but doubt they would even contemplate selling him. NAhhh. Think they paid around 6 mill..clever player ,,Pain in the arse to play against ..he’s one of those types..aggghh cant get near them..that kind of feeling .

  • 258 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    this would be my team to face villa






    Subs: yanga m’biwa, Jonas, haidara, shola, obertan, bigirimana, Elliot.

    that’s obviously if we do get sissoko tomorrow.

  • 259 Taking the Papiss // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Is it time to laugh at this yet? are we confident enough that it’s done??

  • 260 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Mertens and Siem De Jong next. Ashley for Prime minister.

  • 261 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM


    You might be right about Santon, and I know we need depth, but why spend the money and time on Haidara if you aren’t going to play him/start him? (eventually)

    If you are going to start him, then Santon can’t sit, can he? Maybe Santon is better on the right side of he midfield, but seems like we can’t keep a good lad who is fairly exciting on the ball off the pitch.

  • 262 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    4 goals in 14 for Luuk de jong this season. Dear oh dear.

  • 263 paddythemagpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    what a differance a week makes!!!
    last week i couldn’t look at the comments with all the negativity and fighting among other.
    i have to admit i was the same questioning should we sack pardew…couldnt see us buyin a win the way we wer throwin games away.
    am as happy as a pig in shite today…never a dull moment with the toon :)
    plus cant remember 1 single argument on the blog today!!

  • 264 Tsunki // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I think that although speaking French should not be compulsory, we should still be able to spell Gouffran, and not Grouffon or Coupon or Crouton or Groupon….

  • 265 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    A Striker and a LW is all that we need I feel. To be greedy another CB and CAM and that is the complete end. We could leave it at that for a number of years, we are that close to completing the whole puzzle, I still can’t believe this is all happening. Have I died and gone to heaven? :D

  • 266 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM


    Was Gouffran not a Groupon Deal?

  • 267 cndrbrown // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    @ 261. i think we dodged a bullet there at 14 mil!!

  • 268 MNTOONARMY9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    If we end up with Siem De Jong, Ashley better not be PM…he should be arrested for larceny!

    De Jong would be akin to getting another Cabaye. Imagine both of them in a central midfield with Sissoko/Tiote backing them up. Cisse would score 25.

  • 269 beddersmag // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Toon down south

    Just what i was told, but kruls distribution stats would look a lot better if he wasnt lumping it to cisse as he doesnt compete for any headers so possession retained % would be lower than if had say carrol up there. Dont see butland being a number too so if that deal is happening i would imagine its a strong possibility krul goes. The lad is highly rated

    Yo yo

    Yeah i liked that story. Anything about tiote being hard is good craic

  • 270 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM


    It’s worth exploring in future, but for now I think Santon is pretty secure in his position. He’s had a decent season so far – with better players around him and Haidara threatening his position he will improve even more, and he’s still young.

  • 271 bills-son // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Oh Mike Ashley you proved em arl wrang
    Oh Mike Ashley signed Debuchy, Haidara, Mbiwa and Gouffran
    Oh Mike Ashley is it true Sissoko’s coming toooooo

  • 272 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Is everyone ignoring the Sissokho to Sunderland articles because it just hurts too much?

    Seems dumb to dismiss them, when the thing you’re all going off claiming we’ve signed him is just other newspapers!

  • 273 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    On Krul.

    He may feel a lot more confident passing the ball out with Mbiwa, Debuchy, Collo, Santon and Sissoko in front of him.

  • 274 hotdog // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    NUFC STEVE – Watching it now mate. Basically saying it will take time and be risky to integrate the new players. Not once have they mentioned the fact that without new players we were looking doomed. Knob Heads!

  • 275 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I think we need another striker that can play up front partnering Cisse and that he can also play in the hole. He has to be quick as we need more pace. Gameiro to me ticks all the boxes and he’s French lol

  • 276 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM


    Sissoko has confirmed his move himself.

  • 277 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    So colo is a w#nker. u may be proven correct as he is certainly becoming difficult seemingly like while at previous clubs.

  • 278 colwell // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    That article regarding Sunderland was nearly 2 weeks ago, Toulouse have said Sissoko is joining us thats good enough for me.

  • 279 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM


    Yeah agree with all that ..Long’s got a good work ethic too. Problem is he’s already appreciated as a player asset.
    PEA is still my first choice but Bony sounds like he might be pretty good. But only seen him on clips so that makes me as bad as our former ‘Director of Football” :(

    I do think we ought to bolster the coaching side (with a European emphasis) and am very keen on the idea of the origjnal ‘Frog on the Tyne’ coming back as a coach.

  • 280 Ashton // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM


    Or Gourcuff

  • 281 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:43 PM


    We don’t HAVE to recruit any more French internationals !

  • 282 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    On Gameiro

    Decent shout as he hasn’t dug up any trees lately but he’s not tall or powerful enough for me. We need a strong physical presence up front to compliment Cisse’s more deft play. Someone like Ba hahahaha.

    That was a joke.

  • 283 Munster Mag // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    This has been a wonderful few days and if we get Sissoko, as seems likely ( i’ve been working too much and havent been on web ) then its magic. There is always the concern that we will sell good players in the summer, but i’m not worried. Ashley has really restored the faith that we were getting in him when he signed Cisse and that is so vital for many many fans. i have a feeling we are going to rip the arse off some team at SJP soon. and i have a feeling Chelsea have a storm coming at them if Pardew gets them playing with verve and belief. Come on Pards, many of us doubted you – and for very fair reasons imo – but its time to start tearing into a few teams, especially at SJP. Howay the lads. Well done Ashley and Co. Harry Redknapp – go do one.

  • 284 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    @tds its crossed my mind but he’s talked about us hast he?

  • 285 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    So Groupon is the Ba replacement then.

  • 286 TorqToon // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    @tomwfootball: Newcastle fans might enjoy this extraordinary goal that Moussa Sissoko scored in the Coupe de France a few years ago:

    On that note – good night all! :-)

  • 287 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    and if cisse plays shit





  • 288 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Sunderland just signed n’diaye so they might have other areas that are more important that they are weak in, like in goal, Defense, midfield and attack.

    Fans who are complaining about all the french boys have annoyed me a bit, I’m very thankful we have signed four players with sissoko looking likely.

  • 289 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Direct Sissoko quote:

    “Newcastle are a very good club, despite the fact that they are fairly low down in the standings at the moment. They have quality players and had a brilliant season last year. That is what motivated me to go to this club,” Sissoko told the club’s official website:

    “I will get game time at Newcastle, and it is important for me as a player to play as much football as possible. I think Newcastle is the ideal club.”

  • 290 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    ha has any of you’s seen this

  • 291 HBA Blood Twister // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    What qualities can you bring to the Club? “Speed. I am fast, and I score goals.” Gouffran. Love it!

  • 292 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Ooooooh, my bad. I misunderstood Tsunki’s post! Sorry all.


    Did he confirm it? I thout he said something like “Newcastle would be perfect for me, QPR is not so perfect but I won’t rule anything out”.

  • 293 Tiote4PM // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I bet Remy feels like a RIGHT C U N T.


    Good times!

  • 294 toonicle // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I’m just hoping this means we will be pushing Santon up to LW position as I think he could be great there.

  • 295 Nick 69 // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    ToonDownSouth – we’re hardly basing it on other newspapers when Toulouse have officially announced it on their site, adn the player himself has spoke about him leaving Toulouse today and coming to Newcastle

  • 296 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    This transfer window has been class! If we’d bee offered half of these players on January 1st, we would have killed to get them! #PoorVilla

  • 297 manxpie // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    torqtoon before you go wateva happened to that nolan roux fella we were interested in
    you got any info on him?

  • 298 HBA Blood Twister // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Yeah feel sorry for Remy. But hey – he’ll smash it in the Championship next year. :)

  • 299 Munster Mag // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Billson, you must be feeling more chuffed than any of us! Good man. We needed to do this in the summer, but the reaction from the club has been superb. Hopefully we wont by afraid of spending again in summer 2013 if needed. Thrilled to bits. As you know I dont rate Santon thus far as a defender and think Cabaye and Tiote are overrated , certainly in the current set up. This can help a lot. We have to get Cabaye further up the pitch. Its time for Pards to get brave now, but I think Ba going will empower him, even if he didnt deal with the Ba/Cisse issue well.

  • 300 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM


    Ba’s return of 29 goals in his 18 months at St James’ will be a hard act to follow, but the Frenchman is far from daunted by the task of attempting to follow in his footsteps and form a partnership with Cisse.

    He said: “There’s not really any added pressure. Yes, I am an attacker, yes, I want to score goals, but we both have different styles of play.

    “I don’t really think it’s fair to draw any comparisons between both of us. Each player has his own style. Each to his own.

    “Papiss Cisse and I played against each other when he was at Metz in France and he is someone who has really made a lot of progress here at Newcastle and he has scored some great goals.

    “I had a chat with him this morning for the first time. We get on really well. He’s a great guy and I have no worries that we can definitely play together well.”

  • 301 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    YO YO

    Are you thinking of Ginola ?

  • 302 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Any news on a striker?

  • 303 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    The new lad who is called hairdryer?? Means we have more options at the back. It is clear neither dummett or fergie are good enough. But then there is also Simo and tav who can fill in which does not fill u with too much confidence.

    All these new players makes us unpredictable which is a massive bonus in the prem. hopefully now we can cross that thin line and turn defeats into points.

  • 304 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Toulouse have confirmed it, sissoko has confirmed it
    The sunderland article is a fortnight old
    He’s a mag

  • 305 Taking the Papiss // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Guys reason I posted article wasnt because I think he is going to Sunderland just that Sunderland thought they may get one up on us when we were at our lowest!

    Turns out even then….people still want to come to newcastle

  • 306 Tiote4PM // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    On Remy…

    Cant wait for us to be able to pick him up on a free at the end of the season…

    We should put him up in a hotel and never call him! Just leave him with Barnetta to rot in the cupboard!

  • 307 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    We had a very lucky escape with Remy – firstly because of his attitude, but most importantly because his transfer fund has just bought us Mbiwa, Haidara, Sissoko and Gouffran.

  • 308 wingspan // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    The vid posted @196

    Is that Haidara getting megged for sissokos first goal??

    Looks like it lol

  • 309 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I guess Pardew meant it when he said we are going to be “REALLY AGGRESSIVE” lolol

  • 310 Baro // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Oh my god man!

    Have I been dreaming this week?

    M’Bwia, Gouffran, Haidara and sissoko to follow!

    I’m literally drulling!

    Viva la France!

  • 311 Ashton // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I saw Haidara’s last game for Nancy. Which was weirdly also Sissoko’s last game for Toulouse!.

    He was quite decent. He is very comfortable and calm on the ball and he never hoofed the ball or gave it away when he had it. Which is great at such a young age. He is also very pacy and strong. He was marking Toulouse’s biggest player at set pieces. Which means he has good heading ability and trusted by his manager when it comes to that aspect of the game. He has everything to be a very good and balanced fullback.
    I didn’t like his positioning though, but it’s understandable because he is still young and this area of his game can be improved with experience.

    Sissoko was my MOTM in that game he ran the show. And did a lot of running with the ball. He showed great work-rate and stamina and was Toulouse’s most creative player. He was playing in front of Sitrex(DM) and behind Didot(AM) and was the best player on the pitch.

  • 312 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM


    OUI !

  • 313 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Hahahaha. If we sign Sissokho I may cry with laughter.

    It’s like Pardew came across one of Ketsbaia’s wish lists on here and thought “My word, he’s got it!”

  • 314 Warwick Hunt // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Yes we needed these players in last summer but hey we have got them all a damn sight cheaper, I think we could have paid as much for Sisoko in the summer as we have for all of them this Jan window!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 315 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Debuchy M’Biwa Coloccini Santon
    Sissoko Anita
    Gouffran Cisse Marveaux

    If every player plays at their best, we could see a demolition job!

  • 316 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    things that will happen
    we will beat villa
    we will finish 13th at least
    we will get to te europa semis at least
    we will finish above the scum
    we will strengthen again in the summer (1or 2 and quite a few development)

  • 317 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM


    I second that. gouffran is just as good as remy, and yet we got him sissoko, yanga m’biwa, haidara all for the price of remy.
    a week ago I was devastated, now im absolutely buzzing. if the window was to shut now, I would still say this has been our best window in many years.

  • 318 yo-yo // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Ginola is on record as saying he’d like ti get into management. Probably thinking more about Lundun but had such a good time with the Toon.
    We do need to change the balance of the side and he’d help do that and get on the managerial ladder.

  • 319 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I don’t think any of the new recruits will start to be honest.

    Jonas is undroppable, and I can see Taylor playing CB. Unless of course Colo isn’t in the right frame of mind to play, in which case Taylor/Williamson and Mbiwa will be it I guess.

  • 320 hotdog // Jan 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Wingspan – Yeah i thought the same.

    Bollance – Your a bit quick to right Dummett off, are you not?

  • 321 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    In Cisse, Gouffran, HBA, Cabaye and Sissoko (and possibly even anita) we have for the first time a genuine goal threat from all directions.

    They are proven goal scorers to a greater or lessor degree.

  • 322 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    JP – I think Pardew and Ashley got particularly riled when Carl Pilkington called bullshit. This week we have been so aggressive nobody dare say Newcastle and unambitious aloud

  • 323 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    @tds good job he didn’t look in the summer then we would have scharner

  • 324 dikko750 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Moussa Sissoko – 1.8m
    Yoan Gouffran -1.2m
    Mapou Yanga -MBiwa – 6.5m
    Massadio Haïdara – 2m
    Mathieu Debuchy – 5m

    Wow 16.5m……. Thats some business! Just think Andy Carroll was 35m alone and Henderson 20m!!

  • 325 GeordieToon89 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Norwich are wanting Van Wolfswinkle according to SSN

  • 326 Munster Mag // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Its such a pity we didnt get Remy though .

    ( I’ll get me coat ) :)

  • 327 bollance // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    For me this is the Ba story all over again. Now any team interested in signing colo know they need to stump up £7m to get him.

    He is ageing at 31 will drop in value so we are looking to cash in.
    Replacement MYM value in a couple of years??

    Ba would never be more expensive then £7.5m because of knee history. Gouffran will never make a fortune when sold so that is reason he is not Ba’s replacement. Maybe thauvin is.. Or Campbell??


  • 328 dikko750 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Im getting greedy now! Im expecting a new signing everyday until the transfer window closes! haha
    Just seems too good to be true at the minute..

  • 329 Munster Mag // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    jeez I’m staggered. The quality on the pitch is unreal now :)
    Sissoko, Cabaye 9 when fit, of form, and playing in the right area ) Anita, Cisse, HBA, Mbiwa …..and suddenly we might have a real go in the Europa League. Also, we can stop hoofing the ball, and more importantly, it will allow us to sign quality players at this level in the summer. “Come and play for NUFC, beside Cabaye, HBA, Anita, Sissoko , Marveaux……” Mental!!!

  • 330 hotdog // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    dikko750 – You have got to remember these lads have not got huge transfer fees as they did not have long on their contracts. The landscape has change now and players are pocketing the cash, thats why they run deals down. We will have spent an awful lot more than 16.5m on wages and contracts for 5 years!

  • 331 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM


    You can take 5m off 16.5 for Ba – so net £11.5m

  • 332 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    we have a happy munster mag. nice to see beaming positivity from you mate. a man usually full of skepticism and looking quite pessimistic in the light of (fair enough) dark clouds above.

  • 333 dikko750 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Yea I agree with you, but I can well imagine that the contracts that Henderson and Carroll signed were also a pretty penny. Ashley and Co seem to be very sensible when it comes to the amounts that players recieve, so cant imagine that they will have broke the structure set out with these guys.
    Either way regardless of all the, im quite happy to ride the gravy train and wee my pants hourly whilst reading these stories. Long may in continue

  • 334 toonfield // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    hi everyone, this is my first post, been a toon fan for over 30 years and followed this blog for a long time.
    the events of the last few days have made me want to contribute. ive never gone from such a low as the defeat to reading at home to the unbelievable highs of the last few days incoming transfers.
    i, like most of you had a dream team in mind for us.
    mbiwa and sissoko were part of my dream team and i keep thinking im going to wake up any minute.
    i cant wait for the villa game and think that this is the start of a great era at newcastle,

  • 335 89Norcal // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    Gouffran has done well these last 2 years. His value will likely go up.

    Sort of nervous about targeting RVW though, he’s another CF. We all know Cisse has it in him to score goals but it becomes harder to return to form when your midfield does f*** all to support you.

  • 336 dikko750 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    who?? hahaha Forgotten memory.

    I think the carroll budget has gone now :D

  • 337 hotdog // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    dikko – dont get me wrong i agree with the policy in principle, christ knows we have lost players over the years for next to nowt.

    Ed – Your gonna have to change ya banner as you will never get all these heads on :-)

    On that note im off – Happy Days

  • 338 DxK // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    It’s been a brilliant few days.
    If we get that one top striker and possibly if Mike fancies adding Butland as well then I think that would really complete the squad if Colo stayed.

    Then in the summer it would really just be a trimming job;

    Williamson and Colo could go if Douglas came in on a free or Toby A for a few bucks.

    Then I’d be fine with the following going/being released;

    XISCO: Released
    GOSLING: £1m
    RANGER: Free
    SIMPSON: £500k in Jan or released in Summer.
    JONAS: £2m
    COLO: 6m

    That would balance the books and enable us to focus on strengthening the youth side of the club.

  • 339 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    The only worry now is if cisse gets injured whose gonna score the goals. We do need another prolific goal scorer, but not a no 9.

    Enter Siem de jong.

  • 340 nightfa11 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM


    plus signing on fee & agents…lets say about 20

  • 341 GeordieAnt // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Best get learning this song lads. It’ll probably be replacing Blaydon Races…even a handy English translation there just in case we decide to switch it up :D

  • 342 89Norcal // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM


    Could be wrong but I think we’ve walked away from Douglas as a target now. In which case, I’d prefer we keep Willo as a backup (what he’s best for) if we are to lose Colo.

    Otherwise we could be no better off in terms of depth. Obviously do more work this coming summer.

  • 343 ONLINE GUY // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Check out the above Lad’s N’ Lasses Its a TV Series that I was in ..Not just a pretty Face you know !

    Watch out for Osvaldo , Kevin Scott , a young Gazza..and a few others you will recognise ..This Was before the Ground was developed .. Great looking back mind . Hard times at Newcastle back then though ..

  • 344 Seba29072 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Sissoko song – Mo, mo, mo its magic, you knooow, you’ll never get passed sissoko, its magic….and so on

  • 345 nightfa11 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM


    id rather have ranger play as CB then having willo.. & i mean it…willo cost us about 15 points this season..

  • 346 GeordieAnt // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Anyone find it odd that Joey Barton moves to OM on loan, and now suddenly seems like half of France are heading over to England? They must’ve really hated his dodgy French accent

  • 347 dikko750 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    @seba pmsl thats brilliant!

    I cant wait for derby day now!!

  • 348 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    For someone like Ashley and Llambias that apparently no nothing about football they sure know what is good value on a player and what is too much. I find that rather interesting. Maybe he has Carr and Pardew giving him the low-down on the players and how much they think he’s worth.

  • 349 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Funny how the padrew hate mob disappear when we’re all celebrating our new signings. Perhaps they all feast on bad news and revel in controversies only.

  • 350 nightfa11 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    carr finds em..lambias knocks down the price..ashley gives the final push & pardew..i dont know what he does..punches air when we score?

  • 351 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Newcastle are currently 20th in the Top 20 Club Revenue list. The first time in 3 years.

  • 352 Paps // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Our top 3 strikers: Cisse, Gouffran, ameobi
    Villa top 4 strikers: Benteke, Bent, Agbonlahor
    Conclusion: We need another striker. One who could play LW aswell would be ideal but we defo need a striker

  • 353 Paps // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    To clarify that comment, i mean to replace ameobi

  • 354 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Can any of you guys speak French or vaguely translate?

  • 355 JP...from The Rock // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    lol I think Carr finds them, Pardew selects them from a list, Llambias panicks over a few extra pennies in negotiations and Mike Ashley comes in and sorts the whole sh*t out with British Swagger and hard cold Cash! :)

  • 356 Paps // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    nick 9 – non je suis merde

  • 357 ToonDownSouth // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Seeing as players that join are always talking about how much Pardew impressed them with his plans for the club, I think that – as per usual – people are trying to pick on Pardew for no reason.

    He’s the one that convinces them that Newcastle is the place they should join, and he does a bloody good job of it.

  • 358 89Norcal // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM


    lol, but as long as Willo is relegated to the odd back up shift, he shouldn’t cost us TOO many points.

  • 359 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Anyone seen Daztoon lately? ;-)

    nick_9 you calmed down today then.

  • 360 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Paps – that’s good enough for me. I was a little intrigued abou the conversation someone brought up earlier between gouffran and Sane Lamine. Can you break any of it down? It looks as though he has upset a Bordeaux fan with his comments but I don’t know French so it’s guess work.

    Spuggy – I’m a fan who is critical of Pardew.

  • 361 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Spuggy – did I come across mad or angry yesterday? Haha

  • 362 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Nick, I can vaguely translate. I had a decent shot at the Sissoko interview earlier so I’ll have a look for you ;)

  • 363 BigKirky // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    What a fantastic few days! (minus the R€my situation)

    Appreciation to Ashley has to be in order with all these very good things, just as the negatives with all the bad things he’s done.

    This has been great and to hopefully get Sissoko, we’ll be like a different team in the second half of the season if everything goes to plan! Excellent.

  • 364 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Thanks Ben. Wasnt sure if it was a clue he might be coming here or to our league.

  • 365 Spuggy // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM


    I just a bit, but you were a little more objective than daztoon the loon who seems to have dissapeared since there’s nothing to slag pards off about today.

  • 366 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    First tweet, Sane says ‘my friend I’m happy for you and sad at the same time but tkt (not sure what that means lol, some sort of French internet-speak I assume) I’m coming brother.’

    Gouffran replies ‘thanks my brother it’s nice that you’ll miss me’.

    Not gonna bother with all the tweets lol but the last few, BRAVO MORRAY asks ‘you’re also leaving for Newcastle?’ and Sane says no.

  • 367 Ben_BKK // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    So no, if the tweets are to be believed, he won’t be leaving Bordeaux for us.

  • 368 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Spuggy I wear my heart on my sleeve mate and think I’m very realistic. Finished fifth last year and was hoping we would strengthen and have another pop at finishing in the top 8. I was disappointed with the summer transfer activity and felt Pardew and Ashley sold us short with players because everything was rosey. First ten games were dire but our points tally was acceptable, since then I’ve seen little improvement and we’ve stopped picking up points. I travel far to home games and it got a bit much to take with little positives over the past two months. I’m very pleased with our transfer activity and that players are coming back from injury. If I’m a critical mood I might say five months too late as the season is wasted but I’m jut thankful we’ve for four players over the line with more looking likely. Now it’s down to Pardew to train them right and get a winning team out. If we go down then he needs to go because he’s been backed, it’s that simple. I’m not here to fight or argue with anyone and I think even the loonies on this big want what is best for the club but noboy agrees on what is the st course of action. Heck none of us can even agree on what players to sign…

  • 369 BigKirky // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Some of the key things here aren’t just the new players on the pitch, which in itself is excellent!

    I really hope we do well with this lot in, so that Ashley realises that speculating to accumulate using Carr’s recommendations is winner and thus he will be more inclined to invest in the team in the future. Not paying out Liverpool money, but sensible and reliable players of quality. It could also help to attract more quality players in the summer and beyond, gradually getting bigger players in with more quality.

    Pardew will hopefully get a boost and feel somewhat revitilised with these fresh faces in. This goes for the players already at the club as well. Plus, competition for places will keep players on their toes.

    All in all there can be many benefits of all the new players coming in, not just literally there skills in the side and this is great. Just got to start winning football matches now!

  • 370 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Thanks Ben. Thought it was an inside scoop as haidara and gouffran gave away big hints on twitter.

  • 371 yorkymag // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Pardew is a poor manager always will be ,always has been
    But now is the time to look forward the players can hopefully keep us up and who knows maybe then we will get a manager we deserve
    I am as excited as everyone on the site but fearful that turnip will f… It up

  • 372 BigKirky // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    *their skills

  • 373 nick_9 // Jan 24, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Big Kirky – imagine if we pushed on now and finished in the top half. Tenth place isn’t out of reach. That would be a positive outcome.

    Saturday at 5pm we had just lost a relegation six pointer having only picked up one point from three games in January having lost our top scorer. There’s no wonder fans were down. I we win against villa now with all these signings then I imagine the Chelsea game will be rocking

  • 374 5Danny94 // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    All we need is a French goalkeeper and we can line up like this:

    ———Ben Arfa———-Obertan———-

    Not really a weak team! I just hope they all bother to learn English. It could be disastrous otherwise.

  • 375 Mister Tuff // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Spuggy – I’ve never really supported Percy Parsnip – he should not have been appointed in the first place – but he is here now. I do not think he is out of the woods yet -any slip ups and he is out the door. it will be interesting what the line up is for the villa game -i’m looking forward to the new team. Will Percy play Shola, Jonas.
    Very interesting times ahead -but with more positivity than last week.

  • 376 soundoid // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Sometimes your cards aren’t worth a dime, unless you lay them down.

    Depardew has to play some of the new lads.

    Or all this good feeling will just fizzle out.

    Shit or bust let have it!

  • 377 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Definitely not getting into a pro v con discussion about pards tonight or again.

    I don’t think he’s a terrible manager I think he works hard and is well respected by players, the board and peers and that’s all we can ask at the moment. Makes the odd tactical gaff but who doesn’t, he makes some good subs too. I will be forever thankful for last season which was amazing.

  • 378 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Activating the blog time machine…checking that it works by setting the clock back a couple of this the correct time line? Yes definitely a few months back, Mike Ashley reviled Fat skimmer, Ba the Wonder-kneed goal machine destined for greatness, Coloccini faithful servant, soon-to-be legend and all round good egg. Ketsy deluded fool with random wish list of great european quality players to be bought for peanuts.

    Right, thats enough of that, lets get back to January 2013……….

  • 379 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    And Joey Nitzche Barton who a lot were gutted to see leave.

    How times have changed.

  • 380 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Kets is a misunderstood genius.

  • 381 JP...from The Rock // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    I a have a sneaky feeling that Pardew will play mostly an unchanged team to let the new players settle in smoothly. Though due to the position we’re in I hope he will unleash the new talent we now have and scare the sh*t out of our opponents :)

  • 382 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Here’s hoping for a settled team for the remainder of the season, with all players playing in their natural positions.

    No more serious injuries please.


  • 383 JP...from The Rock // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    He needs to as the others have been under-performing big time. If we go down it will now be an even bigger disaster. I just hope fans don’t turn on Pardew if we fail to win v Villa and just manage a point. A change in manager now after he was also behind the transfers that have just come in would cause unbalance and confusion and that’s the last we need now.

  • 384 soundoid // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    The club have played an awsome PR blinder here and we should ride that wave. Never a dull moment. Would we support any other club?

    Would we f**k.

  • 385 Toon73 // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I actually believe Kets = Mike Ashley

  • 386 BigKirky // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Yes Nick, that would be great.

    My mate, who is an accountant, has just put a fiver on us to finish top 6 at 150 on Paddy Power. Nice ;-) May even be reading this!

  • 387 MacToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Ah ha, TDS’s back, how did your exams go?
    and Tsunki, you really expect people to get Gouffran’s name right when most can’t even manage Colo, he’s been here over 4 years and it’s only 4 bleedin letters ;-)

    Not seen this blog so happy in years, long may it last.

  • 388 deyansabourian // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Only including transfer fees, with the 35m we got for Carroll we have gotten Cabaye – 5m, Santon – 5m, Ba – free, Bigi – 1m, Anita – 6.5m, Marveax – free, Sissoko – 2m, Gouffran -1.5m, MBiwa – 6.5m, Haïdara – 2.5m, and Debuchy – 5m. WOW!

  • 389 nick_9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    BigKirky – top 6? Haha I’m shocked that’s still mathematically possible. I’m known for some outlandish bets myself, they’re yet to reap the rewards though.

  • 390 true toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Seriously I think we need 2 more signings to be certain of securing our PL status. A good Striker that could get us goals like Ricky Van Wolfswinkel or Siem de jong and a good def. The closest to my mind is Ashley Williams.. if not , I don’t think we would stand much of a chance of winning the relegation fight

  • 391 ronjohno // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Been a great week especially if Sissoko arrives – I think he is the one to really be excited about.

    I do though have one BIG worry – I dont think Pardew will be up to the job of handling these players and I think he will be completely out of his depth.
    If he continues to find places for Jonas,the Ameobis,Williamson and Obertan then I will tear out what little hair I have left.

  • 392 JP...from The Rock // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Willo has to be benched in favour of either Saylor or Mbiwa. Maybe that will be our partnership since Colo’s head is all over the place. Gutierrez also has been very poor but I feel Pardew will still play him. And as for Strolla the less I say about him the better.

  • 393 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Song for Sissoko … Going loco now we have Sissoko !

  • 394 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    If we played against every team like we did against man u and arsenal, do you think we would be in a relegation scrap and buying all these players?

    In those two games we were without taylor, cabaye, ben arfa, tiote and gutierrez and he has the cheek to blame the fringe players who are apperently not good enough.

    Im not complaining because ashley has bought into pardews bullsh*t and bought all of this talent which will make the team a lot stronger and should keep us up and hopefully come next season push for champions league like good old mapou said himself.

    The icing on this beautiful cake would be if pardew was sacked in the summer for a french/english spoken manager with great tactical knowledge and experience that will get them playing it along the ground and attack teams from start to finish.

    The only way pardew would keep his job would be that hes learnt from his long list of mistakes this season and turns it around, or the quality players we have stay injury free and prove they are better than his sh*t tactics and play their own style making him look special.

    Pardew out in the summer would show more ambition than these five signings put together.

    Heres hoping!

  • 395 cndrbrown // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Norwich now in for wolfswinkle? hopefuly we get a bid in for this guy

    how did remy look last weekend. apart from the goal?

  • 396 denvermagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Anyone in the states right now,fox sports there greatest games .I have direct channel 619

  • 397 denvermagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    sorry should read the magic of fa cup Newcastle

  • 398 BrightonMag // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Lovin this week,rocky van bullwinkle next please :) my week would be complete…

  • 399 obatoyou // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Message to Ashley from oba:

    Love you Ashley

    Love oba

  • 400 matt11_25 // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    my line up … (always the same formation as the one I played in haha)..

    debuchy mbiwa collo santon


    cabaye sissoko

    ben mf arfa

    cisse RVW/marv/gouffy

    W/ plenty of license/demands of the full backs to get forward ..triangles up and down pitch football is simple really!!

  • 401 matt11_25 // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    396^^^ i obviously dont know what im doing..

    anyway that formation is a 4-1-2-1-2

  • 402 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:48 AM


    Sort yourself out man, dear me.

    Of course, being 2points off relegation is all Pardews fault. Yawnnnnn!

    Not blameless mind. But far bigger factors why we are down there.

    Sleeping tablets quickly for you.

  • 403 Offkey // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Hope we are actually in for Thauvin, looks good

  • 404 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I do like Pardew but I am a bit worried he still might field a ridiculous team on tuesday night with ameobi on the wing again

  • 405 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:52 AM


    Team against villa

    Doubt pardew will produce the same line up tho

  • 406 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:55 AM


    And a specsavers visit for you

  • 407 89Norcal // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I know WE all want to label Gouffran as our winger, but not sure that is actually in the plans of Pardew or the coaches.

    Hope it is though. We need that quality up front.

  • 408 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    You all got your wishes man,

    All out attack, where did it get us?

    Shipped 11 goals in 2 games? The squad was never good enuf or strong enough in quality in depth. With europa we didnt have the legs. Even without europa id have my doubts.

  • 409 denvermagpie // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    I’m in moderation right now and it’s only on for the next 30 mins .

  • 410 Ben_BKK // Jan 25, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    cndrbrown – apart from his goal, Remy hardly did anything, but then QPR were defending with almost everyone behind the goal for most of the game. How they didn’t lose that game is beyond me.

  • 411 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:01 AM


    ‘All out attack, where did it get us?’

    We will never know.

  • 412 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    There’s no way he’s dropping Jonas for this 6 pointer at villa

  • 413 JP...from The Rock // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    Offkey- Wow no wonder we’re after Thauvin. That kid is immense at what is he just 17!? From that clip you can tell that he has a fantastic first touch, good technique, pace, strength and an eye for a pass. What a player this kid will be SNAP HIM UP!!!

    Have we bid for him??

  • 414 Peter // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Lads I’ve had a couple to drink tonight celebrate Ashley’s revival for the toons course. What’s the crack we singed sissoko or not cheerss

  • 415 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:23 AM


    Route bottom son

  • 416 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    You think if we attacked teams rather than sat back, we would be bottom lol you joker!

    Obviously dont have a clue about football, keep your opinions to yourself because i dont wanna here them, clueless fool!

    Im off to bed.

  • 417 89Norcal // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    Has anyone read this?

    Not the ideal situation. If we pissed Colo off enough he could just check out mentally, even if we played him. That could be dangerous.

    On the bright side, Gouffran seems full of confidence.

  • 418 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:37 AM


    Ill bare that in mind in the forth coming matches kidda, in regards to the next 6-12 wks. You can only work with what you have in the first 11 and on the bench.

    I hope you pop in during that time. I look forward.

  • 419 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    someone has made a video of our January signings, so I advise you check it out. especially the people that don’t know much about the players or who haven’t seen them play before :)

  • 420 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Son?.. Kidda?.. Whats next.. baby?

    Your just talking bungle now and im too tired for it, gdnight.

  • 421 nick_9 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Peter If you check the previous article you will know more. Apparently sissoko has forfeited a loyalty bonus from Toulouse had he stayed with them until the summer so he could join us this window. They have announced ok your website he has agreed to leave toulouse as of yesterday so it’s really likely, I would imagine he will sign today (Friday) making it 4 in 4. If Mike splashes out for an extra striker I might even buy the man a pint as that will be the Defense sorted and additions in midfield and attack. I wonder what a happy Mike Ashley who felt appreciated would do for us as a club, if anything extra at all.

  • 422 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Sorry, I disagree Santon being labled as bad defender.
    He is a wing back, he goes forward because nobody attacking left flank, his runs caused problems to opponent.
    How can you ask someone to go furthest forward and get back so deep in a second? It’s impossible for any human being.
    The problem is with the midfield for unable to buy enough time for him to get back to his position.
    He was a winger before changed into LWB by Mourinho, why he can be a great LWB at inter but not in NUFC that’s the question. You need to see how Inter played under Mourinho compared with how we play, then you will understand.
    With Haidara as LB, I hope Santon will play as LW, he will do much better job than Jonas.

  • 423 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    You sound like the lass i’v just let go, no shit.

    We will see who knows better in the next 4-6 wks. Make sure you pop back mind.

  • 424 cndrbrown // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    thanks Ben_BKK

  • 425 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    You sound like a patronising big man who chats sh*t about everything in life.

    Wtf are u talkin about???!!!

    What in the space of 4-6 weeks is gonna make u mr know it all?

  • 426 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Your blaming for our predicament, you are blaming Pardew. The “scapegoat”.

    It’s wrong.

    But pop by to discuss his tactics when we are winning, your more than welcome.

  • 427 Zero // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    toon prodigy… so pards tactics have been good up to now, winning us loads of games?… really i must be looking at the wrong league. And dont BS about ohhh the injuries oohh he needs his full squad back. Hes had quite a few games with only one or two of our purples missing and lost them thorugh shocking formations and bad substitions.

  • 428 Zero // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    I seriously hope these new players bring some new life and we can stop the rot, maybe pards might see some new formations with them and we can start to win again

  • 429 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM


    Im not saying Pardew is not blameless. He has got things tactically wrong. But which manager in the league dosn’t?

    What im saying is he is not to blame for where we are in the league. Which is why he still has a job. Its easy to pick the bones out of something you have hatred for.

    He can only work with the tools he has got. Aye, he could of changed this and that, but with the quality he has at his disposal? Where would it really have got us? Against premier league oppostion?

    He simply has not had the tools.

  • 430 Zero // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    I admit weve had ridiculous injuries cooupled with players massively underperforming (both can be partly attributed to underinvestment in the summer and lack of moral). However one firm thing that sets me antipards and is a significant factor above others is how he changed a winning formation and set of tactics to suit one player (Ba) and now that player aint even with us (something pretty much everyone knew was going to happen)

  • 431 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:19 AM


    Thank f for you! This guy is more clueless than pardew himself!

    I never said we wouldnt pick up points in the next few weeks, im not doubting that! I actually think we will even with pardews style of play as the quality weve brought in will deffinately help.

    Someones looking for an argument in their sad pathetic life! Go up and read through what i said again. Hopefully u can make sense of it second time round yea? Retard.

    A visit to specsavers is must for you, gdnight (for the last time)

  • 432 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:24 AM


    But do you not agree it was for the benefit of the club if both were firing on all cylinders and had 12 goals each right now?

    It was a gamble that didnt pay off. But we all would of loved it? With Ba & Cisse?

    Im sure he had the best interests of the club at heart here. And it might if swayed Ba to stay. He was our top goal scorer.

    Its fine saying, well it didnt work! Hoy him out, we need a better manager. But none of us would be complaining if it had of worked and Ba stayed on.

    He isnt to blame, wait until he has his team back and the players available which he SHOULD of had in the summer ; )

  • 433 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Zero this guy doesnt know what hes talking about, ignore him.

    He still has his job because of an 8 yr contract and his excuses on players being sh*t.

    Ashley has an ego hel try to keep and has bought into pardews bullsh*t.

    Did u not read anything i said up there^

    Have a second read through u might actually make sense of it.

    We scored 3 against man u and arsenal without ben arfa tiote cabaye gutierrez and saylor and your giving us this bullsh*t about not having the tools!!!

    Do your self a favour and go to bed.

  • 434 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Oh and plus i havent once said we wont pick up points in the next 4-6 wks, i actually think we will.

    Have a read through what i said up there^

    That trip to specsavers wasnt a joke, make an inquirey.

  • 435 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM


    Well you hold me to the fact i dont know what im talking about.

    I’v already explained we have not had the squad capable of such a forward surge. But hey, its just my oppinion. The fact we shipped 11 goals should be all you need.

    Ill see you in 4-6 weeks when your still pulling Pardew apart

  • 436 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    We shipped 11 goals because we attacked arsenal and man u at their ground u f*****g retard!! 2 top teams! And we nearly pulled it off!

    My point is if we did it to other teams like reading for example at our ground we wouldnt be where we are, go to bed ur tired

  • 437 Peter // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Cheers nick_9 :)

  • 438 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    We attacked 2 of the best teams in the prem at their ground u f******g idiot!!

    And il say it again i think we will pick up points over the next few weeks because of our new signings, not pardew!

    So me comin back on here in the next 4-6 weeks is irrelevant

  • 439 true toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    We should have buy Yann villa .8 Million is a steal ! and we can sell Tiote in the summer .

  • 440 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    We attacked 2 of the best teams in the prem at their ground u idiot!!

    And il say it again i think we will pick up points over the next few weeks because of our new signings, not pardew!

    So me comin back on here in the next 4-6 weeks is irrelevant.

  • 441 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Go to bed ur tired and talkin sh*t

  • 442 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Dear me,

    So now you do have faith in Pardew and the signings coming in? He can manage them but not the people we already have?

    You do believe the squad was not capable as it stood before the signings? But you trust we needed extra bodys.

    Give it a rest for tonight.

    You hate Pardew, and you think its his fault for our demise. I don’t.

    Lets just leave it at that eh ; )

  • 443 cockneymagpie90 // Jan 25, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Wow, u really are stupid.

    Yea, we will leave it at that.

  • 444 willowdalerez // Jan 25, 2013 at 5:09 AM

    I’m very pleased with the signings…. Looks like MA realized he needed to open the wallet to save his investment! All my preayers have been answered a proven FB, speedy LB, an attacking midfileder, a playmaking midfielder, and a Striker. I won’t even bitch that they are all french b/c they will gel with Cisse, Cabaye, Marveaux, Obertan and HBA!!! Let’s face it the toon on tyne should be the Marseillaise so somebody get a copy of the lyrics, Pards get some french lessons and go Magpies!!!

  • 445 PontiusLee // Jan 25, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    more on sissoko, love this goal from him earlier this season in ligue 1.

    poor defending from this “haidara” kid, he gets nutmegged by the through ball. feel sorry for the team hes on… oh, wait…

  • 446 Kc-Toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Dont know if youv seen this video yet, but it really impressed me. His movement off the ball is somthing we havnt had for a long time, The way he gives the ball and immediately looks for that driving run through the defense.

  • 447 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:09 AM


    Is that one time or he gets nutmeg all the time?

  • 448 Toon_Tom // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    knowing Pardew i would not be surprised if Jonas started against Villa, i wouldnt be surprised if Williamson started, I wouldnt be surprised if Cisse started out wide….. i hope he gives his head a shake and plays the best TEAM to beat Villa which should include MBiwa and Sissoko (if signed)


  • 449 Toon_Tom // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    just like that – utilising the width!!! ;-)

  • 450 89Norcal // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Toon Tom

    Are we playing on a double-wide Camp Nou surface? :)

  • 451 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM


    Is Krul also playing RB or we have 5 players playing GK? hehehehe just kidding

  • 452 Toon_Tom // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    we are indeed – keeping the ball on the —————————————————————————–wing ;)

  • 453 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Ke-toon quality montage of Sissoko’s athleticism drive and power loved that …. Just what we need he looks a right handful can’t wait to see him in the black and white stripes :-)

  • 454 Toon_Tom // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Santon – 5 at the back – “rush keeper” / “fog-man-back”

  • 455 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Well the quality ball player we now have should see us dominate possession and games …. Just need Krul to keep it simple as rush goalies always come un- stuck :-)

  • 456 89Norcal // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:23 AM


    From the looks of it, Krul is on the bench and Marveaux is strolling somewhere along Leazes Terrace ;)

    lol I’m trying to get to work on this blog because of the ———- messing up.

  • 457 PontiusLee // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:25 AM

    haha, it was just a joke, santon 03.

    but i really hope he doesnt get nutmegged all the time…

  • 458 cyprus // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Months ago, before the window, I had said that our only hope for survival would be to sign 2-3 ready game changers. Now, this has been done, twofold. Hats off to Ashley, no one can say he didn’t give it his all. I like him as owner, tbh, he seems a likable billionaire, despite the unwarranted over-the-top hate from some fans.

  • 459 cyprus // Jan 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    If this guy is a LB, maybe Santon will be pushed further upfront, a better position for him. Believe it or not, many Spurs fans disliked Bale because he was average as a LB. Now, having changed his role, he’s worth 50 mil.!!

  • 460 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    89Norcal & ToonTom

    hehehe I hope so too

  • 461 eaststandgeordie1982 // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    This could be the best day in the transfer window when sissoko signs

  • 462 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:15 AM


    I agree with you on both MA and Santon.
    MA is a good owner, he ddoesn’t get involved much in running the club. He is like any other bosses, he is more focus on his main business and let other people running the other investments.
    Regarding Santon, I made a comment earlier #417. Hopefully he will play as LW, he could also do a great job helping defense. I like Jonas, but he is just not the kind of player he used to be.

  • 463 check the toastie // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Team Pardew will select for Villa

    Debuchy Mbiwa Collo Santon
    Anita Sissoko
    Goofy Cabaye Jonas

    Thats what i reckon anyway.

    Well done Graham Carr and Mike Ashley, at last we have embraced ambition.

    And a special big Well done to Alain DePardew for doing so shit, without it these signings would never have been possible……

  • 464 LGFUAD21 // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Late but spot on to whoever said santon could play lw, he does remind me of a young Gareth bale, he’ll never develop as much flair but he will make smarter decisions and be more industrious.

    But I don’t see the issue with him at lb, Pards has coached him well in the time he has been here, he’s always improving and is still so young.

    Also agree that mika has done his bit now we as fans need to get back to firing the squad up and turning sjp back into a fortress. REGARDLESS OF THE SCORE at any one time

  • 465 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Cyprus…..and others

    I think the problem with santon being in a forward role is that his final delivery isn’t the same standard as bale’s is or even was back then.

    He makes great runs as a full back and is good at beating a man but his crossing is below par and his shooting is decent but not clinical.

    I do though think it could be a good move providing he takes extra time to work on his crossing with both feet.

  • 466 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    The team I would like to see for villa providing everyone settles quick enough.


    Something along those line gives us pace, power, flair, quality, vision…everything we need to take villa apart.

    Also think with benteke being good in the air haidara will offer more defence against that than santon.

  • 467 Seba29072 // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    mo mo mo its magic, you knoooooow, you’ll never get passed sissokoooo, its magic you knoooow….

  • 468 WWYCD // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Beginning to get a bit excited about NUFC again…I’d rate three of our signings are real stable starting 11 players and two are good squad players

    And apparently we aren’t done a couple of players I can think of would round off a brilliant window

  • 469 fray bentos // Jan 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Posters comparing Santon to Bale

    Bale is another league compared to Santon, Santon is probably comparable on technique but Bale’s pace, flair and his ability to nearly always make his final ball count far surpass Santon, sorry guys its just the truth but Santon can get better ofcourse but i imgine he will never be as good, then again Bale is probably one of the 10 hottest properties on the planet right now

  • 470 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    fray bentos

    Yeh I am with you on that. The consistent quality of balls bale delivers into the box in on par with anyone in world football at the moment.

    I think santon is just as good at gliding past the defenders but when it come to crossing and shooting he doesn’t get close.

    Maybe a switch to the right wing would help him as he could easily whip a ball in when on the run.

    I still think with practice santon could be a top class wide player though…or even a full back if he works on his defensive game more.

  • 471 WWYCD // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Not too long ago Bale wasn’t one of the hottest properties around took time for him to get to the level he is at and Santon is a bit younger

    Not saying he’s going to be the next Bale but I don’t think its entirely out of the question

  • 472 fray bentos // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM


    I think your forgetting about Bale’s pace while dribbling, its amazing to watch and if he loses it he will lose alot of his game

    The way Santon takes on players is alot more about his technqiue rather than his pace which is good in other ways

    Yeah i agree, would love to see what Santon would be like on the RW, maybe with more space infront of him we might see him taking on players with more space, could be really special

  • 473 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    @wwycd heskey? fraiser Campbell? Marlon king?

  • 474 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Those saying the Remy money has been used to bring in Mbiwa, Haidara and Sissoko are almost certainly wrong. Those signings were clearly in the pipeline and only Gouffran has possibly been signed because Remy went to QPR.

    If Remy would have joined Debuchy, Mbiwa, Haidara and Sissoko that would have turned an already brilliant window into a truly spectacular one. Irrespective, it proves beyond doub that Ashley’s ambition for NUFC isn’t mid table mediocrity. I keep saying it, Ashley is massively ambitious and his first target is to build a better and more successful team that the one owned by his mates at Spurs. He wants the bragging rights and Ashley will, I’m convinced, do everything within reason to get us challenging for the top 4 asap.

  • 475 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM


    I think santon could do it….but I just think he will have to improve more dramatically than bale did.

    There is 2 years between them and it was 2 years ago that bale scored that amazing hattrick in the san siro and tortured maicon (when he was still good) over 2 games.

    I can’t see it but do agree, you can never tell how somebody will develop.

  • 476 fray bentos // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM


    Here’s hoping, im not saying he couldn’t get better, im just saying that in my opinion Bale is so good that it would be difficult for anyone to get near his standard at the moment, if he was playing at Man U he would be even more devestating

    But would love to see Santon played on the wing, might see even more then

  • 477 LGFUAD21 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM


    I ou r rea my post you will s yo hav misunestood me.

    The comparison was about how he is good on the attack but perhaps a little weak defensively,

    Redknapp saw that in bale and made the switch.

    Some players just can’t make the step up in physicality and pace.

    But with santon defensively we need to be a bit more patient. He doesn’t screw up colossally but he needs to learn to not give players to much space. His tracking is good but his containing needs to be improved, but he still so young.

    Jumped the gun a bit mate.

  • 478 Toon_Tom // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    why didnt he invest in the summer then bill?

  • 479 WWYCD // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Although I fully agree with Heskey he’s just a pipe dream now mate. Can’t Control is still available though

  • 480 fray bentos // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM


    Jumped what gun?

    It wasn’t aimed at you anyway, lots of posters make the comparison, sound like you jumped the gun

  • 481 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    fray bentos

    No doubt bale is more about pace, a lot of the time he just kicks it past the full back and runs round him, he can struggle when teams double up against him as he can’t do this and he has to rely on turns, jinking runs etc which he isn’t as good at (still good enough though).

    I like santon’s style, very technical and gets through tight spots….if he improves his final ball he will be magnificent.

  • 482 WWYCD // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    I agree tbh he has a lot to do in order to improve but he’s doing in a different position then Bale atm if he was moved more forward (I actually don’t think he will unless a new manager comes in) he might leanr faster…or he might flop completely haha

    I hope Haidaras signing lights a fire in him to cement his LB spot, might even make him learn how to defend ;)

  • 483 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM


    Ashley is just correcting the problem he caused in the summer by not signing players. That was step one of what needed to be done. He has passed that check.

    Nearly everyone here could see that was a problem so it’s easy for ashley to identify.

    What he needs to make sure he does is invest in the summer again, get 2-3 good players in to improve the starting 11 or bench who are ready for first team and can refresh the dressing room for the next season.

    Doing that will show he has learned from his mistake and not just reacting to problems.

    But in fairness he has done all he can this window so fair play for now…just needs to continue in the summer.

  • 484 daztoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    You live in dream land boy and talk utter shit
    Your comment on santon on last thread proved that
    He’s all right footed and can’t play wing oh but he could play right wing and Hba would have to move blah blah blah.
    Just a glory hunter and thick as shit

  • 485 darrenfletcher88 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Morning gents!! At work, when I finish I hope to see sissoko holding the black and white stripes up!! Come on toon make that happen please!!!

  • 486 El Sleeve // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    you whats surprising? that these players still want to sign after talking to pardew. have they not seen how he sets his teams out, that he likes defending 1 goal for 60 mins? honestly do not know how we are getting these players signed up.

    at villa park, if either ameobi or jonas start, that is enough to show him the door. the man is awful, tactically and has the man mgmt skills of a stone

  • 487 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM


    To be honest, Santon didn’t make as many crosses or shots as we want him to and we didn’t have many players in the box to receive any crosses either.

  • 488 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    El sleeve

    Do you not think with all these new players ( we now have people comfortable with the ball in all areas of the team) that its worth giving pardew another go?

    If pardew persists with hoof ball then fair enough…but he now has everything he needs to play a passing game so lets see what we get.

    If by the end of the season the majority of the teams include shola and jonas then fair enough….but I think we should judge him on what he does with these players.

  • 489 C // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I wonder if this was the plan all along. The players were to expansive in the summer but since Sissoko and Gouffran are on expiring contracts, they come cheap now in january. So they played the waiting game and took a gamble?

    Or was MA offended by the way QPR conducted their business and wanted to show some muscles?

    Or is he learning and now knows that if you want to compete in Europe, cups and the league you cant rely on youngsters?

    Or is he just afraid of the drop?

  • 490 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:31 AM


    We rarely have more than 2 in the box, normally just one, so that means that it would take the perfect cross to find the player so it is hard for santon.

    But when he does cross it I’m not convinced he has the quality yet…he has the ability so I think he needs to just spend more time working on this aspect of his game.

  • 491 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Morning gents.

    Are we all excited about the imminent arrival of Moussa “The Beast” Sissoko today?

  • 492 Santon03 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM


    All of the above :P

  • 493 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:37 AM


    I certainly am…very much looking forward to seeing what team we put out at villa.

  • 494 WWYCD // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Morning fella and to answer ur question just a tad haha 2nd best signing we have made after MYM for me

  • 495 King Arfa // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    morning gents im out in afghan at the min so have very little time to check up on my beloved club i am absolutly shocked with the progress we have made in the past week haha last time i was on here ppl where calling for pardews head and i was getting hammared of the lads for our recent results which almost snapped me haha but over the moon now makes my life out here that little bit better and the news of sissoko potentially tying up to the club today makes me wanna cream my pants haha right im off to give the lads shit finally looks like toon fans have summit to shout about as we start to climb this table HWTL

  • 496 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    TS Morning Sage – Yeah me too !!!

    We have selection issues for the first time all season – Yanga is a guaranteed starter, as it Sissoko, I feel. Poss Gouffran to start and Haidara on the bench.

    But who knows?!

  • 497 mecannylad // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    We’ve had such a positive few days there has to be a ‘curved ball’ coming our way before this window closes.
    Let’s face it … we are NUFC.

  • 498 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:43 AM


    If you’re going to slag me off at least have the grace and maturity to do it without personal insults if you are capable.

    It’s football, we all have our opinion, I didn’t say Santon COULDN’T play on the wing, but he is right footed and always comes inside when on the left. When did you last see him get to the byline and cross or pass a ball? That is a reasonable point. You can disagree if you want, but please do so with class an bin the childish insults.

  • 499 Toon73 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    There is zero excuse to not start Sissoko & Mbiwa.

    Surely Pards has to see shola is an impact sub player, and Jonas too possibly.

    Go Toon !

  • 500 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:44 AM


    And of course I’m a glory hunter – I hunt glory for my team NUFC, where I was born. Who doesn’t.

  • 501 Spuggy // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    You would think Pards started Shola on a regular basis, he hardly got a game (apart from late sub) when Ba was here. It’s not like he picks him over Ba or Cisse.

    Let’s wait and see.

  • 502 Toon73 // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    hey Ed please make your next headline Newcastle sign fourth frenchman in four days :)

  • 503 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Morning Yo – I’m still completely stunned that we have got Yanga on our books and we are nearly there to confirm Sissoko!

    2 massive players that could play at the very highest level. Spoke to my colleague at Montpellier last night and he said THE main factor on why Yanga picked us over the other options he had – was MA and his sheer desire to bring the lad to Newcastle. And we all know how hard Sissoko has had to work to push a move through to us – even at his own personal expense. These are the types of player we need at this club.

    Bit of news on Thauvin – Bastia are close to signing a direct replacement for him today. Word is they will sign him as long as we loan him back for the season – but I think we want him now. Either way – picking up this lad is yet another coup.

    Personally I don’t care that they are all French – they are quality players at bargain prices.

  • 504 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM


    I’d probably agree with that.

    I’d like mbiwa in for williamson, sissoko in for jonas in the middle and then to have gourffran on for shola.

    Shift marv to the left and have gouffran right.

  • 505 last minute window lies // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Certainly am TT, hopefully the medical wont take as long as haidara’s

  • 506 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Apparently we made a 3million Euro offer for the 19yr old Thauvin. Offer has yet to be accepted nor Rejected.

  • 507 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Morning Gents,

    TS….That last line sounds like part of a song ( I’m thinking “Let’s do the timewalk” maybe…)

    “Just shift marv to the left”

    “and then Gouff to the rriiiigggghhht”

    No putting your hands on your hips though.

  • 508 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    David Luiz likely to miss the game against Us due to Injury. Hazard may miss it also unless his red card is revoked. If we win that game it could be a major turning point + Confidence booster

  • 509 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    TS -

    Debuchy – Colo – Mbiwa – Santon
    Anita – Sissoko
    Gouffran – Cabaye – Marv

    Anita will do all the clean ups back there and protect the back line, allowing debs and sant’s to move forward. Sissoko will act like a deep lying play maker with more than enough ability to progress up the pitch, Gouffran and Marv will terrorise defences, Cabaye in an advanced role and Cisse up on his own – yet with people all around him for support.

  • 510 daztoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Explain the Santon waffle what a load of crap that was now that’s a loons comment.
    It’s all great making signing but are all these in comings going to be off set with Cabaye,HBA,Colo,Santon all leaving in the summer

  • 511 lesh // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    0854 and no new signing today yet…. we’re doomed1

  • 512 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Anita…Wouldn’t you feel a bit badly for Ba though? :)

    Lesh….I say if there is no news by 9am we get the pitchforks out.

  • 513 daztoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Agree our deals take so long they were all going on same time as Remy.We can’t say it’s all ambition shown by Ashley until after sept 1st next season and see what squad we start with.

  • 514 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Morning Ibiza !! I smell a new terrace song on the horizon! :-)

    Strange murmurings regards RVW – They have confirmed there has been a bid – at around the money they want for him – and now silence! No word of an acceptance or rejection. The thought of us spending just as much money again to buy a centre forward doesn’t seem real – but it seems it could be a distinct possibility!

  • 515 lesh // Jan 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    If this is correct, then it’s clear that Ashely’s not been pi$$ing about with Collo!

  • 516 Premiership Manager // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Just been watching some video’s of Sissoko and he looks like the complete midfielder and may be a better player than Cabaye.

    In one of the video’s in his early career it looks like he is playing as a wing back and he’s a very good crosser of the ball.

    I don’t often talk of formations but if we have Marvaux, Cabaye, Anita and Sissoko with Tiote fighting for a place, competition to get in the team will be good.

    Put Cisse upfront with HBA or Gouffran in the hole and we have a very good team with a solid defence, (hope Colo stays), a very good holding/attacking midfield and three forwards who when combined with the midfield should be able to control the game and open up any defence.

    The bonus is that we now have more versatility than ever as santon can play midfield if required and both anita and Sissoko can play at LB/RB if need be.

    Lets just hope that Pardew can now put the icing on the cake and prove the majority of the fans wrong and start to get the club back on top without any more excuses

  • 517 lesh // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Ibizatoon , I’ve got the bed stripped and the sheets painted up already – Ashley out!!!!!

  • 518 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Toon Tom & Transfer Sage re Ashley not signing in the summer – he couldn’t get the targets he wanted at the price he was prepared to pay – and he won’t spend just for the sake of it. Nobody – including us fsns – thought we’d have the huge injury and loss of form that we’d get this season. I’m convinced that Ashley was confident he could get Mbiwa, Sissoko and Debuchy in this window and he took a chance the team could hold its own until then – that decision back fired but I don’t see it as lack of ambition. Just a decision that didn’t work out.

    And another thing – what is consistently ignored by fans is that Ashley showed ambition in the summer by NOT SELLING any of our top players – something he has been consistently accused of wanting to do.

    Far too many fans are demanding perfection in everything that Ashley does, criticising him everytime he isn’t perfect and finding negative excuses whenever he does do something that benefits NUFC.

    Any other NUFC owner who had signed the quality of players we have this January would have his praises and nane sung from the rooftops of the Leazes and the Gallowgate – not only won’t there be, but there will STILL be fans saying its all a plot to bring in good players only so he can sell them for a massive profit as soon as he gets the opportunity.

    I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face – Ashley is by far the BEST owner of NUFC in my 50 odd years as a Toon supporter. The best by a mile.

  • 519 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM


    Is the bid from us? or an unnamed club? (for rvw)


    I do like that song.

  • 520 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Lesh…Good man, the cockney monster needs to know we mean business!

    TS…Not sure stockings and suspenders would go down well with the current North East weather mind :)

    Okay, enough sillyness for me. Off out, hope it’s another fun filled day for toon fans.

    Catch up later all.

  • 521 lesh // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    bills-son , I don’t Ashely would have been the only obstacle to signings last summer….. let’s not forget he’s got a Managing Director to prepare proposals for approval and without recommendations, he acn’t be expected to approve can he.

    I’ll say it again – that I believe Llambias has been far too concerned with the bottom line and the P&L accounts to see a bigger picture. In other words, he’s been out of his depth!

  • 522 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    Sorry, just realised it was Torq who responded. Well, my response goes for both of you Torq and TS.

    We’ll continue work on the new song later….i’m thinking a rename of “Let’s do the Pardew again”

    But relating to last seasons good run, not this seasons antics :)

    Bye for now.

  • 523 TorqToon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    TS – I believe from us mate. Nothing concrete though.

  • 524 lesh // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Ibiza and anyone else who wants to protest at the lack of activity, bring your banners the the Strawberry for 0930 prompt. I’ve got some spares for anyone who hasn’t got time to prepare one.

    I must warn youn though, that mine are a tad provocative, one reads “Allez Ashley – vous êtes un héros!”

  • 525 Blaydon-Toon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Right lads off to bed off a night shift when I wake up I expect Sissoko to be confirmed Toonie and another world class striker lined up … Going loco now we have Sissoko …. Da da de da da :-)

  • 526 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    daztoon @513, – no disrespect but that attitude is EXACTLY what pi$$es me off. Everytime Ashley does something good you and other fans trot out this ‘lets wait and see if there is any hidden motive before we pat him on the back’ malarkey.

    FFS, he could have sold HBA, Cabaye and Tiote in the last four windows and he hasn’t. He gave long term contracts to Krul, Colo, STaylor and Jonas and he paid £9M for Cisse last Jan when we already had one of the Prem’s top scorers here.

    The only players who we’d have like to stayed that he sold wanted to go – AC he screwed £35M for and Enrique and Ba he could do fk all about because they were free to leave with their contracts.

    Why don’t you and other fans just judge Ashley on what he is doing NOW not on what you speculate he MIGHT do in the future? Remember, tomorrow never comes and if Ashley is judged on tomorrow he doesn’t stand a chance of ever being praised for what he does today.

  • 527 last minute window lies // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    TT would be a bit suprised if bid was from us as we never go in offering what selling club are looking for on first contact , hope am wrong though

  • 528 iggystinger // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Hopefully they can all gel together quickly a lot signins to fire strsight into the 1st team we seen what happened way qpr with the amount of signins they made ours is better quality tho

  • 529 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM


    I’m not saying ashley wasn’t ambitious in the summer but not signing more was a mistake.

    If he couldn’t get his top targets he still needed to get somebody else (not just anybody but car said he has a list of 7/8 in each position) or pay a little over the odds to get the man he wants.

    The deals he has done now are good, and I am giving him praise for them.

    The injuries we couldn’t foresee which I understand, that makes sense, I get that we didn’t sign more midfielders etc.

    but we desperately needed a CB for 2 years, something which was not addressed for 2 transfer windows prior to this one.

    As I said…as long as ashley shows he has learned from his mistakes and further strengthens in the summer then thats all well and good…if we make the same mistake this summer then he hasn’t learned.

    Also not selling players is all well and good. I don’t think ashley will sell players, he never has done. Only carrol for silly money, all other sales have been fringe players or players who’s contract was running out so fair enough.

    All clubs sell players if a silly bid comes in…even man utd sold ronaldo. So accept that and wouldn’t criticise if he sold any player providing we got top money for him.

  • 530 last minute window lies // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    yeah but QPR bought a load of dross !!!

  • 531 WesJameson // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Look at Santon’s dribbling….up there with the best….more than a little proof, that he should be playing in the Bale role

    I think people, are a little blinded by Bales brilliance, if Santon is 3/4s of the player Bale is, we have an very very very good LW on our hands…

  • 532 TheChippedFifth // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Bills-son its quite clear you either work for Ashley or are in some way related/linked. You dont talk about anything else toon related except for how good Ashley is. I’ve been reading the blog for ages and rarely comment but the only thing you ever write is Ashley this, Ashley that, Ashley’s the savior, without even entering into a debate on Newcastle related news and views.

    You should try to be more subtle in your approach as I’m sure others feel the same.

  • 533 Transfer Sage // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM


    there is a story on the bbc gossip column which talks about norwich looking at rvw…they got it off sky sports

  • 534 ~Anita One Bites the Dust~ // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Who the heck is this fella?.

  • 535 TheChippedFifth // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    In the time its taken me to write that, you have managed to post more of the same. Change the record bills-son, I bet if they were to make a compilation of your posts, every single one would be about how brilliant Ashley is.

    Yes I believe he is running the club on a more sustainable and economical footing but these signings we have seen this window are out of necessity and wouldn’t have taken place if we weren’t in the position we are now.

  • 536 daztoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    How many times on the blog have you said Ashley will do this and that and that the cb will be bought only to be left with egg on yer face.If he had bought these players in the summer we would have gone forward not backwards.Also can Pardew get the best out of these players and play positive football instead of the sit back and protect a 1-0.

  • 537 northernirishtoon // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    If we spend another 10m or so then proud is an absolute legend.

    He suffered alot of abuse a few weeks back put could pull through big time.

    Torq and proud your my heroes lol

  • 538 bills-son // Jan 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    TheChippedFifth – you obviously don’t read all of my posts because if you did you’d know what you say is bullsh1t. I’ve engaged in sensible debates with many of the regular posters on here about all matters NUFC and I made it clear I wasn’t happy with not signing more players in the summer and wanted a big show of committment from Ashley this Jan – we’ve got it.

    daztoon – the consistent thing I’ve said on this blog is that Ashley is AMBITIOUS for the club, that he isn’t here to rape us of cash, sell our best players, settle for just escaping relegation each season and having no other strategy other than to promote SD. I’ve often been a lone (and ridiculed) voice against the stupid hate filled rantings of those who have seen – and still see – Ashley as the devil in disguise. Some fans have had big enough balls to either admit they were wrong about Ashley or agree to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him due credit for the good things he has done. Other fans with small balls who have dug themselves into an Ashley filled hate hole continue to act like spoilt kids who have been proved wrong time and again.

    I don’t work for Ashley, have never met him (although have talked to a few who have) and its been clear to me especially since he decided not to sell the club after relegation – that he is totally committed to moving this club forward.

    If you or other fans don’t agree – tough.

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