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Is Newcastle’s Transfer Business Over For January?

9:07 am, Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

A report in the Journal today says that  the acquisition of Moussa Sissko, Newcastle’s fifth signing in this transfer window, is Newcastle’s final signing in January,   and Newcastle sources have dismissed reports that Newcastle are looking at Vitesse’s Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony as simply “rubbish”.

That’s a pity.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – job done in January?

Newcastle have been pushed back in their efforts to sign Bastia striker Florian Thauvin after having an initial bid of £2.6M rejected – and Newcastle have been told they will have to cough up £6M for the 19 year-old,  so they will probably keep their powder dry until the summer – although Arsenal are still interested in the player.

However, strange things happen at the end of transfer windows, so Newcastle may still be able to bring in another player or even two – if they suddenly become available – but five top Frenchmen have certainly significantly strengthened the Newcastle squad for the drive to safety through the end of the season – starting with a massive game at Aston Villa tomorrow night.

The transfer door slams shut on Thursday’s night at 11:00 pm, and another piece of good news is that Newcastle should have Hatem Ben Arfa back soon – maybe in a couple of weeks.

Alan Pardew must now show he is the man not only lead Newcastle out of the mess we’re in – but be good enough to stay as the long term manager at Newcastle.

This is what Pardew told the local press today:

“We’re in the middle of a season,” “We have to lean on the experiences we have gained this season. The atmosphere on Saturday last week against Reading, we came off at half-time and should have been three goals up. It was a very complimentary stadium.”

“Within 20 minutes of the second half that turned completely on its head. That is what happens when you’ve had bad results. We didn’t manage to play in that scenario. We’ve got to lean on that experience.”

We could see Steven Taylor return to the side tomorrow in place of Mike Williamson at Villa Park, and we assume Coloccini will be in the right state of mind to play in that game, after a few weeks of wrangling with Newcastle to try to get out of his contract and return home to Argentina.

We’ve never won away from home this season, so a win at the completely out-of-form Aston Villa tomorrow night would be a welcome result, and a big relief for Newcastle fans – although we still have lots of points to pick up if we are to survive in the Premier League this season.

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 yo-yo // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    RVW on his way ????

  • 2 Santon03 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    TS – sorry repost

    Maybe Santon as LW and HBA as RW will create more space since both of them are the best dribbler in our team and draw oppositions to close them creating more space for Cisse.

  • 3 Spuggy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Another must win game comes along – I hope we can deliver and the new boys can hit the ground running.

    Two tough fixtures follow villa but we have to believe we can pick up points from the top teams if we’re to climb the league.

    HWTL

  • 4 dubzy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    With the signings that we have done im VERY HAPPY, But to sell our top scorer an not bring in a direct replacement is very bad…..Plz tell me where the goals r going to come from…Cisse has been poor this season, Bony or RVW PLZ

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    santon03

    Possibly could work, if haidara is ready to play at LB.

    I’d still like to see gouffran on a wing as he has a lot of pace and a good shot on him too…similar role to walcott out wide for arsenal.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    dubzy

    gouffran has a record of 1 in 2 for the past2 years so he could really help us.

  • 7 Bambams // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    The new signings will hopefully help in creating more chances for Cisse.

    We have done well in this window, credit where credit is due.

  • 8 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Yo-yo – Ya never know mate!!! :-)

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    torq

    any development on PEA

    heard a few twitter rumours last night we were back in for him but they want 12mil euros

  • 10 Markaccus // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    I don’t think we should rush to buy a ba replacement, if its at the expense of a better one in summer. I’m backing cisse to find his form, and it looks like goofy can back him up should it be required.

  • 11 Santon03 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    TS

    this could be the best attacking team we could have :
    —————————Krul———————
    Debu———MYM———Saylor/Colo——–Haid
    ——————Anita———Cabaye————
    Gouf——————-Marv—————-Santon
    —————————Cisse———————

    HBA still injured for 2 or 3 weeks.

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    santon

    I like that team…i’d swap santon and gouffran though.

    And I’d also have cabaye in the attacking role and bench marv for sissoko

  • 13 Markaccus // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    @ santon03. I’d like to see cabaye as the link man behind the striker. Sissoko would come into cdm. Either drop marv, or move him out wide and drop goofy. I do like the idea of santon as an attacking player. Worked for enrique at liverfool.

  • 14 toonfield // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    How bout guidetti on loan as an option till summer?

  • 15 gfp13 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    As much as santon left wing interests me I’m a little unsure as to why everyone is calling for haidara to be starting when most probably haven’t seen him play. So I reserve judgement on him starting and I’d go with santon left back still. Only on the basis I don’t know how good haidara is

  • 16 Wayayman // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Within 20 minutes the atmosphere change, Alan, because you fcuked up mate. Nowt to do with us!
    Anyway, a couple of things, questions really;

    Do we think Pardew has the right mentality/tactical ability to use the new boys attributes to be able to change things when plan A isn’t working?

    And this Colo thing, something doesn’t sit right. Would a woman is hurt or betrayed by her bloke just piss off home 10,000 miles away, leaving her kids behind? 99% of mothers put their kids first, so why didn’t she take them with her, or just kick colo out of the family home and stay there herself? I find it weird that she’d just bugger off without them, regardless of them being in school here, grown up here etc. A woman scorned isn’t known for her rational thinking.

    Pardew also said that it was ‘delicate’ and that he wouldn’t wish the situation on anyone. Maybe she was having a fling and he caught her out. Her embarrassment lead to her running home and her guilt made her leave the kids with their Dad?

    Whatever has happened, i just wanted to write that as it’s clear reading some of the comments on this over the weekend that a lot of people seem to be in the ‘balls to Colo, wanting to leave us’ camp and seem to be pee’d off about it without knowing the full story.
    I just hope he gets full support regardless of the situation. The team needs him, and as long as he’s playing for us we need to be 100% behind him.

  • 17 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Morning sage – I’ve asked around about the myself mate. Seems all the ‘public talk’ is that he won’t leave for anybody, but the talk behind the scenes is ‘never say never’ and I feel at the right price, they will sell him.

    Are we in for him?? I don’t know – I feel not, purely because the club wish is try and drum up business for him and create a bidding war, but as we have learnt with this window – if MA wants a player, he will go the extra mile to get him.

    Sissoko may well be our last signing of the window – but I’m still half expecting a surprise this week! :-)

  • 18 Santon03 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    TS

    I forgot about Sissoko hahahah.

    Is Sissoko better replacement for Marv or Anita?

  • 19 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Gfp13 – I was probably one who backed Haidara from the start.

    I would still bring him in slowly as we did with santon, HBA etc, but trust me, this lad is the real deal!

  • 20 Assam Toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    one of our creative players hba, cabaye or marv should not be assigned any fixed formation. instead they can ramble within a predefined zone in the midfield…many mangers use this ploy to baffle oppositions, dont they? it would be brilliant to see hba given full creative liberty in the middle of the park.

  • 21 Santon03 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Markaccus

    Yup, Santon will have more freedom to go forward and run at opposition, and he could also give better cover for LB

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Santon

    I haven’t seem a great deal of him but just bits and pieces and what people say here.

    I’d like to seem sissoko alongside anita using 2 DMs in the team.

    Anita can pick a pass and sissoko is solid but can also drive forward with the ball creating space for the forward 4.

    It would be harsh to drop marv after a few good games though….so not sure what will happen.

    It’s nice to have too many players instead of not enough though so I cant complain.

  • 23 RedMissionBells // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    In my humble opinion, Newcastle United should be selling the following players:
    Sammy Ameobi
    Shola Ameobi
    Mike Williamson
    Nile Ranger
    Xisco
    Ryan Taylor (scores 2 or 3 freekicks and gets long term injury every season)

    We need to off-load the dead wood at our club. These players are not going to help us move up the league table. Also, we should be loaning out our young players such Vuckic, Ferguson, Abeid and Bigiramana since they are not going to get much playing time.

    We should strive to sign Sakho (because Steven Taylor is always injured) and a proper striker. Cisse gives me the vibe that he is becoming complacent and unfit. The wonder goal against Chelsea may have boost his ego so high that he thinks that everything comes easy.

    Lets start playing tidy football instead of the usual long balls that leads to nowhere.

  • 24 Markaccus // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Krul

    Dbchy colo mbw haidara

    Anita sissoko

    Goofy cabs santon

    Cisse.

    Or have santon LB and start marv.

  • 25 Mat Thai NUFC // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Gotta say that we should be extremely happy with the signings of this window BUT we should have bought a replacement for Ba. As mentioned before Goofy kinda replaces Best/Lovers as a decent option but cant expect him to produce the number of goals Ba did. I like that we are putting faith in our No.9 should give him some confidence going into the 2nd half of the season but I hope we dont regret it

  • 26 LooneyToon41 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    @16. Wayayman. Very good point about Colo’s missus leaving the kids behind. Whatever has happened, it’s not the kids fault…. strange.

    I’m not convinced about throwing Haidara straight into the starting 11, or for that matter about playing Santon at LM. The Villa game is a must win game, and we need fight and experience, and of course talent.

    @10. Markaccus. I agree with you about the striker replacement. It’s a decision we have to get right because of the money involved. I still believe in Cisse.

  • 27 roshan MAGPIE // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    my team against villa
    krul debuchy Mbiwa Colo santon anita sissoko
    marveux Cabaye gouf
    cisse
    4-2-3-1

  • 28 cestriasteve // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    @Toonfield Guidetti is a long way from full fitness, he was suppose to play in a reserve team game on fri but I assume that was called off. He is a class player and a nice lad too, we’ll liked by City. Don’t seem him leaving them to be honest.

  • 29 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I think I would be a little worried with no forward brought in. The more i think about it the more concerned i become..

    With Cisse not exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment. Our back up is Shola and Ranger. We have Gouffran but is he a genuine centre forward? I’d expect Ben Arfa Marveux and Cabaye to chip in but im not sure if that would be enough. Ben arfa coming back from a long lay off is troublesome aswell.

    It has to be said. I’d feel alot better with a centre forward brought in with a proven track record regardless of the price. Even a loan would be ok with me.

  • 30 LooneyToon41 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    @23 Red. Xisco will not be sold. He has 6 months on his contract, and won’t move as is his perogative.

    Also i don’t remember fans calling for Ryan (OTW) Taylor, Shola or Williamson(?!) to be sold last season.

    Ryan Taylor played LB at the start of last year and we had a fantastic performing defence.

  • 31 TorqToon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    For anybody doubting Haidara’s confidence or drive…

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2013/01/28/raw-recruit-massadio-haidara-keen-to-become-nufc-s-answer-to-bale-61634-32692120/

  • 32 toonfield // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    @cestria -didn’t realise he wasn’t fully fit. Thinking about it if city were to loan him out for the rest of the season they would probably want to guarantee him playing time which I don’t think we could give every game

  • 33 NUFC141 // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    my pick,
    ———————Krul———————
    Debuchy—-MYM—-Colo—-Santon
    ————–Anita—-Sissoko————-
    Grouf———–Cabaye————-Marv
    ———————Cisse——————–

  • 34 true toon // Jan 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    We need another player to stand a chance of surviving the relegation fight.

  • 35 AshSays // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Yo-yo RVW might be on the move, it’s reported that his agent is in Lisbon at the moment.

  • 36 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jan 28, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    No-one knows what going on? as far as regards the Transfers at the moment!

    It would,nt surprise if no-one else is signed this window?
    We know what happened when Carroll left, he was,nt immediately replaced then either !

    Now knowing that BA has gone i hope that whoever deals with and works on the contracts for players has learnt a lesson from the Contract dealings which occured with BA” s contract because that was totally cocked up?

    We still need at least one striker though because if something happens to Cisse we,ll be up shit-creek again with only Shola and Nul Ranger ( if he aint in Prison?) to replace him?

    Van Wolfswinkel or Boney, one of those two would be great signings but even if no-one else comes till the summer i think we have done well for ourselves this time around?

    @23:
    If there is one player on your list who should,nt be sold it,s Ryan Taylor, last year he saved us more than once with his shots from free-kicks, and i also seem to remember a shot against the Scum from a long ways out. He may be injury prone but Saylor is too, and also HBA has his share of long-term injuries.

    Xisco i think will be allowed to see out his contract and will probably be allowed to leave on a free transfer, they have tried to sell him before and got no takers?

    Plus the Ameobi,s, there is no way i would even look at getting rid until at least two strikers come in to replace them, and the Mackem slayer i would,t sell him at all ?
    He has his critics but i,me not one of them !

    Aston Villa the morrow is now a must-win but so was Reading, hopefully Pards has his tactics right this time round and does,nt make a balls-up with Substitutions?
    We are desperately in need of Points and Goals, which will also help with the confidence of the whole squad !

    Lets just get the three Points tomorrow evening and convincingly?

  • 37 nufc 11 // Jan 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    ————————————-Krul———————————
    Debauchy———-Yanga—————Colo—————-Haid
    ————————————-Tiote——————————-
    ——————Cabaye———————–Sissoko————–
    Santon—————————Cisse————————-HBA

  • 38 widowmagandapoke // Jan 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I don’t think we would sell Shola Ameobi, he is part of the furniture




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