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Graham Carr Explains Newcastle’s Transfer Strategy

10:31 am, Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 52 Comments

Newcastle have signed five Frenchmen this month so far – Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and the total cost of the players is around £18M – but it’s once again some great transfer business carried out by Newcastle.

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Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout

There has been criticism that Newcastle are bringing in too many Frenchmen – but quite honestly we could care less as long as they are top players and they are fully committed to Newcastle United – and that seems the case with all five new players.

Much of that has to do with star Chief Scout Graham Carr, who has said that Newcastle are trying to emulate Arsenal – and certainly Arsene Wenger is always interested in any good French players.

68 year-old Graham Carr explained Newcastle’s transfer strategy

“Our aim is to recruit young players for the future. We go to France because it’s working. Arsenal had Henry, Vieira and Petit. At present, we know that we’re still developing.”

Graham Carr and his innate ability to recognize top young players who can make it at Newcastle, is a key cog in the Newcastle United wheel these days  – and he was fully involved in the transfer business this month, as Mike Ashley and company brought in four  top players in just four days last week.

There may be a couple of players Newcastle bring in today – but most will now be left as summer targets, and we still expect Newcastle to have a clear-out in the summer and bring in maybe two or three top players in the summer months.

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52 responses so far ↓

  • 1 wolfshead@toon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM


  • 2 Beardosfacedouble // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    In Carr we trust.

    great man – dodgy son…..

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    …. funny talented son.

  • 4 Hatem's better than Messi // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Daniel leGraham s’il vous plaît

  • 5 archaeomag // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Big vote to thanks to Mr Carr
    . . .and other people LC, DL and & MA must be given credit for this inteligent approach.

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Dummet away back to st mirren according to the chronny

  • 7 obatoyou // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    hey guys how do u find posts u made before, u can do it on bbc, can u do it on here?

  • 8 wartongeordie // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I dont know about anyone else but i don’t think Graham Carr has to explain anything , He is the best at what he does

  • 9 FloridaToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Chronicle saying that MA plans on adding 5-6 more players this summer with S. de Jong at the top of the list.

  • 10 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Lilongwe – Yeah £2.5mil is the widely reported price – but the club want nearer to £5mil for him which is well above market value.

  • 11 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    As much as I love how we are having success in the French market I hope that we are properly expanding the scouting network to other countries because eventually the French Market is going to run dry

    Read an article recently about how the French league is going down the toilet because all the assets are getting sold its got to the stage where Steed Malbranque and Alidiare doing well in the league because a lot of teams have been weakened

    Only problem is buying from other leagues such as Holland, Germany and Spain is that the players from there are more expensive and want bigger wages although I would think that German players would adapt easier to this league

    Would like us to sign a Belgian player or 2 had success with Albert before!!

    Also a quick and nippy South American winger as well would be brilliant


  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    anyone got a link to the belhanda story on I cant find it

  • 13 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    chronicle / ryder hasnt got a clue unfortunately i may go onto the journal blog just to ask him when butland is due in as he broke that cracker

  • 14 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    TS – I think it’s twitter derived mate. I can’t find a link myself. Just twitter reporting it was from

  • 15 toonfield // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Torq , lilongwe
    With Fulham and west ham involved -the price is only going to go up.

  • 16 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Toonfield – Exactly. We won’t pay over the odds for any player!

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM


    Thought I was having trouble finding it.

    I dont think man utd would touch him. He wouldn’t get a game there, they have a lot of players in the positions he plays.

  • 18 toonfield // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    We are scouting other countries,
    Big Kevin due to sign today

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    French football expert Matt Spiro tells BBC Sport: “Fulham have re-contacted Valenciennes with a view to signing their highly-promising central defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, according to L’Equipe’s website.

    “The French club have reportedly told the Cottagers they will only sell the French Under-21 international on the conditions they pay £2.2m up front and allow Isimat-Mirin to remain in Ligue 1 on loan until the end of the season. Fulham had already enquired about the 21-year-old – who was close to joining Lille this week – earlier in the month.”

    That was taken from the bbc site….maybe the price will stay low?

  • 20 Ben3arfa // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    I think we should sign Shefki Kuqi

  • 21 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Can anybody answer this question for me?.I’ve seen a few comments about us having an advantage in the transfer market because we pay in cash up front,is this true?,has there been an example of 2 clubs bidding for the same player,both make a 10m offer,1 club offers a structured deal and the other offers cash up front,would the club that is selling reject the structured deal and accept the cash up front offer?,i know it stands to reason that they would accept the offer but i can’t think of any examples.

  • 22 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    ash arrives by chopper …

  • 23 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Ashley has just landed at benton.

    I dearly hope we do not lose anyone today. And hope that is not why he is here

  • 24 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Mashley just touched down in Newcastle.

    Is Pardew getting the sack or something? lol what’s going on

  • 25 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    theres going to be bussiness he wouldnt be here if nowt was happenin

  • 26 FloridaToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I think if we don’t have any plans to get any other strikers today we should put a bid in for Graham. I think the lad could do a job behind Cisse.

  • 27 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    TS – That’s the kind of money he should be going for. I just heard the club are trying to get more. Don’t think they will mind you – he is still a relative unknown player – although we all know how good this lad is.

  • 28 rainrix // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Lol i bet ashley landing has absolutely nothing to do with nothing and just SSN hyping sh!t up as they always do this time of year 🙂

  • 29 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    mr mojo

    Clubs would rather have the cash upfront, I heard a lot of deals are normally spread over 2-4 years but upfront its paid over 1 year.

    Belhanda deal collapsed to fenerbache as they wouldnt pay upfront

  • 30 JAMSHA // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM


  • 31 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I have to say Mike looks quite slim in that SSN shot. Or maybe it was the fact the camera was 70 yards away

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    Hopefully nobody offers more than that so it keeps his price down and at a level we can go for.

  • 33 Raffo // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I think something will happen today. The ‘closed for business’ is a smokescreen just in case. Unlike the previous few years I am not overly screaming at my computor screen, yet I refresh every 2 mins for TORQ’s updates etc!!

    We neeeeed a ST but I wont cry if we dont get one.

    Can only see Tiote leaving from the big name pool, all others not yet

  • 34 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    maybe but i doubt he flys a private chopper into benton everyday … just been told pilots been told to keep engine running for benny and cabs to arsenal …

  • 35 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    So QPR looking to sign…

    Andros Townsend
    David Bentley
    Jermaine Jenas
    Chris Samba
    Peter Crouch

    Did I miss anybody?!?

  • 36 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Hahahaha! Did anyone see Ashley waving to the sky sports cameras. That was hilarious lol. He could barely push himself thru the wind. Class!

  • 37 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    correction xisco simmo to anywhere

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM


    Yeh….the club is paying harry redknapp a transfer fee of £10mil to bring in his dog rosie to be official mascot

  • 39 surreytoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    On Mirin, he is such a Newcastle type player at £2.2m it would be a shame to lose him to Fulham. We should just put the offer in and let him stay there until the summer. If Colo goes in the summer and Taylor gets injured then we are back in WilloLand (shudder!).

  • 40 89Norcal // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM


    Yeah I saw lol. Hopefully his cheery attitude means good news is coming

  • 41 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Torq…Alf, Xisco and Ranger.

    Naptoon….Behave. “Right Pilot, keep her running, just going to drag those two frenchies on board and off we go….keep an eye on my pasty while i’m in there, make sure Derek doesn’t eat it…slimy b*st*rd”

  • 42 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    thumbs up from ash cmon fatman keep up the good work striker please

  • 43 Toon-Prodigy // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM


    Im still creased up at it. Hahaha he loves it Mike does!

    There is going to be action i can feel it. And iv got to go to sleep soon for work tonight. Gutting

  • 44 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Ibiza – Yes I forgot about Alf, Xisco and Ranger !!

    The metaphorical (or literal) ‘Wall of sh1t’ !!! 🙂

  • 45 naptoon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    how did you get it verbatim

  • 46 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Cheers TS,your knowledge is appreciated.

  • 47 Markaccus // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    So have sky got a guy at benton this time, or just a camera, with a bloke at the makems instead?

  • 48 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Torq…. 🙂

    Naptoon….Just a lucky guess

  • 49 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Makems agree fee for Graham. £5mil

    The only way he won’t go there is if we bid.

  • 50 TorqToon // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Becks to PSG !

  • 51 LooneyToon41 // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    @21. MrMojoRisin. In general yes, and this applies in business too. But especially if the selling club is under pressure from their banks. As we know ‘most’ clubs are to a certain degree. Receiving £10m up front is much better than £10m over 3 years from the banks point of view……..
    Taking the worst case scenario, hyperthetically:
    If Portsmouth offered £2m for Danny Simpson spread over 4 equal payments, or £1.9m now upfront, what would you do? It’s all about risk, and bank guarantees etc

  • 52 josstoon time // Jan 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    dont want to sound greedy but a renowned striker would be the the icing on the cake !! torq, do we realistically have a chance of getting one today ? does anybody have any concrete maybes ?

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