Newcastle Looking At £20M Double Bid For Relegated Stars


There’s not doubt that Newcastle need to bring in some strikers this summer, so that Papiss Cisse gets some help up front – and Newcastle found it very difficult to score goals once Demba Ba left in early January and in the last crucial six games of the season we went scoreless in four of them and scored only three goals.

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Chris Samba – 6’4″ center-back

Alan Pardew has retained his position as manager although a number of fans wanted him fired after his first poor season on Tyneside, but he survived and he seems certain to want to do an awful lot better next season.

It’s going to be interesting to see how much Mike Ashley is willing to invest in his die this summer, after spending big to bring in five Frenchmen in January, and estimated range form £18M to £31M on how much Newcastle paid for Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Debuchy – but they all look good players, once they have settled in on Tyneside.

And there is news that Mike Ashley is looking to sign two players form relegated QPR, who will find it almost impossible to keep their best players, especially when the put release clauses in their contracts should they be relegated.

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Loic Remy – available at £8M

Loic Remy remains a decent bargain at £8M – in spite of rejecting Newcastle in January and now being accused of rape – two reasons why Newcastle may not want to sign him.

And we reported that the Magpies are interested in 6’4″ center-back Chris Samba, although QPR will be looking to get back a big chunk of the £12.5M they paid (overpaid?) Anzhi for him in January.

But if we can sign both of those players form something under £20M, it would be an excellent deal – with 26 year-old Loic Remy looking food in the Premier League and 29 year-old Samba having had an abundance of Premier League games over five years at Blackburn.

And also Samba is a big threat at set-plays – something else Newcastle must improve next season.

Samba is a little pricey and a little old at 29, but Loic Remy isn’t and at £20M they could still be a good buy for the Magpies.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    May 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Wages Ed, wages. And Newcastle has the unhappy burden apparently, not unlike leprosy to top footballers, of being in the North East not South East of England.

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  • BennygivesmeTinglyBalls

    May 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #2

    For that price we could definitely get a better defender. Remy looks like a great player but do we want a mercenary? Not keen

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  • WimbleToon

    May 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Long time reader, first time poster… it was no doubt Ed’s intention to simply get a reaction and it worked with me 🙂

    No way we’d be foolish enough to pay anything like £12 million for Samba, he’s been a liability in several games for QPR and for me he isn’t worth more than about £2-4 million. And then there’s the wages as jimmysmith mentions.

    And surely no one is going to make any bids for Remy before seeing whether or not he did what he’s been accused of.

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  • i Toon

    May 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone else think Adam Szalai from Mainz 05 would be a good fit at NUFC???

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  • Geordie-Exile

    May 28, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #5

    They both went to QPR for the salary and nothing else. Samba is past his best in my opinion not worth a punt at 2 million I would have really liked Remy in January but after snubbing us I am unsure whether Ashley would pay the wages he wants I think many fans are split on having him here also..

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  • Symo22

    May 28, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Samba is overrated but can see it being possible if colo does go!! I like Remy and i reckon would play well with HBA either side of Cisse.

    We need:
    1 Centre Back
    1Centre Mid
    1 Winger
    2 Strikers

    Can see HBA or Cabaye leaving so hopefully that would help get the 5-6 players we do need to bulk this squad up!!

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  • Sav

    May 28, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Mercenary? Are we children? Who are we to know any player’s motives? If he plays well and gives 100% commitment he can demand a transfer next summer and I’ve no problem with that.
    Was Demba Ba a mercenary? Damn right, he was. But the only problem with him was a stupid clause which allowed him to leave us mid-season. Our legal men must take the blame for that. On the pitch he was top class.
    Samba looks past it and Remy too costly, But as a player, he would be a great signing and played with determination for QPR to the finish. Whether he did so for the team or for his next transfer fee, only he can say for sure.
    A mercenary is a Marcelino, a Luque, an Obertan, a player who sits and takes his wages and doesn’t even try to play or who is past it and sits out his contract like Smith, Owen, Geremi and more. At Newcastle we know all about them.

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  • Slank

    May 28, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Symo @ 6

    I agree that Samba is overrated (highly so) and Remy would probably play well with HBA either side of Cisse.

    We definately need an additional centre back and we definately need two forwards but I’m not sure we need another central midfield player and a winger unless you think Cabaye, Tiote or Ben Arfa will be sold.

    Although highly rated by many outside Newcastle, I don’t think Cabaye will be sold as he is at the centre of the French contingent and I suspect highly influential with them and with the coaches and club management.

    I think some clubs could come knocking on our door for Ben Arfa. My reading of the situation is that the club would be very reluctant to sell him but would for a very tidy sum.

    I also think the club would be more inclined to sell Tiote instead of or before selling Ben Arfa.

    Before the January transfer window the profits of doom and gloom were out in their droves on this and other blogs saying with certainty that Ashley wouldn’t buy anybody and all our stars would be sold so I wouldn’t be too surprised if we kept all of them including Colo and brought in some additional players.

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  • Slank

    May 28, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #9

    .. harbingers of doom and gloom…. !

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  • Slank

    May 28, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Sav @ 7

    Nothing wrong with being a mercenary, for money, so long as you put 100% or more into playing for the team and club.

    Shearer was probably a very good example. Apparently no one could be paid more than him, at his insistance, but no one put more effort and commitment into the team and club than him.

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  • texasgaijin

    May 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #11

    the fact of the matter is outside of a geordie, no player has loyalty to newcastle. they’re all mercenaries looking for the best wages and opportunities. teams get rid of players when they get old and are past their prime, and players want to cash in and make the most of their careers when they’re in their prime. so it goes. if the team’s strategy is to use scouting to find value, samba would not be the way to go. as for remy, 8m and a 3- or 4-year deal could be worth it. don’t know what sell-on value he would have as a 29-year-old striker, but i think the biggest problem will be the wages. ashley wouldn’t pay half what remy is making at QPR.

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  • HullMag6

    May 28, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Samba makes bramble look good
    Remy wait for allegations to be proven or dismissed if the latter I’d ne ok with him amd if a deal can be done. Who was the cm that went to qpr – mbia? is he worth a look?

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  • Sav

    May 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    That is what I said, Slank @ 10. I wasa replying to Benny @ 2.

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