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Newcastle To Let Top Utility Player Leave This Summer

1:04 am, Monday, June 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

There’s a Daily Mirror report out today that says that Newcastle will let versatile James Perch leave in the summer – to make way for even more new foreign signings.

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James Perch – out in the cold?

The Mirror is reporting they think Alan Pardew has decided that Perch will be sold in the summer.

We’ve mentioned a few times that Newcastle have to decide whether to give him a new contract this summer, because Perch’s four-year deal runs out next summer, so maybe the club should sell him, or offer him a new deal – so we don’t lose James for nothing next year.

James Perch has played well over the last two seasons, after having a very difficult first season on Tyneside, but he’s played some good games for Newcastle and can play anywhere across the back four and also in defensive midfield, and maybe we are in the minority – but this lad has become a solid player for Newcastle.

Perch joined Newcastle for around ยฃ1M from Nottingham Forest three years ago, but the Mirror are saying Newcastle will sell him this summer, and we think there should be a number of clubs interested in the player.

The Mirror is reporting Newcastle will sign up to three top French players this summer, which will force Perch out of the club.

That means we will have 13 Frenchmen in the squad?

Isn’t that overdoing it just a little bit – and we thought Pardew wanted to bring in some experienced Premier League players this season not sell them.

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72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dondatta13 // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    ‘d like Perchino to stay on, he’s a good utility player to have around imho.

  • 2 OhSholaAmeobi // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Would be devastated, he was probably our most consistent player this season (had a pass completion rate of about 90%+ every game) and he’s one of the better englishmen in the squad.

    But as soon as i saw the words ‘daily mirror’…

  • 3 manxpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    does no 1 else find that mirror report extremely offensive??

  • 4 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    NO NO NO NO NO!!

    1. English
    2. Reliable cover in defence and cm or CDM
    3. Wouldn’t get much for him

  • 5 manxpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    leazes he’s mr dependable a perfect squad player and hes improved every season would be silly to get rid of him but to the posters who think we can attract top players from around the world n managers for that matter he’s easily disposable would be sad to see him go but sayin that it might be his choice to get 1st team footy which i’d understand

  • 6 09nufc09 // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Perch is alot like gutierrez, tries hard but offers nothing going forward. Hes an average dm that isnt likely to get any better than he is at the minute. Thats not to say i dont like him as a player but if he is starting every week then there is a problem with our team. He is a poor defender, especially as a full back.
    The more worrying thing i have read tonight is from the journal, that we are only going to sign a cb and a striker. If thats all we are signing then i see alot of problems for the season ahead. we need a creative left winger, a rb to replace simpson and 2 strikers(shola cannot play for 90 mins and is very average and cambell is nowhere near ready in the games i have seen him play). A commanding cb partner for colo (if he stays) would be ideal, allows mbiwa to play lb and get used to the pl.

  • 7 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    “heโ€™s one of the better englishmen in the squad.”

    Instead of signing him on..why are we going to sell him?

    Are we bring in R7 or Messi? Maybe thats in the pipeline.
    That is the “WOW” factor in install for us..Happy days ahead..

  • 8 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    It has taken so much for Perch to adapt to Newcastle and now that he is going to get better with more games ahead we aren’t going to sign him on.

    I remember he almost scored a goal for us if not for Cisse to snatch and miss it right in-front of goal. The way he looked at Cisse was unexplainable.

    What an ambitious club. (looking more lightly that R7 and Messi are on their way)

  • 9 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    But then again with our manager, there will be times when needed he will be used at CD. And that’s the Danger of keep him.

    I rather have a proper position player at the bench, e.g Williamson, Simpson or a promising youth player.

  • 10 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    *lightly? likely….

  • 11 WhyteThunder // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    How many times did this guy save our ass last season when we had injuries. You keep him for the versatility.

  • 12 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Really devastated with the club even though i like it better now than with the “Halls” (where the club looks like going to collapse from financial breakdown)

    Maybe thats the pain and agony of the process of building a proper club.

    Hopefully, we can do better in the transfer window then there will be no more excuse for Pardew or whoever manager in-charge.

    If Pardew is not effective enough then blame no-one.

  • 13 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    With Perch we know what he can and cannot do, but with Pardew we can never know.

  • 14 davis_toons // Jun 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Rtaylor or Perch. For me. Perch.

    When he first started at RB, he break with confidence and run with the ball although no end product but he have improve.

    He is much stronger at midfield and play a passing game.

  • 15 Moe // Jun 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Is that Wilshere we’re talking about here?
    thought for a moment ..

  • 16 gonufc (not Arf' bad) // Jun 3, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Wow, the management of this club is getting weirder by the day.

    Perch was absolutely awful when he came, he was an utter liability and looked like he couldn’t cut it as a proffessional. Then he worked hard, gave everything he had and improved hugely.

    He’s now one of the few players in the squad that you can call reliable. Good defender and his passing has improved immeasurably- can now knock it about nicely and rarely gives it away.

    So after all that work to change the minds of many fans and being able to fill in whenever needed Pardew apparently wants to sell him?!?!

    With all the other average players in the squad who don’t work half as hard and it’s Perch that is being sold?

    It’s either completely untrue or a(nother) really strange decision.

  • 17 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Another day, another lie.

    These red tops love to make things up about the Toon.

    We are the “Hollywood team” of the Premier League.

  • 18 Sir Erec // Jun 3, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Would rather we got shot of Gosling than Perch

  • 19 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Not a fan of perch, but rather get Jonas out.

  • 20 arctoa // Jun 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    More tabloid guff. Honestly, Ed, I don’t usually give critiques but I think it would be better if you put all of these ‘rumour’ stories into one daily round-up article; most of this stuff is of the make-crap-up-and-see-what-sticks variety that’s not really worth airing. It’s shocking that they get paid handsomely for producing this nonsense.

  • 21 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM


    People like fantasies

  • 22 JAMSHA // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    keep perch, sell shola,gosling,obertan

  • 23 Sydney Toon // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    I am nowhere near an ITK, but it appears as though there may be a Takeover bid imminent of NUFC?? Possible African consortium and Middle East Consortium, reported by IndyKaila back in February 2013. According to the report, which looks dodgy to say the least, Ashley is looking for 400m Pounds, with both bidders hoping 350m will do the trick.

    Anyone else heard this??

  • 24 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Sydney Toon

    I ahve not heard but Given the inertia i would not be surprised!

    Much rather prefer one owner than Consortiums, 2 That is even more disturbing.

  • 25 cyprus // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Your job is watching football? Cool.

    Perch: has improved but if we want to step up then players like him, Raylor, Shola, even Saylor, must be moved on.

  • 26 onepeterb // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    I know it’s just me. But I would keep Perch Williamson and Simpson. Seems that the boo boys will get their way

  • 27 Sydney Toon // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Yeah like I said, could be crap or could be something there. Maybe the Sth Africa tour being cancelled might have quashed any speculation of a takeover from an african consortium. I have confidence in Ashley, I get the feeling he may open the strings a little bit more. I wanted Pardew out, purely based on football style reasons, I can put up with the bull that comes from his mouth, I work for the Aussie Government so I put up with it on a daily basis! If somebody does buy the club, I hope they can follow the financial principles Ashley has put in place but open the restrictions a little more so we can compete financially with a Tottenham or Liverpool. I don’t want us to be a Citeh, Chelski or Monaco, the Toon are fighters not buyers!

  • 28 cyprus // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    So Pardew makes statements regarding the Aussie government? Did not know that!

  • 29 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Sydney Toon

    I am opposite, I can bear hoof ball if we win but can’t fathom him not realising and recognising his mistakes thus rendering him incapable of change.

    On ashley, I think he is too much set in his ways. Hope he changes

  • 30 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Repost: Based on Some calculations I Did

    Since Carroll was Sold in 2011

    We have bought in

    Yanga-Mbiwa + Youngsters

    Total Cost Approximately 35 million (excluding Agent Fees)

    Since Carroll was sold

    We have sold


    Total Money in 19 Million (approx)

  • 31 Patoon // Jun 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    If its room they’re looking 2 make for new players why not sell Steven Taylor, Perch is a far more reliable player than Taylor and we’d prob get a lot more money for Taylor 2, and Perch can play far more positions than Taylor, we’l prob keep Jonas for another 40 years

  • 32 Sydney Toon // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM


    HA HA give him died rad hair and he will be our PM with the amount of BS he spits out!

    I think he plays a little bit of a mix, he is too lateral of a thinker, an injury forces hoofball! Ba wants to be happy so annoy Cisse who is more of a team player then Ba. I believe we will see Ben Arfa at 10 or CAM this season. If we had an Obertan that fulfilled his potential then Ben Arfa would have played that role. Ideally he is not a 10. We played 433 the season before because we had Tiote, Cabaye fit and in form, plus Cisse arrived. So ba on the left and Nen10 on the right, plus Guti was playing well that season, so pardew shifted him to a deep midfied role.Put Sock, Cabaye together, bring a RW and LW then his system will work.

  • 33 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    I honestly don’t see how Alan pardew is better than Alex Mcleish

  • 34 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    we won’t sell perch or any other players except our so called star players this window, i just can’t wait to see the shock on your faces even mine when we don’t bring in any 1

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Heres one for you
    In this mornings Journal
    ‘Quality assured is United’s policy’
    ‘Magpies will spend selectively’

    ‘cats will listen to offers for Sessegnon’

    Should the toon go for him ??????

  • 36 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    these target players are just another cunning plan for the mafia dogs to come out and say WE TRIED, but in truth if we do sign players they will be cheap and similar type of players like obertan & shola basically players with no ambition to take a club forward.

    ( watch out Leeds here we come )

  • 37 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    buying derby rivals players have never been good for any team

  • 38 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Of all the players to be shown the door this summer I hope Perch isn’t one of them. He shown a willingness to learn, improve and fight for the side, which is more than can be said for a few that could be mentioned

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I understand your point, but your calculations are slightly out. Have a look at this sight. It doesn’t exactly paint Ashley as a generous spender, although we seem to have spent a fair bit under him, just recouped quite a lot as well.

    As for Perch, would like to see him stay, and given his versatility, can’t see him going anywhere. While we have a small squad, players like him are invaluable.

  • 40 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I can Only Imagine The glee on Ashley’s face looking at a pot of 60 Million.


    He will only pay what we can make in sales, then only i think he will make a profit this window too.

  • 41 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM


    Sessegnon is a good player but we already have better in HBA and Marveuax

  • 42 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Black and White with a lol,
    Barry Vennison, Paul Bracewell

  • 43 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    We are only after a striker and a center half…………….so yet another season without wingers

  • 44 JAMSHA // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    nxt news plzzzz ๐Ÿ˜ m bored …

  • 45 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    i would buy him because he is one of these players that can I call floats – finds spaces drift into spaces and know can pick him up.
    Take the last game against we had know idea how to get close to him – ran the show best player by a mile.

    My problem with HB and Marvo is they seem to be injury prone and by all accounts HB is a wanted man in the transfer market

  • 46 TorqToon // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Why do people believe EVERYTHING in the papers??!!! They make up rubbish to sell their product…nothing more, nothing less.

    The majority of articles have zero quotes, or the info comes from ‘a club source’ so it may as well come from you or I.

  • 47 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    If any leave – Yeah it is a bit worrying if we are only after two players. If all stay then not so bothered as long as they are class.

  • 48 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:53 AM


    I agree mate, he’d be a good addition, but he’d end up on the bench or stuck out on the wing so it would be a waste but if HBA does leave for big money then fair enough I’d make a move for him though his attitude has been called into question a few time in the past

  • 49 Indian Magpie // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM


    I don’t give much credence to UK’s National papers, but I think The chronicle, Journal and Echo are generally on the money.

  • 50 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM


    So lets discuss the weather or the strength of the pound against the dollar or the fact that Turkey are on the brink of financial collapse!!!…………The stories from the press are all we have to go on and insight discussion and debate

  • 51 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    I think his attitude was due to the past management and the players around be not as good as him.

  • 52 TorqToon // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    JB – Nothing wrong with discussion and debate, but people shouldn’t take everything written as gospel…and then freak out about it.

    If the press are anything to go by, we are selling HBA, Cabaye, Tiote, cisse, Colo, perch and santon.

    And replacing them with Carlton Cole and Wayne bridge….2 players NEVER directly linked or approached by the club. Let’s not get suicidal until we KNOW we are selling players, or not signing anybody.

  • 53 TorqToon // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Indian – The journal is a terrible paper with awful journos mate! Way off the truth 90% of the time.

  • 54 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I’d take that Journal piece with a sea full of salt. It says we will only bring 2 in, and yet offload several fringe players. If we only bring 2 in, then very few fringe players will leave. Obviously Simmo and Harper we have no say in, or a number of the kids. Given the club saying the quad was to small, and Llambias and Ashley admitting that in Jan, surely they won’t let the squad be smaller next year.

    No interest in Ince, monitoring Will Hughes, Eder, PEA…. It is basically re hashing all of the red top rumours from the past week.

    The chronicle and the Journal have about as much inside info into the clubs movements as this blog. I’d guess given Torq’s knowledge on French goings on, we probably are ahead!

  • 55 WWYCD // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    The way the club is currently heading we will more than likely need players like Perch unfortunately

    And if the Journal is correct and we are only after ONE striker and a CB then our ambition is well and truly shown. A complete overall is needed imo but unfortunately that would mean more money than has no doubt been set aside

    This will be a long summer and I doubt I will be happy about the results of it judging by the noises coming out

  • 56 cyprus // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    ‘the glee on Ashley’s face looking at 60 million?!’

    Dude, he’s a billionaire! Think of what you have in this world. Now divide it by about 26. Are you impressed? Thought not ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 57 catchy in norway // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    roll on christmas

  • 58 TorqToon // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Lilo – Morning mate. Yeah terrible article. Contradicting and repetitive!

    We are trying to add mote English players to our squad they reported last week….and NOW we are selling perch and buying New foreign players!

    Pure guesswork…

  • 59 Markaccus // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Torq and Indian…
    I see the journal as a kind of “anti-chronicle”!

    Talking to a bloke on the bus this weekend….. No chance of caroll, cisse will stay and coloccini is considdering another season… nowt new but i have to report my bus-news ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 60 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM


    I think we all know to take anything written in the press with a pinch of salt as you are right if everything is to be believed we will sell everyone of any worth and replace them with average/poor journey men…..I apologize if I came across all sarcky, but it’s early and I’ve only has the single cup of coffee ๐Ÿ™

  • 61 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:12 AM


    Maybe, but if we are gonna strengthen then I think we need to concentrate of wingers, a proven striker and a replacement for Colo if he wants to leave. Sessegnon may be a luxury we can’t afford at this point in time

  • 62 Markaccus // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Feeling hormonal this morning??
    Sure you’re not pregnant ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

  • 63 WWYCD // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Best line in the Journals piece

    “Like most Premier League clubs, Newcastle are in no rush to do business early and many senior figures at the club are currently away”

    Good for the senior figures am sure they deserve a good long holiday…plus gives our current crop of lads time for the agents to get them a good move and our targets to be signed by other teams but stuff it they can sort out the mess in January after the winter skiing trip

  • 64 TorqToon // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    JB – You’re alright mate! My post wasn’t specifically aimed at you. But as a general point over the past few days when every day we are reported to be losing yet another player.

    No offence taken, mate! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mark – FINALLY a bus update!! You took your time mate! Always feel cisse will stay, and Twitter was all over AC agreeing a deal yesterday, yet nothing in the press about it. So who knows. On Colo, I think San Lorenzo won’t be able to afford the fee to buy him, he won’t want to buy himself out of contract and the club aren’t about to sell him cheap / release him.

    He will prob stay with us, and as long as he remains committed and doesn’t do a disappearing act again, id be over the moon.

  • 65 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Morning. I think we will be in for a lot of articles like this over the summer. I get that the papers need to print stuff on a daily basis, so they need to right something. Unfortunately for them, and our sanity, the club have become good at keeping things close to their chests unless it is reasonably well progressed.

    That is disappointing bus news, very unhelpful. You need to try harder, or just make some stuff up so we can allargue about it, and when it doesn’t happen throw you to the lions. (metaphorically, although I am in Africa, so don’t get too comfy) ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think you will need something with a bit more kick than coffee if we are too get through this transfer window with sanity intact!

  • 66 lesh // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Markaccus… Sounds as though you travel on The Magic Bus. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • 67 numba9 // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Keep perch as squad player league cup
    Games etc sell gosling and oBertan buy proper winger like Sinclair and striker like bony another back up striker n sell sholess ameobi

  • 68 JackButler // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    The thing that I do not understand is that we are seen as a selling club when we have only really cashed in on Carrol and any club in in football would have taken that amount of money for him.

    I don’t see our selling policy as being any different to every other club in the game, if someone wants to pay way over the odd’s for a player then anyone is for sale. HBA, Cabaye will go if enough money is offered just as Bale, Ronaldo and Suarez would be sold if someone is willing to offer enough. But the press seem to believe that its open season on our players.

  • 69 Jail for Ashley // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    “surely they wonโ€™t let the squad be smaller next year.”
    Have you just recieved internet access in your part of deepest darkest Africa.

  • 70 lesh // Jun 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Interesting to note that Lpool are looking to sign a replacement for Reina, before he moves on whereas our management wait until a player’s gone before moving for a replacement – or not!!

    I’m purely trying to illustrate the difference between proactive and reactive club stewardship, that’s all.

  • 71 Timbuktoon // Jun 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Re: Cyprus.

    Yeah a pretty cool job. If anything, it made me realise how our ‘squad players’ are not good enough for this league. Our squad players are simply Championship quality. Yes, Perch is relatively dependable. But what happened to having decent subs who are fighting to get into the starting line up, week in, week out. We need a squad where every player has the quality and ability to come on and make a difference, neither of which the majority of our squad outside the best XI have, in my opinion.

  • 72 toonluvva // Jun 3, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Why are people so surprised that we are not being linked with any wingers?

    A CB & a striker are all that we are rumoured to be after. Well that fits Pardew perfectly. A big CB to hoof the ball upfield, and to act as a target man for every free kick and corner that we win.

    Why bring in a winger, the new striker will play alone upfield and Cisse will be put out on the right wing.

    You know I’m right. You’ve seen it often enough under Pardew.

    Please don’t expect anything more from the “winner”.

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