Newcastle Target Is Not For Sale

Newcastle have been linked with James Tomkins again this summer, but the reason for that is probably because he’s 6’4″ tall and has Premier League experience, and Alan Pardew has kept talking about bringing in a 6’4″ defender, and that he wants players with Premier League experience coming to Newcastle this summer.

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James Tomkins – not available

Newcastle did try to get James signed 18 months ago, but Newcastle’s £4M bid was turned down,  and West Ham kept the player they said they needed to gain promotion from the Championship – which they did – via the playoffs.

And in fact Sam Allardyce did a good job in his second season with the Hammers last season, finishing six places above Newcastle in 10th place, 5 points better off than the Magpies.

If Newcastle were thinking about signing James then he’s not available according to co-Chairman David Gold, who had this to say to Sports Direct news yesterday:

“He’s an absolutely top prospect and were he to be available it would not be easy to buy him as we have a very high valuation on him.” “This is no longer a selling club.” “We are moving forward into a big future and we will therefore be keeping our biggest players – James is one of them.”

Maybe Gold is just trying to drive up the price of his player, but it would appear James is not available.

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73 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Seen haris vuckic do some absolute exquisite things for the reserves! Hes exactly the sort of player we should be nurturing and finding a way to intergrate him into the 1st team squad! Heard hes unplayable in training too! Shame on the injury front but a bonus that theyve all been seperate injuries rather than a reaccurring one! Strange people jump to the defense of HBA as not being injury prone yet are happy to write off Vuckic! If vuckic doesnt become a first team player with talent and desire he has then our coaching staff have failed! Lack of pace never effected Ibra, berbatov or riquelme and vuckic is of the same ilk

  • Toon-82

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #2

    At last some good news!

    He is crap!

  • NUFC Average but affordable football aka 89Norcal

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #3


    I agree. Vuckic appears to have some genuine skill in front of goal as far as ball control and picking out a shot. I remember watching him in a Europa game and while he didn’t score he looked good.

    He’s the one youngster I think could get into our starting XI consistently.

  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #4

    jayphoto…agreed if you got to the reserves he is the player that stands out as too good for that level.

    i used to go and wach alot of the reserves and this lad is a class above every other youngster at the club. his vision is what sets him apart from all the rest, he also has a hell of a long shot on him and makes runs into space. easily the best youngster we have coming through its just a shame he cant stay fit, if it wasnt for the fact he was injured this season i think he would have played alot of games this year. if he can keep himself fit i expect him to be the first youngster to break into the first team. bigi is a dm that lets players just run past him and dosent pick them up, sammy is very frustrating and cambell has looked like a fish out of water everytime i have seen him play in the first team(hes supposed to be a striker yet i havent seen him touch the ball in the box let alone have a shot).

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Jayphoto and 09nufc09

    You both seem to know a fair bit on the reserves. Have you seen Mbabu play? How does he look?

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Thank God he isn’t for sale. Buying this lad (no offence to him) would be the biggest signal yet that the ambition of the owner, board & manager was nothing higher than 10th place!

  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #7

    supatoonkid… i havent been to many this season so cant comment on mbabu, ive heard mixed reports on him from people who have been at the games.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry, not seen the ressies this season! Only thing I know about Mbabu is that he had some pretty serious interest from some top teams (think juventus and inter were mentioned) but he signed for us after speaking to Pardew and being told hed be around the first team quicker at newcastle! Never seen him play myself tho! I do know Switzerland is producing some serious youngsters tho, theyre always there or thereabouts now in youth tournaments

  • jayphoto

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Really hoping we get Tom Ince this summer! Think we could do with a couple of English prospects! If our summer saw Austin, Ince, Hughes and a good centre half id be ecstatic

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #10

    I really like Vuckic. When I’ve seen him play for the team he’s looked good, strong, skillful, nice touch, vision & an eye for goal. Injuries & maybe some missed opportunities to loan him have been frustrating but looking at other comments on the blog, the teams that were linked with him before we snared him thus the extent of potential he has and from the performances I’ve seen I bloody hope he stays clear of injury & gets in amongst the first team and offers another option at CAM. Would avoid the need to purchase a CAM and then all we’d need is 2 wingers, a forward or 2 and potential CB replacement for Willo or Colo + youngsters. Of course all those purchases won’t happen under this regime but it’s what we need.

  • SupaToonKid

    Jun 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Cheers jay & 09

    I heard similar news. Definitely looks 1 of our brighter prospects on paper.

  • 09nufc09

    Jun 5, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #12

    jayphoto… Hughes would be close to the top of my list of players we should sign, good touch, can run at people and has an eye for a pass/shot. he would have to be a decent player to get into the team with cabaye,sissoko,anita all wanting to play attacking mid.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 5, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #13

    Weat ham would probably seriously value Tompkinson in the same way that we would class say Steven Taylor, perhaps more so, seeing as they finished comfortably above us last season.

    Slight difference of opinion there to say the least, you`d think, so can`t see this one happening at all, thankfully.

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 5, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #14


    I think Hughes will be around 10m won’t he. That’s pretty high considering the other purchases we need to make.

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 5, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Haris Vuckic in a word has been unlucky..

    His injury record had been his down fall, everytime he’s been close to a run of games he picks up a knock.

    He’s been so highly thought of that the option to loan him out just hasnt really been there because the intention was always there to have him in and around the first team.

    Fingers crossed that he stays fit, if we can keep him fit he will step up to the plate imho.

  • cadete

    Jun 5, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #16

    any time the lad played first team he has been woefull, hes great for the reserves means nothing the lad is nearly 21 and wont make it for us maybe forest or ipswich would suit him better

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 5, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #17

    What’s the word of Vuckic’s injury anyways? Is he out right now?

  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Comment #18

    All the nice peeps in peeps? Ah, bless.

  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #19

    I somehow get the feeling that Carroll’s not too keen to stay at West Ham!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Morning lads!

    I think Newcastle has a big responsibility this season when it comes to injuries to our youngsters and even our first team players.

    …se simply have too many injuries here at Newcastle. And the club needs to understand its role in hatching young talent. Young players need to go out on loan at the right time in their career!

    How often do you see a talent coming through the ranks here? We really have failed in this department miserably.

    If Haris doesn’t make it it is on Newcastle!

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Comment #21

    On Haris,
    Will trust those of you who have seen him more that he is the best of the rest. I tend to agree, from what I’ve seen myself. I only saw him have one poor game (Liverpool away? Played as CF? Maybe I’m wrong…) in which I think Marveaux also had a stinker. I see him a bit as that underrated Geordie we missed out on (Carrick).

  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Here’s Haris vs West Brom.
    A few mistakes but always finding space, always attacking either by a pass or a shot. Great touch mostly and some good through balls. Needs games to learn his trade and skins a few players too with his control

  • Assam Toon

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #23

    we always have a few players available in august who are like new signings, according to pardew. that’s because there are no literal new signings. anyway, vukcic is like a new signing.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #24

    Pardew OUT

  • HullMag6

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #25

    Pardew hasn’t amd won’t learn from his mistakes he’ll just learn new excuses.

    I’ll reserve judgement after we have/haven’t signed anyone. My hope has gone its just watching reality.

    Responsible affordable football………meh

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Affordable Hoofball

  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #27

    In fact a developed vuckic with a full season under his belt could be this link between mf and att we are lacking.

  • one Tony Green

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Jesper was talking to Bard Inmans dad and the training at Crewe is more professional and fitness levels of players higher than at the Toon.

    The development coaches are shocking in my opinion.

    Brad out scored Campbell this season.
    8 goals at Crewe including their goal of the season.

    13 in the reserves. 3 in 3 on his return from Crewe.

    21 assists .

    What does this lad need to do to get in the squad. He is faster stronger and more clinical that Vukic

  • one Tony Green

    Jun 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Howay Indian change the record.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Completely agree with that. I think the Vukic injury affected our season more than we realise. I think he would have played a fair few games as a number 10 or link man in that side that we missed on so many occasions. His intelligence would have created many more chances for Cisse/Ba. Hopefully we can keep him fit, as he has great potential.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #31


    Sorry, Its broken! 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Anybody worrying that our budget might get stretched on Will Hughes need not worry as it simply isn’t going to happen, for one Ashley hasn’t spent 10M on a player since he got here and these emerging expensive young talents seem to attract Arsenal and Man U who are prepared by to splash out the fees.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #33

    I agree Inman is a good player, and we stalled him at the club by waiting so long to loan him out. Our development team are probably the most incompetent people at the club. Vukic has much more technical ability then Inman, but they play different roles. Inman is a typical central midfielder that gets forward, where as Vukic is a classic number 10.

    We should have an agreement with Crewe to send youngsters there at 17/18 to develop for a year. There progression for youngsters puts most league clubs above them to shame.

    Vukic has more chance next year at Newcastle, but Inman should be at least level with Bigi in terms of opportunities.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #34

    Tony…that is shocking!

    …maybe we should send Haris to Crewe on loan 🙂

  • one Tony Green

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #35

    @ Indian ha ha you really do not like Pardew. But he is clueless

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #36


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #37

    ASHLEY OUT !!!

  • one Tony Green

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #38

    @ Jesper and Lilonngwe

    Crewe had 11 players on the pitch and 4 on the bench that came through their academy in some matches last season.

    They train twice a day.

    Villa like the look of Inman and I guarantee he will come back and haunt us if he goes there.

    Jesper you are spot on when you say our development of young players is a joke. Lending players to Gateshead demoralises them and the football standard is pants.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #39

    If we could send all our most promising there on loan for a year they would return infinitely better!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #40

    LLAMBIAS OUT!!!!!!!!


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