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Magpies To Concentrate On Three Countries For New Players

9:18 am, Saturday, June 8th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

It seems that Newcastle will stick with their usual hunting grounds this summer, and the players we sign will probably be recruited from France, Holland or Belgium, with Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team scouring those specific leagues for good players at reasonable prices.

Victor-Wanyama

Victor Wanyama - not a target

The news today in the Newcastle Journal is that one player will not be arriving this summer and that’s Celtic’s Kenyan International defender Victor Wanyama, whose made a lot of progress over the last two seasons since joining the Scottish giants.

We were even linked with the player last summer, but his price has gone up to around £10M and that’s high for Newcastle these days.

We are also hoping that when Alan Pardew returns from holiday, he will quickly start to shoot down stories on players we are not really interested in.

As usual Newcastle are going to be linked with many many players this summer, and the conventional wisdom is that Newcastle have two positions to fill as a priority – center-back and striker.

The acquisition of a center-back will be independent of whether Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club to return to Argentina this summer to be with his family – and if Colo decides to stay that will be huge for Newcastle.

And as we have mentioned yesterday, there will be a mini clear-out at the club of some fringe players on Tyneside, which will include the likes of James Perch, Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan leaving, and maybe some youngsters too.

We are expecting things to heat up shortly – along with the weather.

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Teams are busy signing players whilst our great manager and coaching staff remain on holiday after almost getting us relegated last season

    Go figure

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Having his toad like face used as a pin cushion is too good for Ashley.

  • 3 sparky55 // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    ben…that’s a great point…well said

  • 4 sparky55 // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    jail…don’t ever let anyone knock that passion out of you mate:-) keep up the good work!

  • 5 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    It’s obvious we need a left winger. I’ll be amazed if we keep Cabaye or Ben Arfa as well, so will need to replace one of those. Hope we crack on after Pardew returns from his well earned break…

  • 6 expatmag // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I think it was TORQ who said we had already instigated negotiations on high profile players in Holland and Spain.

    The transfer window doesnt open until july 1 and if other clubs choose to reveal their purchases to the media beforehand is their option.

    It appears NUFC conduct their business in a more secretive manner.

    I would be very surprised if we were not in advanced negotiations and even more surprised if we didnt sell a so called purple for anything ;ess than way over ,market value.

    Like it or not, Ashley has brought a good few bargains to the club in the ;ast couple of years.

  • 7 proudtobageordie // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Ben arfa

    pardew dosn’t sign the players so its immaterial weather he is on holiday or not

  • 8 expatmag // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Proud

    and of he os on holiday, I assume he has a mobile phone or will Ashley be blamed for more cost cutting measures by not providing him with one….LOL

  • 9 numba9 // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    As it stands we need two cb two quality strikers and a winger and that is before any of our purples possibly leave so that’s a busy summer mister Ashley you and parsnip better get a move on or else move on yourselves !

  • 10 jimiley // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Two new players should be enough to get mid table respectability 8th to 14th depending on injuries.. About 10 million should be enough. We need to avoid playing our best players in the Cups so an early exit from the Cups will help us in the league. I would settle for 10th every year. The Cups are an irrelevance.

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    selling fringe and bringing in none that’s a Ashley guarantee

  • 12 Ben3arfa // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    The NUFCfans twitter account holder was arguing with some guy the other day about whether Pardew chose signings or not.

    Anyone here want to chip in on that?

  • 13 proudtobageordie // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Expat
    morning mate. The club allready know who we want and the deals are being negotiated. Pardew dosn’t get involved in that side of the club so let him enjoy his holiday and hope he comes back full of energy and scope for the new season

  • 14 jimmysmith // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    He should have been sent on his hols about about a month before the end of the season, cos he effectively spent the last 4 weeks of it circling the planet Coozbane. The man was a blithering wreck!

  • 15 jimiley // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Every clown deserves a holiday. The further he is from SJP the better.

  • 16 geordiesteve520 // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    @Ben3Arfa
    Apart from Man City who has made moves in the market? Liverpool have picked up Kolo Toure and, yes players have been linked to clubs but no one has made a move at all. Monaco are the exception to everyone this year and will sign, sign,sign.

    Pardew is not involved in transfer negotiations anyway so it would not matter if he had gone to the moon for a month. Lee Charnley is the main player in discussions and I have no idea where he is.

    Why do we all have do be so quick to air our feelings; lets just wait and see what happens, then vent our fury if we repeat last year’s mistakes.

  • 17 GeordieDan // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    “Transfer business has been slow on Tyneside this summer compared to this time last term when they had already snapped up Romain Amalfitano”

    NUFC showing they’ve learnt sweet FA again then!

    What an absolute shambles. It cannot go unnoticed by our current players that the Newcastle owner and his minions have no clue at all what they are doing.

    Where is our pre-season plans? Where are our quality strikers? Where is ANY kind of plan to fix what went wrong last season?

    The silence is deafening but don’t worry I’m sure Mike will realise his mistake in January when we’re 10 points adrift at the bottom of the league and he brings in 5 cheap foreigners who read about the Premier league maybe once in their “experience”.

    Kevin Keegan is 100% right, NUFC with Ashley and Lambiarse running it is a living nightmare. It just never stops the embarrassment, ineptitude and false promises.

    Where is the entertainment? They have taken all the enjoyment out of MY club for me and I hate them for it.

  • 18 expatmag // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Proud

    Good morning to you too except it is evening over here….lol

    Yes mate, I agree. The likes of Llambiase Charnley and perhaps even Ashley himself may be involved in player negotiations presently and updating Pardew whilst he is holidaying.

    I am certain we will get at least 2 high profile players in, possibly 3 depending on the Colo situation.

    I also think if we do this, we will have one hell pf a squad this season.

  • 19 Black and White with an army lol // Jun 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    you can’t fix what is completely broken the only answer is replacement

  • 20 yorkymag // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I am really worked about what is unfolding with our beloved football club
    We have a disaster of a season ,don’t take action with regard to the manager
    So the players start to have their own little digs at the leadership ,the press are gunning for us after the daft way in which the telegraph were treated they won’t forget and it’s not just the telegraph it’s all of them now against us
    Then we have more noise about our players unhappy with wonga as a sponsor can’t blame them,a totally avoidable distraction
    The club is in a right old two and six and needs sorting ,it feels like we are drifting into a train crash .
    All avoidable and all our own making its hard to have any empathy with ashley at the moment
    Worst of all it feels like the players are feeling a bit the same ,everyone else is busy in the market we are sticking to our overseas markets ,the only hope is that our on the field performance was so poor last year a number of players won’t have an option to go and I include cabayne in that ,what a shame a real shame

  • 21 lesh // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Where’s Charnley?

    Rest assured he’ll be on the transfers case.

    Heard he’s at the Bildeberg along with Llambias and mixing with the capitalist world’s other big movers and shakers!!!

  • 22 GeordieDan // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    So far we have the following players almost certain to leave:

    Obertan, Gosling, Simpson, Perch, Amalfitano, Abeid, (plus Strolla?), Captain Colo.

    The following players we know aren’t good enough (yet is some cases) for the Prem:

    Sammy Ameobi, Fergie, Tavernier, Vuckic, Willaimson, Streete.

    Plus players who just aren’t good enough anymore, Jonas and Tiote in particular.

    And we are bringing in 1 striker and 1 defender? Wow! Talk about reaching for the stars!!!!

    Even if the crap players contribute very little they still provide some kind of competition for places and if we ship 5-8 of these players and don’t replace them it will have an effect just like not replacing Best, Guthrie and Lovenkrands last year.

  • 23 expatmag // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    To be honest, some of the posters on here are over reacting in my opinion.

    The club administration have already admitted to mistakes being made last summer so it would be expected that they would not embarrass themselves by repeating the same situation again this summer,

    The influx of 5 senior players without any significant departures in january drastically improved the squad so they went half way torectifying the problem.

    The mistake in predicting the younger players such as Ameobi junior, Ferguson, Tavernier etc making the step up plus the loss of Vuckic and Raylor to season long injuries impacted greatly on the situation.

    With regard to Amalifitano, he was a free transfer and we had been negotiating with his agents for several months beforehand.

    Those doomongers who are already getting itchy feet regarding signings need to understand that we do our business privately unlike other clubs and as yet, there are no departures and if there were, rest assured, it would be for top dollar.

    Wait until Sept 1 before you start moaning,

  • 24 numba9 // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Best to get business done early if at all the longer you wait more chance of being beaten to it by others . Then again parsnip n co like to do this and then the excuses will flow. As fans you must have seen all this ? And why wait until its too late Sep 1 before we start picking on where we went wrong this summer ?like all did last Sept too late un sign players then isn’t it

  • 25 GeordieDan // Jun 8, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    expatmag>

    Your faith in Ashley and Lambiarse’s ability to actually run our football club correctly and learn from their mistakes is remarkable and I’d love to know where you are getting your faith from mate?

    You seem to think they’ve learned their lessons and now know just what they are doing? They can’t even manage to plan a pre-season FFS! And that is one of the most fundamental things to starting a season in the best shape.

    You think they are beavering away behind the scenes to get us players where as I, based on EVERYTHING I have experienced so far under their stewardship is that all they are working on behind the scenes are excuses and lies.

    It is THEIR complete joke of an administration that has cause me to lose faith and that has only been relatively recently compared to most. Its not just how completely arrogant and ignorant they are it actually mainly because I at this minute in time I hardly even enjoy MY club and that has gutted me.

    The blame for that is firmly at the feet of Ashley and co. and as much as I appreciate your optimism I think you’ll find its mis-guided.

  • 26 Dubaigeordie // Jun 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I would love to see this team next season
    ——-krul————
    Debuchy—mbiwa—skrtel—santon
    ———–sissiko—-Witsel————
    —-mertens—–Ben arfa——mgeedy
    —————–Gomez——-

    That’s around 45 to 50 milliong being spent but selling cabaye and cisse as well as other fringe players will easily cover that and this team I think would easily challenge for top 6!!!!

  • 27 toonluvva // Jun 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I’m just hoping that someone, somewhere behind the scenes is cautiously reeling in some decent signings.

    Personally I’m not bothered if we aren’t high profile in the transfer window, just get the players “over the line”. Are you listening Llambias?

    We’ll definitely need replacements for Colo, Cabaye, Hatem, Cisse and Krul. These players are probably going to be away either in the summer or in January at the latest.

    I don’t want to see Perch go either, if we have too many fringe players in the squad, then let Gosling go instead. Perch can easily step into Tiotes role, and I feel do as good a job if not better there. Doubtless he’ll be cheaper too. Hope you note that Llambias.

    Still, it will be interesting to see just who we have gained and lost by 31st August.

  • 28 usmagpie // Jun 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Sorry but I call Bullshit on Newcastle, pardew nearly got us relegated and while all the other clubs are buying or in negotiations, our manager is on the beach.
    Same old story then this window, we really tried to get this player and that player but we ran out of time.
    Even the Mackems are doing more work than us. Sad Sad

  • 29 Jinky Jim // Jun 8, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    43 and counting




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