Newcastle Close In On Transfer Targets


The Daily Mirror is reporting that Joe Kinnear has decided to go after to English stars – Darren Bent and James Tomkins – and they are two of Alan Pardew’s top transfer targets.

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James Tomkins – new top center-back target

Newcastle were first interested in James Tomkins a year last January when our bid of £4M was turned down by the then Championship club, because they wanted James to stay to help them with promotion.

He may not be available this summer either, and Co-Chairman David Gold has already said he is not available, but West Ham will need to recuperate some of that £15M they paid out to secure the services of former top Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.

Joe Kinnear talked with Alan Pardew last week to get his imput, and then on Tuesday the Director of Football met with Graham Carr and got his input, and that meeting was said to have been a very productive meeting.

Kinnear ended the chase for free agent Brazilian Douglas, and that’s one of the reasons Derek LLambias abruptly resigned from the club, and it seems James Tomkins is now our top center-back target.

It also seems Newcastle will try to get experienced striker Darren Bent to Tyneside at a decent price for a proven Premier League goalscorer.

And then Newcastle will try to get one of three possible strikers from the continent – Wilfried Bony of Dutch club Vitesse, St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.

And if the press reports are to be believed we’ve already put in some bids for those last three strikers.

Kinnear has been working the phones and also has had one-on-one meetings with both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr to get their input, and reading the tea leaves – it seems that Newcastle have now decided on who they want, and we should see some news soon on whether we have been successful.

Alan Pardew is expected to return early next week to Newcastle to prepare for the pre-season training, which starts next Thursday.

Joe Kinnear is also expected to be in Newcastle next week, and we suppose he may even give another interview.

If he does let’s hope it’s an awful lot better than the disastrous and embarrassing interview he gave to talkSPORT last week.

Three pointers to Joe – don’t criticize Newcastle fans, don’t criticize Newcastle legends like Alan Shearer – and don’t use the F word.

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113 comments so far

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, one more point for JFK, learn English and French.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Fine, get em in, if you’ve got you’re heart set on it, but for goodness sake don’t stop there, wingers!!!!

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Should Tom Ince be on the list too?

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  • lesh

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Another pointer for Joe when / if he’s interviewed:

    Do not even hint at interfering – you’re here to build bridges, not burn them!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Being linked with Gignac, Bent and Tomkins is not good news. We need players who can take the club forward. We shouldn’t be aiming for mid-table. Benteke, Remy and Alderweireld are much better options. It’s worth paying the extra £10m to sign these.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Ince and redmond would be good, as would Tompkins as cover but I wouldn’t be paying over 5 for cover, especially where Darren Bent is concerned. Id take bent at 2.2 or something like that but over 5 for a 29 year old who hasnt played consistently for over a season? Not for me.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #7

    ZzzZZZzzZZzZZz

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #8

    The F bomb, often guilty of deploying it myself, has Joe ever used it on radio though, he did give some journos a spray I recall, for which he actually rose in my estimation. Couldn’t give a rats about colorful language, or how he conducts himself in interviews set against his ability to get the right bodies over the line.

    C’mon Joe, c’mon, son!

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  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Imagine if Bent and Tomkins were our whole summer trasnfer activity…haha that would be so depressing.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Also, if we cant (and chances seem to be getting slim) get PEA then im hoping we have a different player we aren’t being linked with in mind like we did with cisse, nobody had expected that. I just feel there are too many unknowns about bony, no question his record is fantastic but can he do it in the prem? Also hes too much like cisse for me, think we need a player to compliment him rather than the same player x 2 up front

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #11

    UT

    Agreed

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #12

    We should’ve gone for Douglas. Tomkins will get more first team football at West Ham. We need at least 2 £10m plus strikers.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Knowing us, we’ll probably sign Mbia, Matuidi and Biglia.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I cannot believe we’re in for Tomkins. He’s distinctly average and gets done on pace constantly, also West Ham chairman came out and said they’re not willing to let him leave so what would be the point in a 5 mill bid? As for Bent, well the less said the better.

    If we’re in for these mid/low – table players we may aswell not bother and go with the squad we have now. I’d love the news regarding Obertan and Williamson to be true, could recoup 5 mill for those 2 and get them off the wage bill.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s called smoke screens gents and this is a perfect example of one it looks like these are our targets then bang better players brought in..You not think other clubs would be willing to hijack our signings? look at qpr on remy they will keep there cards close to there chest.

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  • gunnarnufc

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    I really like how dedicated Pardew and Kinnear are in making sure we get any higher then the16th spot. God forbid.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Kevymartins – It’s very rare smokescreens are bid for. Could be bullsh1t of course but I have a horrible feeling these are genuine. Then again if the meeting with Carr was ‘highly productive’ then I can’t imagine the likes of Bent and Tomkins were considered.

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #18

    We don’t need a centre back, all we need is a striker, and striker/winger. In centre back we have MYM, Colo, Saylor, Williamson And Perch.

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  • Rooster

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #19

    United confirm Meulensteen exit as Dutch coach follows Phelan and Steele out

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2349000/Manchester-United-confirm-Rene-Meulensteens-exit.html#ixzz2XMvKxEYw
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    That would be as good a signing as we could make this!
    real top coach.

    TOMKINS DECENT ENOUGH BUT TURNS ABOUT AS QUICK AS THE QE2

    Darren Bent oh Christ if we must, I would not think these two fit our remit, Tomkins is defo a Pardew type and he has worked with him before. certainly dosnt get any juices flowing though does it.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #20

    Smokescreen eh, sneaky stuff, I’d expect no less from Joe and old beer bottle pockets.

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  • Kc-Toon

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #21

    We need players to bring a spark to the team and provide the chances for our strikers. Darren bent will not create anything other than opportunities for himself to score, which is why the BA – Cisse partnership hadn’t worked. Look at how much sturridge compliments suarez at liverpool, We need somebody in the mould of sturridge to drop back and push defenders out, leaving cisse to get in behind. Somebody such as aubameyang would have been ideal

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Rooster – Would love to see that happen, but reports are linking him with Hiddink at Anzhi. He’d certainly take our coaching team up a notch though, our current set up is nowhere near premier league standard or size. It’s a real priority that noone at the club seems to realise.

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  • t00ntime

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #23

    People asking for a winger, Aubameyang is a winger.
    If we play 4-3-3 like people are thinking we will try and we bring in bony and aub (impossible i know )
    this woud be our team imo:

    ————–krul————–
    debuchy-colo-mbiwa-santon
    —–cabaye–tiote–sissoko—
    -HBA——-Bony–Aubameyang

    2 buys and our team already looks alot better.
    if we play anita i’d put him in sissokos place and sissoko in tiotes place. I dont see him as a strong enough player to hold down the middle, he wants to attack a bit too. Also if cise finds form we wouldnt even need bony (big IF) but a player like Aub is a must. atm all creativity is pinned on hba and cabaye, when one is injured there is too much pressure on the other. In the last games of the season HBA was trying to prove himself too much. If we get aub, he might be able to teach hba to calm down and find passes if you get stuck. Atm no one is there to help hba cause he is the only player we have that dribbles well and lets be honest pards is just trying to make sure he defends too.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Kets, Matuidi and Biglia are just CMs. I guess that means we are selling Tiote and Cabaye? Mbia… I am not so sure if we should get him.

    I guess my list is:
    James McArthur
    James McCarthy
    Shaun Maloney
    Antonlin Alcaraz
    Adam le Fondre

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #25

    the 1 british player i want is will hughes from derby he looks a proper prospect and 18!
    left or right footed n full of drive i know where well stocked at cm but get him now before he becomes the doomed overpriced english player!

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  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #26

    @manxpie, Will Hughes is already overpriced.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #27

    wat kinda price is he then? 5mil is a fair price for me i think hes gonna be a top top player?

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  • Kc-Toon

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah i think we should steer clear of will hughes, wether or not hes a good talent, 10 million is a huge investment for somebody that could still flop. If weve been doing our research on aubameyang i can guarantee graham carr will have noticed mollo from st. Ettiene . Just the kind of winger we need to slot into our LW

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  • Honoured2BNUFC

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #29

    The people who keep mentioning Remy-he is currently on a rape charge no club will touch that at all until it has been proven otherwise-till then no more point in mentioning him.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #30

    10 mil!! where’s that come from?
    even so if ince is worth 8mil i’d spend that on hughes
    bigi n hughes the future of our n englands cm wat a dream hey 🙂

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #31

    I think with the prospects we have we could get away with buying just one striker until January, that is the worry I have at the minute, I think we need two but I dont see it happening. However, if we did get one, but then brought in redmond and hughs type potential players I think id be happy until January.

    Im not sure though because im very tired at the minute.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #32

    But if remy wasn’t a rapist I still wouldn’t want him, i have too much animosity towards him now.

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #33

    honoured well that will surpass the window easily if its serious enough for the police to charge him so it looks like qpr are lumbered wit him for quite a while!
    to be fair i think every contract should have a criminal clause in it, especially serious shit wonder if ashley has since the barton scenario??

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #34

    sayin that tiote would be sacked by now:)
    and bramble wouldn’t get another club!!

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #35

    Manx

    All contracts have a get out clause in them should a player be convicted of a jail term sentence. So you dont have to pay wages for them sitting in a cell I assume. I worked with Nathan… iv forgotten his last name lol anyway he plays for Liverpool and was at derby I think last season on loan, I worked with his best mate and he was saying even the likes of Gerrard has them. Eccleston… I remembered.

    Evening btw

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #36

    whats your prospects sean mines cambell vuckic(if we ever man him up) bigi (i think he’ll be a star) sammi i think he’s got it but i worry he is a player that thinks he’s made it which is a huge problem imo for many young players especially in england i think his next loan spell will make or break him!!

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Exactly the same mate. Even down to the samiobi theory. Unless we can get an alchemist on the books to figure how to turn glass into iron, I fear vuckic may never reach his full potential, which is a she as for his age he has looked great in the short glimpses between injuries, always wants the ball too.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Jun 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #38

    Also dummet looks decent. Think ferguson needs a more first team before I fully write him off but he hasnt done enough for me.

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  • Kc-Toon

    Jun 27, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Vukic’s problem is not that he needs to man up, Hes just far to injury prone. He managed a game against west brom the season before last in which he really caught the eye. Bigi cant make it into the starting line up of an under 20 squad which are failing miserably. which suggests he isnt up to par yet. although hopefully with the right coaching he can become something more than a bit player. out of all the youngsters, i honestly believe inman could become a good first team player. Hes a decent size, has a good strike, and has a flair and sense of being in the right place at the right time

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  • manxpie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #40

    morning where are you lol i’m pretty sure we had to pay barton when he went down even tho we baught him after his “inncedent”i can remember summit about us wanting him takin a paycut but couldn’t enforce it?
    jesus if i try an get a job in a factory i get turned down coz i’ve got a minor record lol footballers don’t know there born!!

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