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Newcastle Reported In For Wigan Striker – Fee Agreed

10:26 am, Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 217 Comments

News is coming through that Newcastle United have made a late entry into the race to sign Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.

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Arouna Kone – Newcastle interested

It had seemed that Kone would be rejoining his former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton, but maybe with the selling of James Perch to Wigan in the last few days, the Magpies inquired about the 29 year-old Ivory Coast International.

The news is that Newcastle are willing to pay the Latics £5M for Kone, and Newcastle have been given permission to talk to the player – and this could be an alternative to signing Darren Bent from Aston Villa.

Wigan must have accepted the £5M bid made by the Magpies.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has welcomed Newcastle into the race at the eleventh hour, and it’s now based on what terms Newcastle and Everton can offer the player, and which club he wants to join.

Kone has been linked with Everton for a while, and he was expected to sign by now – but that hasn’t happened, for whatever reason.

Kone was a success in his first season in the Premier League, and he has also been linked with Norwich and Swansea City, and with Premier League experience he fits the type of player wanted by Alan Pardew this summer.

Newcastle are late into the chase for this striker, and the chances of signing Kone must be slim.

Kone joined Wigan last season from Sevilla, after being on loan for the previous season at Spanish club Levante, and in 38 games he scored 13 goals for the relegated club last season.

The 5’11” striker is right footed, and he turns 30 in November, and Kone has played 39 times for the Ivory Coast with 9 goals, since making his debut back in 2004, and he has previously played at PSV, Sevilla and Hanover.

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217 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Repost, from Previous.
    Who is reporting that he returns tomorrow? One local rag said he was back 3 weeks ago, the other rag said last week. The players were back yesterday, I know they are just doing fitness tests but surely it would be sensible for him to be around to speak to them at the same time.

    As the players come in in batches over 2 days, he could have been there to chat to each individually about what he is expecting from them and where they will feature in the squad if they achieve the targets he sets in pre season.

    Or does that just sound to sensible for this club?

  • 2 Wandering Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Why? Oh Why? The player has no great scoring record.We are lowering the bar .

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    think he is Everton bound!

    …that is either made up news or the club is trying to make it look like it cares!!!

  • 4 Ben3arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Rather him than Bent if Im honest , at least he has pace

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM


    Bent should be happy with competing for places going off his current form. If he thinks he can walk into a Premier League first 11 he’s mad.

    I bet we are his best option, Fulham may pay a bit more though in wages? What’s there wage structure like?

    Mind, no more than a 3rd striker for me. If this is our replacement for Ba i’d be shouting from the rooftops.

  • 6 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Sports Direct news is running this as an exclusive. Hmm

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    On Kone, if it is between us and his former boss, then I think we might as well look at other targets. Plus, Sports Direct broke this story, no actual confirmation. Other than Dave Whelan saying bids from several clubs had been accepted a few days ago.

    As a third choice, okay, but why would he come here to sit on a bench? Not an inspiring signing by any stretch of the imagination. His career record is marginally better than Shola’s. With him averaging a goal every 251 minutes to Shola’s goal every 276…

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Toon-Prodigy…yeah and we are getting Rooney as well 😉

  • 9 GloucesterGeordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Hi guys long time reader, first post!!

    Just wondering with all the suggestions going round with PSG being interested in Cabaye, would you be happy if we did a swap.. possibly plus cash deal for Gameiro??

  • 10 Ben3arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Sports direct news did also run the story that we are interested in Rooney

    Must be Ashley with another PR stunt to play with our emotions . He is such a c**t

  • 11 martoon // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I always get the impression he is one of those strikers who needs quite a few chances before he scores one. Which is no good in our team as we only create a few chances each game 🙂

  • 12 posada // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    All this manic debate about signings just sums up how crazy the situation is. How can we attract top players with such a poor manager. Even the owner has no faith in him, hence the appointment of JFK.
    If you are a top player you will look at the manager. Swansea have a very good one, who gets them to play great football.
    We only get the second raters, who put wages at the top of their agenda.

  • 13 Ben3arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

  • 14 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM


    Lets just round up all 29 yr olds and choose one 😉

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM


  • 16 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Bring back Bellamy all is forgotten

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I think you are being sarcastic, but I’d have Bellers back over Kone or Bent.

  • 18 oldbobaycliffe // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    it has been said that kinnear wanted to sign a player before friday and before he goes on his holidays,but is this just a panic buy because why wasn,t he signed when perch was signed by wigan,surely we need a 20 goals a season cf why not try for demba ba back on loan better than kone and bent

  • 19 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Sounds like bull to me… He’s a decent player but 29 I doubt it.
    I doubt we’ll have a clue until the deals done.
    I’d like to think that the club won’t make the same mistake as they did with Remy

    Chill out guys let’s be more positive we’ve got a great starting line up, no Europa this year and a couple of good signings and we could hit the heights of 2 years ago.

    Im actually excited


  • 20 JDdubai // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Been here before, last minute bid on someone who is guaranteed to want to go elsewhere, desperate attempt when everyone knew weeks ago he was likely to leave but we did nothing about it. If he really was someone we wanted we would/should have been in then for him. Bryan Ruiz all over again…

    All crap really.

  • 21 rainrix // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Prodigy…. I’ve just always had the impression bents a bit of a Tw@t, and probably thinks he can walk into any team. Of course thats probably unfair and unfounded 🙂

    I think PEA was suppose to be the ba replacement and bent 3rd choice/shola replacement. Honestly the drop in quality from PEA to bent makes me think he is simply a 3rd choice. Hopefully that means carr is scouring for a top striker still. At least that’s what i hope. Wouldn’t be surprised if bent is our new star striker and captain 🙂

  • 22 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM


    You thought right mate. But, I too would have him back over Bent or Kone.

    Bedtime for me fella’s.

    Have fun 😉

  • 23 Jammy-D // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM


    😀 I want some of what your smoking!! 😛

  • 24 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM


    I certaintly hope so! Im totally underwelmed by these targets.

    There is absolutely no need to be penny pinching for a top striker at the moment. Everyone has money in the Premier and we know what happens if you don’t get it right or stand still.

    We will see..

    Speak soon 😉

  • 25 ToonDanno // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Hahahahaha where you get this rubbish from. Don’t worry guys not true

  • 26 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    It’ll cost you 😉

  • 27 Dondatta13 // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM



    Alot of people saying “Put a clause into his contract, that if he’s convicted of rape…blah blah blah”…

    Do you think for one second his head will be in the right frame of mind to play football once his case goes to court?

    He will be splashed all over the media, left right and centre, for a very serious accusation.

    My second point is…

    Have we really become so morally bankrupt, that we would clammer for a player who has been accused of such a thing?

    I know he’s innocent before being proved otherwise in a court of law but we should stay well clear imho!

  • 28 Jamiemac // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Pretty happy with this

  • 29 Dondatta13 // Jul 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    On Haris Vuckic…

    The lad has skills but his body breaks down…

    I say we keep him until such time his football lets him down and not his body.

  • 30 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    So the age structure will be broken now will it?

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Toon-Prodigy…okay here we go; 29 year old forwards with EPL experience (29 year old more or less 😉 ):

    1. Bent
    2. Kone
    3. Rooney
    4. Adebayor
    5. Jones
    7. Rodallega
    8. Agbonlahor (is he 29ish?)

    *God that looks dreadful 🙁

  • 32 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Internacional striker Leandro Damiao’s
    agent says he is in talks with a club, with
    reports in Brazil claiming that the team is

    an we are so poor we want 4mil strikers

  • 33 Jammy-D // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    More than the heart ache of being a fan of this beloved club?

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Bloody hell cannot believe it
    GO GET HIM scares the Sh•t out of opposition with his pace and strength

  • 35 Geordiedoonsooth // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I don’t post on here very much anymore, but the cr*p that has been flying around about the toon in the past month with senile JFK coming back on board has made us a laughing sock once again. I am getting the p*ss tahen ot of me all the time at work and in the pub. I really fear for my club I think we could be in for a number of very hard years. I can’t see us signing any decent players and I can see the good ones leaving.

  • 36 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM


    Depends how much you need…. I’m on 10 Bags a day.

  • 37 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    People moaning about kone??!!

    5Mil for him, or 8mil (asking price) for bent!?!

    Kone isn’t our alternative to pea. But an a replacement for shola who I suspect is off.

  • 38 Markaccus // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM


    Off that list i would still have rooney, kone or adebyor. Not that we would ever get them.

  • 39 Greebol1892 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This seems dubious…… otherwise why not involve him with the Perch deal? Better all-round player than Bent and undoubtedly lower wage & fees. Would link well with Cisse.

    Only 4th day of window I know but already 2 players out and none imminent.

    I really rate Vuckic as the young player that excites me most. Time is on his side but I fear that another 2 or 3 years injured and not getting near 1st team that we may have to write him off.

    Potential to be a European star so must be given a decent chance if he can just stay fit!

  • 40 Tommyy // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Charlie – Then he balloons it wide. Bloke can’t finish, which is NOT what we need. We create precious little as it is!

    What happens if Southampton sign Damiao (amongst others) and Cardiff sign Cardozo (amongst others)? As each day goes by the closer I think we will be to relegation, and after the ambition we’ve shown and continue to show, noone can say we wouldn’t deserve it.

  • 41 Jammy-D // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM


    More the merrier by the sounds of your mood!!

    tbh somone said the other day, 13-20mill on PEA or spend it on a couple of players ….. such as de jong, a winger, young cb and a back up stricker such as kone….
    I know what I’d prefer.
    Would love a player of PEAs calibre but you cant blame the boy for wanting to play at the highest level!

  • 42 thai-mag // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    I wonder if Pardew knows MA has took it upon himself to buy in players, I think it’s just another way to pi** him off with players he does not want

  • 43 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Journos from Wigan reporting we have permission to speak to kone as they accepted our offer.

    Who knows if it’s genuine or not…

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Why replace Shola with a 29 yr old who has a distinctly average/poor career record behind him for 5 million? I wouldn’t want Bent either.

    It is okay though, Kone won’t come here.

  • 45 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Kone @ £5mil
    Remy @ £8mil = Total spend £13mil

    Same as PEA alone.

    Both players proven to score goals in the premiership. Might not be a bad alternative to aubameyang.

  • 46 Jammy-D // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM


    Big admirer of your post and you always seem to be the voice of reason and optimism! What would your thought on Kone be ??

  • 47 Scottiedog // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    So this is why Perch went so cheap!!!! Kone would be a great signing and is very quick!!

  • 48 Toonabroad // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I dont understand why people don’t want to sign Kone and Bent, think about how we did last season? we missed relegation by the skin of our teeth! so we are not going to be attracting the big name players like PEA or Bony they want to go to a club with higher ambition. In my opinion Kone and Bent would be more then ideal at this current time, perfect backup for Cisse if not to play along side him, both PL experience both can score goals, what more do you want? a goal is a goal no matter who scores it

  • 49 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Lilo – I’m with you mate. Don’t think we will get either.

  • 50 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    alreet lads hows it going?

    iv’e heard MA is going for targets now maybe there’s a actual fact in this considering he did the same in January and he got the players over so if that’s the case why do we have a D.O.F ?

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Torq…I still think Kone is Everton bound!

  • 52 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    The reason thatit won’t have been involved with the Perch deal is that the £5million is a cash release clause in his contract.

  • 53 Blaydon-Toon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Kone over Bent for me as he has a better all round game and has pace something we are lacking in our team …. Hope we get him !

  • 54 Markaccus // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM


    I would be happy with that. Kone is basically a quicker Bent with what seems like a better attitude. Played hard for wigan. Not hugely ambitious but at the same time not poor token signings.

  • 55 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I would take kone at 5mil mate. At the end of the day, it’s not MY money being spent, so spending 5mil to replace say, shola, is cool with me. Yes we wont get anywhere near that for shola, but hey, it’s an upgrade.

    He has the pace we have been lacking, and can score goals. Yes he isn’t exactly young, but bringing him and Remy for £13mil isnt bad.

  • 56 magpie6699 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Sounds like Martinez rates him if he’s bid to take him to Everton (all those who wanted him as our new manager take note)

  • 57 TorqToon // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Jesp – Me too! Last I heard, sky were implying it was pretty much a done deal?!

  • 58 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    maybe with Kone we might pull of a Van Nistleroy ( spelling ) situation, he was meant to go to the Middlesborro but Man U nabbed him as soon as he got of the plain

  • 59 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Bent couldn’t play alongside Cisse, we might as well play 10 men as the 2 of them offer exactly the same.

    Kone scored 11 Prem goals last season, in a Wigan team that created plenty of chances. He had 92 shots for those 11. It was also his first season, Grant Holt scored plenty in his first year, not many last season.

  • 60 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Tommy Y

    It’s not that bad
    Total at Wigan league and cup 38 games 13 goals
    Career Total dif leagues -294 games 106 goals
    total appearances 323games 113 goals

    Not bad a goal in every three games and he creates a lot for himself.

  • 61 ToonDanno // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    This is 100% rubbish so don’t get excited please

  • 62 Markaccus // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    How long till Colin tweets “kone to newcastle for 4m + Ameobi”?

  • 63 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Kone if he is a replacement would be perfect.
    Why is everyone so sure Ameobi is leaving and we’re replacing him though?

    Has something been said from Pardew or Shola??

  • 64 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    In Kone’s defence he is a far better all round player than Bent, but still wouldn’t want him.

    Anyway, I am fairly confident he will go to Everton with Martinez. He has already said he would like to work with Martinez again.

  • 65 ToonDanno // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Nufc keeping an eye on the Ba situation also, would love him back

  • 66 Tommyy // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I think we’re all in agreement that as a replacement for Shola, Kone would be fantastic! He’d really stretch defenses coming off the bench and provide a goal threat.

    … But in reality it’s not happening and Shola’s going nowhere because noone will take him.

  • 67 Indian Magpie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM


    You Know I like to Moan

    It has nothing to do with Kone

  • 68 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    He has played 4000 minutes more in his career than Shola (44.4 games) scoring an extra 24 goals. Not to mention that most of that was in a Dutch league where strikers score for fun, and in the Belgian league. He averages a goal every 251 minutes, to Shola’s 276 minutes, again most of Shola’s appearances are at a better level.

    So, who would have been happy to spend 5million on Shola?

  • 69 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Lee Ryder @lee_ryder 1h
    Simpson: I didn’t push Newcastle
    United for too much money #NUFC

    FEel sory for him… fk the board

  • 70 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I see West Ham have supposedly sounded out Chelsea for Lukaku next season if they fail to get Bony from under the noses of Swansea.

    That is the lad I would want joining us, be it on loan next year or permanent and spend a huge whack on him. Loan being much more likely….

  • 71 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

  • 72 Markaccus // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    Id only want ba if cisse had to go. They cant play as a duo, and ba refuses to play as a support in the 433. Cisse is no good anywhere exept as tje centre man in the 433 so they just could not be here together.

  • 73 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Morning guys

    I’d be happy with Kone as long as he is Shola’s replacement.

    Torq – How are you? heard anything lately regarding Siem de Jong? Are we still trying to get a deal for him I’m getting worried.

  • 74 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    would Chelsea allow Lukaku to come to the Toon. we might just be capable of taking points of them as it is.

  • 75 rainrix // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Lilong…. Lukaku would be a sweet signing. Problem is he’s been quoted as saying if he goes out on loan again he’d like it to be at a club in europe. Still it’d be worth an enquiry no doubt.

  • 76 ToonDanno // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Markaccus- agreed. Remy is the top target and looks to be going well. But nufc aware Ba unhappy so why not replace Ba with the man himself

  • 77 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    right ok, if we get him on loan they’d make sure he couldn’t play against them, even so his goals and general threat might threaten their league position, although just as likely or more so, their more realistic rivals, Confusing, f@cken good player though, outstanding!

  • 78 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    He was also quoted as saying he wanted to stay in England to learn and develop, and that he wanted regular football as he wants a World Cup spot. I think, between us and West Ham, we could win out, and I can’t see Chelsea loaning him to a Prem club in Europe.

    Big ask, and I doubt we would even bother, but he is the ideal mix of goalscorer, power and pace.

  • 79 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    kone would be perfect signing to partner cisse in a 3 prong in fairness !
    its not just kone’s goals scored its his assists also that contribute to 20+ goals a season player and his movement will only compliment cisse.

    however i still dont like that we are building a team around cisse with no other goalscoring striker in the squad to cover when cisse is not in the squad.

    we need a bony type player that does not rely on getting the right partner or even put a bid in for demba ba pls pls pls

  • 80 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    We don’t need to replace Perch as we have adequate right back cover.
    Yanga Mbiwa can play right across the back four and we have Anita and Sissoko whom are acomplished defensive midfield players.
    All the moaners and whingers should reflect on the fact that in recent windows we have effectively upgraded the squad by the replacement of Simpson, Perch, Guthrie and Smith with Anita, Debuchy, Sissoko and Yanga Mbiwa.

  • 81 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Yes I would rather have him than Shola
    Shola cannot play 90 minutes now, also injury prone and at times does not look interested, lazy, after a attack wanders back doesn’t close opposition down and cannot tackle gives away to many fouls.

  • 82 sharpys2c // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Reads to me that they’re trying to get the Bent fee down, take 5 or we get Kone for 5 instead.

  • 83 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Always liked Kone. Very strong on the ball and good skills. Shame he’s not a bit younger but a hell of an improvement on Shola.

    Ed your previous thread

    ”as long as Alan and his coaches are allowed to do their jobs we’ll be fine ”

    Ed they’re not good enough. Simple as.

  • 84 rainrix // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Lilong…. Ah i must of got mixed up with the various “factual” quotations on here. 🙂

    Im surprised by reports that its only west ham and swansea after him. After last year i would’ve thought there’d be a ton of interest. If it is just those 2 then theres no harm in enquiring. Thought we seem to have a bit of an aversion to loan deals.

    Honestly though like you say i dont see the club bothering even looking at him.

  • 85 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    “The best argument against democracy, is speaking to the average voter for 5 minutes.” – Winston Churchill

    “The best argument against fan ownership of NUFC, is speaking to the average fan and them thinking Kone would be a good signing for £5m, even as a replacement for Shola.” – Joe Blog

  • 86 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Yes, but despite all that I wouldn’t begrudge him a brass farthing of a big Arab pay day, and he’d be unplayable in that league, if he was even half arsed. More power to him.

  • 87 nufc 11 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I like him he is prob going to play Right of top 3 hes a better option than Obertan anyway.

  • 88 sparky55 // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    I would rather bring back Ba to play down the middle, ship out cisse and bring in Remy to play on wing.

    Cisse and Ba don’t work well together but Ba is better so bring him back and ship out Cisse!

    We could get circa 12 million for Cisse and get Ba back and Remy for say 16 million so net cost 4million for two players can’t be a bad move…can it?

  • 89 Ben3arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Even Kone will reject us it seems, would rather move to Everton and reunite with Martinez.

    How pathetic

  • 90 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Great news we’re trying to sign a striker who has his heart set on joining somebody else lol

    Would be a good signing if he actually wanted to join.
    But 95% sure he’ll join everton.

  • 91 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Sack Llambias

    I can’t have any complaints over the paying squad Carr has assembled. Wish Pardew and Llambias had listened more when Carr first had scouted Wanyama, leroy Fer and PEA.

    I whinge about the manager and D.O.F because they do not match the standard of and are unable to develop the players.

  • 92 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    12 assists in 133 games in Prem, Champions League, Bundesliga and Primera division plus a goalscoring record comparable to Shola does not equal 20+ goals a season…..

    He got 28 assists in Holland along with 41 goals, in 113 games. In 65 games, Bony has scored more, and set up shalf the amount. Doesn’t look like a great signing at 5million.

  • 93 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Though I must admit I’m glad we’ve dropped this players over the age of 28 are useless transfer policy.

  • 94 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Kone would be an upgrade on Shola. Proven in the league with the right attitude and has pace and determination. His historic and recent form as goalscorer has been I:3. Would be a good addition to the squad.

  • 95 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I don’t take a target going to Swansea to heart, as they probably weren’t up to it anyway, one way or another, but preferring Everton, if that we’re the case, how galling!

  • 96 low fell mag // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I see Remmys name keeps popping up, is there any substance behind this or just speculation.

  • 97 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Torq…as you know I am no ITK AND i don’t have any friends in high or low places 😉 lol

    …unless you count yourself as in high places and we all know where Ibiza is 😀 (is he here by the way)…WHAT I meant to say was this year seems to be very spar in the news department and most think I hear sound like left overs or recycling from last year?

    What is goin on? You usually have some idea? Are you being cheap skate regarding news? lol

  • 98 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Strikers at 28+ are fine. Would love Defoe but likely more pricey and in greater demand. Thought we might have looked to tap the Spurs striker market.

  • 99 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I didn’t say instead of, I asked whether you would have been happy paying 5million for Shola, as there records are very similar. I agree, now he is better than Shola as Shola is knocking on and picks up too many niggles.

    There are better players than Kone around. I would rather get a younger player to replace Shola, then paying 5million on a player who has never set the world alight in his career, and is 29 so highly unlikely to improve. We already have that player in Goofy.

  • 100 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    If we buy Kone for £5m, we’ve just gone in a roundabout way replacing Best, with a worse player for more outlay.

  • 101 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Thoise who didn’t want kone, it’s ok we’ve been given permission to speak to him!!! Panic over for you.

  • 102 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    I think some of you are getting desperate and it’s clouding your judgement, so you’ll snatch at anything – give it another week of inactivity, Darren Bent and Carlton Cole will even be in vogue.

  • 103 Perchinho Pricing Blunder // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Where’s our secret sausage today? It’s d-day

  • 104 low fell mag // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    IT has just been confirmed by Sky S ports that we have permission to talk to Kone.

  • 105 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Kone at least is a legitimate, Leon was not, despite a couple of super goals. Kone puts himself about.

  • 106 HullMag6 // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Forget Remy despite the obvious talent, serious court case pending either way more unwanted publicity and if found guilty an expensive inert asset. Move on……NEXT

    Kone solid squad acquisition not a dazzling signing but should be ok if signed.

    Ps anyone think Nani might be worth an enquiry?

  • 107 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    To be fair, Dave ‘the mouth’ Whelan said several clubs had been given permission to speak to him a couple of days ago.

  • 108 supershola // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Can’t imagine us getting Kone and another striker…. If this is our first signing it’ll probs be the last striker we get

  • 109 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Some of you are never hapy

    This lad is a decent player.

    PL experience over imports.

    Cheaper than Bent, quicker than Bent.

    Better than Sh Ameobi too, and probably his replacement to be fair.

  • 110 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I mean to say a legitimate EPL striker, not illegitimate, my apologies Leon, if youre reading,although there is the nagging feeling that George Best might well be you’re real dad.

  • 111 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Nani turned down 100,000 a week from Man U as he thought he should be getting closer to 150,000. Basically, no point wasting our time with the phone call.

    Although the club might see it as a chance to show how ambitious they are before citing wage demands as why it didn’t happen.

  • 112 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Yes I would pay 5 million because I think he has proved himself in the Premiership gives a lot more than just scoring goals – good carrier of the ball, passer, holding the ball up, not easily knocked off the ball.

    Basically I like what I have seen

  • 113 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Yes Llambias glad we’ve moved on from that no resale bullshit.

    Defoe would be a good signing too.

  • 114 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    11.37 – Six young players have penned new
    contract at Newcastle, the club have confirmed.

    who are,dey???????

  • 115 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Cheaper than Bent, Quicker than Bent. – I hear Marlon King is available as well. If those are your criteria, he also ticks all boxes.

  • 116 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Kone is not instead of but as well as! We need an option rather than Shola.

  • 117 rainrix // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM


  • 118 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Eh? You like what you have seen from Shola is that? It sounds like you are talking about Kone there rather than answering my question…

  • 119 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    actually thought buying young players a la Dortmund was an excellent policy. Difference being they have a real manager and D.O.F

  • 120 Jamiemac // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    To be fair I wouldn’t really mind Kone and Bent. Proved themselves in prem. Would have loved Aubameyang but no guarantee he would be successful. Wary of Bony due to standard of Eredvise

  • 121 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Shola has another year or two or even three years in him. just not as 2nd or even 3 rd choice. invaluable experience and truly superb on the occasions he’s in the mood.

  • 122 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Gillihead is a great prospect. I’m a bit surprised Mitchell got a new deal, although I guess that would imply that Alnwick will be the third choice first team.

    Still nothing on Inman signing the new contract offered to him then….

  • 123 Perchinho Pricing Blunder // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Kone Will do for now but he shouldn’t be our 1st team partner for cisse. Definitely a better option than best to me

  • 124 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Apparently Everton have met the release clause aswell.

    Think we’re probably wasting our time.

  • 125 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:16 PM


    Like – Kone

    Shola – don’t like would of sold him years ago

  • 126 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Spot on .

  • 127 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    hmm so no inman

  • 128 HullMag6 // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Forgot he’s after la la land wage deal moving on…….

    Didnt someone post a rumour re mario gomes last week? – any legs to the story or is it indyspeculation?

    Onwards and upwards awaiting the shirt shots

  • 129 JAMSHA // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    campbell to replace shola… he will score more dan shola

  • 130 low fell mag // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I would be happy if we can get this deal done,providing he is not injury prone,
    Every time we come across him he scares me the crap out of me
    Age does not bother me as long he stays fit and strong,just remember Dyer and Bellamy as young lads every week they were cattled.
    The big problem we have is ,who does he want to play for Martinez or Pardew .
    It does not look good .but Fingers crossed1

  • 131 JackButler // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    30 million for Cabaye???

  • 132 SecretSausage // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I still have not heard anything mope about last nights info that a player was in Newcastle to sign. But I have read about that 16yr old kid who arrived yesterday so it could have been him. Maybe my friend will let me know more next time and whether it was him or not.

    Ive heard nothing about the Kone rumours.

    New rumour for today. Amalfitano should be next out the door. Things in the pipeline with him. He was meeting people yesterday and today.

    If you think about this they were saying we had a small squad and now they are getting rid of players who arn’t good enough. But surely these will have to be replaced. I am confident in what is going on. Even if we are in for Kone he will still not be the main target. I do know that for a fact.

  • 133 King Arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Oi secret sausage where are you its d-day today as you put it!!

  • 134 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Kone would be a good option because he can hold the ball up. Something that we badly need.

    Absolutely no chance of Ba coming back like.
    My bets on him going to West Ham or Fulham.
    Think he’ll stay in London if he goes anywhere.

  • 135 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    If he is Shola’s replacement, 5 million is a lot for us to spend on a third choice striker who has been nothing better than average in his entire career. Especially if we are talking about spending more on another striker, just won’t happen.

    Rather get a genuine goalscorer who can play then someone who can chip in with a few and not much more. We have Goofy for that.

    Anyway, no real need to discuss it, the lad said when Martinez left he would love to play for him again, so that is where he will end up.

  • 136 King Arfa // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Ah speak of the devil and he shall appear!

  • 137 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    take it mike and use the full amount to reduce the loan to yourself from 130 mill to mmm… 130 mill . Brill!

  • 138 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    So we’ll get a couple of seasons out of a striker approaching 30, who’ll sit on our bench for the majority of the time (nor compliment Cisse should he partner him) not possessing the quality to push Cisse for his starting spot, costing us £5m – he encapsulates the word journeyman. Would be a complete waste of our limited resources, in my eyes and would be a signing I doubt given Carr’s blessing, which would be a shift in the wrong direction.

    You only have to look at his stats alongside Shola’s, posted above, recognising the majority of his goals came in Holland, where he didn’t even manage 1 in 2, when the norm for quality STs in that league is usually 1 in 1, to see he’s substandard; or haven’t I lowered my bar to the mid-table mediocrity we’re set on? Oops, my bad, I’ll do it now – KONE IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO ACHIEVE OUR AMBITIONS! HOWAY KONE!

  • 139 Tinman - Pardwho? // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I dont see how people can compare Kone to Shola. They are almost two opposites, one relies on mobility the other relies on strength….

    Kone is fast, direct and skillful. Isnt that the sort of player we were looking out for? Fair enough he is not in the PEA class, but he is still a decent signing IMO.

    Bring him in then we have Gouffran, Kone, Cisse, Campbell and Shola (if he stays) to play up front. In addition I think Pardew has experimented with Vuckic and HBA as a Striker when we are extremely short.

    That would mean we could hopefully go for a out and out winger.

  • 140 Ginger // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Bloody hell Sunderland are signing far too many players at once.

    But 30 million for Cabaye would be excellent. Doubt we’ll get anywhere near that though, more towards the 20 mark if anything.

  • 141 south coast toon // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    i like kone good replacement for shola, bloody strong, now go get bentekee, lukca,bony and ba lol

  • 142 Rotonda heights // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Joe Blog

    I like Kone but I think we should stick to our buying youth policy. We should just ignore Pardew’s wishes for older players to cover up his poor tactics.

  • 143 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    So three strikers with poor historical goalscoring records, one kid, and a finisher who had an off season last year. Plus 2 undoubtedly talented players who have never contributed consistently over a full season and aren’t actually strikers.

    We should book that open top bus now…..

  • 144 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM


    Precisely. Salutations to your soberness of thought. I think a lot of fans are panicking, despite not been even a week into the window, so will take anybody.

    Imagine on deadline day if we still haven’t signed a striker? “I’ll take Dean Windass, give him 50k a week to come out of retirement!”, “How about Kanu, I reckon he could still do a job!”.

  • 145 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I’ve been checking all the leagues top scorers and I think a great option would be Stephan Kiesling.
    Another 29 year old but his goal record is immense( 27 goals last year) and we’ve been linked plenty of times.
    Built for the Premiership and a rich mans Andy Carroll.

    Other possibles I think would be great signings

    Solomon Rondon- didn’t have a great season with Ruban but has the talent and physique. Could probably get him for around 8 mill which is what Ruban played.

    Jose Altidore- has just had a great season all be it in Holland but tore Toby Alderweld and Ajax a new one. Watch his highlights he’s come on so much since he was at Hull… He’s only 23 now.
    Scored a great volley in the USAs recent win over Germany as well


  • 146 pottsclock // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I am actually interested to know where Campbell fits in to the plans. He needs more playing time to become a better player, but I just don’t think we can afford to give him that in our PL first team.
    If Campbell is in the long-term plans then getting an older player, such as a Kone, is not such a big issue provided that we’re also looking at PEA level player as well.

  • 147 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    BRING DEMBA HOME!!! People here were willing to forgive Carroll for being a money grabber. Would love Demba back and although he’s not getting any younger, we’re going for 29 year olds anyway! COME BACK DEMBA!!!!!

  • 148 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I bet Kanu still has more skill in his little toe than most mind, even though he is probably knocking on 60 years old.

  • 149 Macas // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Martinez certainly seemed to rate him…
    “We’re so pleased with Arouna. He has been a joy to work with. I have never seen a foreign player arrive in England and adapt so quickly and be able to be himself. He has shown he can cope with the physicality of the league and on top of that, he has incredible finishing ability and technical quality. We’ve been extremely blessed to have Arouna in our dressing room”

  • 150 Tinman - Pardwho? // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    It should also be taken into consideration that Kone was injured from 2007 until arguably 2010… Suffering Malaria and Cruciate Knee Ligament injuries. A period in which he scored 3 times in around 50 games.

  • 151 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM


    I agree, mate. I’d take him, like Lilo said, if we were going to get another top draw ST too, but £5m isn’t a snip in these parts, so I’m sure that would be it and what does he offer that Gouffran doesn’t?

  • 152 Mister Tuff // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    secret sausage – before being grilled you need pricking all over with a fork.

  • 153 jimmysmith // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    demba ba, you gotta be shittin’ me, he and Cisse were worse than pants in the same 11, not 5 months ago!

  • 154 GeordieInSunderland // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Are we not in danger of doing what Sunderland did and trying to take the supposed best from the relegated clubs, Larsson, Fletcher and Gardner to name three and only Fletcher has turned out to be any good.
    Would rather take Bent at that price if we had to take one as he is proven for more than one season in EPL

  • 155 PrinceMonkey // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Enough about GC scouting for more players. How would he be able to scout players when they all are sitting on a beach somewhere?! The list of targets must be complete by now and prioritised.

  • 156 kt97toonarmy // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    King arfa r u watch season 1 of justified cas if u are tell me how it relates to the toon

  • 157 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Why? If he was fit enough to play 50 games then he was fit enough to score…. Lots of players get injured, they recover then play. Or, they don’t recover and they don’t play…

  • 158 Macas // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Joe Blog – Gouffran is Mr. Average, has decent pace but not much else. Every time I saw Kone last season he looked a real threat

  • 159 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Don’t think anybody wants over the hill players like.

    But to dismiss every player who was nearing 28 or over because they have no re-sale value was the biggest load of bollox ever.

    I’m all for signing young players, but you need experienced players too.

  • 160 Sazzer // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Love the choices of music to this video of Darren Bent:

    All the right friends in all the right places
    So yeah, we’re going down, they got
    All the right moves and all the right faces
    So yeah, we’re going down

    Between the noise you hear and the sound you like
    Are we just sinking in the ocean of faces?

    Everybody knows, everybody knows where were going
    Yeah, we’re going down, they said
    Everybody knows, everybody knows where were going
    Yeah, we’re going down

  • 161 check the toastie // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    As much as this Kone stuff might be made up, would have him over Bent anyday of the week, works hard and joins in, plus gives us real pace up front would be a sound buy.

    Hope Kinnear gets rid of Shola next.

    Super super super Joe. Super Joe, Super Joe.


  • 162 Tinman - Pardwho? // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    A lot of those appearances were as a sub as well. He also went out on loan twice, it takes games to settle into a new squad. 3 of the clubs he played for were in the botton half at the time. It can take years to fully recover from malaria.

    I’m not saying he is the answer to all of our problems, but he has played fairly well in the PL in a relegated team. Scoring near enough the same amount as our top dog. He would definitely be a good addition to the squad.

    He has real pace, he works his socks off, he isnt afraid to run at defenders and he knows how to score a goal or two in the EPL.

    Maybe 5 million is too much. Yes we would probably still need backup for Cisse. But at least Kone can cover either wing or play as the lone striker in the EPL.

    To be honest mate, I was just getting a bit peeved that people are quoting his goalscoring record willy nilly and comparing him to Shola without looking at him in a bit more detail. IMO he would be far more useful to us than Bent.

  • 163 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    I would love Ba and Remy personally.

    People talking about a rape case please tell me when a player was last convicted of it?

    Its totally wrong but it is really hard to prove, and hard to get evidence unless actual footage was taken at the time.

    Its a disgrace if he has done it, but also remember some people are easy target, I.e premier league footballers and celebrities. I am not saying he didn’t do it, but the likelyhood he will get off is very high.

    Bramble was given 3 rape cases and managed to avoid a guilty sentence 3 occasions, yet his brother didn’t.

    Money talks unfortunately. Something if Remy did do, can walk away from as he has money.

    A deal for Remy 7-9million is a bargain, look at his goals for QPR a team on its death bed in terms of top flight football. Its 1 in 2 games pretty much, and he can play on the wing.

    He also has the ability to outrun players with pace a trickery.

    As for Ba £7m, well actually £3.5m when removing what we received on his sale is not a bad deal. Just this time remove the clause, and we never paid anything for him originally so £7m for his services is actually a cracking deal.

    If only though

    Remy 8m
    Ba 7m

    Obertan 1.5m
    Shola 500k
    Gosling 1m
    Ryan Taylor 1m

    Net Spend 11m!

    BUT lets be honest wont happen!

    We would have a very strong forward line from that! With Remy Cisse Ba.

    ——————– Krul —————–
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Colo – Santon
    ———— Sissoko – Tiote ———–
    Ben Arfa —– Cabaye —— Remy
    ——————— Ba ——————

    1. Elliot
    2. Haidara
    3. STaylor
    4. Anita
    5. Gouffran
    6. Maveraux
    7. Cisse

  • 164 JackButler // Jul 4, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Kone would be a massive upgrade on Shola, he has pace, works hard and score’s goals but he cannot be the only striker in through the door

  • 165 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Wolves are after Shane Ferguson for £1.5M, anyone else seen this?

  • 166 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM


    There is NO WAY, you could by BA for £7m

  • 167 JackButler // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Reports on why Simpson left was because he was the lowest paid player in the first team on 15k a week while Williamson is on a staggering 40k a week

  • 168 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    He is a striker whose goalscoring record is comparable to Shola. Shola has also had plenty of injuries that he hasn’t fully recovered from, and many appearances were as sub. You will see I used minutes played, rather than games as I noted both had been subs a lot.

    You never fully recover from Malaria, you can relapse at any time, so I find that more of a negative then using it as an excuse.

    How much do you think we will spend? £5million on a 3rd choice striker who will be of use maybe 2/3 years? I’m not saying he doesn’t have good attributes, and I would prefer him to Bent, but honestly, I wouldn’t be overly excited by either.

  • 169 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    richyg01, send him off. Too small and unfortunately not fast enough or skillful enough to make up for this.

  • 170 fatman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM


    Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years on Friday after being found guilty of raping a woman who was “too drunk to consent.”

    Evans, 23, had been accused of raping a 19-year-old woman during an incident at a North Wales hotel in May last year while two friends attempted to record the incident on a mobile phone.

    His co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was found not guilty of the same charge following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.

    Read more:

  • 171 geordie157 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Notice that all the siem de jong and wijnaldum links have gone very quiet.

    Would be content with kone coming in, but would still want another striker and a winger.

  • 172 Bearsize // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Kone not that bad. What i noticed when seeing him play is he can hold ball up well and bring others into play. Can run channels also something we have been lacking. Rather kone than bent!

  • 173 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM


    Reports? From the player or just more media $hit stirring?

  • 174 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:08 PM


    Him holding the ball up for Benny or Cisse to come on to would be great, we had poor links between midfield and upfront last season

  • 175 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Yeah okay fair enough you make some decent points. In an ideal world we would sign him for 3m and keep him as 2/3rd choice depending on performances. Then we remember our current situation with Ashley, Kinnear and Pards, and I think your probably right. Save that 5m and look elsewhere. We probably will, since we do sign 1 in 20 of the players we are linked with.

  • 176 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Can someone tell me how we are so sure that

    1- Shola is leaving… Has something been said?

    2- we’re getting 2 strikers?

    Everyone seems pretty sure just wondered where its coming from.

    Fingers crossed

  • 177 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    It would also be worth noting Remy has NOT been charged as of yet. Merely investigated!

    According to BBC Reports!

  • 178 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    If Willamson is on 40k a week, he isn’t going anywhere.
    I wouldn’t go anywhere either.

    There’s no way he’s getting that wage at Cardiff.

  • 179 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    @176, there were ‘reports’ that Shola was considering his future due to lack of first team or starting opportunities.

  • 180 JackButler // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM


    Have no idea if they are true or not, most likely more BS from the press

  • 181 tequilamag // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Belfast there is no way he is getting that wage at Newcastle.

  • 182 Macas // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Jack Butler – Williamson isn’t on £40k

  • 183 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I would let Fergy go for 1.5m if we managed to buy someone in replacement. He is primarily used on the wing, but I prefer all our other wide players over him. He’s too small for PL he just doesn’t come across as a good enough player. Shame though cos he can cross a ball.

    Accept it! That’s 2m of Remy paid for!

    And I think you could buy back Ba for 7m if he is surplus to requirements at Chelsea. He’s 29 with a suspect knee! If they want to continue paying him 80k to sit there, which he will if Cavani comes! I mean Torres 50m, Lukaku 20m and Cavani 55m

    Catn see Ba getting on the bench can you?

  • 184 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Regarding Remy,
    Wouldnt want a player who has turned us down due too money previously. He is currently in trouble with the police. ‘Yeah EPL footballers are often easy targets for ‘victims” Maybe this is true, but you have to accept the players are either stupid, ignorant, troublesome or guilty.
    Quality player – attitude stinks – stay away

    Ba, well it didnt work last time with Cisse, is that really going to change? See definition of Insanity.
    I imagine he had a big wage increase when he went to Chelsea, are we going to pay that? No.
    Is he going to want to come back with his tail between his legs? Probably not.
    Will he be wanted by another club playing in Europe? Definitely.

  • 185 JackButler // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM


    It’s most probably more press BS

  • 186 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I’d be shocked if he’s on that wage Tequila.

    But if he’s on 40 grand a week he wont be going anywhere.

  • 187 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Willaimson is not even on 20k a week!

    We signed him in the Championship season and he has not signed a new contract since!

    He will be on 10kish I would assume give or take a few grand!

    He was hardly setting the world alight before coming to us, he probably was on the same, or less!

  • 188 LooneyToon41 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    @Pawl 163 and 177.
    “People talking about a rape case please tell me when a player was last convicted of it?”

    – Ched Evans, Sheffield Utd – got 5 years last April.

    .. though i take your point, it is difficult to prove. Regardless, i am not happy signing any player under such circumstances.

  • 189 hadthetshirt // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    @9 I would rather have that deal than any of the others mentioned on here.Sadly he seems to have his heart set on liverpool.

  • 190 geordie157 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Was it kinnear that offered shola his current contract? At most other prem clubs he’d have been sold years ago. A mackem slayer yes, but I’ve never thought of shola as a premier league quality striker.

  • 191 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    I looked at the last report of this rape charge and he hasn’t been charged as of yet.

    The police arrested and enquired the statement from the lawyer said he had no been charged.

    “Our client denies the claim that has been made. Our client is not able to make any further comment in relation to this matter.”

    It added he “has not been charged with any offence”.

    That’s from BBC website.

  • 192 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM


    Couldnt agree more, would feel very uncomfortable, any offer coming in offering bigger wages, he would be away.

  • 193 RooneyToons // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    So all of a sudden he’s unhappy after playing 35 games last season the most he’s played in 6 years.

    Sounds unfounded to me especially at his age….
    He’ll stay for at least a year surely.

    He’s a great servant but we need quality back up.
    Let’s hope I’m wrong ey

  • 194 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Judging by Williamsons clobber when I have seen him out in the toon, he aint getting paid that much.
    To be fair to him, he did take the ‘your clucking sh!te’ and ‘p!ss off to the championship’ comments pretty well.

  • 195 richyg01 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM


    Shola must have some dirt on someone somewhere that he is blackmailing them in order to stay with us, I cant see why else or what else managers see in him, everyone who has come and gone has wanted him.

  • 196 pawl250 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    By the way I am not in anyway condoning rape.

    If he has been proved of doing so he should be sacked and no longer allowed to play professional football!

    He is meant to be a professional role model! Its simply unacceptable!

  • 197 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Willamson did sign a new deal in our first season back in the premiership.

  • 198 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    richyg, thats classic, made me chuckle that did.

  • 199 Belfast // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Hughton was manager at the time.

  • 200 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Belfast, indeed he did.

    It is however hard to find information on how much he actually gets. I am seeing figures from various different sources ranging from 15k-40k. Obviously Iron Mike is fairly coy about it.

  • 201 Tubai // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I hope its true, but we need another young striker along with a fast paced winger

  • 202 stretchintoon // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Id prefer kone over bent…& cisse for that matter.

  • 203 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    He signed an extension at the same time as a 19 year old Nile Ranger. Who was reported to be ‘buzzing’

  • 204 tom68 // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    If we are going to start buying older players with PL experience then I would put an offer in for Berbatof like a shot. I would have gone for him before he went to Fulham as I think he would be perfect alongside Cisse as long as a couple of wide men were brought in.
    He is apparently a big NUFC fan as well and what an upgrade on Shola he would be.

  • 205 Tinman // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    tom68, would be a great signing, probably happy to end his career at Fulham, but I dont know.

    On another note, just because he played for Fulham doesnt mean you have to start calling him a ‘toff’

  • 206 Mister Tuff // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    We all might be guilty of remaining in dreamland despite reality at times.
    On Remy –
    Good footballer -no doubt about that.
    Pulled a dirty trick on Ashley -viz the kidnap by Dirty Harry. (will not be forgotten).
    Innocent until proved guilty.

    Remy along with two others is on police bail until an unknown date in September. Upon his return to the cop shop he could be charged, further bailed to continue enquiries or released with no further action being taken.
    The transfer window this summer ends at 11pm on 2.9.13.
    Bearing in mind the date of his return to the cop shop is not known -but is in September -it is most likely AFTER the window closes. Anybody trying to put a bid in before the window closes could be throwing their money away.
    Having a “party” with a couple of your mates being there to observe proceedings – well I need to say no more – i would not be surprised that the cops are checking their phones for dodgy images. But who knows – interest in him would cause too much trouble – and you would have to buy a replacement in the off chance he is sent to jail -non starter for me.

  • 207 Bambams // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Reading all the comment’s clearly shows ….

    We have no idea what is going on with our club !

    To expand on this we ;
    1. Have ‘NO’ idea who our targets are
    2. No idea who we are releasing
    3. No idea who is in charge of transfer selection
    4. No idea if Ash is trying to sell the club

    In a nutsell…We are in the dark being fed nothing with substance.


  • 208 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Apparently Bayern want between around £15m for Gomez. Oh how I wish we had an owner with genuine aspirations to challenge the top 4 – he’d be a duck to water in this league.

    Probably end up in some cruddy league, like the Turkish or Russian, on whopping wages.

  • 209 Joe Blog // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Was going to say *between 10-15m

  • 210 Sack Llambias // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Experience of the league but no re sale value. Spurs are likely to be looking to re coup because of their prosed signings . As well as Defoe there’s Huddlestone who would be an ideal replacement for Cabaye. I am hoping Yo is going nowhere for at least another season though because last season he was not fully fit often when playing.

  • 211 Rooster // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    I heard AP mention just the other day that it was not ever said we would not sign experienced players, this Kone deal has been in the pipeline for a while me thinks, i like the lad, hes dirrct and has decent pace, and scores good goals, massive step up from wor shola, even though he wull be harder to shift then curry of a white shirt ha ha, if it is the start of our buying im happy with it without doubt.

  • 212 Sazzer // Jul 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I rather have us go for both Rhodes and Austin.

    Trade one for:
    Shola and Vuckic (loan) and 1-3 m £ package one.

    Campbell (loan) and Ferguson 1-3 m £ package two.

    then sell/trade Obertan+Amalfitano and get Boudebouz

    Gosling/Abeid for Hughes 1-3 m £.

    Perch out – Ler Fer in.

    Maybe –
    Willo out – one of Kouyate, Oboabona, Sané in.

    With Kinnear negotiation skills *wink * it would probably amount to less than got invested in January.

    If we still need another winger. Then sell whoever is underperforming and buy one in January.

  • 213 FrankfurtMag // Jul 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    If we were in for him then surely it would’ve been included in the Perchinho transfer. If we are in for him and he wasn’t used as part of that deal, then serious questions need to be asked about the conduct of the “Transfer Team” whoever that may be.

  • 214 derekm // Jul 4, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Now things seem to fit – Perch to Wigan for a cut price fee in return for blowing Everton out of negotiations and accepting a cut price deal for Kone – makes sense.

  • 215 croftus5678 // Jul 4, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    @lilong in the prem kone is worth 20 goals inc assists
    and for a player that plays a link striker and not a main striker that aint all that bad (persoanly i have no idea how you can even think of comparing him to shola as i’m pretty sure you could pick any game last season where either of them played and compare them)
    the lad in his defence can play for 90mins and adds a hell of a lot more to the team than shola can dream of !

    but yes i think we need a main goalscorer and not one to partner cisse and our options are getting worse by the day for that.

  • 216 paul24 // Jul 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I knew it seemed too good to be true when they said they where after PEA and Bony. Guess its buisness as usual next season.

  • 217 arctoa // Jul 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM reported that Shola was considering an offer from the middle-east, and they usually only publish anything when there’s credence to it.

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