England Striker’s Fee Reduced – But Still Too High


Aston Villa have told Darren Bent, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland that they will not be training with the first team, and also will not be part of their summer camp, presumably in an effort to get them to new clubs as quickly as possible, since all three are on very high wages at Villa, and were hardly used by manager Paul Lambert last season.

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Darren Bent – price reduced to £6M according to reports

And news today that Aston Villa, surprised there has not been much interest for 29 year-old Darren Bent at his £8M asking price, are said to be willing to reduce the price by £2M – a 25% reduction.

While that’s getting closer to the amount Newcastle would probably be willing to pay for the England striker, it’s still too much, and Newcastle will have to hope Villa just want Bent off their wage bill.

Darren is said to be getting £75K/week, after what has turned to be a poor deal they reached with Sunderland in January two years ago, when they paid anywhere from £18 to £24M for the player.

We don’t think Newcastle will be willing to pay £6M, but maybe Newcastle can go in with an initial bid of say £3M, and see what Villa’s response is, and since the player has no future at the club, that weakens Villa’s negotiating position.

In our poll 62% think that Darren would be a good buy for £5M, but we think Newcastle want to pay less than that.

Should Newcastle Pay Out £5M For Darren Bent?

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We’ll have to wait and see how the situation develops, and we would assume at a decent price and decent wages, Newcastle would be willing to take the experienced Bent as a second striker this summer.

But Newcastle also need to bring in a top striker, and since we lost out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, we would assume that Newcastle would try to bring somebody like Loic Remy to the club this summer.

And there have been reports in France, as we reported earlier this morning that Newcastle are interested in Remy, and have already tabled a bid, according to le10sport.com.

And we should finally hear from manager Alan Pardew tomorrow, as the nufcTV interview he gave yesterday will be released, and it will be interesting to see what Alan has to say about things – like Joe Kinnear for example.

And finally, it was great to see Scot Andy Murray become the first British player to win Wimbledon, since Fred Perry won the last his three consecutive titles back in 1936 – an amazing 77 years ago.

The only thing we heard when growing up was that Fred Perry was the last Brit to win Wimbledon, so that one has finally been put to bed.

And Andy beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, and that final game was something to behold – I had to reach for the bucket and sponge when it was finally over. 😀

Both players in today’s final are terrific sportsmen, and a credit to the game of tennis.

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79 comments so far

  • OwenNUFC

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t pay any more than 4M for Bent

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    bent looks better value now he would make a great replacement for shola – well done andy the scots are great at tennis who knew! haha

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  • toonking

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #3

    repost
    indian you can’t put masses of blame on them both it has to be aimed at one or the other.

    it works like this
    if we aim the blame at pardew then we must have a very good team so then Ashley doesn’t need that many players all he has to do is avoid selling what we have he has did most of the time apart from carroll. with remy last January he probably thought himself it was certain remy was joining.

    if you blame Ashley well any manager will not do that well because they will be too concerned on weather or not they should risk a player also ones like ba a manager would do what ever the player wants just so he stands less chance of loosing him.
    the way it works is owners and scout give the manager the resources he needs to get a team.
    football in general is now a buissess.

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  • fog on the tyne

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Why is 6m for a proven premiership goalscorer too much. Personally i think it’d be a terrific piece of business if we can get him for that on about 50k a week. I reckon him and cisse would thrive on each other.

    Heard last week he was close to havinv medical, however i longer believe that, but hoping that we can pull the deal off.

    Torq have you heard owt about de jong yet? Heard rumblings on friday he was keen to come and jfk was talking to club, but not sure what i believe lately as feel let down by my man in last couple of weeks!!!

    Onwards and upwards!!

    Keep the faith!!!!

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  • pawl250

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Any news on Remy, De Jong?

    Talks both in “advanced” talks? This true?

    Shout it out boys and girls, won’t hold you to what you have heard aslong as you aren’t making it up yourself!

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  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #6

    A close friend has told me that Joe’s gonna bid for Murray and he’s convinced Ashley to stump up whatever it takes to get him over the line.

    Oh ye of little faith!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Most people don’t have a problem with Bent coming in. The worry is that he is Ba’s replacement. I would be more thn happy with these four strikers for next season since we are not in Europe:

    Cisse, Remy, Bent, Gouffran and Campbell as fith.

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #8

    lesh

    joe coached murray as a kid 😉

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    Is no one bothered by the fact he used to play for the mackems? I want a new striker as much as the next guy but I’d hate to see us picking at the scum’s scraps.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    BPC

    Gouffran is an alternative winger, but lets be honest

    Cisse, De Jong, Bent, Remy, Campbell

    Looks alot more appealing, although again De Jong can be an alternative centre attacking midfielder.

    Would be chuffed if we could get Remy and De Jong but that is blind hope!

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Wolf

    I agree mate, get Bent in cheap and on wages Shola is on, guessing 35/40 grand ish. He certainly knows better than Shola where the onion bag is. Don’t think we’ll see Shola go until someone comes in unlike the surplus midfielders that have gone/are going.
    Still can’t believe we did nothing to get Dries Mertens – 45 goals and 41 assists in 86 games for PSV. And he cost Napoli 9.5 million Euros.
    A natural winger, we’ve certainly missed a trick there!

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  • toon kk

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Its horrible to say but it’s hard to have any hope or faith in Newcastle at the moment. If MA doesn’t care, JK and Pardew aren’t upto there jobs, our team are sluggish there’s not alot to get excited about.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #13

    @ Pawl

    Just because Pardew plays him there doesn’t mean he is a winger. Just because he has pace isn’t an excuse to play him there. He was Bordeaux’s number one guy and played the lone man in a 4-2-3-1 a lot for them.

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  • vibroguy

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Wish foll would stop banging on about Remy. He’s not worth a penny until this rape conviction is resolved. Last thing we need is to sign him then he gets sent down. FFS we just got rid of the clusterf**k that was Ranger

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    For those who say there are too many doomsayers on here and other blogs I would say there is an obvious reason for that. We can only go on what has happened to the club. Finished 16th last season with a side that looked out of shape and disorganized and in several cases downright defeated. Three home losses in a row to end the season, two of them horror shows. Lack of ambition at the top leading to the hiring of another old crony, Kinnear. No transfer activity early in the window which would have given the supporters some hope and optimism. Nothing but bollocks from Kinnear and nothing at all from Pardew. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

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  • scout

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #16

    6 million is for nowt, does he think its a car boot sale. I said before with our midfield bent would get minimum 15 goals in the premiership alone. Get some of ya golf ball money spent

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  • scout

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #17

    The scums scraps lol
    He went to villa for 20 million or something stupid like that, the lad needs a fresh start and he loves the toon

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #18

    That’s why Remy on the left of a 4-3-3 is perfect IMO. if you watch videos of him he can beat people with skill and pace. I don’t think I have seen Gouffran front his man up and go past him yet.

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Remy and de jong ARE both in advanced talks. I know that for certain.

    This being football, anything can happen, but I think we spent a lot of time researching what may, or may not happen with Loic remy and his case. There’s all this talk of a rape charge, he has NOT been charged!! He was bailed pending enquiry. Could be charged in Sept, BUT could also be sent away without charge.

    This move is not as straight forward as bidding an amount, agreeing terms and signing a player. Does take time.

    Siem – a move here suits him, and suits the club, the Money is a good amount being spoken about, and is value for money.

    Will they come, I hope, and sometimes THINK they will, but will also add the disclaimer that knowing this is NOT my job, so I stand every chance of being wrong. 🙂

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  • scout

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #20

    It a miracle we stayed up with Jonas in the team providing crosses. I do rib cisse about his offsides, but imagine him in a team with good service he’d get 30 a season. I remember someone saying if shearer had signed for man.u he would have scored 50 goals in a premiership season haha

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #21

    At risk of sounding like a fanatic like Kets, Austin is signing for Hull for £4.5m pending his medical tomorrow, really reminds of a certain Mr Shearer, particularly the way he strikes a ball, his instinct for just getting it out of his feet and thumping it and his prowess in the air – http://youtu.be/KCDVsfVofSM

    Would be much preferable to an also-ran Bent (Austin has a better record in the Championship/Div 1 than Bent ever managed.), we’re too late though and plainly not interested.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #22

    So the price is beginning to come down on Bent. That will play right into Ashley’s hands. He’ll try a lowball offer through Kinnear of 3-4 M pounds. At that price it would be worth the risk if we’re not going to pursue anyone better. Not a great way to run a club but par for the course for us. Personally I would rather try Kimtoon’s idea of getting Remy on loan until his case is over and then seeking a permanent deal if things work out.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #23

    BPC
    Aye mate, Gouffy is not a winger and if we persist and play him there we will be just repeating mistakes of last season. He’s a back up striker really.
    I think the majority agree that 433 is our best formation so they must be after players who comfortably fit this system. If not they must all be gone in the pea heed!

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  • scout

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Thanks for the vid, didn’t realise he was only 24
    He seems to bang them in for fun, 4.5 million and cheap wages no doubt we have missed the boat there. Very quick rise from non league probably puts them off, I’d take a chance

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #25

    who are Remy and De Jong in advanced talks with? With us? Havent seen anything on twitter or other sites :S or is it just some ITK

    If it was with us and they came I’d be over the moon.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #26

    TORQ

    Are Siem and Remy In talks with anyone wlse

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #27

    O just saw torqs post xD. dont mind me asking, but how do you get this info? would be delighted if they both came

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #28

    torq-good evening buddy.
    nice to see some optimism on the blog again.i know remy is not everyone’s cup of tea but this lad would definitely guarantee 15+goals a season. and like your good self stated , loic has not been actually charged and could walk away free to play the upcoming season
    on de jong has there not been any enquiry for a double deal to tie in alderweireld from ajax

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #29

    😆 Just searched ‘Charlie Austin Shearer’ and lo and behold, he cites Shearer as his childhood hero and favourite player, no wonder he plays in a similar style – I’ve got a good eye 😉

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #30

    tbf dont think alderwierld will come here. Colo+mbiwa will want to start and are good enough (if mbiwa plays up to form) all ready have williamson and Staylor pushing, AP cant promise alderwierld what he will want. 1st team football.

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Shay Givens still at Villa? Christ man bloke should never of left us in hindsight

    Bent is more of a merc than Ba and people used that stock to beat him with once problems with the team appeared. Am not fussed on Bent we have Cisse and I think they would be terrible playing together so I don’t think spending the money on him is worth it, plus his age and wages are not beneficial to Newcastle imo

    Remy I’d happily have if innocent though everyone seems to be sticking him on the wing (where id want him) but he wants to play the striker role.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Torq,

    I wish i was certain you’re certain!
    Am i right in thinking we have been after De Jong in the past? That must be a plus for us when he makes his decision as he knows we’ve been keen on and been following him for a while.
    I’d also take a gamble on Remy, innocent until proven guilty and all that. Obviously add some contract safeguards in case he ends up doin bird! I’m not concerned about what happened with Remy in January as the QPR people obviously turned his mind.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #33

    I don’t think we’ve been in talks with anyone yet. MA is clearly not happy with parting with his cash. I think he’s hoping we’ll manage.

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  • toonking

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #34

    scout
    knowing Jonas was our only MF who attempted to use the width it’s all the more reason that we need wingers.
    no matter what the formation is a team still need players who cross the ball which is what we do not have.

    Jonas- he has past his best before date now.
    HBA all he was doing most of last year was running into the middle
    obatan is just no good
    marvo seems to mimic HBA.

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Jazzy – Would love that to happen mate. But I suspect alderwield would want a so-called bigger club than us, having already touted himself to Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea in the past 12months.

    Toontime – just very fortunate in my job to hear bits and pieces here and there. As I say, nothing is gospel and I’ve never claimed anything to he so, but I just pass on info that I know is direct from source.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Just pay it and stop pussy footing around.

    We’ll probably sign him 1 hour before the deadline knowing the way Ashley operates.

    For 4.9 million.

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  • t00ntime

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #37

    @torq ok, hope what u heard is right.
    Would love remy here, and De Jong would be a nice bonus, though I do wonder where he will play.
    If we do 4-3-3 thats 3CMs tiote, cabaye, sissoko, anita, De Jong, bigi all wud want to play there.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #38

    If we got De Jong and Remy with another winger and most of the dead wood gone I would be very happy with the transfer window

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #39

    toonking
    I here ya loud and clear regarding Jonas my friend.
    I thought for most of last season Jonas was a liability and although a good workhorse , offers little as an attacking force

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  • soap

    Jul 7, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Honda is available from CSKA. Pure class at this summers Confederations.
    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11863/8812019/Transfer-news-AC-Milan-Everton-target-Keisuke-Honda-for-sale-at-right-price

    And maybe a sneaky bid for Miyaichi from Arsenal to join him . Impressed me while at Bolton, has more pace and tact than Obertan. And he’s “homegrown.”

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