Newcastle Linked With Irish International Winger

Newcastle were first interested in Aiden McGeady when he was just 22 years old back in 2008, when he was still at Celtic, and at that time he was a very promising young winger.

Aiden Mcgeady Spartak Moscow

Aiden McGeady – in action for Spartak Moscow

And there is news in the Daily Mail today that Everton are prepared to pay £6M for the now transfer-listed Spartak Moscow winger, and the report suggests Newcastle may be interested.

We were certainly interested in McGeady when he was younger, but he’s now 27, and that’s right on the limit as far as his age goes, of players Mike Ashley wants to bring to Newcastle.

But he’s British, having been born in Denny, Scotland, but electing to play for Ireland at International level,  and he’s played 60 times with two goals for Ireland.

McGeady wants to play in England’s top league, and he hads said this a little while ago:

“I have ambitions to play in England and have made it clear I won’t be signing a new contract.”

The Spartak Moscow General Director is Roman Askhabadze, and he says the Russian club are willing to listen of offers for the Scot, who has played in Russia for three seasons:

“Spartak is ready to consider any proposal for the player. If it is interesting for us from a financial point of view, we will begin negotiations with the club.”

Everton and Sunderland have shown interest in signing McGeady, and Sunderland were said to be after him five years ago when Newcastle were interested.

Spartak paid Celtic £9.5M for the winger three years ago, and the 5’11” tall player appeared 80 times with 12 goals and 25 assists for the Moscow club.

While at Celtic he played 252 with 37 goals and 83 assists.

But we think Newcastle were put into the report almost as an afterthought by the Mail, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle are really interested in this player.

We’d like to see 23 year-old Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair come to Newcastle, and he’s four years younger, has already proved at Swansea that he can play well in the Premier League, and we should be able to get for less than £6M.


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48 comments so far

  • foggonridiculous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    @ wolfshead…


    obviously our loss would be Sardinia’s gain…

    ..or is it the other way around…? 🙂

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2


    From 3 threads ago. Are you my twin !!!! Spot on all the way through


    wanyama is going to southampton for 12.5M

    Had your really heard of either him or Fer 2/3 years ago?

    Everyone is a gamble. you give some examples that have been failures in the eredivisie but then advocate Siem de Jong but there are no guarantees with him either.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Having a rat placed in a bucket clamped over his bum then heated with a bunsen burner is too good for Ashley.

  • Slank

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    No thank you. Everton can have him.

  • Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Jul 12, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    60 Games with 2 goals for Ireland? Even worse winger record than Jonas surely?

  • Slank

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Although I wouldn’t want him but should a winger be judged by the goals he has scored?

  • DevonToon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    Pawl @23 from the other post.. Well uv just gone along with what i said, great starting line up and a few decent options of the bench. We have a history of injuries, and several sick notes in the group of players mentioned. When all s##t hit the fans and we had injurys going out our a##es the rest of our “great” squad where useless

  • wolfshead@toon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8


    lol 🙂

  • leazes upper ( moved to the gallowgate )

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Id rather have sinclair or just play goofy/marv/fergie and spend the money on the striker we’ve needed for the last year

  • Dannyo

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Wow, I wasn’t aware he had such an amount of assists. That’s a pretty big number tbh.

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #11


    I dont advocate anyone, De Jong will have to prove his worth, he is just a cheaper more versatile option.

    He can play in midfield and striker. He has a good header, and movement. I feel EPL would suit him, but its not guaranteed.

    RVW and Bony are in the same mold, good prospects but could easily flop Alves like.

    Wanyama was a good player, I knew about him. I feel out of all the “big” signings so far made he will probably do his fee justice with his physicality alone. As for Fer, well I just do not know, again knew about him a while back, but always had my doubts.

    I still think De Jong would be a better option as he is more versatile and attacking.

    Fer, has the Vieira mold but Sissoko is a better player in my opinion of the same type of player.

    We will see, but I have never said anyone is advocated until proven otherwise.

  • Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12


    To be fair you have a point not necessarily just based on goals scored, but two in 60 is nothing to set the world on fire. McGeady is a brilliant dribbler from what i have seen of him in Europe and some internationals so this figure threw me a bit!

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13


    That occurs for ANY team though. Outisde Man City, Man Utd who can afford to have a 100k a week player benchwarming we all have average squad players.

    We had the same team the season before with less injuries, so I suppose its more down to luck if anything, number of games perhaps.

    Either way I do not think it will be as bad as last season, I mean it was pretty unique, I have never seen a case like it.

    I will be surprised, you have to think we will always have the Gosling, RTaylor like player who is a squad player filling a role, but we should never be in a situation like last season as stated unique were we needed to replace half the squad, then the majority of our back up squad players.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Our club is officially a JOKE

    JOKE innear

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #15

    On topic.

    This is just another guess by Ed, no rumor or even speculation.

    I also don’t feel he will improve us long term (2-4 seasons).

  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #16

    I am normally a placid calm sort of guy not driven to writing on the blog… just reading the amusing comments but alas I feel I have to say something albeit brief. Where are our transfers… clubs with half our gate and prestige have been signing quality players see for instance swansea who just signed the Dutch player of the year for £12 million … a snip I feel for such quality. There appears no rhyme or reason to the policy bar one of a pound stretcher shopper in that you may find the odd gem but some stuff is overpriced even at a quid!

    Hey ho

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17


    Was it you who said it like two articles ago?

    It was not funny then, it really is not funny now. Just for future reference.

    It also not the first time I have heard it.

  • Nedders

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Tis tough being a Magpie – football fans will never support a team based on Jan-Dec financial plans, but that’s the way our business is run. I looked at a “transfer table” and we’re bottom, with no players in. The sods didn’t even take Kemen into account, in spite of the fact Sunderland’s “7” contained Ba and some bloke from Altrincham. So we do have one, albeit a young ‘un. But if you add that to January and accept that, as a business owned by Ashley, we do transfers annually, not seasonally, then we’ve actually brought 7 players to the club. That puts us 5th of all Prem clubs. There’s little doubt we’ll add more, but every rumour thus far has had no truth in it. McGeady’s no different – the one thing we have really struggled with is goals, either from forwards or from midfield. Something McGeady doesn’t offer. A better bet for this blog would be to maybe have a stronger opinion on what is clearly a nonsense rumour.

  • Slank

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19


    I don’t know how many goals Beckham scored in open play for ManU but I would suspect his assists were pretty high and he couldn’t dribble or had much pace.

    Jonas is not flavour of the month with many but he does put himself about and supports his fullback. But you are correct as it all depends upon what the manager wants the winger to do. With Ben Arfa you would never want him to hug the touchline. You would want him to go where ever he pleases, but that wouldn’t be the case with Jonas. Horses for Courses

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Further thoughts on Llambias fall out. Clearly spending has to be sustainable if we are to seriously compete with the top sides and Llambias missed out on a key transfer cycle last summer. His
    manipulation of the cycle helped the financial position for accounting purposes but let down Manager and players .

    The dramatic fall in motivation of a number of players came from an apparent lack of club ambition , in no small measure it could be related to the sparse Summer transfer activity. Ashley did not immediately grasp the significance but now feels better attuned with Kinnear on board. A football person seeing value as more than just cost.

    As well as the direct benefits of phased spending it is just as important from a football perspective to work out whether the money was spent efficiently and productively. The Llambias purchase of Anita was seen as being multi purpose. Forget the quantity look at the quality. He argued that in fact the extra benefits would not be proportionate to the extra spending. The test would always be in the outcome. With a third more games it was absurd proposition.

    I suspect that the final straw was the inactivity post loss of Remy current benefits were being bought by mortgaging the future loss of tv money. The comparative benefits meant Llambias had lost the plot
    Ashley had to get involved. Pardew doubtless made the same points.

  • Slank

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Nedders @ 18

    Good points and interesting stats about transfers in the season.

    Arguably, many clubs are doing what we did six months ago. Everton for example rarely buy a lot of players in one fell swoop, partly I believe because they haven’t got the money, but they always tend to do well. Will be interesting to see whether they will do it this time under a new manager.

  • Sazzer

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew answers survey questions in chronicle today and he admits that he got tactics wrong.

  • Scottiedog

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Yes please!! + Scott Sinclair + Tom Ince!! We need to get more width into our midfield and these guys would be perfect!!

  • Slank

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24


    I think the last minute loss of Remy to QPR cost Llambias his job.

  • Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #25


    I should learn to read the whole article next time before commenting, have just seen his assist record whilst at Celtic and that is a ridiculous amount. Although SPL may not be the Premier League you can’t fault them figures!

  • wynsleap

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    McGeady – Nothing like a good winger to get us excited…. and he’s nothing like a good winger.

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #27


    Interesting his acknowledgement of that. If true, that he actually completed it.

    Should be interesting to see if he actually learnt from his ways. I feel 4-3-3 is our current best formation with out current team, but against Man City, well I can see 4-2-3-1 or more commonly known as 4-5-1.

    Nedders –

    Finally some sense. Its also worth noting over a season Aug – May we normally spend approx 20-25m on new players. Selling 5-10m, of course that does not mean it will happene again, but we have had a steady pay out 20m each season since our return to the PL.

    Its a fair comment that people demanding signings before pre season, do not see the fact we were infact signing summer targets in January, DL even pointed that out.

    Good shout, so infact we have signed players, allowed them experience and time to gel when others have not.

    Yet we are still looking to add again this window, I feel we will. I was never sure about last summer in all honesty, this season I feel we learnt our lesson.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Torq…don’t on any signings being made for a while mate!

    …the machinary is not fully operational at NUFC at the moment and Joke is on vacation! Maybe arounf August me think!

    Have news gone completely sillent where you are mate?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #29


  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30


    We need more width?

    Say we buy Sincalir, Ince were do you suspect they will play or more direct do you suspect they will get in our starting 11? They also are not renowned for tracking back therefore will not offer what our value as a team is about.

    Ben Arfa is one of the players that tries, and fails at this defensive duty. BUT you can afford to have 1 player in your team to do that, 2 will not.

    If you look at Sunderland Sesssengnon and Johnson can not really play in the same team, as they do not like to come back and defend.

    Thats why if we sign Remy we need to ensure we have the hardest working midfield possible as he will simply not track back.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    pawl…but we still need to address the Ba situation and the fact that we don’t have a real backup for Debuchy.

    If the club learned anything from the talks they had after this season it should be:

    1. We should have replaced Ba in January. Major gamble.

    2. The fringe players are not good enough

    3. The youngsters need more experience

    This things need to be fixed this season. If they don’t take this serious how can we take them as our leaders serious?

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #32

    Also what is width without a target man these days? Cisse heading conversion is appalling ….

    We have no real target to aim for these days. I feel our best football will be to work down opposition with pass and movement.

    Depends if players are willing to adopt that style of play, because right now it wouldn’t seem so!

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Debuchy has cover –

    Santon can play right back, he is right footed, Haidara slots in right back.

    Tavernier, although not amazing is a squad back up player. Mbiwa can play right back as seen many occasions. As can Anita, a role he seen in Ajax on the left, I cannot see why he could not adopt a makeshift right back.

    I agree we need a out and out right back in the mold of Haidara, but its not as important as strikers right now.

    We need to get 2 through the door before the window shuts.

  • pawl250

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #34

    Haidara slots in left back* sorry

  • viv

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #35

    There needs to a complete scatter at the club. Starting with Pardew, who is starting to look and sound increasingly desperate like a man looking for friends. Its as plain as day Ashley does not have faith in him and is not going to pay him the reported 10 million to buy out his contract. So old Joe, has been drafted into rattle his cage undermine him just like Wise did with Keegan, but old Pardew, is to thick skinned to take the hint. But i still think he will be gone before the opener against Man City.

  • Patoon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #36

    So if Sissoko is 2 play in Midfield then Cabaye or Tiote hav 2 b dropped, wel taken that Tiote was pure shit last year its not hard 2 decide who 2 drop, but no mention of dropping Jonas, he must b getting 2 keep his position, why not play Anita and Sissoko and play Cabaye in a more attacking role wer he plays for France

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #37

    pawl…we are not a team based on the winger/target man concept if you ask me!

    We have the players to play a 4-3-3 with inside forwards and att. FBs.

    Tactically we just don’t have a manager to implement it because it is not his style; he prefers a 4-5-1 or a old school 4-4-2 (your idea of the winger/tragetman concept would fit to that I think)

    It is not what I would want to see though!

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #38

    @ pawl

    Cisse’s heading ability is massiveley underrated IMO. The problem is we have no one that can cross appart from Fergie and Marveaux. A lot of Cisse’s goals for Freiburg were from headers or tap-ins from cutbacks out wide.

  • Patoon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #39

    McGeady is a 1 trick pony, i’ve seen him loads of times for Celtic, can b completely amazing at times but goes missing far 2 often, not that strong on the ball either and will never cut it in the premiership, always thought that Stephen Hunt was better on the wing for Ireland cos he didn’t get pushed about as much

  • Patoon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #40

    Big Pappa Cissé

    Would agree ther about Cisse’s heading ability, but our 2 best crossers never play, don’t think Fergie is good enuf 2 hold down a starting place but if ben arfa and who ever is gonna play on the other wing wer drilled in training 2 cross the ball their crossing could improve and would b great for Cisse


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