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Newcastle To Move For Targets Early Next Week

11:03 pm, Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 114 Comments

We see that Newcastle are now the only Premier League club who have not signed a senior player this summer, but how many Premier League clubs brought in five top players in January?   The answer is only one – Newcastle – and many PL clubs brought in no players during January.

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Darren Bent – available for around £6M?

So we have to realize that two or three of the players we brought in during January were meant to be summer signings, if we hadn’t been in such dire trouble in the league.

Of course we still need to bring in some players this summer,  and two strikers seem to be the priority, and news that Joe Kinnear will go into action to get Darren Bent and Loic Remy, when he returns from his oddly timed holiday and is back at work on Monday.

Manager Alan Pardew has kind of spilled the beans already, when he admitted that both Darren Bent and Loic Remy are Newcastle striker targets.

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Loic Remy – Newcastle target

Newcastle fans are getting a little restless right now, and it would be good, very good,  if Kinnear can have some success early next week, and get at least one of the two strikers through the door, or another striker we are not aware of at the moment.

What do you think?

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114 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Galtierez // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    A usual Ed article, headline no substance. Does not even quote anyone that says we will move for targets next week. Joke is back on Monday, so bloody what!? It is not going to happen, players won’t sign for us with him at the helm.

  • 2 TorqToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Lesh – Pea wasn’t simply wishful thinking mate!

    Our interest was real and genuine, and backed financially. Unfortunately as soon as Dortmund cropped up, we stood no chance.

  • 3 jonobbad // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Wish people would move on from the january transfer window. Lets look at this one. Poor so far.

  • 4 jimmysmith // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Its definitely on the cards it’s Bent and only Bent. Even this lot realize we need a striker, but if nothing else is available at the price they want to pay, well history tells us their more than capable of sitting on their hands. Even so, I remain hopeful of a top young striker and winger, and even in my most optimistic moments De Jong too.

    Hey, don’t smirk, could happen!

  • 5 evildick // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM


  • 6 jonobbad // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    You do provide valuable info.
    At least you give us info on what will not happen.
    Foreign coach – We got JFK
    Remy – QPR
    PEA – dortmund

    justify all you like but for me 3 strikes and you are out.

  • 7 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    a few quality signings and we’ll be 7th/8th with a chance of getting a Europa spot. Without them I think 11th-15th is realistic.

    If we’re not going to spend much then bent and Sinclair will do until Jan.

  • 8 Toon73 // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Just trying to find the quote that says we’re moving on signings ” early next week”? hmmm

  • 9 Toon_Tom // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The window has only been open 1week. We will sign, we will sell, it’s simply a question of how efficiently

  • 10 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Just sit back relax , enjoy the summer, don’t worry about it, that’s their jobs. Our business will be done by the time the market shuts. And quite frankly I thought it was sh!t when we never signed anyone of deadline day, the surprise is great, sitting watching sky sports news on deadline day, the buzz is great.

  • 11 Uncertain Toon // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    That article is a load of tosh.
    Why does daft lad need to present to complete transfers. Surely once he’s given his wide boy blessing the money/contract men take over. And even more importantly if the player wants to speak to anyone you would hope it’s Pardew!

  • 12 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Could we be waiting on Joe so that he takes all the credit for signings and in turn it appeases the fans opinion of him.

    In comes Remy in comes Bent, Kinnears a hero!

  • 13 GeordieDan // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM


    “A usual Ed article, headline no substance”

    Ed is a great NUFC supporter who, despite his illness, hammers out 4-5 articles(at least) every single day just so we can have a forum to discuss what is (or isn’t) going on!

    I agree the title for this particular blog was ill advised and has no official comment to see but to say that is typical of almost every nufcblog article is just rubbish.

    And quoting Ed as a “headline no substance” supporter is not just unfair its 99% of the time inaccurate.

    I think every single one of us just wants something/anything to happen and SOON so we finally have something to talk about again except bollox like this.

    Try and turn Ed into a scapegoat on here and you will be crucified-and rightfully so mate.

    Ed deserves a lot more respect than that.

  • 14 Newcastle Brown Alien // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    This is a rubbish article. All it shows is the lack of news on Newcastle. I won’t criticise Ed for this however, He has nothing to go on, and people would be annoyed if he never posted a new article.

  • 15 jimmysmith // Jul 12, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Don’t see the need for two new strikers, but more importantly don’t for a second think Pards and co do. Cisse is clear first choice, Gouffran is a centre forward, and Ameobi and Campbell represent real experience and potential in reserve.

    One top striker is all that’s needed, along with a winger secured at the right price and beyond that only other players who represent real value for money.

    Thats my sense of what should and likely will happen, so obviously it won’t. sigh!

  • 16 t00ntime // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    GK: Krul, Elliot
    LB: Haidara, Santon, Mbiwa, Jonas, (Rtaylor)
    CB: Colo, Williamson, Staylor, Mbiwa
    RB: Debuchy, Santon, Anita, (Rtaylor)
    CM: Cabaye, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote
    LW: Jonas, Marveux, Gouffran
    RW: Ben Arfa, Obertan, Marv
    ST: Gouffran, Cisse, Shola
    I’m ignoring youngsters who should probably be on loan.

    now for me looking at that and thinking 442/433 I think the only Vital player needed is a ST.
    The less vital but still a big priorty is another Striker and a winger.

    then we are pretty much set for players imo.
    Would try and sell shola (no replacemet needed if we already bought 2 ST)
    Try and sell + Replace Williamson, Obertan and Jonas.

    Just my opinion but I’d think 2 STs and a winger would be a good transfer window. Replacing the deadwood aswell would be great.

    How do you guys see it?

  • 17 AndyNUFC // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    To anyone who describes Ed’s articles as rubbish or without substance, close your internet down, give your friends a call and have a chat about your NUFC interests. If they are really close friends, admit how lonely you are that you have sunk to the depth of reading then commenting on articles only to criticise that you read them in the first place.

    In the likely circumstance you have no friends, nothing to talk about or do, then just do something constructive please, as tedious negativity towards a website that you chose to spend time reading through will only harm your social life prospects in the real world – if you aren’t too fat and sweaty to venture out of your mam’s study room.

  • 18 GeordieDan // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    And by the way, I believe simply forgot to add a ? to the end of the title so it would read:

    Newcastle To Move For Targets Early Next Week?
    and not:
    Newcastle To Move For Targets Early Next Week-as it appeared.

    Simple error=unfair backlash in this case I think?

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    No need to get shirty about any of it.

    Ed relays the daily news and gives people a topic to comment on. He is not trying to dupe anyone, he is merely relaying the story the Daily Mirror has printed.

    It’s the latest news concerning the club that is out there, it’s as simple as that.

    Regarding transfers, If no signings are made next week the axes will truly be out.

  • 20 jimiley // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    If we can get him for 1 million I can see Big Mike making a move. Wages are another matter. If he is prepared to take 10K a month we should get him.

  • 21 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:04 AM


    As much as i appreciate the goals that Shola has scored over the years, especially against the mackems, i feel he has to go mate. I don’t want Pardew to have him as an option from the bench. So, to that end 2 strikers is a must unless one of them is matey boy De Jong.
    Add a proper winger to that and maybe some competition for Debuchy.

  • 22 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    I think Campbell should go out on loan with the proviso he can be recalled for short spells if needed and comes back to train with the first team once a week, if such an arrangement were possible, Boro would be perfect.

  • 23 jimiley // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Cisse does not need a partner. His football sense, awareness of what is going on around him, his ability to hold the ball up, his physical strength and blistering pace mean he can operate solo and still score 30 league goals. The new Alan Shearer. He is a great header as well.

  • 24 lesh // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM


    Thanks for that reminder about PEA, you are of course correct.
    But, are fans pulling names out of the air in hope or is it informed speculation?

    It strikes me we have a habit of building hopes up only to see them come to nought. Maybe we all need to acknowledge that a combination of our poor season gone coupled with the recent early pantomime that was JFK hasn’t done the club any favours in potential targets’ eyes.

    Perhaps an expectation free close season and a steady next one might help us regain some ground.

  • 25 Toon_Tom // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Jimiley – if only he knew the offside rule! ;-)

  • 26 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Yeah, I get the problem with Shola. Too often injured and too often ineffectual and so perhaps an inadequate yet seemingly all too easy plan B for Pards.

    Against that, when he’s on his game he is genuinely excellent and has a model attitude by all accounts.

    So I’ll accept whatever happens regarding Shola, although actually hope he gets a big Middle East pay day.

  • 27 Burni // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    If I’m honest. The last news re the change in fa ruling makes me happier than anything I’ve read about the toon this season. I don’t Care that we brought ppl in in Jan…. These ppl should have been brought in last aug…, we need 2 strikers and 1 good defender in. All need to be GOOD signings not shite which no doubt we will bring in

  • 28 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Cisse isn’t slow and has a first rate eye for goal, the rest is true enough though, it seems to me.

  • 29 potski // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM


    JFK isn’t a coach
    Remy- we did bid for him, he preferred QPR
    Ditto PEA with Dortmund
    Hardly Torqs fault those other clubs were interested

    Why “move on” from the Jan window? Did we not buy players then (most notably Sissokho and MYM) who we were planning for the summer? Clearly the club would have preferred to get them for free when their contracts ran out now, but instead paid fees. If the club had just announced Sissokho’s and MYM’s signings then wouldn’t it put a different complexion on things for some people? Which would you prefer – two top quality players who already have had months to get used to EPL, their team mates and learn English; or all of the free signings for the maccems (4 of them). With their other 3 paid for signings they are going to have to start coaching a whole new team. Shades of Roy Kean again, and look how successful that was!

    We only need 2-3, and I will be reasonably happy with a ST, as long as we retain our other players.

  • 30 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Don’t get why Cisse can’t play off the shoulder of a big striker, unless we can’t play 442 cos we get overrun in midfield. He does seem isolated on his own yet uncomfortable with a partner. Ba was great playing out wider and switching roles with Cisse, maybe Remy could do a similar job and perhaps Gouffran.

  • 31 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Aye Jimmy,
    I hope he gets a nice payday before he retires. I can’t see anyone begrudging him that. If it’s a toss up between the UAE and Birmingham/Boro etc tis a no brainer. He must be due a testimonial with us as well. And like Stevie Harps, i’d imagine a charity will be very happy afterwards, Sir Bobby’s i reckon. He could also be at world cup next year, that would be a nice part of a swansong for him.

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I subscribe to the theory that nothing will happen transfer wise until Looney Joe gets back from his holidays. The signings will be attributed to him -clearly because of his prowess in the transfer market and his negotiating skills (typically “sign ere ya c**t).
    Looney Joe will become a hero on Tyneside and will be given the new name of Super Looney Joe. The Blind Faith Brigade (also known as the Legion of Dishonour) will stoop to new lows in their fawning admiration of him.

  • 33 potski // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:33 AM


    Such an arrangement is not possible. Why would a club take a player on loan (and pay for it!) if they couldn’t guarantee whether they could play him from week to week, because at any time he might be called back to play for his home club?

  • 34 pizzicatochan // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    If we could sign Remy (or any top forward), would it be safe to say we are somewhat prepared for the next season? (remember, somewhat)

  • 35 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    yeah ok, perhaps a long bow for many clubs, but possibly negotiable if it were kept reasonable, I would of thought, but yeah maybe not realistic.

    Regardless, firmly in favor of Campbell being sent out, and then another striker in if we can’t bring him back as needed. He didn’t look anywhere near ready to play a significant role last season to me, but by all accounts is the real McCoy.

  • 36 Newcastle Brown Alien // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    pizzicatochan, Kind of. It again may mean that we need some signings in january though.

  • 37 Dondatta13 // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Apparently… Fulham have been sold….

    Sources close to Khan insist that Cottagers manager Martin Jol will be given time to prove himself to the new owner. Khan, who made his fortune supplying car bumpers, is said to be worth in the region of £1.7billion.

  • 38 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    I don’t think posters are slating Ed for his article writing technique per say, rather refuting the content therein. Just like everyone does daily when reading the tosh that is dished out in the papers generally.
    Bearing in mind that it is in Eds interest to stoke up debate i can’t see him being concerned about a bit of direct feedback. I haven’t been on this blog long so am not aware of what might have/have not been said in the past, but i have noticed people seem to get rather defensive pretty quickly.
    This soap opera that we are witnessing frustrates all and maybe we’re all slightly on edge. Think that was the understatement of the century right there!!!

  • 39 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    I think the chances of Remy doing time are pretty remote if he hasn’t been charged by now. Even so, there’s a certain stigma attached to Remy and not just because of the allegation, although I think this role model stuff gets a bit out of hand, they’re by and large not, just in the main basically educated lads with loads of money and free time.

  • 40 pizzicatochan // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Newcastle Brown Alien, what we really need is a good physio department and a good coaching team.

  • 41 potski // Jul 13, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    It would be safe to say that – IF our only longterm injury concern is Raylor, and we are not going to see an exodus of first team players just before the season starts.

    But we won’t really know about any potential injury concerns until well into the pre-season games, as a number of players won’t be included at first where they returned to training late because of international duties during the summer. Cisse would be the biggest concern, as he was end of last season. If he’s not fit and the club are waiting on decisions of lawyers regarding Remy, then we are in trouble.

    There are other people on their list of targets than Bent and Remy that we are not aware of, and at some stage they are going to have to show their hand on them.

  • 42 pizzicatochan // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    potski, I totally agree. it’s really important to make sure they are healthy. That’s why we need a top striker alternating with Cisse.

  • 43 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM


    Shame he couldn’t have spunked another 100 mill and bought us! Just goes to show that these people are out there. If the club didn’t owe Mashley however much how different things could be.
    He’s done well there the Harrods bloke, established premiership team and all that, reaching uefa cup final the other year. Wonder if Jol gets some cash off the new bloke as they normally do. Also wonder how much the Harrods bloke put in out his own pocket. How much did he pay for Fulham? Maybe he’s flogged Fulham to buy us!!!

  • 44 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Ed’s a big boy and is a journalist/slash editor, I’m sure he realizes criticism is part and parcel of a healthy blog and takes it in his stride.

  • 45 Dondatta13 // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Uncertain Toon…

    Fulham are now debt free…

    The new owner “Doesn’t see himself as the owner of Fulham, more a custodian on behalf of the fans”…

    He’s been in for minutes and already he has outclassed Ashleys reign lol

  • 46 Newcastle Brown Alien // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    pizzicatochan, I agree, but with exodus of fringe players that may happen, we may be left short when players like Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Colocini inevitably get injured, as players like perch and gosling can’t fit in. A physio would solve this problem somewhat, But there is no point in selling quantity, for a quality signing. But a quality signing and no loss of players should hopefully work.

  • 47 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    bloody ell, I hope not, he’s a bit nuts, witness a statue of Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage, good grief!

    Also, didn’t exactly throw money at Fulham, wonder if this new bloke will.

  • 48 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    I honestly can’t see us making the same mistake as last year mate. If it’s true about Mashley going off his tits about what has gone on i feel he’ll make sure of it. I think Carr will have a really extensive list and if we don’t get the rumoured players we will get someone else and they will be good enough to enhance our squad.
    I also reckon Mashley will have a cut of date in his head and if ‘no one is over the line’ by a certain time, he’ll take charge again and deliver. This is where we’ll see if he is ambitious or not. Barring the injuries of last year we have a team at minute to finish in top ten i reckon. I just think all eyes are on him this time, forget Percy and JFK.

  • 49 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Sorry, ‘cut of date’ = cut off date

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    jimmysmith – nothing at all will happen to Remy UNTIL he responds to his bail in September – he could be charged, re- bailed or released -no further action.

  • 51 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Uncertain Toon, that is the glass half full view and although far from out of the question still highly speculative. Although I think we all to some degree believe and hope that will be the case if push comes to shove.

  • 52 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    tuff, does that mean in your view the likelihood of any of those outcomes is equally possible under the circumstances. Isn’t this standard procedure when a case is not cut and dry. Or is speculating pointless?

  • 53 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    You’ve put a quality one out there mate – Al Fayed or Mashley? Think the majority would be up for the change to be fair. I agree he is a tad eccentric, i used to think that about Sir John, the pair just seem likeable characters.
    As for the pint pot half full, aye, slightly speculative!
    I think it’s because we just don’t know for sure what happened last year ie. who dropped a bollock. And we don’t know what Mashley’s stance is/what he wants for the toon etc.
    I don’t feel sorry for the bloke cos he’s made some right cluster fcuks as far as his staff recruitment goes. However i understand that he’s between a rock and a hard place. If he issues a statement it gets torn apart and he’s held to it to the letter and if he doesn’t we’re demanding to know whats goin on. I don’t think fans of other clubs are as bothered about their clubs as we are about ours. Shows how passionate we are i suppose.

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    jimmysmith -I can say with some authority exactly what the relative procedures are here in the UK – ie accurate.
    When he responds to bail in September (note probably AFTER the transfer window closes) any one of the following can happen:-
    Charged / re-bailed/ released no further action.
    If you read anything about the Toon getting lawyers in to evaluate risks regarding Remy – not to put too fine a point on it -it is complete and utter bollocks/horseshit.
    The only persons who will be able to see the police documentation (forensic results, statements etc) are solicitors from the CPS – Crown Prosecution Service. So not even God knows about what will happen.
    I understand (via the papers) that two other blokes are involved as well. So nobody knows time/date now what his fate is.

  • 55 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    well, I imagine he won’t be with us until the earliest January then, if hes a legit target, which may mean we go with Bent till then or more likely never was a legit target and were after others.

  • 56 Charlietoon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    jonobbad yeah why judge the whole picture lets just focus on one small part.

  • 57 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    jimmy -some of the lads on here have mentioned loan deals with a view to buy – but I’m not sure how these work. Anybody who get his signature during the window will not be able to gaurentee his presence at their club.
    As you suggest -the only safe time to sign him is the January window -(obviously if no action is taken against him)-

  • 58 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Was reading on a previous article about the youth academy not being issued Cat 1 status. Does anyone know whats goin on there, is the building falling down! It must be that facilities is it? How the feck have the mackems and smoggies got Cat 1 and we haven’t? Seems a bit embarrassing that.

  • 59 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Mister Tuff,
    Alot of people seem to think that these sort of things that happen to rich sportsman tend to mysteriously go away, but i tend to disagree. They can afford sh*thot lawyers and maybe get a lesser punishment than your average Joe, but they don’t go away. Surely if the CPS have enough evidence they will proceed regardless whether the charges are dropped or not by the alleged victim who becomes wealthy overnight!! Whats your take on it mate?

  • 60 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    uncertain -make no mistake about it richer folks can “buy” a bit of better justice for themselves by hiring top quality lawyers -there is no doubt about it.
    At this time – in view of the arrests we presume that the lady in question has made a witness statement to the police in which the allegations are made. Witness statements can be “withdrawn” so to speak -usually by the victim stating that they will not attend court to give evidence. In rape cases it is imperative that the witness attends court otherwise the case will get thrown out. Witnesses could get summoned to attend court or if they do not turn up the judge could issue a warrant for their arrest -but if the witness is going to forget things or say they cannot remember -the case is going to get thrown out anyway. I would guess that as the cops can now place conditions on a persons bail – a bail condition will be for the accused not to contact the victim. -whether shadowy third parties try to do it is another matter. If you get caught doing it you are well and truly in the claggy.
    I’m sure I read the victim thought she was drugged -very naughty if that is the case -however some “rape drugs” dissipate from the body within about 24 hrs and leave little or no trace. I understand the lady reported this 2 days later. Having said that fools with leave the drugs containers lying about and catch the action with their cameras. But all speculation at this time.

  • 61 microbar // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    God help us if only JK can handle our transfers.
    He is going to totally phuck things up.

  • 62 Uncertain Toon // Jul 13, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Mister Tuff,
    Thanks for that, very informative. Could the authorities tell him earlier if there was no case or would they just wait till he appeared at the cop shop? I know I’m clutching somewhat, transfer window timeline and all that.
    It’s a big risk if we bring him in now. They could put a safeguard in to stop paying him if he does bird but the transfer fee would be lost. Don’t know how the loan thing would work either. Loan him, if he’s guilty it’s not our problem and if not guilty a buy clause is activated. Sure they’d have to get special dispensation to do that from league as would be outside window. Normal loan with definite option to buy in January could work with no wages if he does bird. It’s a very difficult one, probably a challenge that’s right up Mashleys street, here’s hoping. At the end of the day, footballing wise, he would definitely enhance our attack.

  • 63 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    uncertain – there are instances where the cops could contact a person on bail and tell them – (prior to their response date) that no further action is being taken -for example if the victim withdraws her complaint. However there are three people involved so all the paperwork is effectively trebled. I would be surprised if the Met Police do not wait until the arranged bail date. I think people are just going to have to wait to see how it pans out.
    Without doubt he is a good player – I think he has had problems in the past boozing in Lyon if I remember rightly.

  • 64 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Mister Tuff ,Thanks for explaining the procedure regarding Remy. So i’ll not expect to see him walk through the door anytime soon unless the complaint is withdrawn .C’mon Joe,on to our other targets sharpish!!

  • 65 Douglas // Jul 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Cisse not prepared to play with a WONGA advert on his strip. But he is prepared to play up front with a rapist?

  • 66 scout // Jul 13, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    You should be careful what you say, you might end up in court

  • 67 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Not going to criticise Ed on this One !

    But, at the same time, am not counting the chickens before they are Hatched !

    Think we will be signing Bent? For the rest, no-one knows what on earth is going on ?

    As for Remy, well i,m not sure i would want him in the Club after being branded a suspected Rapist !

    @64: Good Point !

  • 68 scout // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    If you don’t buy strikers we will without doubt go down, look at the goalscoring record of everyone bar cisse.
    Players are available and no one is signing everyone mentions the 5 Frenchmen signed in January, sissoko 1.8 million and gouffran for 2 million they’re bloody championship style signings. No wonder people are jacking the season tickets in. Get some decent players in, we should of been in for likes likes of berbatov instead we get unproven players for cheap fees.
    No doubt we have pulled it off in the past with tiote and cabaye but it can’t continue. You can’t keep rolling a 6, you more than anyone should know that Mike.

  • 69 TorqToon // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Jonobad – Time to grow up. Childish comments like that just make you look stupid!

    If you can show we posts where is said 100% PEA would sign, great. Same with Loic Remy.


  • 70 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Has anyone gone for Benteke?

    It was reported somewhere last week he had handed in a Transfer Request?

    Maybe he would be too expensive for Ashley, Tight Git !

  • 71 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Tuff…are you a Attorney at law or do you work in that business???

    …I am not so I cannot comment on the matter, but the precidure sounds very different from who it is handled in Denmark!

    And til the rumors being spred is Remy has not been charged and the women in question has made no complaint against Remy (so no court day is set)

  • 72 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    good morning mate, ignore them bud.
    that’s whats wrong with this site. you say something positive and get slated, you say something negative and get slated. so you never going to win.
    on signing players next week, think we are rushing into it don’t you lol !!

  • 73 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Off topic but an American tycoon has bought a football club ..Fulham ,quicker than we can sign 1 player !!

  • 74 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    jk back Monday and signings to eventually to start coming through the door.
    bent and remy would be a nice start, but I don’t see bent as our long term solution rather a quick fix for our shortfalls at this moment in time.
    on the remy saga, no doubt the guy has baggage but is a proven class striker and would be anexcellent addition to any pl team

  • 75 TorqToon // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Jazzy – I know mate. Just winds me up with this targeting when never once did I state we were guaranteed to sign anybody.

    I stated we had bid for pea, and because the local rags hadn’t reported it, I was called a liar. I stated we had bid higher than Dortmund, which was proven correct after he signed for bvb.

    People are desperate to criticise, but none of the doubters ever came out and apologised for the abuse given that it was proven I hadn’t lied. Its not in my nature to lie.

    Just annoys me this place, at times!

  • 76 nut meg // Jul 13, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    There are a handfull of posters on here that I look forward to reading what they have to say & your postings are probably the first ones I look for so don’t let them stop you.There is also a few on here that seem to have reading difficulties.I have read many times that you said in your posts that are only passing on snippets of information that you have learned about,nothing difficult in that……..unless you have difficulties that is. I await your next snippet kind sir.

  • 77 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Hot off the Dutch Press this Morning !

    Norwich and Ajax have reached an agreement on the Transfer of Alderweirld to Norwich ! It is now up to the player to agree personel terms and contract.
    Norwich are reported to be paying 8Mil Euro,s to sign the player.

    NEC Nijmegen have completed the signing of Michael Higden ( anyone heard of this guy? ) from Motherwell in Scotland on a free transfer ! 29 years old, a pparantly a scouser, it is reported that he was leading scorer in Scotland last year.

    PSV have also been busy this week with the double signing of Stijn Schaars and Santiago Arias, Schaars moves from Sporting Lissabon for 1,6 Mil Euro,s and Arias is moving to Eindhoven from the same club on a Free Transfer !

    Meanwhile in Newcastle, Its still oh so Still ?

  • 78 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    To summarize the comments so far.

    Al fayed? Dont be daft, he could barely keep Fulham ticking over, he couldn’t afford us.

    The American reporter for talk sport said the other day that the owner of the panthers (new fulham owner) doesn’t do BIG investment, but shrewd necessary purchase. Also have you seen a picture of him yet? I aspire to look like him.

    We NEED a striker because we only have one capable one right?
    Then we NEED a right sided defender then as we only have one cabable RB. Sure, you could whack santon in there, then we are left with hidaria in lb, although I think he looked great in the few games he played, who’s to say week in week out against the likes of city, utd or chelsea he will.

    LW for me isnt a priority, it could be strengthened but people saying we’re screwed without one need to calm down. Gouffran and jonas are both perfectly capable.

    Morning lads btw. Ill be more positive once I make a coffee.

  • 79 Bambams // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    @nut meg
    Totally agree fella. … Torq just ignore them and please continue with whatever info you hear.

  • 80 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Sean…now we are talking sense ;-)

    Morning to U2!

  • 81 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    God Damnit Tudor where are you?

    I didnt agree with a single opinion of yours but…

    I enjoy your posts lacking punctuation of any kind that usually and thankfully for that reason dont go on too long but your stories of the old times and random dry humour is worth the price of admission for me

  • 82 FloridaToon // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM


    Just ignore them and don’t let them get to you. I personally enjoy the info you put out. Anyone with half a brain could figure out that nothing is definite.

    If you hear anything on Dempsey let me know. Would love for him to come here…unfortunately he probably too old for MA’s policy.

  • 83 SeanNufc87 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Morning jesper

    I swear to the powers that be that I will make this coffee and get out of bed… probably not in that order mind *note to self, invent the kettle bed… after coffee*

  • 84 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    So can today be the day when we have lots of positive talk on the blog?!?

  • 85 potski // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Mister Tuff has the procedures right, and I don’t think the CPA will make a decision immediately, given that it is a footballer, it will go to a senior prosecutor. They certainly have no reason to bring forward consideration of the case, just to meet transfer deadline day.

    Therefore, I think Remy is a smokescreen. Given his release clause and QPRs need to offload their biggest wage earners, he could have been signed up by now, if he really is the number one target. Unless he is dragging his feet.

    In all of the abuse he got over signing for QPR, there was a statement he made explaining his decision was:
    - to live in London to keep his wife happy (ironic that one!)
    - to play through the middle. The implication of that was that NUFC had told him Cisse would play in the middle and Remy would play left, like Ba last season.

    Neither of those have changed, nor will we have offered more wages than he was offered in Jan.

    So, all in all, however good he is, the club would be mad to seriously be considering him, and delay other forward signings in the hope that the rape case gets dropped soon.

    Pardue said that they have a list of 4-5 players and two are Bent and Remy. He never said that they were top of the list, that was poor journalism in some reports. So I hope Pardue threw in Remy’s name as a red herring to distract from our real targets.

  • 86 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Strong feeling next week is going to be our week and finally wrap up some players. Since Joe is back. Hopefully this is the case.

    Not particularly happy about the players in question but they could well do a job for us.

    Feel like we are picking players off the scrap heap a bit here but nevermind.

    Surprise me with a winger.

  • 87 Jimbothemag // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Torq – Yeah just ignore them. I never post on here but I always scan the comments to see if you have any news. Other people still have a lot more work to do to prove they are half as credible as you have been in the past.

    Boredom has turned this post very negative over the past few weeks but try not to let it grind everyone down.

    My betting is by the end of the window we will have 2-3 new first teamers. A few more in the development squad.

    And a matchday squad were you aren’t fearing substitutions.

  • 88 Jimbothemag // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    post = blog

    sorry still tired.

  • 89 yorkymag // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I for one enjoy reading your comments ,and don’t expect you to get everything right .
    The papers demonstrate that to second guess football transfers is impossible.
    Iam sure that some of your comments are driven by the hope that ,like any genuine fan we may get a new star over the line , please don’t stop it’s always good to dream .
    Maybe people are just frustrated by the lack of progress,but I am confident that we will have two or three top additions
    Bent will be a great add and will be out to prove everyone wrong a good season with the toon and he is on the plane to Brazil,I don’t see Remy but a couple of paces wide me and we are off to the Races
    Torq please keep Torqing!!!

  • 90 Slank // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Can anyone clarify whether Remy is actually being paid by QPR as my understanding of his contract, as reported in the press at the time, is that he could quit QPR if they got relegated?

  • 91 croftus5678 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    with signing 1 player in “remy” for example we can change the shape of the 1st team (not including injuries ofc) so that we imo can challenge the top 8-6


    but i’m still concerned if that happens we have no cover for cisse as i dont think cambell is ready and we would be stuck to that formation with not much choice of changing formations without another main striker and winger to go to 4-4-2.

  • 92 Jail for Ashley // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Jesus Christ on a bike, when was the blog ever positive bar the odd win now and then.

  • 93 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I wouldn’t mind us going for Chung-yong Lee of Bolton 3-5 mill, decent winger, gives Ben arfa much needed competition, plus the boost of our brand in Asia would improve.

  • 94 Jimbothemag // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    JFA – Fair point maybe I should refrase my statement to even more negative than usual.

  • 95 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Two quality wingers look set to be snapped up by other PL clubs. Nacer Chadli of FC Twente would cost £8million tops and Evgen Konoplyanka of Dnipro in Ukraine, tore England a new one last year, would cost £10million. Both are young at 23 and would add so much quality but looks like Spurs and Fulham are going to get them.

    Deb – Yanga – Colo – Santon
    Sissoko – Cabs
    Konoplyanka – HBA – Chadli

    That team at St James’s would be very exciting to watch and would rarely settle for the one nil!!

  • 96 jackostoon // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    morning lads,
    torq – turn the other cheek bonnylad, granted, you may have to do it a few times, keep it coming, your posts are one of the few i look out for, honest and balanced opinions, read the blog for donkeys, only just recently put fingertip to wor lasses laptop to have a go at remyD for his pathetic, monotonous dronings, there’s a few others like him, chin up, dont let the doomers drag ya down

  • 97 croftus5678 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    @89 slank

    i hear the contract states a get out clause and if relegated they can not stand in his way of leaving if relegated but yes they will still be paying him and he could easily stay in champ’s for 1 year and take those wages.

  • 98 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Croftus, that does look a promising midfield and attack. If we sign wijnaldum or even ince then we’d have the options for 442 aswell, both can play rw and lw

  • 99 Toon_Tom // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Aaran – we wont spend £8-10M on a winger!

  • 100 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    That’s additional to signing Remy of course.

  • 101 yorkymag // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Campbell will in my opinion be a star but needs game time .turnip has not got a good record with the kids ,young Campbell is the best for a long time ,I have watched him in the reserves and he has genuine pace ,he reminds you of Owen as a youngster
    But he needs first team game time not 5 min here 10 mins there,I fear he will become frustrated and leave ,we will all watch a future England cf develop somewhere else and say ho did we miss him
    Simples Pardew f,,, up

  • 102 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Further to my post @76 :

    There was no mention of any communication between PSV and us about a prospective move for PSV,s reserve keeper called Zoete in the paper, only that he had reported for their first training sessions !

  • 103 gazzaforever // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Remy is no LW, he s a ST a really good one imo, and a average RW. Still, he would be our best option. jimmysmith you know shit about football, mate, your comments about cisse made me laugh out loud. Good header ahahaha.

  • 104 Slank // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    croftus5678 @ 96

    That doesn’t sound like such a good contract clause for QPR (but great for Remy) as he doesn’t need to be in any hurry to leave QPR to only be paid less. He can take his time in getting a new club.

  • 105 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 13, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    would rather have Sinclair than these two

    Bents wages will be to high 40+k a week no way he should get that much i would say less than 30k and also 6-8 million for a striker who hasn’t done nowt for a season, no thanks, it’s a waste of money.

    same goes for Remy his wages would be higher than Colo and Colo is on about 60+k a week also his contract clause is roughly 6-8 million and there’s a rape case over his head, no thanks, not worth the risk.

    Sinclair is reported to be around the 4 million mark, young lad, loads of potential and hungry and English and his wages would be between 20-30k a week, yes please.

  • 106 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    according to reports nufc want to make Darren bent our first signing on Monday.
    as stated before could end up doing a decent job for us now with the world cup looming but is definitely not one for the future. if they can start the ball rolling with bent-all well and good but I do not class this as a major coup or to take us to the next level.

  • 107 geordie157 // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    If bent signs next week, that’s not actually a bad start, he’ll score goals for us and gives Cisse much needed competition.

    My worry would be, how many more signings would follow. I’m hoping for three 1st team additions this summer.

  • 108 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Toon_Tom – To be honest I agree with you, but stranger things have happened. £10 million for Konoplyanka would be a steal as he can play anywhere up top and will cost double that in 2-3 years.

  • 109 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Konoplyanka! please lets get off football manager, next i’m gonna hear we should go for Fierro or Ademilson or maybe Wellington Nem ( yes i play football manager )

  • 110 jazzyp // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    morning mate-I personally think alderweireld is a snip at 8 mill euros.
    take colo or mapou out of the equation and we have willo who is championship at best and taylor who’s best days I feel are behind him

  • 111 sparky55 // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    The fun all starts this week for us…first thing we need to suss out is who wants to go…then we’ll go down Carr’s list for replacements, and at the same time add the 2/3 we’re all wishing for.

    Pardew’s being saying ‘We don’t need to sell players” all week simply because he knows players want to go and that he’ll blame JFK for them leaving when in reality they want to go because of the brand of football Pardew plays bypassing the ‘quality on the ball’ players we have.

    At the minute it’s all about sniping and back-stabbing and something has to break.

    I have no idea who will win but either JFK or Pardew have to go within the next 2 weeks and I hope and pray it’s Pardew and then I hope and pray the new manager gets the players he wants and we get good replacements for the two other purples plus Cabs that will leave.

    I honestly think at the end of the window we’ll be sitting pretty with a much improved squad, a new manager and a new owner.

    my glass three quarters full ATM and IMO the bloodletting starts this week

  • 112 AaranD // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    They only reason im on about Konoplyanka is apparently Fulham have been told it will cost them £10million to get him, thats apparently from SkySports. So if they can surely we can.

  • 113 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    @109 :

    I was worried last week that we were looking for a replacement for KRUL? With Arsenal apparantly after him? It would,nt be the first time that the Gooners have nicked someone from us ( Gervinho and they also ended up with that Russian, uuum! oh yey Arse-Shaving )!

    This keeper Zoete is basically a kid and is seen as a future Number 1 keeper for the Dutch First Team? It would a major mistake i believe if we sold KRUL to Arsenal? Even for Silly Money?

  • 114 Galtierez // Jul 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Geordie dan blah blah blah, read it properly. You are making a big thing about nothing. I have not slagged Ed off nor will I. It is just another ‘journo’ headline with nothing to say, it is not saying there is any proof. It is Ed being Ed, can’t think he will be offended. Ed does a fantastic job most of the time, but I will pull him up on headlines like this, and continual use of Bigi is the next big thing! That he trundles out on a regular basis.
    Ed is a legend, and don’t threaten me with everyone taking me on, on this blog. Are you the peoples champion, I doubt it. Most people on here took it for what it was, a frustrated remark about a nothing story.

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