Three Top Flight Clubs Now After Steve Harper


Steve Harper wants to play another couple of seasons in top flight football, and the way he played for Newcastle last season, that should be no problem for the 38 year-old Seaham-born goalkeeper.

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An emotional Steve Harper after this last game against Arsenal in May

Steve played just nine times last season for the Newcastle first team, and that brough to 199 first team appearances for the talented goalkeeper, who was signed by Kevin Keegan in the summer of 1993.

The news is that Steve is wanted by Hull City, who are now managed by former Birmingham, Wigan and Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

But Hull City have just completed the signing of Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee, and the 31-year-old has been capped 29 times by Scotland.

We would have though that Steve wants to play and doesn’t want to sit on the bench, so we’d be a little surprised if he end up at Hull, although of course he could win the number one jersey form McGregor, if only because of his vast Premier League experience.

Steve has been working as a pundit on BBC Radio Newcastle’s Total Sport show, and it seems there are other clubs after him.

He had this to say today in the Shields Gazette, when he was asked if he wanted to stay in the Premier League:

“That definitely appeals to me.” “It’s not just Hull, there are another couple of clubs as well.”

Steve has a bright future ahead of him when he finally retires from the game, and we’d love to see him back at Newcastle as a coach one day, although in an interview last week he said he’d like to try his hand at management.

Fist things first, and Steve needs to get himself fixed up with a club, preferably in the Premier League.

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110 comments so far

  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    ive cum in pants! im 1st!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Bad headline Ed. Where is the quote to prove the couple of other interested clubs are in the top flight?

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  • Peter Reid Monkey Heed

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Guys a little off topic but what is everyones thoughts on our attacking presence in the area?

    Picked up on this roughly mid season that when we are pressing teams when we are drawing/behind we usually only have Cisse + 1 attacking the ball when it is in the mix.

    This really came to my attention when watching the 1000 goals DVD. The mid 90’s era stood out a great deal when we had the likes of Ferdinand, Shearer, Beardsley, Rob Lee even Watson latching on to loose ball/lost causes and always following in, just wish we could go back to this free flowing football.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    sazzer
    any news on de jong you posted lastnight. must have been bs mate as I cant find any relevant news on it.
    on alderweireld-this guy would make a fantastic addition to the squad. every top team should have at least 3 or 4 quality players for every position on that pitch.by making players fight for there place, it can only bring the best out of them.
    colo and mbiwa on form know there is no one to pressure them for there place in the team and that’s when complacency sets in.alderweireld for 8mil euros is an absolute snip and would be seriously gutted to lose out on a player of this calibre.
    on mr harper I wish all the best at hull as he has been a quality servant for nufc and would have had more game time throughout his career if would have not been for a certain shay given

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Versace
    I here you always come first anyway !!!
    sorry mate had to get that in lol

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  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    @2 –

    when he was asked if he wanted to stay in the Premier League:

    “That definitely appeals to me.” “It’s not just Hull, there are another couple of clubs as well.”

    By wording of Harper’s answer, it is 3 Premier League clubs, although 2 are open to interpretation.

    Just wondered what the link is to your blog I can read all the up-to-date, relevant and 100% factually accurate news on NUFC?

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  • Macas

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Not sure why everyone is bleating on about this Alderweireld, he will be guaranteed first team football at Norwich which we simply couldn’t do, so I doubt he would come to a team where he wasn’t going to be 1st choice. And central defence is one area where we are fairly well covered, I’d much rather spend money on wingers and strikers.

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #8

    jazzy lol!

    yeah I aint gona lie im a 2 minute man! wam bam thank u mam! and then put match of the day on! 🙂

    harper to hull… its a shithole don’t go.. recruit him as goalkeeper coach some1 as loyal as him deserves to be treated like king!

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  • toon kk

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    I Think one or two players maybe sold and ONE striker in, after all we’ll have to balance the books. Its just a matter of time to see who we can get cheap enough.
    By the time we get to January we’ll get another statement WE made another mistake.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Versace

    It may be a results business, but can this club conduct itself with a bit of dignity for once without feeling we should be crawling back to try and sign players who deemed us not good enough, or ambitious enough that they felt the need to leave us?

    I mean, what has come of us that we genuinely would consider signing mercenaries who’ve left us? Have we become that desperate?

    Sad state of affairs if that’s the case.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #11

    macas
    take col or mbiwa out of the equation if they succumb to an injury and who do we have ????
    willo is championship at best, taylor gives his all but is not and has never been of alderweireld statue.
    that leaves us steele-good and development squad.this is our major flaw as we do not have the strength in depth that other pl team have

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  • tom68

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Doonundertoon

    A couple of cracking posts mate. It’s like a breath of fresh air hearing about methods to improve our play rather than listening to the accountants going on and on and on and on.
    Keep it up mate

    AndyNUFC

    There is no point even picking faults with TDS mate cos he is always right

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    ruddy… mercenaries… are those who are born into the club and do the dirty… the likes of Andrew Thomas Carroll.. a Newcastle boy born n bread.. and just f’d off when he was sitting on top of the world.. Ba is doesn’t care about the club.. he just wants to roll deep with Wonga! but again if hes gonna get another 40 grand a week extra and play in the champions league.. why wouldn’t he leave… again there human like said just like us we would do the exact same if were all offered better jobs and paid more.. bottom line is money makes the world go round! and us the creatures of the world are hungry for it!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    That Remy sidefoot goal was truly an excellent goal -really audacious to try it in the first place – showed some real quality.
    Descriptions by posters describing a favoured goal, are of interest to me especially as I may like the goal as well.
    However to describe the situation as orgasmic with a subsequent moistening of ones undergarments is really not called for.
    Imagine being at the match if you declared publicly something as orgasmic and then declared you’d “come”
    I think the next sensation you would feel would be a punch on the bugle and a hoof up the jacksie with fellow supporters politely requesting that you go away. Not necessary on a football blog.

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  • Mr Robson

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Hi I’m new. Not sure if this has been posted… Sky are reporting Tom Ince has declined a move to Cardiff. We need to make a move now!

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    mercenaries go by the name Andrew Thomas Carroll… a born and raised Geordie! not only left us but left us for scum! Demba on the other hand has no links or love for the club… and just left for the Wonga! I mean if we were all offered better jobs and added 40 grand to our wage packets would we not leave… bottom line is money makes the world go round!! and we the creatures of the world are hungry for it!!

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    mister tuff…

    take a chill pill.. im just pure in love with football.. and this is how I express myself for the love of the game.. with arousing humour.. if you cant handle my moisture levels maybe you should visit safcblog.co.uk

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #18

    “just left for the Wonga”

    Erm, pretty sure that’s what a mercenary is.

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  • Macas

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #19

    jazzyp – Taylor and Willo might not be top class, but they can both do a decent job when needed. We’re not a top 4 club that can afford to have 4 outstanding central defenders, and I’d rather see the money spent elsewhere as our main problems last season were lack of creativity, pace, and goals. And like I said, if this lad’s as good as people say then would he be happy to come to a club where he’s going to be sat on the bench most of the time? If we buy another centre half we need someone younger who won’t mind biding his time and waiting for his chance

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #20

    ince has declined Cardiff and a lot of Swansea fans are chatting that Swansea are also in talks with gomis as well.
    michu-bony-gomis.
    at least we still have the mackem slayer guys !!!

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  • DokToon

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #21

    i see spurs are putting up clint dempsey for transfer, now hed look great in black and white….

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #22

    im officially here to spice up the blog.. as toon need a guy like me to humour them.. as I don’t think we can take any more pain!! as it just hurts to freaking much going on a 12 game losing streak is just not cool!

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #23

    macas
    I agree totally mate on our top priority being a cf.also would love de jong here for that creativity we require.
    but just bear in mind bud colo has only stated he will be here for another season at present.+ theres a little matter of the amount of goals we conceded last season

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Blackpool midfielder Thomas Ince will not be joining Cardiff City, having opted to stay close to his new born child in Blackpool.

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  • LGFUAD21

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Aiden Mcgeady would not be a bad signing at all. He has a very consistent record of creating goals as well as chipping in with a few.

    We dont create enough chances that is our problem. Cabs, HBA, Cisse and Gouffran are all capable of putting them away. But we have limited supply lines.

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Ruddy…

    ok if I offer you a job.. triple your wage packet now! would you take it? mercenary or not… its just the way it is… they are humans just like us… but saying that if I was playing for the toon army a club I was in love with and the city I was bread in… I think it would be a hard decision

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #27

    LFGUAD

    McGeady is terrible. He has always been terrible and remains Ireland’s most overrated player, even more so than the ridiculously over the hill Robbie Keane.

    He is all flash, with practically zero end product. He doesn’t beat the full back and whip in the cross, he tries to beat him 3/4 times before putting in a pathetic attempt at a cross.

    He has played in the mediocre leagues of both Scotland and Russia, any stats coming from his performances in these league merely mask what a truly frustrating player he is.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Versace

    You’re claiming Carroll is a mercenary yet Ba is not. Which is so patently untrue.

    I wouldn’t particularly want to see any player that we have sold return to the club, because I want my club to have a bit more dignity.

    Ba did a job when he was here, and was quite good at it. Do I want him back? Hell no. Better strikers out there so let’s go find them.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t know who irritates me more Alan Pardew or the people who don’t see through this charlatan.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Bit gutted the Mackems are getting Giachherini like 🙁 . Tidy little player and could have done a job for us. Just as well the rest of their signings are bums 😉

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #31

    enter….. andy carroll… but again andy didn’t want to leave… mike Ashley forced him out tbh… at 35 million.. would be pretty stupid not to cash in to build a team.. sensible decision… but I would still have him back in a flash.. only a Geordie will really know how fanatically we are about our club and how much it means to wear the black and white stripes!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    versace101 – I don’t have any problems in handling anything. Clearly you are the one who is probably “handling” things a bit too much. Probably type on here with one hand . Please do not behave like a ruffian or common fellow.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Versace

    You’ve just contradicted yourself. You said Carroll was a mercenary, now you’re saying he was forced out of the club?

    You’re right. You are funny.

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Dignity… would you rather have dignity and finish 18 or have no dignity and finish in the top 4? its a results business.. I hate to say it.. but to do it in a dignified way would be ideal for the club but.. so I care if it meant us getting back into the champions league hell no!!! I miss them days and want them back at any expense!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Versace

    Your argument doesn’t really make sense. What correlation is there with conducting yourself with dignity and getting relegated?

    If you’re claiming that I don’t want to see us in the top 4 you’re very much mistaken. I happen to think that signing players who’ve ditched us isn’t the right way to get there.

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #36

    ruddy… contradiction… he was forced out.. but he could of put his foot down and said no I didn’t want to leave… but he didn’t state this… its one of those… i wouldn’t call him a mercenary unlike the rest.. he needs to come back to where he belongs! home!

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  • toon kk

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #37

    Pardew needs to sit down and have a good look at him self, his decisions last season made most wonder what the heck! He also needs to get some balls and tell MA what we need instead of making excuses for him.
    I can’t speak for other people but I’m fed up of paying money to watch sh.t football. Things need to change.

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  • Versace101

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    your argument is if we resign players who have left us we are less dignified.. but if demba or even the pony boy came back and put in a shift and got us into challenging for champions league spots with 25-30 goals rather than a unproven stiker.. which is more a gamble .. i would rather resort back to what has worked.. and knows how to find the net… every1 deserves a 2nd chance when they make mistakes.. look at young paul Gascoigne.. mistake after mistake yet we love our fellow Geordie!

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  • cheick n bake

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Versace .. ruddy is a troll .. hes done this a couple of times before .. hes winding you up ..

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  • Ginger

    Jul 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #40

    What would be the point of getting Ba back? For him to get played through the middle and Cisse to get put on the right-wing?

    Both the Senegalese international team and Pardew cannot find a system to suit both players, so there would be absolutely no point whatsoever.

    Baffles me to find out people want Ba back when it means we’ll be left with pretty much ten players as Cisse is ineffective on the wing.

    We need somebody to work with Cisse, not push him onto the wing. I’m all for getting Ba if Cisse leaves, but if he remains here then get somebody that can play alongside him.

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