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Three Top Flight Clubs Now After Steve Harper

2:09 pm, Friday, July 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 110 Comments

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.

steve harper the last farewell

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 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    ive cum in pants! im 1st!

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

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

  • 3 Peter Reid Monkey Heed // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    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.

  • 4 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    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 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

  • 5 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

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

  • 6 AndyNUFC // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    @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?

  • 7 Macas // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    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.

  • 8 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    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!

  • 9 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    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.

  • 10 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM


    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.

  • 11 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    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

  • 12 tom68 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM


    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


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

  • 13 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    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!

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    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.

  • 15 Mr Robson // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    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!

  • 16 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    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!!

  • 17 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    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

  • 18 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    “just left for the Wonga”

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

  • 19 Macas // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    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

  • 20 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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

  • 21 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

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

  • 22 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    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!

  • 23 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    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

  • 24 Ben3arfa // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

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

  • 25 LGFUAD21 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    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.

  • 26 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM


    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

  • 27 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM


    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.

  • 28 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM


    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.

  • 29 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

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

  • 30 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    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 ;)

  • 31 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    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!

  • 32 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    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.

  • 33 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM


    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.

  • 34 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    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!

  • 35 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM


    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.

  • 36 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    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!

  • 37 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    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.

  • 38 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    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!

  • 39 cheick n bake // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

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

  • 40 Ginger // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    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.

  • 41 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    mister tuff… don’t be a boring old fogie with no joy left in your life.. or u will live life alone and sad.. with a :( on your face… nothing wrong with commen fellow.. infact every1 is common.. its those who think there not common who irritate me the most.. thinking they belong in buckingam palace drinking tea with the queen

  • 42 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM


    I feel sorry for Gazza, would I hire him as a coach for the club? Not on your life. Difference between caring for someone and putting them in a position of trust.

    Bringing Carroll “home” is a separate issue from what I was talking about which was, I don’t want us to sign players we have sold.

    Yes Ba scored goals while he was at the club, but I also feel that he was a very disruptive influence in the dressing room. He clearly kicked off after being asked to play LW, which is the only reason Pardew would have come out and said “Ba will play 90% of his games down the middle” despite the fact that Cisse was the striker on form at the end of the 11/12 season.

    And yes, signing players we have sold/left us, is less dignified. It makes us look desperate.

  • 43 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    im hoping.. actually praying anzhi put a bid in for papiss.. he doesn’t offer enough for me.. he cant keep the ball up.. his aerial ability is the worst ive seen in a striker in a long time.. ba on the other hand is a tough as nails!

  • 44 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Just get Remy in and put him in Ba’s place on the left of a 4-3-3 . The lad was tailor made to play there and has already shown he can do the business in the PL, even in last seasons worst team by far .

  • 45 Bearsize // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Just a quick in and out here, ashley plan has always been to sell large with transfers, however with only 4 CL places available the top clubs know if they line our pockets it could risk there tenure at the top, thats my theory why no one has bought our ‘top stars’. We are a sleeping giant they need to keep asleep. 35 mill for carroll and we ended up 5th. I know we didnt spend it all but you know what mean, it scared them. We have to hope clubs from abroad will bid on our players for top dollar. Also we need to not get attached to the players as we have to keep speculating to accumulate, in time we can get some real top class players, but like i said no one is buying them for big cash so the policy will remain until then. TO STOP A SELLING CLUB GETTING STRONGER, DONT BUY THERE PLAYERS. thanks guys thats my weekly jumping off point for you to chew on

  • 46 richyg01 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Ince has declined Cardiff.

  • 47 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    ruddy, i agree with you about us not wanting us to look desparate… after barely escaping relagation, id say that desparate times calls for desparate measures… not saying AC or ba is the answer, but, well…. we need a STR… and all our mgmt are on vaca…

    good to see ya by the way :)

  • 48 GeordieDan // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    FFS! Will something, nay ANYTHING decent PLEASE happen at NUFC soon!!!

    I am literally going round the bend listening and reading utter garbage about transfers that don’t exist, make believe line-ups, bitch fighting between bloggers because their is literally NOTHING else to talk about!

    I don’t mind showing some restraint and patience but its really taking the proverbial now.

    Why is NUFC literally doing NOTHING?!!?!?!!?!?
    Its at the point now where even the ITKs have disappeared!

    And don’t give me the “well I’m sure they’re all very busy behind the scenes” rubbish because they should have had at least 1 of our targets in by now and I very much doubt any will arrive before JFK comes back from his jollies. (Well he needs to have the time to learn their names incorrectly doesn’t he!)

    Any football club that doesn’t bring in players in time for pre-season to start is just plain stupid and here we go yet again!

    Bargain hunting for scraps on August 31st that nobody else wants just so excuses can be rolled out that “the player needs time to settle”.


    Rant over. Apologies but I have today finally snapped.

  • 49 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    @ Versace

    Cisse is far from a poor header of the ball. Just because he can’t out-muscle center backs and flick the ball on or hold it up doesn’t justify getting rid of him.

    He has proved he can find the net when crosses are half decent. Watch this and then tell me he can’t head the ball:

  • 50 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    torq -good sir are you about.
    on our chat the other day re double deal for both siem and toby.surely a to good offer for toon to turn down.
    I don’t understand toby to say we were not a big enough club for him yet considers Norwich ??
    also have you heard of any enquiries for de jong from Liverpool as sazzer stated they had put a bid in last night

  • 51 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I would take BA back if we hadn’t had him early last season we would have been relegated. You can’t have to many striker’s. The answer apart from a new striker would be to replace Jonas he’s always running no where.

  • 52 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM


    can see where your coming from… yes but bringing in cisse disrupted ba haven’t you ever thought that.. soon as he came BA had to play wide left which isn’t his natural position every1 has a dry spell as a striker the goals would have returned like they did in the first part of last season.. before he left in January.. disruptive we can only believe what is said in the media.. too me it was just a move to a club with more ambition than us.. he never left on bad terms in my back… i was one who wished him luck in his future ambitions to compete at the very top a dream of very pro footballer… all im saying is i just want a proven striker and if it means going back to what works then so be it let bygones be bygones.. and suck up the love lost and do the best for the club in order for it to thrive forward not gambling on striker after striker… which just ends up becoming a a cycle year after year…

  • 53 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    and breathe in and out-in and out,feel better for that pal

  • 54 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    versace – absolutely nothing wrong in attending one of Her Majestys’ Garden Parties for tiffin.

  • 55 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    big poppa…

    that header was pretty immense but that in the AFN cup… do it in the premier league against joe hart and i will be impressed

  • 56 GeordieDan // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    I need a brown paper bag mate! :D

    Transfer windows are just sheer torture these days and I used to love the excitement of them! It was great waking up and checking the blogs and papers for possible links and appetising transfer news.

    Now we hear nowt-which is great for getting good deals or so we are told. But when we sign nobody AND there is silence from SJP then its just purgatory mate.

    Cheers though.

  • 57 Versace101 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    cisse chance to goal ratio is pretty abysmal.. he needs to be more potent.. he would rather score a wonder goal than score the easy chances.. we need machine inform of goal who will gobble up a chance at any site of goal.. pretty or non pretty.. goals is what we require.. not a a striker who scores from 40 yards and cant score for 3 yards out

  • 58 Fridge // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    After reading AP comments on Sissoko about where to play him adding things up means we will not by any more attacking midfielders, that means no De Jong. Everybody i know who follows football loves silly season. Well I as NUFC supporter absolutely hate it. Always ends with dissapointment.

  • 59 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    @Ruddy you feel sorry for a low life alcoholic? Come on everyone knows the guy is a complete scumbag, not that long ago a few footballers came toghter and put in like 15k each (Jack wilsher was involved) just to sent gazza to a big rehab resort over seas, after that he came back and became an alcoholic again, He can’t be cured people have wasted their time,money,effort on him.

  • 60 doonundertoon // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM


    thanks very much mate :) i get sick of all the stupid transfer banter on here aswell, everyone talks about selling players for this much and buying x amount of players with the money and how they would improve the team, and its all a load of bollocks lol, people need to realize that the constant controversy surrounding our club makes us less than desirable for most players to choose as a positive career choice lol, and people constantly expecting signings and then cracking the shits and threatening to boycott games and shit when they dont happen is just adding to the negativity.

    we have a very strong first 11, and after last january transfer window we have a pretty decent 25 man squad, i honestly believe the only first team signing we actually need is a proper left winger, can be right footed or left footed, but jonas isnt what we need in that position, but after that i believe if we were to buy anyone we should be purchasing established youth prospects as cover, and positions we need cover in is strikers (2 unless campbell is ready) a center back and a goalkeeper, then after that we would be fine

    and when i say established youth i dont mean unheard of 16 year olds that we can potentially fuck the development up of with our below par coaching setup, im talking 18 – 21 year old players that are making names for themselves in world football already, think viktor fischer/kurt zouma/vaclev kadlec/yassine benzia, players with lots of first team experience in lesser leagues ready to take the next step

    i think the real problem we are faceing this season on the transfer front is we just sold 3, potentially 5 if shola and gosling go, of our HG first teamers, which means that we will probably have to buy british, and knowing MA, he will be looking for bargains, and unfortunately you cant get good quality british players on the cheap, swansea just released luke moore and leroy lita lol, start thinking along those lines ;) i think all the people hoping for the siem de jongs (who is majorly overrated on this blog btw, i dunno if he is good on fifa or something but i watch a lot of ajax games and there’s better players in the dutch league and in ajax than siem de jong) and the alderwields should come back to reality and realize that if we dont want a severely undersized squad due to not having enough British in the team to allow us to have 25 players, we will have to buy British, or use some of our untested youth players to fill out the squad, and if sammy ameobi and shane ferguson are supposedly some of the brightest prospects we have atm, im pretty sure we would be better off buying others lol ;)

  • 61 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    It is turning into a joke. We should’ve signed at least 5 first team players by now.

  • 62 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    @Kets With the players you where coming up with, thank god we havn’t signed anybody. You where on here saying we need players like mcmanaman. No chance

  • 63 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM


    You don’t have to find fault with everything I say. And yes, I do feel for Gazza, it’s called empathy.


    Good to see you man, how are things your side of the pond?

  • 64 plana // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Ladbrookes make us crystal palace and hull firm favourites to get relegated i totally agree.

  • 65 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    @Ruddy I’m not finding faults i’m just saying the guy is a asshole, the sh!t he put his family through. He has had a million chances to change his way’s and more support than most alcoholics would have. some things never change.

  • 66 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM


    like nufc, quite stagnant here as well… 103 heat, no breeze, and at work :(

    but on the upside, only 37 more days til we smash citeh!!! be positive my lads… i think next season will be quite UPlifting…

  • 67 Novocastrian66 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Kevy; addiction to a substance grows over months and years. What was once harmless fun gradually becomes an essential part of an addicts life which they cannot be without or turn on and off easily.
    Gazza situation is a result of everyone wanting to be his mate when he was the biggest thing in British football. It’s a shame what he has become.

  • 68 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM


    He’s struggled with addiction, and while his stature in the footballing world has afforded him better chances to sober up, the nature of the football industry is part of the reason he has struggled with drink.

    I also feel for his family for what they’ve had to put up with but Gazza is, and always will be, a legend to me, and who knows, if he had stayed in Newcastle where he was universally adored he may have been a different man.

    The one thing he is not though, is a scumbag.

  • 69 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I knw what ya saying bud. every morning I get up and straight on the blog for any positive transfer news. then on to sky sports for any info ,,then sift through the other sites for any snippets to give me that rush of excitement.
    last night sazzer stated that Liverpool had gone In for de soon as I read it my heart dropped as he would be the marque signing the toon fans crave for

  • 70 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    To be quite honest we are a joke. We should be showing we are desperate to improve what wrong with that? Its called ambition. I watched some highlights of a few matches last season and in certain games we were p..s poor. In my opinion its desperate times we were nearly f….ing relegated.

  • 71 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    @Ruddy I must admit he is a legend, My best moment seeing him was when he scored, gave the away fans the fingers and when asked about it he said, ”I was ordering two drinks from the bar”

    Just to clarify that wasn’t a joke, He actually done it.

  • 72 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    So you wouldn’t be happy if we signed these players:

    Siem De Jong

  • 73 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM


    Leave them alone, they are all high

  • 74 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    My back up choices would be:

    Luiz Adriano
    Demba Ba

  • 75 Mister Tuff // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    ref Gazza – Whilst his alcoholism is self inflicted – it is without doubt that it is a medical condition – with alocoholics/drug addicts a lot fail at the first and second attempts at rehab some fail totally. At the moment it’s not looking too good for him. Due to his condition I would not “put the boot in” -the guy needs help -similarly the tramp/alcoholic we see on the streets -I (now) would never judge them.
    As for Gazza – he delighted thousands across the world with his football -and more so delighted thousands of North Easterners. Some people make in in the football world because they aspire to be a footballer and practice and train, practice and train to be better/reach the standard. Gazza was a totally natural footballer -he just had it in him -his peers knew it as well. He’s done some daft/bad things but he needs help not scorn.

  • 76 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    @Kets I would be very happy with some name’s on there but the fact is that it won’t happen, Would you rather spend 5 million on bent a 30 year old on a high wage or go spend it on some 19 20 year old kid with potential, As for benteke, Alderweireld, will never happen

  • 77 JAMSHA // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    still no one signd…. fk ya mike..

  • 78 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I think it could happen. If we sign Alderweireld first, we would stand a chance of getting Benteke. As long as we sign 2 decent strikers, I don’t care how old they are. We can do better than Darren Bent. Lukaku or Ba on loan could be options.

  • 79 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Would you swap Cabaye with Benteke?

  • 80 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    I cant believe that after only 2 week of the transfer window we are already conceding defeat and are showing no optimism or ambition In the chase for the likes of alderweireld-de jong ect .
    bent yeah upgrade for shola but not a player to take us forward

  • 81 ~Joke-innear~ // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Darren Bent is almost as big a joke as JokeInnear is.

  • 82 JAMSHA // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:29 PM


  • 83 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I hope it’s bullshit. And also I think it’s bullshit since it makes no sense that LFC would to go for him unless they miss out on their other targets mainly Eriksen. Keep your spirit up mate.

  • 84 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I would not swap cabaye for benteke, Although he looks good he hasn’t really proved himself yet. And cabaye has defo proved himself ,can cut it in the french league,premier league and france national squad.

  • 85 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    what about dempsey? i see tott wants to release him…

  • 86 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    according to the star arsenal are set to offer an amazing 6mill for tim krull.
    6 fu@in million are they having a laugh. as pardew said that aint gonna blow the bloody doors off is it !!!

  • 87 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    @Doktoon why not insigne? They should seriozly try persuade that young guy to join and shell out the 15-20 million for him, He is fantastic.

  • 88 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    If take Dempsey in a heartbeat

  • 89 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    I heard Sevilla will try to replace Negredo with Gamerio if he leaves.

  • 90 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    @Jazzyp it’s there opening bid just, it will go alot higher believe me, there are in desperate need of a good gk.

  • 91 DokToon // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    mind me saying, id love to see him in black and white… and being from this other side of the pond, would make it really special, id even break down and buy a wonga shirt….

    hey mike, dempsey is the guy for us…. along with remy… no probs scoriung with those two in our kit

  • 92 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:46 PM


    I would Not, no chance

  • 93 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    im trying my hardest pal.but im sure like most toon supporters there starts to feel like a breaking point is looming.
    they say patience is a virtue mate -lets just see what mashley serves us on a plate

  • 94 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    indykaila News ?@indykaila
    World exclusive regarding Liverpool Football Club. Waiting for green light. Coming up shortly #LFC

  • 95 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Indian Mag
    Why not? He’s an attacking midfield play maker with pace experience and leadership

  • 96 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    TFS Norwich City ?@TFS_NorwichCity
    Reports say Norwich could sign Leroy Fer, Toby Alderweireld and Fabio Qualiarella next week.

  • 97 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    U do realise this is a Newcastle blog not a Liverpool one? And indykaila talks crap

  • 98 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    There starting to really piss me off, they said they were gona go after young players and what not,

    Here is one of the best kids about,

    Why not sign guys like this, not just what he has got to offer to the team but they will triple there money in a couple seasons when he hits his peak.

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

    Liverpool FC ?@LFC
    Bit of news coming up on @LFC in the next 10 minutes #LFC…

  • 100 Indian Magpie // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    I don’t know never liked him, guess because he always does against us.

  • 101 richyg01 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    @ 97

    Was it this…
    Good luck to @suso30fernandez as he embarks on a season-long loan to La Liga side Union Deportiva Almeria #LFC

  • 102 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    indykaila News ?@indykaila
    Also world exclusive for Arsenal. Coming up. #AFC

  • 103 richyg01 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Arsenal Set to offer £6M for Krul

    That is a very low offer, must be worth double that.

  • 104 WWYCD // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Indian Mag
    Fair one, I’ve always been impressed with him tbh. Runs us ragged constantly so can’t be too bad

  • 105 toon kk // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I wonder if Remy will come? Trouble is I think we’re waiting to see if we can get Bent a bit cheaper. He’ll be more JK type more of an old school player.
    MA hoping a decent bid will come in for one of our better players to cover the cost of him.

  • 106 Sazzer // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Indikalia already confirmed that one before he wrote his tweet. But yeah it could be it.

  • 107 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I can’t believe people are still going on about Benteke! This isn’t a computer game you know!

    Please do tell me why Benteke would want to join us from Villa?

    It’s completely obvious that the lad has got a little too big for his boots and is angling for a move to a CL team with considerably higher wages. We’ve got a better squad than Villa but we’re not in Europe next season and have only slightly more chance than Villa of being in Europe the season after. So he’ll either stay put or move to one of the top 6. Or abroad.

  • 108 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Who says Arsenal are set to offer £6M for Krul? Just crappy newspapers, that’s all.

    It’s rubbish. The whole footballing world knows that Krul wouldn’t be sold for £6M.

  • 109 richyg01 // Jul 12, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Looks like Shay Given is off to Doncaster on a season long loan.

    They have a few ex NUFC players there now.

    Andy Griffin, James Coppinger, Beye was there but got released at end of last season

  • 110 Ian Toon // Jul 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    TDS – Is it completely obvious that he’s ….got to big for his boots!
    What a daft comment. From my assessment he seems perfectly well equipped to meet the challenges of playing in The Champions League. Why shouldn’t he be ambitious when he’s clearly talented. A view formed from watching him – he would be perfect for us. He will appreciate in value to meet the Ashley test whilst helping the toon to be playing CL football within a couple of seasons.
    There are some players worth pushing the boat out for and his age and price should make him a target.

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