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Newcastle Linked With Norwegian International

10:49 am, Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 277 Comments

There are reports in Norway today, that we have been alerted to by one of our Norwegian readers, Tor Magne Madsen, that Newcastle are looking into signing the 6’3″ Norwegian International goalkeeper Rune Jarstein

Rune Jarstein

Rune Jarstein – 28 year-old Norway International

The 28 year-old goalkeeper currently plays for Viking, and he has played 30 times for Norway, and could be the third choice goalkeeper brought in this summer to replace the departed Steve Harper, who joined Hull City a couple of days ago.

Rune has just one year left on his contract at Viking, so he could be brought in for a nominal fee this summer, and it would appear that Viking are willing to sell too, with the fee said to be around £250K – something Newcastle should be able to afford. :D

Rune has established himself as the Norwegian number one over the last three or four years, and has played well in the Norwegian league for ten years.

Rune can be very good, but is prone to making mistakes, when he lets his concentration lag, which is true for most goalkeepers, come to think of it.

Rune would probably be brought in as Newcastle’s number three goalkeeper, but we wonder where that would leave his career at International level, if he’s not playing regular first team football.

He has played 255 first team games for Odd Grenland, Rosenborg and Viking in the Tippeligaen over the last ten years.

What do you think?

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277 responses so far ↓

  • 1 rainrix // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Good to see the striker hunts going well!

  • 2 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Straight swap, Rooney for Cabaye?

  • 3 Levi // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    To every one who thinks right back cover is a priority please look at this article. I know Anita isn’t great 1st choice right back but he is excellent cover.

  • 4 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    what was good to see yesterday is dummett has a good cross and vuckic links midfield and attack well, two things we were vitally lacking last season

    hopefully pardew sees that and takes note when buying new players

    for what its worth i think if we sign siem de jong haris wont get a look in :(

  • 5 rainrix // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Guys looks like chelsea are going to beat us to rooney. The bid has been rejected but its only a matter of time. Lost out to another target ffs. This bloody regime eh?

  • 6 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM


    I think we seem to be covered pretty well in both wing back positions.

    We need wingers and strikers IMO.

  • 7 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM



    On SSN, ManUre fans are wanting £20M + Mata, which would do us a favour as they wouldnt be poaching Cabs then!

  • 8 wolfshead@toon // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM


    their bid has been rejected is joe trying to hijack the deal :-)

  • 9 Levi // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM


    totally agree. definatly not a bleeding goalkeeper

  • 10 RonVanDam // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I dont understand why we are linked with 29 year strikers when we can get better younger players who are about to peak cheaper

  • 11 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    oh and vuckic has a good corner deliveryy!

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    from previous….i dont think we have a good team. we have some nice technical players but thats only one aspect. As an individual the decision making is poor from most, fitness is poor, strength is poor…etc etc

    I think the technical side is overplayed in football…its one aspect but the best players are technical and smart….our players dont seem to be able to think and adapt in a game.

  • 13 viv // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    We certainly need another goalie, as Elliot is not up to the level of the Premier league. More league one standard.

  • 14 RonVanDam // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM


    We wont be able to afford Rooneys wages. 250k per week would basically cover the wages of our whole squad

  • 15 rainrix // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Wolfshead…. Joe the sly hound, hear he’s readying a 500K opening bid, plus obertan going back to man u. Cant wait wayne ronny what an opening signing!

  • 16 Levi // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM


    haha mata and 20mil. If i was Chelsea i wouldn’t swap mata for Rooney let alone mata and 20m

  • 17 Roy Morten // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I pray to GOD that we don’t sign Jarstein. Would be my worst nightmare come true.

  • 18 Levi // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM


    just let us dream bud.

  • 19 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    i’ve seen that liverpool are in for Shaqiri, wasn’t he a target for us at one time?
    funnily enough, so was Christian Erikson. Shouldn’t we be buying these players when we target them? There was another player, Barcelona are bidding for him, a midfielder I think, can’t remember their name though. But it was the same deal.
    also, why are we in for another keeper? Krul, Elliot, Alnwick?

  • 20 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:02 AM


    i think that elliott is good enough as back up….we wont get a better keeper willing to sit on the bench.

  • 21 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    We won’t get Wayne Ronny!

    But…if man utd sell him to Chelsea, cash plus Juan Mata, then we sell them Cabaye for Mata, straight swap.

    Seems pretty straight forward…! :-)

  • 22 rotherschild // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Geordiemark has the measure of Mr Cashley. A failed pro squash player, a ruthless arrogant person, with no respect for anyone, and least of all the Geordie nation “The Toon” .

    Joe Kinnear’s appointment, what an absolute joke and an embarrassment to NUFC ( Cashley’s warped sense of revenge) He demeans our intelligence by purporting this to be anything other than extracting the P. MA will never forgive us for the way we rightfully embarrassed him in front of his family at St James Park, and he will try and extract his revenge, drop by drop on the Toon Fans. Speak to Mr Whelan about Cashley, talk to the city about Cashley “A nasty, nasty piece of work”

    Who of us believes MAs team did not carry out due diligence when he bought NUFC. He knew exactly what the books were telling him. He chose not to refute the stories of a slip up, to court favour. “Stand with the lads on the terraces, act like one of the loyal supporters” is that sheeps I can smell,no its Bulls

    He hires” yes men” like Parsnip (last chance saloon). C.H. told him the truth sacked, K.K. told him the truth sacked, I would just love it for Kev to tell everything about this carpetbagger, but he is locked into a compromise agreement. A.S. told him the truth, contract terminated, Als bar closed.
    You will run out of luck one day Ash.

    Now the transfer saga all over again. Darren Bent not required by Aston Villa who nearly ended up in the Championship!!!!!!!!! A TOON TARGET cos he is cheap, no cos MA knows it will P us off.

    A goalkeeper ???? JK must have sold Krul.

    .PS I wonder if Cashley attended the Durham Miners Gala. !!!!!!!!!!!

  • 23 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    How is Darren Bent a step backwards ? Someone explain to me how signing a striker who scores 15-20 goals every season . If he had played every game for villa we would have no chance of signing him. Some of you would rather we signed some south american wonderkid you found on football manager then sign a proven premierleague striker for around 5million. We struggled to score goals last season with only 1 capable striker so signing another striker like Darren Bent for me is a step forward.

  • 24 Mark29Hungary // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Cabaye + 10m for Rooney. That would be a good deal. But who will pay the 250 k/w?

    Ashley??? :)))))
    Wonga???? :))))

    Or he will be the face of Sports Direct with a fat advertising contract?

  • 25 Rooster // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    33Rooster // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Dummet, is a quality kid, strong physical,terrific left foot, great attitude, plays left or right back centre back, got to be our main back up, different class from willo who has to go now, wa screeming for a kidto put quality in the box, this kid has always done it proper footballer.

  • 26 Ginger // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    He does seem like a no nonsense fullback. He’s looked good ever since the Brighton game.

  • 27 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM


    Linked with Goalkeepers and Bent

  • 28 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    We will do alot better next season if our team can stay fit, with the likes of Krul, Cabaye, Tiote, Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Santon all missing large amounts of last season.

    The likes of Anita, Sissoko, Mbiwa, Debuchy, Goufrran and Santon have all got good premierleague experience and gained a good understanding off their teammates.

    And Playeyers such as Vickic, haidara, Bigi, and Campbell all coming through this season is only going to be an improvement on last season.

    Plus the addition of 2 or 3 quality players. Think about the bigger picture, teams like Norwich , southampton and sunderland are all signing loads of players because they need to.

  • 29 geordiemark // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    dont fool yourselfs with the cabaye for rooney rubbish, ashley wants the transfer fee to go with the andy carrol transfer money he nicely shafted away in a bank account

    when ashley took over the toon he said by his own words I will spend 20 million a year on new players, hes never done it even if we owed over 100 million that was his fault and only his fault if he cant do due dillergence thats his problem not ours the mans a moron and should be hounded out of newcastle with his so called yes men brigade, he has conned us left right and centre but he wont con me any more thats for damn sure I am still a supporter even if i wont be going to the match anymore sod mr ashley cant wait for the day the greedy fat git goes

  • 30 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Is it right that Monaco have began talks over cabaye?

    Anybody shed any light on this?

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I do think we have decent team – part of games last year – not many – Man Utd away 70 mins Swansea away 2nd half for example – we played some excellent football.
    We can do it but I don’t know if it is the managers tactics, self belief God knows but we end up looking dis-joined hoofing the ball anywhere

  • 32 geordiemark // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    JFK junior

    he will go anywhere where the club will pay ashley from £25million upwards

  • 33 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Geordie – I agree. And a £21mil profit in a couple years isn’t bad.

    As long as it is reinvested into the transfer kitty…! Big if!

  • 34 Mr Funk // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Would anyone still go for Charlie Austin – seems keen to move from Burnley

  • 35 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Yes i agree Elliot, is terrible in net last night he showed us we need to bring another keeper. And it looks like Bent is on his way here. After all he has to be better than Shola!

  • 36 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM


    I blame both..manager and players cannot adapt to the situation in my view.

  • 37 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Roy Morten is right. Jarstein is an ok goalkeeper from a really poor league. He would have a total meltdown in EPL. He’s like Hislop – great reflexes but totaly unstable. He’s got no confidence other than in interviews. He’s also had a couple of issues with the fans and the press where he looks like a complete idi0t.

    Please leave this goalkeeper where he is!

  • 38 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    mr funk

    he failed a medical at hull so no
    but knowing us we will try, seem to like injured players

  • 39 fatman // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Iain Dowie

    how many goals did bent score last season not 20 not even 15 hes history and going back to what we used to do buy has been, with no value, i bet if we do sign him next closed season we are trying to dump him.

  • 40 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM


    Struggle to score when not playing!!

  • 41 fatman // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM


    Yes and that’s the point he could not get into a struggling side, so he was not rated by villa.

  • 42 Mr Funk // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    @ TS

    Still worth a try – probably cost the same as Bent but i think a better gamble to take – ie Austin on his way up and Bent is on his way down

  • 43 fatman // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Anyway he played 23 times and scored 6 goals his goals per game ratio is falling, and likely to only go down.

  • 44 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    I hope these rumours about Bent, joining us are just to distract attention away from our real targets. As Bent needs to play up front on his own plus he is always injured.

  • 45 Rooster // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Ginger, i have watched Dummet n Campbell n fergie who i still rate, n Tav, seen them all from kids, will only get vetter IF given more of a chance, worried with AP though, his Senior preferences n favs n all that. Shola n willo n jonas hav got to be binned, jonas is oards fav of course so at least another season of the argie gunslinger ha ha

  • 46 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM


    I don’t think that the problem is that he is not rated, the problem is his relationship with the Manager.

  • 47 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    he made 9 starts and scored in 5 of those starts, his subs appearances were all at 65mins+ in a struggling team. He wasn’t played because he fell out with Lambert not because he wasn’t still good.

  • 48 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Me to

  • 49 Rooster // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    That brighton game last season were the youngins supposdly dusnt play that well, maybe nor great bur that was a hungry brigjton in a big cup tie not ever easy, that day, willo perch santon shola obertan were a disgrace to the shirt, lua lua did santon every time, AP then slags the youngins off when his seniors were awful, that moment turned me right against Pardew, cowardly i thought.

  • 50 Yorkgeordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    It might be more likely he would be a replacement for Elliot. I don’t think I am the only one who thinks he isn’t good enough

  • 51 toon kk // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Probably the ONLY first team signing will be Bent, he’s just the type of player JK and Pards are looking for. He’ll fit in with our Hoofball style of play.
    Maybe MA is rite we don’t need any new signings after all, we did beat Motherwell last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 52 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Fatman – Darren bent ,look at his record before last season, its more or less a ratio of 1:2. Now tell me hes a poor striker. He didnt play last season because of a fall out with the manager.
    Some of the suggestions of signings on this blog are laughable, the sooner you all realise we are not a ‘massive club’ any more and start being realistic with players. Darren Bent will score goals for us no doubt. If we were to sign a striker from Spain or france they may take time to adapt meaning we have another below par season and everyone calling on pardew to be sacked. Goals= winning games.

  • 53 Mr Funk // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I am going to go out on a speculative limb and suggest that NUFC are going to buy Remy once QPR have signed another striker and that will be our only signing this summer!

  • 54 John Tudor // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    who knows what the inner workings of the club have in store for us in terms of signings.personally it means nothing till the actions starts in ernest, time will tell

  • 55 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    If Bent comes in who drops out? He will be a Pardew and/or a Kinnear signing so it’s safe to assume he will play regardless of form.Any ideas.

  • 56 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Iain Dowie

    1 goal in 2 games ratio? 23 games 6 goals? nearly 1 goal in 4 games ratio.

    I dont feel Darren Bent is the type of player we need. He is Cisse, but does even less, and lacks any pace.

    Remy and De Jong should be our first signings! Or atleast the priority!

    By doing that we not only add strikers to the list but versatile attacking wingers/midfielders with different style of play. De Jong is every bit as good if not better in the air than most strikers in the PL and Remy has pace, something we lack when looking at Cisse, Ba and Shola combo of previous season.

  • 57 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    @ nutmeg – 55

    If Shola goes, we’ve got Cisse and Campbell as strikers… Campbell will play Capital Cup games, Cisse would be dropped dependent on form or played with another striker who’s brought in. We need 2 strikers purely for competition and to not have that fear of, ‘Bugger, Cisse’s injured, now who?’ ya know?

  • 58 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I quite like Darren Bent. If we sign Bent and Remy and ship out Ameobi, I’ll be happy with that.

    You’ll get far more goals from Bent then you will from Ameobi like.

    Plus it will probably give Cisse a kick up the arse. Who kept his place last season no matter how awful he was.

  • 59 Phatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM



    Although I agree that we need 2 strikers.

  • 60 Ginger // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:20 PM


    So what do you think about Campbell? Think he’ll be a big star one day?

  • 61 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Ipswich Town 122 (48)
    Charlton Athletic 68 (31)
    Tottenham Hotspur 60 (18)
    Sunderland 58 (32)
    Aston Villa 54 (21)

    That is a good goal scoring record for me, when you take into account the fact he wasn’t a regular starter at spurs or aston villa.
    Ok then if we were signing someone from france with some unpronounceable name with the same goal scoring record you would all want him. I would prefere Remy but Signing Bent is not a step backwards, bringing ameobi of the bench is certainly not what i want to see for another season.

  • 62 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    @ Phatoon – 59
    Meh, he could be a striker if push comes to shove but more of a Marveaux role for me. Either wide or just behind, same role but different kind of player to him. I’d rather a goalscorer ya know?

  • 63 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The more strikers the better.

  • 64 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Gouffran has a Bellamy look to him,

    His runs are smart, his finishing at times looks average at best.

    I feel he could do very well upfront, he is also very very good in the air. He scored majority of his goals from headers at Bordeaux, and looking at him you wouldn’t think it.

    I feel is will not be the makeshift winger this year, especially with a fully fit squad.

    He is an option, and versatile though. Rather have him 2nd fiddle than Bent though!

  • 65 toon kk // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    MA and JK are hoping for a big money sale of one of our best players, forgetting their value will have dropped a hell of alot after last season.
    They want money in the bank left over after any new signing is bought in.
    The sale of AC made MA think this is the way forward but massive profit deals are rare.

  • 66 John Tudor // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    i ‘ll have d graham and long

  • 67 John Tudor // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    toon kk why just the one

  • 68 SecretSausage // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    oi oi bitches.
    Latest from the Sausage newsline.

    Pardew mentioned he hopes to have a new signing in by next week. I’ve been told that it isn’t Bent that he was on about. I got this off one of the players who also told me that they hear wispers but they arn’t allowed to talk names to people as they all have stuff written into their contracts at Newcastle about this.

  • 69 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Iain Dowie -

    Pele – 694 games to 650 goals….

    I am not comparing the two but based on his last season he must be good right?!

    My point – IT DOESNT MATTER what his goal scoring record was 2,3,4,5+ years ago, all that matters is his last season.

    And that was 1 in 4, why because he lost his quality attribute, his pace. Hes always injured too.

    Hes what I call “past his best” and will only now decline.

    I would prefer him to Shola, hell I prefer the honky tonk man over Shola, but I rather replace Shola with talent, than another “has been”.

    We may aswell go for Owen, offer him out of retirement, he has a much better record than Bent. Or how about Henry? You see my point, these are no doubt great striker at the peak of their career, but they are now past it, as is Darren Bent.

  • 70 Nufcjoss // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    NOO!! Tim so much better! Jarstein whould be backup, a role he will not be satisfied with.. his bin first choise for 10 years, he will not sit for long.

  • 71 Rake // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Bent as competition for Cisse as Ameobi is simply not competing. I would take Bent only if we get a winger as well. Someone who can cross and won’t cut in at every oppertunity.

  • 72 Perchinho Pricing Blunder // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    @dowie is this like moneyball? Where they get a disillusioned but proven guy from the Yankees because he gets on base.
    Bent wasn’t played because him and the manager fell out. He scores goals. We need goals. Things to think about.
    1) he gets on with our manager so will get mo
    re games
    2) when he starts he has a hell of a scoring record
    3) he can be rotated with cisse to reduce fitness issues
    4) it’s world cup year, he’s going to be motivated to get into the England setup.
    5) if we pay 5million that’s a decent deal (how much was Connor Wickham for instance?)

  • 73 rainrix // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Bent is too similar to cisse. We’ve all seen that cisse and ba couldn’t play together in the same role. If pards plans on partnering them together then we’re simply going to have the same problems as last year, one player being wasted. Besides last season the problem wasn’t so much cisse wasn’t scoring, we simply weren’t creating good enough chances.

    We do need a striker no doubt but i’d rather we sort out our midfield 1st and get some competent wingers so we can actually create chances. Then focus on a striker to back up cisse.

  • 74 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Mike ashley is going on holidays

  • 75 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Pawl- So you say hes past his best, well i say hes still got a few years in him. Your welcome to your opinion, But how many goals did you expect him to score while sitting on the bench ? Lost of strikers have had bad seasons.
    OK then look at this
    Kevin gamiero- 25 games 8 goals- would you still have him?
    Demba Ba 14 games – 2 goals would you have him back?
    Players like these given a full season of playing would score many goals but because they are on the bench its not possible.
    bad season doesnt mean you’ve passed it.

  • 76 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Pawl @64
    I agree with that about Gouffran & that’s why as a priority IMHO we need a creative player in first.I apologize for banging on about who i think we need but SDJ is for my money the stand out player.I do understand that you can’t just sign players as if your ordering from a mail order club & you can only get them when they become available. So a creative player 1st then a striker for me.

  • 77 G // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Can anybody confirm that this keeper can also play as a 2nd striker? If not, why the hell are we even considering this?

  • 78 Indian Magpie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    If QPR sign Hooper, we could get Remy

  • 79 viv // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    NUFC, dodged a bullet not resigning Andy Carroll out for the opening games with another injury another Duncan Ferguson, me thinks.

  • 80 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Personally, I think we need a new team altogether. With the exception of about 7 players, maybe 8.

  • 81 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Perchino -

    How much was Michu? (2m)

    Or how much was Bellamy? (5m)

    Or Benteke? (7m)

    All upcoming stars, approaching the peak of their career, hell even De Jong would be approx 7m

    5m for a HAS BEEN, with a good record, but who is not only lost his pace is now constantly injured am sorry but PASS.

  • 82 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    When I say team I mean squad, 25 players worth.

  • 83 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Iain -

    I would be happy for Gameiro to come as he is unproven, he does not rely on pace which is often lost in later years.

    Ba may have a poor record with Chelsea, but again he has not lost his yard of pace.

    Bent has, he has lost what made him get a great record. Why else would anyone sell him if he is soo great?!

    Sorry but we can agree to disagree.

  • 84 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Perchinho Pricing Blunder-
    i agree , as far as a striker that is going to score goals you cant say bent is a bad option. With the likes of Ben Arfa , cabaye and marvuex ect he will bang them in. Im not saying hes the best option out there but if we sign him he would be step forward.

    I would rather have Remy but it looks like we are going to get Bent so deal with it and support him if he signs instead of getting on his back before hes even played a game.

  • 85 TimKrulFan // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    We need a ST and two wingers. I’m happy with bent, we should go for N’Zogbia and Hoilett. I have also seen Everton have loaned Gerrard Deulofeu from Barca been watching him on YouTube since he was like 14 he’s a future star.

  • 86 Toon_Tom // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    why is secretsausage so secretive?

    Didnt you say last week you had a mate who works in Admin for NUFC – and now you have been speaking directly with the players regarding transfers?


  • 87 viv // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Jelavic, is up for grabs at Everton. He would be worth a punt.

  • 88 Iain Dowie // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Pawl- Players have been sold due to disagreement with managers and the club. Darren Bents goal scoring record wasnt because of his pace, its more down to his strikers instinct- being in the right place at the right time and making timely runs accross defenders which are attributes players like ameobi don’t have.

  • 89 Perchinho Pricing Blunder // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    @pawl were any of them English or proven premier league goal scorers at bents level?
    I’m discussing bent because he is a target and I’d take him. It’s just where our opinions differ. A motivated bent could easily add another set of double figures onto our goal tally. I’m not saying he’s our best option but he’s not a bad one at all.
    And I’d take de jong. Definitely. Not sure we’d get him for as little as 7million though

  • 90 Lowesy // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    @ TimKrulFan – 85
    Hoilett and N’Zogbia? N’Zogbia was a bright prospect, but he reminds me of Taarabt too much, flashes of skill but overall just not worth the hassle. He’s moody, lethargic and non-existent for most of the game. Hoilett, again, I liked him at Blackburn. But he joined QPR for the money and if he couldn’t get a game there, then he shouldn’t be playing for us.

  • 91 toon kk // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Everyone has to understand MA does NOT want to spend in this transfer window, maybe just maybe one striker if the price is right and we manage to sell. If he’d wanted someone badley enough I’m sure it would have happened.

  • 92 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    No bids in for any players, or is it his compulsive lying manifesting itself again?

  • 93 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    On Bent

    He has been inconsistent throughout his career. Did well at charlton and Sunderland, struggled at spurs and villa.

    He seems to be a player where if things aren’t going his way he falls out with the manager, like redknapp and lambert. But you never know the reasons why so maybe it wasn’t his fault.

    Talk at villa they would owe Sunderland 6mil or so if he player more games so maybe that’s why he didn’t start a lot as they were not wanting to waste money when they had benteke already and wanted rid of him anyway.

    I’d take him here but I’d still like us to get a genuine top class striker. Liverpool paid 22mil for Suarez….surely we can do the same. A striker is key as goals win games…must make sure we have plenty up top

  • 94 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    If chelski get Rooney I’d be back in for ba tbh

  • 95 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    My only issue with bent is I think we could and should do better.

    With Ashley in charge I’d take bent though as we can’t expect much better.

  • 96 Rooster // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Ginger, all about opinions, campbell apart from be arfa is my fav toon player, ive seen him many times, training he is terrific, hes bot fazed at all, quickest at the club and football brain to match anyone else, reads the fame brill, always wants the ball, listen to the gasp at SJP when he does a one two and flies away from the last defender, goose bumps thinkin about it, high praise i know, class act.

  • 97 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    If Chelsea get Rooney I’d bust the bank for Lukaku, not Ba.

  • 98 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    No chance mate they have said they have big plans for him
    So I’m expecting Ba and Torres to be moved on

  • 99 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Yeah, it was said, then they spent near 20million on Schurrle who is a centre forward, and have been heavily linked with Cavani, Hulk, and now admitted to bidding for Rooney. Mourinho also said he will be doing all he can to help Torres get back to form, and he only plays 1 striker.

    No chance Lukaku will have any intention of sitting on a bench half the time when he needs a full season playing and scoring to force his way into the starting 11 for Belgium in the World Cup.

  • 100 Ben3arfa // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Terrible summer continues

    Lee Ryder ?@lee_ryder 5m

    Papiss Cisse has not travelled with #nufc to Portugal

  • 101 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    True mate true although I thought schurle and hulk were more of wingers?
    Still think he’d get plenty of game time in front of Torres and Ba Chelsea rotate well and have CL

    Would love to see us in for him but honestly don’t think they’d sell

    But there are plenty of CF’s out there tbh said earlier with tevez going to juve I’d stick a bid in for Sebastian Giovinco or even Hernandez from manure

  • 102 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Wow, Cisse not travelling. That is a big worry. We need him up to speed for the opening day of the season, and Pards was saying this will be a tough week of work for the players, so how far will Cisse fall behind?

  • 103 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I think if we wanted him, we could get him, even on loan would do for the season. Give Campbell another year to develop elsewhere on loan. I’ve seen reports saying that West Ham and Chelsea have already held talks about a loan deal for Lukaku after missing out on Bony, but it was dependent on a Chelsea arrival.

    Giovinco would be good, but is more of a number 10. Hernandez, well if Rooney leaves there is no chance of that happening.

  • 104 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Cisse not travelling??!
    Injury or offski?

    Bit of a worry like but if he goes bollox to all this Darren Bent and Remy we need to get a couple of top top top CF’s in

    Mathias Suarez
    Lukaku ( credit lilo ;) )

  • 105 Slank // Jul 17, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Pawl @ 81

    The three players (Michu, Bellamy & Benteke) you mention were all, to most fans, unknowns and therefore very risky buys. There are probably as many, if not more, buys of unknown players who have since disappeared. It is only in retrospect that we know what good buys these three were.

    The question is whether a club buys a proven premiership goal scorer, albeit possibly past his peak, or risk an unknown with no premiership experience.

    Possibly the best answer is to get both !

  • 106 Jamiemac // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Oh dear Cisse not travelled

  • 107 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    I’d say it is looking more and more like Cisse could be off. Which, given the fact Shola is looking to leave, Ba left n Jan, and Best and Lovenkrands left last summer, could be a knockout blow.

    To be honest, unless Campbell has come back to training looking like a cross between Messi, Drogba, and Romario, then we will need minimum 3 strikers capable of sticking the ball in the back of the net. With one being top top drawer.

    Are Anzhi still interested? They missed out on PEA, have they got anyone else in since?

  • 108 Phatoon // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Is all this Cisse stuff not a Ramadan thing? Training on his own, not travelling, could all be do with his diet etc.

    Doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom.

    Probably is doom and gloom though ;)

  • 109 pawl250 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM


    Its an argument Bent is a “risky” buy for his 1:4 goal ratio last term.

    Consider Villa paying 20m for him, not playing him is a big statement of intent on their part at how much they value him.

    7m is bad business, 5m is bad business.

    Feel that money could be used elsewhere, perhaps Alderwield would not be far from that amount of money!!

  • 110 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    That is the best idea…a proven player and an unproven one.

    But Ashley is never about the best, he’s always about the cheapest

  • 111 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    I’d guarantee that bent gets 10 goals in the season of we play him regular and also pushes cisse for his main striker spot which helps.

    I’d like a proven goal scorer, don’t care where from or who. That’s why we have scouts to make sure ‘unproven’ players are as low a risk as possible. Agree with you the money could be better spent

  • 112 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Bent and Tiote are also Muslim, so Ramadan would be affecting them to. I assume they have traveled. There is a fourth I think as well, but can’t remember which player it is.

  • 113 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Not Bent, Ben Arfa, got Bent stuck on the brain

  • 114 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Sissoko i think

  • 115 Thump // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    @Lilongwe: Not sure about first teamers (maybe Mbiwa?) but I know Abeid is Muslim.

  • 116 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    OMG I’m tired of this moaning!!!

    As far as I can see Ashley have made the right choices all the way mostly.
    Some windows passing by without a striker. but who cares really as long as we are progressing, and Ashley seems to still be learning footballing business.

    As a matter of fact I dont think we need more than a backup CB and a couple of strikers.

    There is always another season ahead… believe in Ashley for once!

    He gets his advertising money by making controversial decisions like with Kinnear – I think thats a PR-stunt for sure, and thats all it was!

    The transfers in january havent geled yet either!

    High hopes!

  • 117 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I also think that Campbell can make a big impact next season!

  • 118 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Signing RUNE ALMENNING JARSTEIN is kinda exciting – since I come from Norway – but I cant see it as strengthening..

  • 119 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure the first teamer was Sissoko, cheers Nut meg, and of course Abeid. I don’t think Ramadan can be used as an excuse then for not taking Cisse. Whether it has anything to do with Wonga, him wanting more money, or that he just simply wants out this needs to be resolved. He should have gone anyway, he is going to be way behind in terms of fitness.

  • 120 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM


    little faith in Ashely as most windows he leaves the squad lacking…and not just an extra player but in key areas.

    the man takes too many gambles and we are currently left behind.

    I said i’d judge the man’s intentions for us based on this summer….he still has a month and a half so plenty time to bring people in…but i dont have high hopes about our future with him.

  • 121 Ginger // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM


    That’s good to hear. Do you think he’s of Premier league quality or not ready yet? Personally I’d say a loan would do him good with an option to recall.

    Ginger, all about opinions, campbell apart from be arfa is my fav toon player, ive seen him many times, training he is terrific, hes bot fazed at all, quickest at the club and football brain to match anyone else, reads the fame brill, always wants the ball, listen to the gasp at SJP when he does a one two and flies away from the last defender, goose bumps thinkin about it, high praise i know, class act.

  • 122 Marv-the-magician // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    I am from Norway and Jarstein plays for my local club. He is totally unstable, and does a lot of simple mistakes. Hes been pushing for a move to a club outside of Norway for many years now and nobody wants him. But ofcorse hes on JFK’s radar!!
    please dont sign this guy.. go for a younger keeper instead

  • 123 Ginger // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM


    Ignore the second part, accidentally copied your comment.

  • 124 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    We have several players who are Muslim so highly doubt it mate!

    How has Ashley done mostly right?
    It took 3 years to get a much needed CB
    We have needed an extra CF since before best and lovenkrands left
    He fcuked up massively last summer, fcuked up in jan by not getting a CF despite all his panic buys
    Failed to meet the required targets to upgrade the academy despite stating that the youth was the clubs number 1 priority
    Appointed JFK
    Continually made baffling managerial appointments
    Spent last season propping up the table

    Not sure how that is progression tbh

  • 125 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Plus Ramadan didn’t stop benny ba or cisse going on pre season last summer

    Sorry but unless the club say he’s injured this is very worrying news

  • 126 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM


    as long as he does plenty fitness work at home thats ok

    might not have his touch and his footballing brain ticking over but as long as he is fit that will come back soon enough.

    Ramadam might be an issue…depends how seriously people take their faith whether they follow it or not. He may be the only one so dont want him out in 30+ degree heat if not eating/drinking during daylight.

  • 127 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Also don’t understand why we’re after a goalie!

  • 128 GeordieAnt // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    You know…this whole Cissé thing is annoying the hell outta me now, for hell’s sake if the stories are true (which I’m sceptical about) then it’s incredibly bad man management what is our best striker. First we make him train by himself, second we leave him out of pre-season all over him not wanting to wear the Wonga logo…which to a point I think we can all understand. His religious views may be stronger than the other Muslims at our club, after all he is the only one that celebrates by praying after scoring. The way I see it…if the stories ARE true, then the club needs to stop basically saying “Do what we say or we’ll make life hard for you,” and if they’re not true and Cissé is really kicking up a stink/being awkward, then he needs to move on to another club so we can (hopefully) get another striker in…cos let’s face it, we all know if we sold a player like Cissé we would probably have more chance of signing a striker faster with the money we get for him. Hopefully he stays and this all gets resolved, as I as I know many others do rate Cissé and hope he rediscovers his 1st seasons form. Either way…it just needs to get resolved, because I’m sick of all the negative media attention at the minute. The life of a Newcastle fan eh? Never simple.

  • 129 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM


    i’d wave cisse away if i knew he would be replaced…good player but nothing special.

    the issue is that we all know he will leave and his replacement will arrive in 2015.

  • 130 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    geordie ant

    not sure why wonga is an issue for him. Muslim teachings say any interest on loans is wrong…therefore he should have objected to virgin money and the league being sponsored by barclays.

    As far as i am aware this must be personal choice, he is himself against wonga.

  • 131 transfer sage 2 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    if cisse leaves lets say for 15 million who will you replace him with mine would be seydou doumbia we have been liked with him before pacey finisher

  • 132 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I know Ben Arfa and Tiote take their faith very seriously, and both were fasting the last few years while with us. He went away last year and trained as well, so don’t think Ramadan has anything to do with it if I’m honest.

    As for the fitness, maybe, but he won’t be with any of the staff who deal with the first team training, so who looks after him? Whichever way you look at it, I can’t see a positive slant at all.

  • 133 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    hi sage2

    no idea, i’d like us to get a proven player but that wont happen.

    i’d go for higuain

  • 134 Jamiemac // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    It is understood that Cisse wanted to travel but told he couldn’t until Wonga dispute is resolved. Story is developing #nufc

    Slightly more encouraging

  • 135 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM


    better if he goes with the boys but surely we have another coach to run fitness with him, can draw up a plan to follow and have somebody train with him…even if he does something with the under18s etc

    i dont care about cisse…very stupid player, cant keep himself onside and doesnt think abut his finishing…does not seem to take the game serious enough.

  • 136 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    If the club have forced Cisse to stay because of this Wonga dispute it is utter lunacy. Just cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    If that is true whoever made the decision needs to be next in line to give Ashley and Kinnear their daily sponge baths.

  • 137 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM


    yeh true…it shows that sport comes second in decisions and money/sponsors come first.

    same way fans are priced out to give extra tickets to sponsors…total joke.

  • 138 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    You can call him stupid all you want, he is out only real option at the moment, so to not have him there is ridiculous. Particularly if it was the clubs choice. He could work with the U18′s, but it won’t be the same intensity as first team, so he would still be short.

  • 139 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM


    In the bigger picture we have the best squad in years, and needed structure is set.

    What I’ve seen of Pardews tactical skills, need an compensation – and thats what we’ve got.

    The youth academy surely needs an upgrade.
    If Im correct, our last upgrade was in 2000 or something like that.

    But when you think about it, is it much easier to fund the academy when the rest of the clubs structure already are in place – aint it?

    I think so.. I think thats Ashleys next step, when we have qualified for europe.

    As I’ve already mentioned TADS is that there is always a new season, and Mike Ashley is clearly learning.

    can’t see that as anything else than pessimism!

  • 140 WWYCD // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Yet another laugh a minute preseason with Newcastle United

  • 141 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Like the Champions League final where something like 70% of tickets are for corporate. Scandalous.

  • 142 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    i think he is a brainless striker….but he should be involved as you rightly say he is the best option we currently have. poor management and bowing to sponsor pressure…and wonga isn’t even a good deal…not massive and worth the bad press.

  • 143 noladonna // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Elliott carried the ball out of the box in one of the clubs most important games in our history that tells me he’s not got it mentally we need another keeper no doubt

  • 144 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    So you can’t have a functioning academy without already being in Europe? That is ridiculous. Many clubs produce youngsters before they become successful. Some never become successful as they then sell the youngsters on to keep the club running.

    “What I’ve seen of Pardews tactical skills, need an compensation – and thats what we’ve got.”

    Sorry, I have no idea what this is meant to mean, but we have a group of technically able players who are being set up in a way that doesn’t suit them. I was willing to give Pards a chance, but we continued to play a style unsuited to the players when he had a mainly fit squad.

    The best squad in years, maybe in parts, but I don’t think I remember us being this weak up front since we sold Cole and replaced him with Kitson.

    Equally, we are arguably weaker in the goalkeeping department then we have been for years. Harper/Given or Harper/Krul is better than Krul/Elliot.

  • 145 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 2:59 PM


    what good things has ashley done though?

    he has done nothing great…we hardly have a great squad…make up of mainly french boys who cant even get in their struggling national side apart from a couple of them.

    he sells players and doesnt replace them

    he leaves us short every window

    he has a poor manager and director of football

    Nothing he does is good or for the benefit of newcastle.

  • 146 toonaids // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    papa cisse noooooooooooooooooooo!
    that him gone like

  • 147 VanToonMan // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Assuming Rooney goes to Chelsea – is Ba, Bent and Remy too much to ask for Mr. Ashley?

    Remy as our left winger….Cisee Ba Bent as our strikers of choice – With Benny and Gouff offering wing options too.

    Siem, Cabaye, Marveaux ACM options – Tiote Sissoko Anita as our CDM options….would be truly mouth-watering…and also a selection headache for Pardew!

  • 148 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM


    southampton have a great academy and used it to get out of league 1 and back in the prem

    as with all things involving ashley…he has an excuse…..he’d be perfect in the propaganda department of stalin’s USSR….gets people to believe his crap.

  • 149 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Bigger picture? The blokes been here for 6 years and we’ve gone nowhere
    That’s not being pessimistic it’s being realistic
    As for our squad, how’d you figure it’s the best in years?
    It’s full of players who are unproved and inexperienced in the PL or who have so far been one season wonders

    As for the whole PR stunt thinso what if all the stupid things he’s done have been PR stunts? They have been stunts to promote his shop at the expense of the club, how is that progression in any way?

    Sh1 t owner
    Tw@ of a DOF
    No MD
    Poor coaches
    Lowest ranked academy in the north east
    Inept transfer windows

    The club will go nowhere whilst the fat idiot is at the helm

  • 150 NUFC_LEAZES END // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Check out this video and count how long the ‘toon toon, black and white army’ chant lasts for. It lasts 7 seconds. Why do people feel the need to chant really quickly these last couple of years, it’s ruining our atmosphere

    Also has anyone else heard about papiss ‘sticks by his religion when he feels like it’ cisse?

  • 151 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM



    The best that can be said of Ashley is that over his reign we have stood still

  • 152 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Laurits90 @
    You say that there’s always a new season & yes that’s true BUT some of us old timers on here have heard that for 50 odd years ! We’re pig sick of hearing it! LOL

  • 153 Hebburn Mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Just a quick, random question but NUFC have just posted some photos from yesterdays game on the official site and looking through them I noticed a couple of the players from both teams weren’t wearing shin pads, is this not against the football law, so to speak. I just thought id see if anyone knew if every player, playing whether it is a competitive game or not has to wear them. Or is it just me?

  • 154 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    This is ambition…Napoli

    President Aurelio De Laurentiis told La Repubblica Sport: “It’s true that we’re negotiating for Gonzalo Higuain and Leandro Damiao. The money we got for Cavani was 64.5mil and added to the 60mil we had set aside for the transfer budget there will be 124.5mil to carefully invest on Napoli.” He also confirmed that Real’s Spain defender Raul Albiol was close to joining the Italian club.

  • 155 fatman // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:12 PM


    what mad house you just crawled out of Ashly’s mistakes have led directly to the loss of £46m i would hardly say that’s good business, try 1970′s car plant, yes he will learn but he still just does what he feels like. especially when he employs his drinking buddy’s as NUFC employees, obviously this all happened while you were sectioned.?

  • 156 Jay K // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Aren’t lads

    Just a quick one lee Ryder had stated that cisse didn’t travel yet the team ain’t even left cos ov 7 mins Adam Campbell was sitting eating a nandos and he is going. Strange

  • 157 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Looks like it’s getting more serious with Cisse. I don’t think it’s fair for people to say that he’s using it as an excuse to leave the club, he doesn’t need an excuse – if he wants to leave he can just demand a transfer.

    Hopefully they will come to a resolution.

  • 158 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM


    i just dont get why he has a religious issue with wonga but not virgin money…both charge interest and therefore both wrong in his religion.

    Don’t see why an issue now when not before….could be more too it.

  • 159 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Why pay £17m for Rooney when we can get Mauro Zarate for free? I’d take £25m for Cabaye.


    Benteke – £18m
    Zarate – Free
    Siem De Jong – £9m
    Alderweireld – £6.5m
    Remy – £8m
    Mcmanaman – £6m


    Cabaye – £25m
    Obertan – £2m
    Gosling – £1.5m
    Williamson – £1.5m
    Shola Ameobi – £1m
    Tavernier – £1m
    Amalfitano – £1m

    Net spend = £14.5m

    Job done.

  • 160 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Who the F**k is pulling the strings in this Cissea affair.
    The lad wanted to travel so is it
    The TOON demanding he wears the Wanka Strip or is it
    Wanka demanding that he wears the strip as the sponsorship deal is nul and void (part of the deal demands that all players have to wear a Wanka strip)

    Like to know.

  • 161 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Mcmanaman, Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Gutierrez and Zarate is good competition on the wings. Ben Arfa, Zarate and Marveaux can also play in the attacking midfield role.

    We do have too many midfielders at the club. Too many average one’s

    We’d have Zarate, Remy, Cisse, Benteke and Gouffran competing for the striking spots. That’s great competition in my opinion.

  • 162 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I fear the worst here with Cisse,is this the real reason JFK didn’t travel last night.Talking to agents maybe.
    About Cisse & his preparation for the coming season. I’ve always thought about athletes when i hear that footballers have missed pre season training.When athletes miss winter training they are not competitive in the summer because they missed all the vital work that they need. Just a thought

  • 163 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    It can’t be a religious viewpoint. Sharia Law does not state that “money lending for profit is forbidden (unless it is under a socially acceptable APR)”

    It can only be a moral standpoint, or his argument fails to hold water.

  • 164 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    @Scottwilsonecho: No Papiss Cisse in Portugal for #NUFC. Club prepared to play hard ball – over Wonga shirt issue and striker’s demands for a new deal.

    Ah the irony of using wonga to get a new contract :)

  • 165 John Tudor // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    and loose out on money by requesting a transfer

  • 166 SecretSausage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    toon tom.
    it wasn’t me that said I had a mate at the club. It must have been someone else. I was speaking with a player yesterday. That’s what I posted. But I don’t want to say any player names because they arn’t supposed to talk about certain stuff.

    I had a coffee today with Pardew in Hexham. But we didn’t talk about transfers so nowt to report I’m afraid.

  • 167 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM


    Since when has religion meant adhering to fixed rules? I know it’s supposed to, but everyone seems to have their own interpretation of it based on who they learned from, what religious leader they listen to and their own situation.

    They do have Islamic banks that operate on a pretty similar way to our banks, although rather than being classed as interest on a loan, they pay rent or some such thing. They operate almost identically though.

    But Wonga is something completely different and there’s no equivalent in Muslim culture.

    So maybe whoever is advising him in religious matters has said this.

    I can’t imagine the other Muslims on the squad are too happy though. Is Cisse suggesting that he’s a better Muslim than them? Or are they understanding enough to believe that everyone has their own spirituality..

    If, it’s the latter then it does tend to agree that it’s a moral issue…it would be a rare thing for a footballer to stand firm based on morals in this day and age!

  • 168 bobby jay // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Just seen on bbc website that cisse has pulled out of per season tour as he won’t wear wonga shirt due to his Muslim beliefs. Think it’s pretty crap as his argument falls down after he wore the virgin shirt for a season. Also I’m told Muslim aren’t meant to gamble, which is strange seems as cisse loves playing blackjack in aspers ????

  • 169 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    The wonga arguement has absolutely f all to do with his religion
    Virgin money are a bank and high street lender same as Northern rock same as Barclays

  • 170 STB // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    I suspect there is more to this Cissé saga.
    Virgin, NR etc no better than Wonga in true Muslims’ eyes.
    Has he been tapped up by Dortmund?
    Is Bent a replacement ?
    front 3 of Bafri Bent Rémy ?

  • 171 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    -I didnt say its impossible, but it is much easier to fund the academy when the rest of the structure is set.

    -OK – when I said best in years I didnt mean to compare it with the entertainers… the PR stunts can possibly benefit in sponsor deals etc.
    Not that its happened yet.

    -blabla mad house… I can see your point of appointing assumed drinking buddies..
    But as the businessman that he is I can believe in the current structure at NUFC.

    Nut meg:
    Hehe, yea but it is thruth aint it?
    I’ve been far less optimistic in previous years/windows but I cant see the toons right to moan the brains out atm.
    Things have been worse..

    upwards and onwards! HWTL

  • 172 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    You think a supposedly devout Muslim has a religous advisor!!!

  • 173 christoon5369 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM


    your talking cr4p

    pards doesnt drink coffee

  • 174 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Was it not someone on here a day or two ago who said they had been talking to a Muslim friend.When he asked her about it she told him it wasn’t his religion but his ethics.Hopefully the will come back & explain it better than i can.

  • 175 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM


    I have no issue if its a moral stand point, good on him. I won’t buy the shirt or attent a game as long as they are sponsors for the same reason, horrible company.

    I’m not religious myself but I don’t like how people pick and chose which bits of their religion to follow, should be all or nothing really. Can’t take the words of god and only follow some if you believe on his divinity

  • 176 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    guy will come back

  • 177 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Who’s pulling the strings the lad wanted to go to Portugal but who put the block on it.
    Was it the Toon for not wearing The Bongo bank strip
    or was it Bongo bank which I think it is (some where wrote in the contract was that players at all times must wear a shirt with the Bongo bank logo on).

  • 178 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I seen pictures of the devout muslim in a casino not so long ago.

    Probably looking a pay rise. I would just get rid to be honest.

  • 179 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM


    Of course they do mate! The local imam will surely have close connections with Cisse, or perhaps he speaks to one back home. Either way, it makes sense for the imam to keep close to a Muslim celebrity like Cisse.

    So yeah, he’ll definitely have someone to consult on matters of religion. And I’m 100% convinced that he would have consulted someone on an issue like this.

  • 180 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I just read he’d refused to travel

  • 181 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Nut Meg
    It may very well be ethics in which case I don’t see he has a leg to stand on tbh
    The sponsor pays the club, the club pays him
    So unless its against religious beliefs I can’t see them being lenient if its simply because he doesn’t like them

  • 182 plana // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    They should flog Cisse!

  • 183 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

  • 184 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I dont want us to sell Cisse for anything.
    If he refuse to wear Wonga, It would take us a huge amount to let him go – but if.. I would let him go for 20-30mill. thats his price imo.

    almost everyone is replacable if things wont work.

  • 185 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM


    Even if you are religious and even if you believe that the bible/Koran etc. is the word of god passed down to man, there are huge problems:
    – there are different religions and sects that interpret things differently
    – the texts have been transcribed, translated and interpreted many many times over centuries
    – even the meanings of some words have changed

    Even if these texts were originally the word of god, they’ve been corrupted so much by now that they can’t be. There are constant contradictions and plenty of vague passages than can be interpreted in different ways.

    So instead, properly religious people usually follow religious leaders who have interpreted the texts in a certain way…and of course they all interpret it differently too…

  • 186 Belfast // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    He’s probably been offered a shed load a week to go to russia

  • 187 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:46 PM


    If he’s being advised by his local imam then it would 100% have to strictly adhere to sharia law not just pick and choose what money lending companies you can deal with, there don’t screen companies by there APR!
    If its against there beliefs its against there beliefs

    This reeks of a player either angling for a move or a contract

  • 188 noladonna // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    If we could get 10-12 mil for cisse I’d snatch there hand off

  • 189 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    ffs i dont want cisse to go, and apparently he wanted to go on tour but club wouldnt let him

  • 190 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    I don’t agree though. There are more progressive imams and there are radical imams. There are some muslims who interpret things to the extreme and become terrorists, yet there are many muslims who drink, eat pork, take out loans etc.

    I would think a justification could be made if Cisse was donating a certain amount of his salary to charity, so therefore the Virgin Money sponsorship could have been seen to do good as it didn’t really do anyone any harm and he wasn’t taking out a loan himself or actively sponsoring it. Wonga could be seen as just a step too far as people are actively campaigning against it.

    Religion isn’t as clear as perhaps it should be…if it was, we wouldn’t have holy wars, extremists, break-out religions etc.

  • 191 Yohan Kebab // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    i fully suport him respecting his beliefs but he should have refused to wear virgin money tops if thats his reason

  • 192 JAMSHA // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    just sell cisse.. arfa ,tiote both are muslim but are not complaing about not want to wear wonga kits…

    cisse thinks his a,bigger player but his not..

  • 193 christoon5369 // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM


    10-12 mill plus traore however you spell his name

  • 194 2_goal_tino // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Can I just clarify the Islamic difference between Wonga and Virgin or Northern Rock. In the strictest sense they are the same, all riba (interest) is haram (forbidden) and people should do their utmost to avoid it. However, given the prevalence of interest in modern life there has now become a differentiation in the meaning. Indeed, Islamic banking services have created many ways of avoiding riba but still essentially charging interest in the same way as conventional banks. For example, if you we’re to get a loan to buy a car from an Islamic bank essentially what happens is they buy the car outright and then agree to sell it to you but for a higher price, which you can pay in instalments. This is deemed trading rather than interest.

    Given the prevalence of things such as interest in modern times it has become harder and harder to stick to the religious ruling of avoiding it entirely. Instead now the general opinion is that what is truly haram is when the loan redemption will be felt very heavily by the borrower but that they are in a severe situation which means that they are desperate for funds. The differentiation between this and other forms of interest is that it specifically targets those who are most vulnerable and the level of loan repayment is so great that it can cause severe problems for the borrower.

    Of course, this opinion is entirely subjective and as such what one person considers to represent excessive interest levels that may cause harm may not be considered the same by others. It is this rather murky but quite significant differentiation which I believe is behind Cisse’s stance.

  • 195 JAMSHA // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    sell cisse get in austin, rodes, bent, remy

  • 196 JAMSHA // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    these 4 would cost us around 25-30mil

  • 197 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I’m sorry but I don’t buy that in the slightest, your basically saying his entire mosque have no problem with him wearing a shirt sponsored by a money lender as long as there making a little something off of it but can’t with wonga because its to public!

  • 198 christoon5369 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    jfk copying off spains blueprint and playing with no strikers

  • 199 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Where will it end? Will players who don’t drink refuse to wear the shirt if the club is sponsored by a brewery ? Like wise those who don’t gamble etc.I promised my self i wouldn’t get involved in this shit so thats my last word on the subject.

  • 200 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM


    Nice one. That’s what I was trying to say, but you added a few facts to back it up.

  • 201 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM


    I didn’t say that his mosque was going to make money out of it!

    I said that with Virgin Money, it’s a fairly normal and accepted part of life and there are Muslim equivalents that will charge a very similar amount of money and just not call it interest. Read 2_goal_tino’s post for a bit more info that I didn’t know off the top of my head.

    I’m speculating of course, but he could have been told that he couldn’t profit from Virgin Money, so anything deemed to have been received on the basis of that should have been donated to charity.

    However, there is public outcry about Wonga and its money lending so it becomes a different situation. The church can modernise a bit too you know but it doesn’t surprise me that Wonga is just too far for some.

  • 202 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Can I just say, that there’s no point in just speaking to a Muslim to understand this issue and assuming that because he/she’s a Muslim that what they say is true for all, any more than speaking to someone who says they are a Christian will give you an understanding of what every Christian is thinking.

    There will be people on this forum who claim to be Christian, a few may be very devout, but I bet many are not. Speaking to one who doesn’t go to church often and doesn’t know the bible well, won’t help you understand someone who does.

  • 203 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    I was going to watch the Chelsea game on TV but the commentary is in Thai & the players names on they shirts were in Thai also. Didn’t recognize that many players so didn’t bother…….not a good day !!

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

    Haha, £20m plus Luiz or Mata for Wayne Rooney? That is a complete joke. It should be Mata plus £20m for Wayne Rooney. Mata is probably the best midfielder in the league.

  • 205 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    We were in Europe last season but didn’t do it??Easier? How? Man Utds talented group of youngsters came through an academy that was set up prior to there successful Premier league spell. Crewe have produced Prem players for 20 years.

    It was meant to be the very first part of Ashleys system as we would develop our players to take us forward and into Europe, rather than buying them.

  • 206 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Rather get rid of Bongo Bank than Cisse

  • 207 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    I think your clutching at straws to be honest to gain ground in an arguement nobody knows much about
    All I know is that if he is refusing to wear the wonga shirt through religous reasons he will be facing some very tough questions from fans journo’s and critics
    If he’s not and its about transfers or a contract he’ll be in the sh1t

  • 208 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Chelsea have confirmed that there were no players used as make weights in the bid

  • 209 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Whatever the reasons for him not going, a statement should be made clarifying the situation otherwise it is going to be whipped up into a storm by fans, bloggers, media and at that point there may be no turning back.

    Just one more PR gaff to add to along list.

  • 210 Hebburn Mag // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    One player that not many people have mentioned that we should/could sign is Gary Hooper. I think hew would be a fantastic signing if we could bring him in. SSN are reporting that QPR have had a £5M bid accepted, and what’s the harm in matching that £5M bid. He’s English, get us goals and is still only young (25). Fair enough people say that the SPL is at the same standard as the championship but scoring 63gls in 95apps is a fantastic return. He could probably guarantee us 18+ goals a season. Along side Cisse, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, (Remy and Bent, we will no dout get the goals we need next season. SIGN HIM UP.

  • 211 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM


    I know enough about religion and cultures to comment and not have to clutch at straws.

    He would be facing some tough questions, but I’ll betcha the media pussy foot around the issue because they will be too scared that they will portray themselves as anti-Muslim.

    I think it would be an excellent opportunity for him to explain why he is using religious grounds to complain about Wonga, but not Barclays or Virgin. But I doubt it will happen…

  • 212 Carryingcoals // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Hello all, doing a bit of blogging today amongst the usual madness surrounding our club, my latest post….

    Is Papiss Cisse in the right or in the wronga?!?! Have a read if you’re, like me, struggling to get your head around the Cisse situation….

  • 213 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Hebburn Mag

    No no no no no no no.

    Just because he’s English, 25 and going for £5M does not mean that we should spend that kind of money on him. What would be the point?

    If none of the top 10 are after him and if he prefers to go to QPR rather than Norwich stump up £5M for him, then he can’t be that good can he?

    He’s exactly the kind of player I do not want to see us sign. We need to be signing players with the potential to play in a CL team, either us in a few years or another club with a huge transfer fee coming to us.

    Or…if not, then I’d accept proven PL performers like Bent.

  • 214 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Listening to a couple of people on here who know the girl who is the PR manager at NUFC.I would like to know what exactly doe’s she/they do because nothing ever comes out from there…..unless I keep missing it.Can somebody ask her ?

  • 215 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    That is for certain. No one will want to portray anything religious in a bad light, that is just asking for trouble. It is a very sensitive issue, and one the club, if they are alienating him for, are handling in a terrible manner. If it is on the grounds of religion, or just a moral stance, they should handle it better. If it is cash, and the desire for a new contract, then again, freezing him out isn’t a good way either.

    I thought we had appointed a new PR person (not JK) or was it just a supporter liaison?

  • 216 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM


    I agree each person has a slight interpretation of their faith an that this can change over time and experiences the person has.

    I just think the holy book from any religion should be followed 100% or else you aren’t a true believer as you pick and choose which of gods words you follow. The religious books, although collated over time, have been consistent more many many years so it should be an all or nothing situation to be a real believer.

    I do agree though that its open to interpretation on a lot of aspects but pretty sure the Koran is firmly against interest on any money landing and is very clear, not vague on that topic.

  • 217 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hebburn mag @208
    Alongside Cisse…… sure lol

  • 218 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    I don’t think the club are handling it in a bad manner at all! What are they supposed to do, just cave into his demands?

    It sounds like there have been several meetings involving the club, Cisse, his advisers and Wonga, but that no resolution has been found yet.

    They can’t set a precedent of allowing the players to choose what sponsors they are willing to wear and what they don’t want to unless there are serious extenuating circumstances. Likewise, they can’t release a statement until they have something to say. Is it worth releasing a statement to say that they are still having discussions when that’s already been reported in the press?

  • 219 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM


    I’m always in a dilemma when it comes to religion.

    I fully accept you can’t separate or treat people differently based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality etc as you can’t decide these things.

    Religion though is something that you do decide on…although believers will argue you have little choice as you must follow your gods teachings or face punishment.

    Mind you I still don’t treat somebody badly due to their religion, just I don’t think it’s something you should make special allowances for personally

  • 220 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM


    Good point there. It’s difficult for the club and not much they can do really, if cisse won’t wear it and the sponsor will withdraw money if he doesn’t they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  • 221 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Never questioned your knowledge about culture or religion
    Just saying you can’t saying you know about as much about the situation as anyone else and the refusal due to wongas public image seems like clutching at straws for the best

  • 222 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Does anybody know 100% that this is the reason cisse didn’t travel?! Has their been an official club statement or statement from the player himself? Even his agent? Anybody??!

    Or could it be purely down to Ramadan and as he is fasting, playing him under par in a long distance pre season friendly would be pretty pointless?!

    Just a grounded though for you all…

  • 223 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    New Home Shirt Leaked:

    Looks good!!

  • 224 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM


    The club played ba and cisse during Ramadan last year so doubt it’s that

  • 225 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    NUFC 2013 Home Shirt

  • 226 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM


    The holy books haven’t been consistent though, and like I said, they have been translated back and forth between languages over the centuries. Even if you consider that the wordings may have remained fairly consistent over the last few decades, the meanings of certain words have changed as languages develop.

    And there are different passages in these holy books, do you follow all or some of them? If a Christian follows Leviticus then they may “put to death” a “man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman” but doesn’t it also say something somewhere about not killing?

    Some people have even suggested that the meaning of the verse could be “bros before hoes” and then mates shouldn’t lie (as in not tell the truth) to each other, but it’s ok to lie to their wives! Tongue in cheek perhaps, but shows the difficulty of interpreting old texts based on modern interpretations of words.

  • 227 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    TS – But they were awful during that time. Nothing like playing to their full ability.

    Maybe we learnt a lesson?!

  • 228 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    For people deriding Cisse and making facile arguments that he wore Virgin Money, or gambles himself, so therefore shouldn’t have qualms about Wonga, come on, you know there are degrees of immorality and directly preying on vulnerable people is a step too far for Cisse, who comes from a background of poverty.

    Perhaps he’s not a devout Muslim, maybe he has that as a basis and makes his own mind up, keeping some autonomy in his interpretation, like many religious people do these days.

    Maybe off the back of all this, we’ll see the first ever player to sponsor their own shirt and put a charity on it, if he could come to some sort of agreement with Wonga and MA?

    We get £6m per season for shirt sponsorship from Wonga, 11 players in shirts with their logo emblazoned on the across, that’s approximately £540k per shirt – Cisse could put his money where his mouth is and ‘buy his shirt’ off Wonga, despite the fact he’d then be funding them and that would no doubt contravene his creed, raising a catch 22, so can’t see that happening. He’s a generous footballer that already gives a lot away, so he’s not going to give about 10% of his wages to a shady company he dislikes, even if it meant he could put his own charity on his shirt.

    I don’t even know if any of that is possible with all the litigation involved. Just a stream of thought.

    Anyway, if he’s that adamant, he could be gone, which while I’d applaud him for standing up against a virtuously bankrupt company, would be a sad way to go

  • 229 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    What is the point in him going, whats he gonna do train/play in his birthday suit?

    He wont resolve this matter on the pitch, instead needs to be back her talking to the club/wonga etc.

  • 230 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM


    It would be great if the sponsor would offer a compromise but then that makes out Wonga to be in contradiction to Islam. And then where does that leave the other Muslim players? It’s a tricky situation…

  • 231 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Also just confirmed the story on sky sports.

    Cisse refused to wear the kit due to his Muslim beliefs. Newcastle will make no statement as a sensitive issue.

    His agent said he wasn’t allowed but he club say he refused to travel.

    Very good on him. Bolton fans objected and their club cancelled a wonga deal….need more like cisse

  • 232 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I like the shirt to be fair. Yes there is the debate on the sponsorship etc, but blacking out the logo makes it look less out there.

    I’m a fan.

  • 233 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Yeah I know, but it’s a silly rumour. Why would Chelsea want to get rid of their best players? Rooney needs a new challenge. He definitely needs to move to a bigger club. I can see him going to Spurs or Arsenal.

  • 234 2_goal_tino // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    The thing about religion is that it is an entirely personal matter. It is not acceptable to say that this stance is contradicting his previous decision to wear virgin shirts for the reasons I outlined in my previous post. I live in Saudi Arabia and have travelled to every Middle Eastern country and an array of other Islamic countries whether they be Sunni or Shia; salafi, deobandi or ahl al-Hadith. There is no one type of Islam it is incredibly diverse. There is a vast difference between Muslims in Lebanon and those in Saudi Arabia, imagine how large the difference is between Bangladeshis, Indonesians and Ivorians! There is absolutely no one Islamic ruling on this issue and Cisse’s standpoint is entirely valid and as I have outlined in my previous post there is a definite differentiation between standard interest rates and more exorbitant ones – whether an individual chooses to adhere to the strictest ruling or this more nuanced one is entirely personal but both are equally supported by Islamic scholars.

  • 235 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM


    I’m playing devil’s advocate mate. Too many people seem to think that he’s using religion as an excuse to get a transfer, but I think that’s because most people don’t understand the Islamic faith very well.

    I’m not saying that everyone should go out and buy the Koran to better understand our Muslim brothers and sisters, but I am saying that people should keep an open mind about a topic that they don’t understand.

    This could all turn out to be a storm in a tea-cup. As far as I’m aware there’s only been one incident taken this far before and Kanoute was allowed to wear a blank shirt in Spain.

  • 236 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    There MUST be some kind of statement from the club. Sensitive issue or not, us the fans nee. to know what’s going on.

    Until I see official quotes I won’t believe what any of these journos grind out.

  • 237 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    We should’ve just gone back to the Newcastle Brown Ale sponsor.

  • 238 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM


    The bible hasn’t changed for hundreds of years, on the catholic faith anyway…other Christian groups do add other books to it.

    My point is that if you triply believe the books to be the word of god you should follow it all, even those ridiculous laws like you quoted there. I don’t see how you can say let’s change with the times, if a god is all knowing he would surely have not made a mistake.

    In reality things change as these teachings get outdated but it theory you shouldn’t be able to pick and chose.

  • 239 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM


    Thank you. Yet again you have reinforced my more general points with some relevant facts based on first hand experience!

  • 240 djm... // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Maybe cisse is staying to catch up on the strength and conditioning he missed by coming back later than the rest of the squad? Maybe he will meet up with them when he is ready.

  • 241 nut meg // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    His birthday suit……..thats still advertising a wonga….isnit

  • 242 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Forcing him to stay at home? How isn’t that a bad way to deal with it! Leaving the situation with no official statement, which allows all this to talk. Their are people slagging Cisse off, for something we don’t even know is the case. 1 simple statement to give a bit of clarity makes perfect logical sense. Watch it get blown even more out of proportion by the media tomorrow!

    No one is saying give him a new contract/say he doesn’t have to wear the strip, but alienating him, leaving the situation completely open to interpretation, and therefore abuse flying at people for religion/moral/greed.

    If it is a religious matter, and the club have effectively said, until you give up your religious beliefs on this matter you can stay home and rot. You think that is a good stance from the club?

  • 243 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    2 goal Tino

    I just don’t get how you can take the teaching on money lending and be so offended not to wear a sponsor but wear a different sponso which is the same but lower interest. On that one topic it should be black and white if you obey the rule.

    It’s like a much less extreme version of thou shalt not kill. Saying I only killed one so ok, but I’d draw the line at somebody killing 10z

    Very stupid example I know, but it’s the same principle.


    I like him or standing up, shows the guy has morals and fights for his beliefs, it’s to be admired. I wish more fans had done the same to be honest

  • 244 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Lilongwe – Well said.

    See my post 234

  • 245 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM


    It was David Craig who said it, north east football correspondent. Usually reliable and reasonable.

    But the club say he was allowed to go, his agent says he wasn’t…so the truth is anyone’s guess.

  • 246 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    No, others who came back late are going.

  • 247 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM


    You sound about as religious as I am, that is to say not at all…

    But for people who are, there’s a huge range of belief systems out there and many different interpretations of the bible. As I said to you, how can you interpret that homosexuals should be put to death yet you shouldn’t murder anyone? It’s a complete contradiction so impossible to follow.

    Some religions believe that Leviticus should be included, some believe it shouldn’t.

    Religion is a very personal issue and everyone follow it slightly differently.

    As far as I’m concerned, religious leaders should live in virtual poverty relying on their congregation to supply them with the bare minimum that they need to live. God should ensure that they get what they need surely? Any and all other donations to the church should be used to provide for the needy in society.

    Ok, that’s not at all football related…

    Come on, let’s sign some strikers!

  • 248 djm... // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I love how if the journo’s report anything positive, the general consensus is that it will never happen with mike Ashley in charge and they no absolutely nothing that goes on within the club. But when it’s is something negative reported, Armageddon is near and the club is in turmoil as it must be true, with lee Ryder being Ashley’s most confident advisor and occasional lover.

    Double standards from Newcastle fans? Never in a million years! Haha.

  • 249 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Transfer sage post 229
    Agree good on Cisse – Muslim banks could could be the future – It would sick off many of the western banks off and the way they do business

  • 250 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM


    Totally atheist my friend but have studied a lot of religion, took philosophy and religious studies during my time and college and attende a catholic school…like to think I know a bit.

    I fully understand that religion has changed a lot, especially on recent times due to society changing and no longer living in fear of a god. I see how each person can adopt their own level of each teaching and how strictly it is to be followed.

    My point was that this shouldn’t happen as if you triply believe be word of god you should follow your religions books to the letter.

    I get people don’t, but my point was that they should.

  • 251 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    I despise wonga and the fact they sponsor us as Blackpool backs up even more they are a company that target the poor and those on low incomes. They are a horrid company.

  • 252 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM


    From the BBC site, it seems as though Cisse has quit the tour rather than the club has sent him home. What are the club supposed to do if Cisse’s contract states that he must abide by the club sponsorship rules and Wonga’s contract with the club states that all players must wear their kit for training and matches?

    The club can’t tell Cisse to wear a blank shirt without being in breach of contract with Wonga so all parties have to agree.

    I’d like there to be an official statement but there has to be some form of consensus first, otherwise the club is just reporting nothing at all. There will be discussions now between the club, Wonga, lawyers, the PFA, Cisse and his representatives regarding what to do next.

  • 253 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I’d be happy if we signed Benteke, Remy and Zarate.

  • 254 Transfer Sage // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM


    Club say cisse quit the tour, his agent says he wasn’t allowed to travel…no idea which to believe.

    2 goal Tino

    My last comment to you was tongue in cheek. I accept there’s a difference on reality my point was on scripture things are there to be followed 100%….even though very few do in any religion now

  • 255 Ketsbaia9 // Jul 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Rooney, Lukaku, Torres and Ba would be a great strikeforce. They should be looking at winning the league and champions league with that quartet of strikers. Fackinhell.

  • 256 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM


    But you must grasp that a sentence in the bible can be interpreted in different ways. Take this blog for example. A quite from Pardew gets interpreted in a positive way from one person and a very negative way from another. Same words, two different interpreations.

    Religion couldn’t have survived if every religious person took it literally. Take this passage as an example: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12) So…no female teachers or any in authority? Presumably they can’t vote either….

    There’s a huge number of sites on the internet about understanding the bible. Critical topics on homosexuality, women, suicide, abortion, killing, the Sabbath, blah blah..

    Don’t you think that the texts were altered in past centuries to accommodate the rich and powerful?

  • 257 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Yeah, his agent says club wouldn’t let him, the club say he refused. Brilliant, makes everything so much simpler.

    I agree there are contractual difficulties. The precedent is Kanoute, but I’m sure the sponsors will have agreed to that. Thing is, if the club have known about this for as long as the papers have been mentioning it, about a week after the deal was announced, then why are we only now sitting down to discuss it?

    This could have been done through last season, or right at the end, rather than disrupting the pre season.

    Whatever the situation (I think it is largely irrelevant if it is religious or moral at this point) it has been handled badly. From the first media story to whenever there is a resolution.

  • 258 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:03 PM


    Wasn’t allowed to travel because his beliefs wouldn’t allow him to go while the club insisted he conformed as per his contract perhaps. Clever PR spin.

  • 259 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM


    Where’s the quote from the agent?

    And I imagine the club have been trying to find a resolution since the end of the season. No reason to assume that didn’t occur just because this is the first we’ve heard of it.

  • 260 toon22 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Sell him,hes not the only muslim we have ,they dont seem to mind do they.
    Maybe they can find someone who has heard of the off side rule.

  • 261 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    Agree F**n hate them and all they stand for. Know way will or would I wear a Toon shirt with Bongo Bank on

  • 262 2_goal_tino // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    @Transfer Sage
    First off to clarify it is not about money lending at all this is entirely acceptable, the issue is riba (interest ). It’s very complicated and nuanced but as I said before even Islamic Banks charge interest for all intents and purposes. However they get round the system by saying it is not riba but is in fact trading. There are similar ways to get round the prohibition on gambling. The vast majority of Muslims accept that it is almost impossible to avoid interest in some form or another these days, however decide to shift the parameters of the ruling. The ultimate meaning behind the original ruling is that it is not allowed to make money from other people’s hardship ie need for a loan. The reasoning amongst many nowadays is that the standard levels of interest are not deemed to necessarily cause hardship because they are relatively small. In contrast if the interest rate could cause harm, e.g with Wonga then it is unacceptable. I appreciate the nuances of the issue but hope this clears it up a little

  • 263 toon22 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    And wonga is the best they could find?

    Hope it was Lambazies decision as its shocking,the only thing worse i can think of is Vaux lmao

    Maybe not ….lol

  • 264 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM


    We might have to make do with Bent, Remy, Zarate

    Still, better than what we currently have.

  • 265 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    So why is cisse only kicking off about this now rather than back in October when the deal was announced?

  • 266 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    what happened to the transfer policy stating we are going for players under the age of 26??????

    Bent 29
    Jarstein 28

    somethings not right here in fact for some reason MA wants to get older players in and sell our young ones out i think i might know whats going on here and it’s not gonna be good if it happens.

  • 267 richyg01 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:12 PM


    Lamear$e did sanction the sponsorship deal, I think Richard Branson even said that their (virgin) deal was better but got refused.

  • 268 NUFCarter // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Wonga must be loving all this publicity with cisse and NUFC. Well worth the 8 mil a year.

  • 269 ToonDanno // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Evening all how is everyone

  • 270 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    BBC and Sky are both running the story and both saying that the club says one thing, the player’s agent says another, haven’t seen anything direct from the agent or the club.

    Also, for anyone interested, the new True Faith website is up and running. It is going to be featuring a blog by me every fortnight on all things Newcastle, Malawian football, African football and life over here. Here is the first installment.

    Give the blog from Berlin a read, done by a massive toon exile in Germany, and a very knowledgeable chap.

  • 271 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Is its simply coincidental that this all came to a head, the day puma officially released our new kit?!


  • 272 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM


    To add to 2_goal_tino’s comment, this means that Virgin Money could be seen as acceptable because their business model was simply to get paid for doing a service, i.e. loan people money for what they need (house, new car etc.) and they operate in a very similar way to Muslim banks. Ok, they do charge interest but there are many examples of Muslims having to bend their rules a little in order to live in a western society.

    Whereas nobody goes to Wonga unless they are desperate. If you need a couple of hundred for an emergency, and you can’t get it from a friend, your bank or a credit card, then you’re in a pretty bad way anyway.

  • 273 pedro // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Zarate has just signed back for Velez Kets so chalk that one off

  • 274 JFK junior // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Evening danno. How are things?! Assume we aren’t signing Remy anymore?!

    Still nothing doing it seems…

  • 275 laurits90 // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    our next upgrade will be a mosque at st. james’
    JK – Joe Kinnear

  • 276 woodsee // Jul 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    I wonder if cisse would kick up such a fuss if he was playin for man utd or Bayern munich,me thinks he would play for them if they were sponsored by sweaty bettys knockin shop

  • 277 lochinvar // Jul 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Why not let Cisse wear a shirt with “sports direct. com”or the more iconic ” St. James Park ” or Sir Bobby’s charity name – which Wonga could give ( not loan ) money to – that way good deed by them and everyone happy ?

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