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Newcastle Not Interested In Portuguese International

9:59 am, Saturday, July 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 49 Comments

Alan Pardew confirmed last night to the Portuguese press, that Newcastle have not bid for Porto center-back Rolando – but while it’s still possible for Newcastle to bring in a new center-back this summer, that will only happen if Newcastle unload Mike Williamson, who turns 30 in November.


Rolando – Pardew likes Portuguese players’ mentality

Newcastle now have Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa and Mike Williamson to fight it out for the two center-back places, with youngsters Remie Streete and Curtis Good coming through the ranks – so we are well off for center-backs, if nothing happens this summer.

We’ve been linked with James Tomkins of West Ham, but he’s still too expensive for Newcastle, and we’ve also been linked with 6’2″ tall Rolando, who turns 28 next month.

Alan Pardew answered questions in a packed press conference at the team hotel after training yesterday in Braga (in northern Portugal), and said there had been no approach or interest in Rolando:

“I’ve signed a few good Portuguese players in my time.” “I like the mentality of a Portuguese player.” “We played against Benfica and had two fabulous games against them.”

“There is no truth in the Rolando story.” “All good players are of interest to us.” “But there is no bid gone into their club or any serious conversations, no.”

Newcastle have been getting some good training in at the Braga SC facilities in Portugal over the last couple of days, and the lads play Rio Ave tonight at the Estadio do Rio Ave in Vila do Conde, and the game kicks off at 6:00pm.

Vila do Conde is in northern Portugal, and very close to Braga (35Km away), where the squad is stationed.

And it will be interesting to see what team Alan Pardew will start tonight, but it seems that 20 year-old Slovenian International Haris Vuckic will get another start, after playing so well in the first half on Tuesday at Motherwell, where he scored a goal and made one for Yoan Gouffran in the first 15 minutes of that game we won convincingly 4-2.

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49 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Levi // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I would love to keep cisse as I think he is class. Maybe if we have a change round of numbers then cisse would be allowed to not wear it. I just think its because he has the biggest shirt in Newcastle history. How would he feel about getting the 19 shirt?

  • 2 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    how about 69

  • 3 IITianToon // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    For a moment, I thought you meant we eweren’t interested in Cardozo Ed. He is 30, but I say why not! lets have him for low fees and as one of many options?

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Having a wealthy Mafiosi put a horses head in his bed is too good for Ashley.

  • 5 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Ashley Article in Independent

    Bring on Remy and Gomis.

  • 6 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    It’s ridiculous how long it’s taking to sign players. Pardew will be loving it as he’ll have another excuse to add to his list. That they didn’t have a full pre-season to blend with the other players.

    Whose fault is that then Alan?

  • 7 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    jail he has had one already

  • 8 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    or even three or four

  • 9 sirtoongospel // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Where is Torq these days?? Is he still posting??

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Laurent Robert,
    All our ails are down to the greedy and uncaring Mike Ashley.

  • 11 RooneyToons // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    On Gomis its difficult to know how good he is from only watching him a couple of times but he’s certainly built for the Premiership.

    I don’t know if anyones seen this video it gives you a bit more idea on how he plays and i must say he looks perfect for us.
    Strong, quick, can definitely finish and his link up play looks really good which is something we’re lacking.
    He looks like he could be the link from Midfield to striker that we’re missing.
    Look how he comes deep and looks for the ball and links in the wingers we don’t have anyone who does that.. maybe Ameobi but he’s not quick enough to then get on the end of the wingers cross.

    Sign him up

  • 12 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    apparently i chased him off
    but he had been battered for his itk news long before we locked horns
    he will be man enough to re surface, i hold no grudge with him

  • 13 FloridaToon // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Newcastle United have entered the race to sign Oscar Cardozo as fears over Papiss Cisse’s future at the club remain in the balance. Record say the Magpies are looking to hijack the strikers move to Turkish side Fenerbahce. From

  • 14 yo-yo // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Agree with Sage previous trhead that Cisse has every right to stand up for his own beliefs. If we hadn’t been saddled with the shabby end of the money sector by Lambezee this would not have happened.

    But it might be a silver lining as Cardozo is class.

    AP said we needed at least two forwards so expect Gomis, Bent and Remy if the loan deal for Marv happens and CArdozo or equivalent of Cisse goes.

    No idea how we’d replace Cabs as we are still short on creativity even with him in the side. If he went and Marv went out on loan then it’s looking bleak – especially with Siem de Jong staying at Ajax. Playmakers are hard to come by – though I do rate Anita and we have yet to see him at his best

  • 15 yo-yo // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM


    Locked horns is bit of a euphemism.

    I’d prefer to see Torq posting on here than you tbh

  • 16 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Jail, as we know something is amiss.

    I actually like a couple of policies in place. Age no higher than 26 for signings and not splashing out lots on players who clearly aren’t worth it.

    But that is it…

    Employing Pardew is bad enough, but keeping him after last years abysmal displays is shocking. To add JFK as well, is nothing short of disgraceful and a lack of respect to the fans. That is Ashley’s doing. Unacceptable.

    Graham Carr is the main man who is ticking us over with good players, who ultimately help disguise Pardew’s utter dross management and coaching.

  • 17 stopper // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Morning all…..we all pretty much know what type of player Remy is after seeing him play with QPR last season however I know little about our other target Gomis other that clips form YouTube .
    From those who know players far better than myself especially this Gomis fella could you be able to tell me what type of CF he is.
    Could Gomis be compared with Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku……. I’m not saying he’s that good a player but is a player in that mold??????

    Sorry for repost ….. Placed first post on wrong thread

  • 18 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    now now i prefer jfa than you and he is still for all the battering he has had.
    as ed said have a little respect

  • 19 jeff // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    marveaux is easily our most intelligent football

    if he gets loaned out i’ll be fuming.

  • 20 jeff // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    sell obertan, jonas and that midget ferguson first

  • 21 sirtoongospel // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I must have missed that. Shame to see people leave though.

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    Yeh it’s good that players stand up. Bolton fans stood up and their club pulled out of the wonga (or another pay day loan company, cant remember) deal with them.

    Geordie mark

    players do have a lot of power…but at the end of the day they are the ones who win thing for clubs, they get bums on seats, they attract the tv companies to invest…so see why they have a lot of power.

  • 23 Jail for Ashley // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    You’re about as Indian Jimmy five bellies.

  • 24 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    i put up with as much as jfa and torq by his minions jumping on the bandwagon. i was being forced off by remarks from people i had not even passed comment to.i quit then had an email persuading me not to then ed opened a thread of respect
    last night there was a post for torqs return by what sounded like a pitiful kid a was laughing all nite long it must be nice to have followers who think of you as a god in ITK

  • 25 SuperShearer // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Have to be honest, reading that article about Ashley’s business methods you have to wonder why he isn’t running NUFC himself? Or at least trying to implement some of those tactics in the club.

  • 26 Levi // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Marvoux fit and healthy would surely be in first 11 no matter who we sign. The lad oozes class

  • 27 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Sirtoon he can man up and return to the blog i’m sure he is about

  • 28 Tommyy // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:26 AM


  • 29 jeff // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    ferguson is 22 and still a little runt. get him out

  • 30 Tommyy // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Marveux can’t leave, he’s too good. Keep him fit and in the number 10 role he can be immense. If he and Cisse leave we can kiss goodbye to everything, will just show how amateur everything at Newcastle is run.

  • 31 HullMag6 // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    So we are looking at signing Gomis, Remy, Bent AND Cardozo? Wtf?

    Sign all of them then its bye bye Cisse and Shola and then Campbell out on loan to championship club.

    Anyone else notice Danny Graham has left the unwashed to join up with Harps and Agent Bruce.Cisse stance on wonga is a leverage move, acting a prima donna when competition is looming trying not to look mercenary as Ba did thanks to his agents. If it was a wonga problem it would’ve been apparent last year when it was announced not when a transfer wondow opens – call me cynical.

    Is tiote or obertan next out I wonder neither are big misses.

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM


    maybe cisse never kicked up a fuss before as he presumed the club would allow him not to wear it…or maybe he just didnt think about it.

    It could be very much to do with other clubs contacting his agent to help get him is move…anything is possible in football.

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM


    if we lost those 2 it would be ok providing we get adequate/better replacements.

    they way we go about things i doubt anyone would be brought in on time like.

  • 34 JAMSHA // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM


    ur 14 right… so piss of from the blog untill ur 18+

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:40 AM


    Maybe he is – thats why the bollicking the players and pardew got on first day of training.

    Got a mate now working in Vietnam who was managing one of his sports brands. He said he was a hard task master – didn’t entertain fools gladly, but was a fair boss.

  • 36 BandB // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM


    A possible Wonga/Cisse clash was apparent months ago, but was dismissed as paper muck-raking.
    Cisse’s view may be that the club has had months to address his grievance, but has refused to accept he has a grievance.
    Muslims are not one-size fits all. They are not “these people”. The man has a right to define what his own grievance is, whether you agree with it or not.

  • 37 lesh // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    John Tudor, maybe Torq’s never really gone away and has been staring you in the face for some tine now. How many posters use more than name?

    You’ll never be alone with a schizophrenic!

  • 38 Magpies-till-d3ath // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Won’t care if we f****ng sign Ronaldo, if Marveaux is loaned, I’ll be absolutely FUMING! He’s our best player behind Ben Arfa and Cabaye. I know Cabaye didn’t have a great season last year but then again, who did?

  • 39 woodsee // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Another Friday comes and goes when were promised a signing,to quote a phrase from enter the dragon

    Joe,your something straight out of a comic book

  • 40 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    maybe he can use his name then i don’t care respect should go both ways i can say i will give him his if i recieve some back

  • 41 toonfan76 // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Haven’t posted on here for a while but thought i would just mention that “The Mag are saying that NUFC have achieved the Category One status for the Academy but have neglected to inform us of such an important and positive result. Can anyone shed any light on this one? Cheers in advance.

  • 42 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    i only have one but then i’m not paranoid

  • 43 toon kk // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    On cisse, if he’d been following his Muslim beliefs he shouldn’t have been wearing the virgin money shirt last season.

  • 44 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    toon fan we are all mushrooms here

  • 45 toonfan76 // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    John Tudor@ 43

    I take it by that you mean we’re all in the dark when it comes to what is going on with our club? A nice little metaphor.

  • 46 John Tudor // Jul 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    yes and it will remain so there are no itk’s here only, i think i knows coz i read it somewhere

  • 47 HullMag6 // Jul 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    BandB I have friends and colleagues who follow islam and I am fully aware that they are as diverse as my fellow Christians. IF Cisse had a genuine beef about wonga it wouldve got out months ago especially if it meant the club looking for a resolution. Blind faith that Cisse is the answer to our toon prayers is unrealistic all footballers due to the short earning career span in theory are all mercenary to a degree its just how they sugar coat it. If football was ethical across the board most footballers wouldn’t command weekly salaries that better mosr everyday annual salaries.

    My gut instinct rather than a religious slight his not travelling I feel was Ramadan rather than wonga. But we may never know the real truth.

    We can all just debate it and exercise our suppositions.

  • 48 blew // Jul 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Pardew says we are well off at CB, considering the 2 full backs struggle defensively and we had one of the worst goals against records last season, I despair at APs judgement.

  • 49 BandB // Jul 20, 2013 at 12:37 PM


    Everything I’ve heard or read about Cisse suggests he is an honorable man.
    People have been very quick to dismiss him as a liar, a hypocrite and a money-grubber, without any of us knowing what’s going on behind the scenes.
    There are plenty of liars, hypocrites and money-grubbers involved in this sorry saga. It seems highly ironic to me to see Cisse being labelled in this way.
    Though I’m not a blind faith kind of person, I wish he could be playing tonight. The whole affair is micey.

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