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Newcastle To Miss Out on Striker Target

10:33 am, Sunday, July 21st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

Newcastle have been interested in getting Darren Bent to St. James’ Park for months now and Fulham have been interested in getting Darren Bent to Craven Cottage for a couple of days.

Darren Bent on bench

Darren Bent – on the bench a lot last season

But don’t be surprised if Fulham sign Bent soon, because it seems they are willing to pay out the money Aston Villa are asking for the 29 year-old England International striker, which is around £6M.

While Bent played under Alan Pardew at Charlton, he also played under Fulham manager Martin Jol while both were at Tottenham, and with the new owner Shahid Khanat, now handling things at Craven Cottage, money is not seen to be a problem at the London club, as reported in the People today.

Shahid Khanat is the Pakistan-born American Billionaire businessman, who owns the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League.

Fulham have made three signings in this transfer window so far this summer – Maarten Stekelenburg, Fernando Amorebieta and Derek Boateng – and they are now said to be after Bent, who is no longer wanted by Aston Villa, and he’s not even training with the first team squad.

We’re just pleased that Fulham are not after two other Newcastle striker targets – Bafetimbi Gomis or Loic Remy – not yet anyway. :(

Newcastle certainly don’t move very quickly for their transfer targets these days, even though we have a new Director of Football at the club.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 croftus5678 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    i wouldnt mind bent as he’s a huge improvement over shola and good enough for 1st team when cisse is out ! but gomis is a lot better as a main striker imo would rather gomis then bent.

  • 2 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Bent is now nothing more than an over paid journeyman, be more than happy to see him ply his trade at Fulham and not with us, that is as long as we do actually sign our other striking targets of course

  • 3 Readingmag // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Mick Harford !!!

  • 4 WWYCD // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Bent and Berb up top for Fulham now thats a hard working strike force

    And two weeks running we have been promised a signing by the weekend and two weeks running we have failed, Cisse still unresolved and Cabaye still heavily linked away

  • 5 SeanNufc87 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    6m? Enjoy Fulham bent!

  • 6 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Newcastle can afford to pay whatever they like for the player and wages but the policy is to seek value full stop

    So I can’t argue with that can you?

  • 7 toon22 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Wtf is Mick Hardford gona fookin do,utter bollocks as usual

  • 8 JAMSHA // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Newcastle have made a £15m double striker
    bid for Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre-Pierre


  • 9 IITianToon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Thats’s good news right?

  • 10 Ben3arfa // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    wtf is kinnear doing bringing bringing mickey ‘know-shit-all’ harford to the club.


  • 11 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM


    Would be nice to have something positive to talk about for once

  • 12 SeanNufc87 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Argh! I just tried to zoom in on my phone and ended up opening that Asian dating ad twice! Gah, hungover brain

  • 13 wolfshead@toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    we let harps go in favour of elliot/alnwick? oh dear what next bring back ranger and a new contract for shola

  • 14 moonraker // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I am totally fed up with the complete lack of activity, club comments and speculation!


  • 15 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    So not only are we a laughing stock but apparently we are now racist as well

  • 16 WWYCD // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Weathers been nice recently

  • 17 SeanNufc87 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Whats this harford thing all about then?

  • 18 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM


    That it has mate, it’s given me the opportunity to sort my garden out ;)

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Apparently we’re going to try and replicate Lutons success.

  • 20 toon kk // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Getting beat last night was a good thing in a way it just proved we need strengthening, it may get JK and his new side kick Mick Harford into gear and get some players in.

  • 21 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    The Toon Army once again is run by the Cockney Mafia, Mick Harford funk off. Bring back Wise aswell why your at it.

  • 22 wolfshead@toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    every defeat from now on has to be another nail in the pardew coffin

  • 23 IITianToon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Can anyone please profile Mick Harford please?

  • 24 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM


    I haven’t as much lost my patience these days as basically just lost a lot of love for MY club NUFC.

    Its very hard to find something to love about it these days and I never ever thought I’d feel like that.

    I’ll always be immeasurably proud to be born and bread in Newcastle and wear the Black and White but what’s there to like about a team that has never felt so disconnected from us fans?

    I’m genuinely struggling to put my heart into it now after way over 30 years of bleeding black and white and I blame Mike Ashley 100% for making me genuinely embarrassed to be associated with him and the club whose soul he’s destroying day by day.

  • 25 WWYCD // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Decent mate, good distraction from our wonderful club

  • 26 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

  • 27 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    So when Pards leaves this season at some point JK and MH will take charge. Damm this will propel us into the bright lights again.

  • 28 magicbus // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Seems we are talking to Mick Harford to help Joe out. He was a centre forward wasn`t he.

  • 29 G.unit // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Somebody actually mentioned the Harford story the other day, who was it?

  • 30 WWYCD // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Every defeat is a nail in Pardews coffin? U that desperate to have Kinnear back in charge?

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Just done a wiki on mackem Mick Harford and unfortunately for Pardew and the Pardew haters the writing is on the wall, Mick and Joe go back along way and have followed each other every where, so welcome our next manager, mackem Mick.

  • 32 sparky55 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I have no doubt whatsoever we will buy well this year but that’s only because we’re losing three purples at the same time…it’s the selling part of the five year strategy we’ve yet to see…we’ve bought cheaply…we’ve added to player value, we’re about to cash in and replace with some cheaper players…so the squad will be bigger than last year but will have changed personnel as part of the shake up and the profit we make will buy the replacements and most of the new player wages…that was the strategy and we’re now in that phase…very simple and very much to plan.

  • 33 toon22 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Dream team

    JK-MH both utter muppets,cant wait for JK to flex his footballing contacts and sign someone.

    So we are planning having AP incharge with JK-MH looking over his shoulder.I dont think any of them could do well in the 2nd division.

  • 34 wolfshead@toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM


    im not a pards hater but i cant see any green shoots im afraid

  • 35 WWYCD // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    It was a pre season match mate, I highly doubt that will have any affect on his future with us

  • 36 toon22 // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    So far pre season we have honed our hoofing skills.

    AP didnt manage to get us religated so they got someone who has to help him.

  • 37 JackButler // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    ONE of Joe Kinnear’s closest allies in football says Newcastle United have made a good appointment in bringing back their former manager in a director of football role.

    Mick Harford feels that Kinnear’s experience and knowledge of football makes him an asset for United – and his appointment should be seen as a “good thing” for Alan Pardew.

    “First and foremost Joe is a very close friend of mine. He is excellent – he’s tactically very aware of what is going on and believe me, he has a fantastic relationship with everybody at every football club he goes to,” Harford told The Journal.

    “He’s a proper football man and he probably doesn’t get the credit he deserves.

    “He’s got this fantastic experience and knowledge and while I wouldn’t compare him to someone like Sir Bobby Robson – who was a one-off – he has that sort of knowledge of the game from a long time ago.

    “Joe is very popular at the football clubs he works for.

    “He will go in and get to know the chairman, the kit man, the tea lady – he will get to know what makes people tick and he won’t go in there with an agenda.

    “He’s a football man and that’s what he will want to do – make the club better.

    “He’s managed in the Premier League, he’s managed in Thailand, he’s managed at the lower levels and he does have connections.

    “I think it is a very, very good appointment for Alan Pardew too. He’s got that breadth of experience.”

    Harford, an uncompromising character himself, feels that Kinnear will be no different from first time around, when he made headlines for swearing 52 times in his first Press conference.

    “Joe speaks his mind, that’s the way he is,” he said.

    “I spoke to Joe at a charity event two months ago and he said that he wanted to get back into the game.

    “I don’t think he ever lost that belief in himself.

    “It is a brave decision by Mike Ashley, but he’s made some tough ones and got a lot right. I think they should give him an opportunity.”

  • 38 jeff // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Having his mouth sowed onto kinnears fat backside creating a 12 foot long tube is to good forjail for ahsley

  • 39 wolfshead@toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:58 AM



  • 40 DubaiMicky // Jul 21, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Rumours on Sky saying Harford is on his way in to NUFC, and Cabaye is being sold to manure.

    Hopefully both are untrue.

  • 41 jeff // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Sowing. A bucket with a rat then onto his own asshole is to good for jail for ashley

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    You going to answer my question ?

  • 43 cyprus // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Exactly where is that dude these days?

  • 44 toon22 // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Mick Harford says JK is mint.

    Im convinced.

  • 45 jeff // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Having the rest of jail for ahsleys but covered in rubber so the only way out for the rat is up his asshole is to good for jail for ashley

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    You’re about as Indian as stottie cake.

  • 47 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Harford interview 2012: “#safc are my team and always will be. First result I look for.” #nufc

  • 48 Ian Toon // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Geordie it’s Ian Toon – A number of our so called problems could be removed by good communication. Preferably from someone who understands football.i
    It doesn’t help when you surround yourself with so much negativity. I wasn’t in Portugal but I saw the Motherwell game. Pre season is really only a measure of fitness levels. I can remember as a kid watching Shearer pre season and thinking he’d lost the art of goalscoring only for him to fill his boots when the real games started. I feel with a better balance to the squad we could have a good season. We do need pace and width and some steel in a PL starting X1.
    This next week we’ll be registering on the new player table.

  • 49 Ben3arfa // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Harford better stay the hell away from us that bloody mackem .

    Him and Kinnear can piss right off

  • 50 Bring Back Laurent Robert // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Another disgraceful appointment. The club is run like a building site – “yeah I’ll give my mate a ring he can do a job.”. Don’t worry about professional merit or any kind of credentials.

    What are we trying to be? Not the best like all other clubs strive to, that’s for sure.

    Doormat fans.

  • 51 viv // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Why is Kinnear, bringing his own coach? Pardew, is on his way out and Kinnear is taking over prepare for Championship football next season!

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Has Toon Danno been officially struck off the itk list and posting under a different name.

  • 53 lesh // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Every day in every way, Newcastle United gets better and better.

    Is the club the world’s first all-year pantomime?

  • 54 Jail for Ashley // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Pardew must know now that the writing is on the wall and that Harford has come to undermine him into quitting .

  • 55 toonking // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    sparky rotananda indian john and any other pardew out brigade please can you keep your fu<king mouth shut and stop with this pardew out.
    I am warning you that if continue to shout for the sack you might want to leave this blog because the latest story about mick harford is the final part of the jicksaw.
    cashley basically didn't want to sack pardew as he would have to pay a big amount of money so instead he has used Kinnear as a way to try forcing pardew out and straight away will appoint the joker as manager and mick will be the assistant.

  • 56 Krul To Be Kind // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM


    remember Ed’s respect post in recent days… please observe, those posts are downright sick, unprovoked and uncalled for.

    That’s not the mind of a 13 year old naïve youngster!

  • 57 colwell // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    WTF is going on? we are going back to the dark ages big time. Hoofball tactics along with a DOF who hasn’t a clue where he is half the time and doesn’t know who the funk anyone is. Then Harford where does he fit? The Mackem Cnut can stay away from our team.

    MA really is a Pr1ck i’d love for Sports Direct to go bust. then he’d have to sell us.

  • 58 thai-mag // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Harford what next ??? Vinny Jones coming in to run the acadamy

  • 59 lesh // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Doesn’t sound at all promising. Could we about to see the same old story rerun?

    Refusing yo pay a market price for players, losing out on them and ending up struggling for points, again, can only result in s lowly final placing in the Prem where position means reduced prize money.

    Is this shilly-shallying a false economy? It’s madness!

  • 60 Yorkgeordie // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Mick Harford !
    Writing on the wall for Pardew perhaps. At least he is a geordie

  • 61 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM


    Yep the ITK’s have well and truly vanished now.

    Strange eh?

  • 62 Lee Dodd // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    This is what is going to happen – we will not sign anyone . We got Players in January that cut into the new seasons budget. They now have to perform. The youngsters have to step up to the plate. If we get a bad start Alan Pardew is out and Fat Jo and His Sidekick are then Management. Why do you think Fat Joe is Not Signing anyone. Also who wants to sign for us when the same old crap is repeating itself again … I have a season ticket in the platinum club nearly £900 have paid £74 a month since march for the new season coming should have canclled it but they wont let you .. So Cisse will probably leave now and shola has a busted arm so who have we now ???

  • 63 GeordieDan // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM


    I know Mick Harford played very briefly for us but he’s a mackem originally isn;t he?

  • 64 Yorkgeordie // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    yes, I was just reacting to someone calling him a cockney. Big centre forward who was halfway decent and always came across as a gentleman during interviews, not that this is a qualification

  • 65 toon kk // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    I’d love to hear and see some good news about Newcastle but NO, time after time all we get is sh.t . Ive supported NUFC all my life and MA is taking all the enjoyment out of it, one stupid decision after another, penny pinching and a team made up of half quality and half championship player’s don’t mix.

  • 66 Toon73 // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Another yawn fest.

    Probably best to stop with the articles until we actually sign someone.

  • 67 Honoured2BNUFC // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Long time reader, infrequent poster-Jeff-you are not funny this constant desire to outdo a fellow poster is beyond pathetic. The editor of the blog has come straight out and warned people of this level of debasement of a fellow poster-you are no longer welcome to this blog, you offer NOTHING to this blog-do all of the NUFC fans a favour and leave.

  • 68 sparky55 // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    toonking…don’t be a pratt…so what we have opposing opinions…no need to go down the route of being abusive…that’s what kids do in the playground…go to the bottom stair and have a word with yourself FFS

  • 69 sparky55 // Jul 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    JFA…What is your question?

  • 70 G // Jul 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I realise that Bent has a decent goal scoring record, but he is still bone idle in my opinion. If Fulham sign him, then good luck to him. Dodged a bullet in my view.

  • 71 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    It really does disappoint me when i see some of the bad Language, Name calling, and General Negativity about the Club on here !

    It makes me wonder, about the average age of all the Bloggers on here and gives me even more of a reason to use this Forum less and less ?

    About Bent, let him go to Fulham, he is too old, for us, in the long run and would just be out to Earn money from us in the short term?
    Fulham can have him for 6 Mil, he is,nt worth half that much?

  • 72 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Too old for us in the long term and would just be out to earn as much as he can in the short term!

  • 73 paul24 // Jul 21, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Rather have him than Strola or Gouffy.

  • 74 hadthetshirt // Jul 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    pardwho doesn’t know if his arse is punched or countersunk

  • 75 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    News in the Dutch Press this morning about the Transfer of
    Nacer Chadli to Totenham from FC Twente !

    Chadli was in London over the weekend for his medical, and he is expected to sign a 5 year deal this morning.
    The Spuds are reported to have paid a fee in the region of 9Mil Euro,s for the player?

    And so the rest are quietly going about their business and strengthening while we are stuck in a nest of inactivity !
    Even Bent will probably end up at Fulham now, which would not be such a disaster anyway, but its just so frustrating that we have till now only sold and not brought in anyone!

  • 76 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jul 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    @73 :

    What you on about? Gouffron is a class player, and could do a goo job up front given the chance !

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