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Newcastle In Active Talks For Three International Strikers

10:13 am, Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle (Joe Kinnear nd Lee Charnley) are in active talks to bring in Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis to Tyneside, and if we can get those two lads through the door we will be in very good shape.

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Loic Remy – Newcastle in negotiations

Then we need to do persuade Papiss Cisse to wear the Wonga sign on his shirt, and there’s three good strikers, and we have local veteran Shola Ameobi and local youngster Adam Campbell to fill out our squad of strikers for next season,

And we wouldn’t need to sign Darren Bent from Aston Villa, although Newcastle are still interested in him, but maybe he’s third choice, and wouldn’t be needed if Papiss decides to stay?

There is new news today that West Ham have entered the race for Loic Remy.

Alan Pardew is itching to see a striker brought in as soon as possible:

“I’m pushing Joe to get a transfer in.” “I think we need a boost now.” “We are in a situation where we want to progress now.” “The team are in a good place.”

And it’s unclear what Newcastle will do with Shola Ameobi, but our understanding at the end of last season, was that Shola wasn’t sure about his future at Newcastle and may want to leave and play elsewhere to get first team games.

Ameobi is trying to make the Nigerian squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, but Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today that Shola is not pushing for a move:

“Shola is a player that is under contract here.” “He’s not made any noises to me that he wants to leave.” “Certainly with my striker situation at the moment, I need as many as I can get.”

Shola Ameobi has one year left on hos contract at Newcastle and could be offered say a year’s extension, but that will depend on how many good strikers Newcastle bring in this summer, and if Papiss Cisse stays at the club.

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53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I assume you mean Javi Martinez, the Spanish player who is at Bayern Munich. Forgive me for asking, but when did Guardiola manage Athletico Bilbao? That was where Martinez first played centre back, under Bielsa.

    Also, Mascherano played centre back for Argentina at international level before even joining West Ham….

  • 2 JAMSHA // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM


  • 3 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Shola isn’t a striker. He’s a big pile of steaming turd that has zero movement, zero creativity, zero speed, is poor in the air and fouls all the fcuking time.

    He is for me one of the worst players in the PL.

    But he’s a Geordie so lets forgive him.

  • 4 Slank // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM



    Ever thought about having Campbell at centre half perhaps alongside Anita?

    That pairing would completely confuse the opposition as their forwards would be always looking down to see where our central defenders were instead of looking up to see where the ball was.

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Toon Avenger

    “He made money by getting us relegated.”

    That is perhaps the most stupid, ill-informed and downright idiotic comment I’ve ever seen in this blog.

    Would you care to offer even 1 logical argument behind that ludicrous statement? Keep in mind the facts that MA provided an interest free loan of around £40M in order to keep most of the squad together and get us promoted. He hasn’t had all of that money repaid yet either.

  • 6 Ben3arfa // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Kinnear and Pardew are both liars

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    As for Guardiola not liking midfielders who aren’t productive going forward, I give you Sergio Busquets. The player who sits deep and allows Iniesta and Xavi to play higher.

  • 8 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    both were guirodolas ideas lilongwe.

    cambpell and anita at cb would be bad.there too small wouldnt win headers.cambpell and anita are good with there feet though so wont be hoofers like saylor and milliamson

  • 9 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    How many of you know what’s really going on with Cosse?

    How many of you understand Islam enough to comment?

    How many of you are morally righteous enough to be able to criticise anyone?

    Shut the fcuk up about Cisse as you know nothing. Band wagon jumping unintelligent fcuk wits.

  • 10 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    LOOOOOOOL busquets have u seen him play LMAO

    he is creative enough. he can pick a pass 8 assists last year say so,

  • 11 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    more then double what cabaye had

  • 12 Slank // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM


    You do know don’t you that if we get Remy and Gomis and decline Bent then all comments will cease.

    You can then take a well earned break until the season starts.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I see, so Guardiola got on the phone to Bielsa and the Spanish Under 21 manager and said “look you two clowns, play Martinez centre back”.

    Then rang up the Argentine national manager, before Guardiola even became a manager, and said “Come on son, we all know that lad Mascherano is a centre half.”

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Elliott, Saylor, Haidara, Willo, Anita, Bigi, Marv and Ameobi that’s your response to quality in depth?

    Elliott capable, he’s ok but makes some howlers

    Haidara, not sure how you can say he’s prem proven after what 5-6 games?

    Willo/tayls willo is okay, tayls is hardly reliable is he? Injury prone and struggles with fitness

    Anita/Bigi good players but where are the game changers or attacking threat?

    Marv yeah ok

    Ameobi, fcuk off how the hell is that adequate or quality cover ffs

  • 15 Tommyy // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Jeff he played in more than double the games Cabaye did and in a far greater team in a weaker league. Not a good comparison.

  • 16 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    it was a text iirc lilongwe.dont hold my word on a gunpoint though

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    You realise that most data sites have Busquets league assists at 9?

  • 18 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    tommyy.cabaye is the player the team is builded around.busquets is apparently a man who sits back and cant do anything offensively

    just prooved my point

  • 19 Slank // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM


    I used to wear a wollen one as a lad swimming at Whitley Bay. Awful they were as they used to get water logged and drag you down.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    That is 9 in 5 years and `nearly 150 games…

  • 21 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Toon down sarf

    Look at the names he got of the wage bill.

    Look at the amounts he sold players for.

    Look at who he brought in as replacements.

    Look at how long we were in the lower division.

    Look at the long term facts that he sold the players he kept on shortly after promotion to again trim the wage bill.

    We still had a packed stadium every week and merchandise sales through the roof..

    We were featured on TV more than any other championship club.

    Other relegated teams often keep highly paid players in the championship due to a number of contributing factors but nobody can be sure that Ashley said “yes, we shall certainly keep these players” because I think we all know that if offers came in they’d have been off.

    He might not have made money for that one season but in the long run he has.


  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    It’s Guardiola, not guirodolas
    And your talking about him converting mascherano in to a CB in one of the most dominating attacking teams in world football, he could play shola as CB and make him look good

    Barcelona come into constant scrutiny over there defensive frailties

  • 23 geordie157 // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    So are the three Gomis, Bent and Remy? Or is Gignac still an option (hopefully not) Would prefer if it was Gomis, Remy and a young british striker ie Austin/Rhodes.

    I hope Shola either leaves this summer or this is his last season with us and he’s released next summer.

  • 24 pawl250 // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Why is everyone getting upset about pre season fixtures.

    I posted the pre season we finished 5th it was arguably just as bad as this one. They mean nowt….

    Man Utd and City have lost 2 of their pre season games already….. Dont hear any of their fans complaining like little girls.

    Its pre season, its all about fitness. If players went all out they would be fatigued before the season started, the message as any manager is take it easy.

    The outcome is our players look lazy, not serious. It may look like that but in natural fact it will not determine the outcome of future games in the PL or cup games.

    Its important to realise our players are substituted and do not play full games to manage fitness levels, its all why they wear the heart monitor packs that measure the heat beats p/second and steps taken/distance travelled on the field.

    Its all designed as fitness.

    You do not want the likes of Ben Arfa running around trying his best as he may pull something, this is about managing the players in a workable routine for competitive football week in week out for the better half of the year, not winning games.

    Its all meaningless, as for tactics its not that important right now, Pardew will not be forcing tactics he will use in the campaign.

    People really need to calm down, I will never judge any team on a pre season game…. if I were Man Utd would be in relegation battle with the teams/results they have played as of now.

  • 25 Toon_Tom // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    The team are not in a good shape in my opinion

  • 26 JAMSHA // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Toon Avenger

    As if ur cisses son to know evertng wats goin on inside… t*t

  • 27 Toon_Tom // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Geordie – the 3rd signing I think Ed is talking about Cisse

  • 28 Tommyy // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I think the players have Pardew’s playing style so ingrained into their game

  • 29 pawl250 // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Siem De Jong, Remy, Gomis would be a dream…..

    Just saying!! but that is all it will be unfortunately….

    Still chuffed about Remy =)

  • 30 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    guirodola guardiola got a few letters wrong

    see people here forget how to spel gutierrez and marveaux.dont see me having a go at them. one guy even misspelt ba as baa as few times. made me lol pretty hard

  • 31 sirtoongospel // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Jamsha. When has Papiss pretended to be anything? Some of the things that NUFC players have got up to over the years would make your skin crawl.

    But Papiss goes into a casino and he is despised, yet at the same time people want to bring in Remy who has been charged with rape? Admittedly he may well be proved innocent, but the hypocrisy of our fans is unreal.

    I know Papiss personally, and know him well enough to say that he cares about other people. He is a very generous, hard working lad who doesn’t deserve this battering. Sure his argument may be flawed in some people’s eyes, but to the extent of the twitter abuse he has received?

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but so is Papiss. All I will say is that the clubs silence speaks volumes.

  • 32 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM


    People are getting upset because Pardew isn’t experimenting on trying new things, he is using the same tired tactics and awful squad choices as he did all last season.

    The Summer of 2011 was Pardews first pre season so we didn’t know what to expect but by now we should be seeing something new, soemething fresh and something different.

    Same old shit.

    He’s not changed since Reading over a decade ago.

  • 33 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM


    What religion are you? Where are you from? Shall I comment on your faith (or lack off).

    We don’t know the facts so stop with the accusations. Only when he or the club comes out can we abuse him or defend him. Not now whilst its all whispers of the Chinese variet.


  • 34 Slank // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Jeff @ 8

    So that’s why you haven’t included Campbell and Anita in any one of your many imaginative lineups. They are too small as central defenders. Very astute.

  • 35 Toon Avenger // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM


    Remy hasn’t been charged with anything!!!!

    He’s been accused.

  • 36 jeff // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    cambpell can still grow.hes a runt now.but he can grow and be the boss of the liter.

  • 37 Ben3arfa // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Cisse at the Casino, another pic

  • 38 JAMSHA // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM


    so isnt gambleng against islam law????

    is he makeng profit wit black money??

    but wen it comes to wonga he doesnt wana wear the kit. bcoz they lootn ppl. dont u think he should be caren bout playn footbal for rather dan makeng excuse of wonga…

  • 39 Spuggy // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Remy and Gomis would solve all our striking positions. Still feel an out and out winger left or right would be needed then sell obertan.

    We have Raylor to come back later in the season too which will be a huge utility bonus.

  • 40 brian kilclines pony tail // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    we need two strikers at least, cisse wants to be away and is trying to use any excuse to make his last big move happen, remember his is 27 now and only ha one big move left in him, so we will need a 3rd a la bent.
    strike force hopefully will be gomis and Remy with bent in reserve. I never thought i would use ‘hopefully’ to describe the signings of bent and remy considering their circumstances but this cisse thing has really narked me, i wish he would just leave, he is ruining pre-season and we need a good pre-season.

  • 41 Slank // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Sirtoon @ 31

    ‘ …Papiss goes into a casino and he is despised, yet at the same time people want to bring in Remy who has been charged with rape..?

    Cisse is being despised because, if the media is correct, many fans see him as a sanctimonious hypocrite.

    Under English law, Remy is innocent until proven guilty.

  • 42 wynsleap // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If we WERE to get Remy and Gomis to put alongside Cisse in the squad (and Campbell) why would we also need to have Shola?
    I can see the day when this guy comes onto the field pushing his specially made, black and white striped zimmer frame.

  • 43 runheed // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Er.. Pawl #24 Man u are here in aus and won 5:1 over A league all stars in Sydney … Sellout crowd. Liverpool are playing in Melbourne tonight … Predicted 90,000 gate. If NUFC had any brains they’d be doing more of this global branding business. Instead of which they look like being the second best team north of the tees.

  • 44 richyg01 // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Sounds like Hardpoo is getting frustrated too

  • 45 cestriasteve // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie you seriously know your stuff.. where do you see we need strengthening and who would you see us bring in?

  • 46 supershola // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    If Cisse won’t wear the wonga shirt he is a hypocrite end of.

    He was happy to play in the ‘Barclays’ premier league wearing ‘Virgin Money’ …. Don’t hey both charge interest and pray on the poor. I’ve certainly been offered loans and credit cards from both other companies trying to get me to owe them interest on top.

    Also breaking a contractual agreement is against their religion as well… Isn’t he doing that if he refuses to wear the shirt.

    And thirdly gambling in the casino.

    He’s blatantly trying to engineer a move or get more money.

    If he’s that religious he wouldn’t be doing all the above.

    And what happens if we let him not wear the shirt, let the rest of the muslims as well? How would we ever get a decent sponsorship again if we let no one wear the logo??

  • 47 pawl250 // Jul 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Toon Avenger

    You seem to think we should be trying new things? Why?

    You do not see any team try “new” things in pre season really…..

    I mean he swaps the odd player, changes the odd formation but its hardly new.

    You do not broadcast changes to set pieces in pre season, or future tactics.

    I DO NOT care who you are, or which club you support but to expect winning teams in a pre season is beyond pathetic!

    Its called pre season as its based to manage a player fitness levels going into a new campaign.

    ALL clubs have the same attitude. I would bet money every managers pre season team talk is along the lines of “A win would be nice for the travelling fans but take it easy, its all about fitness right now.”

    Tactics are for behind the scenes.

    Also people need to accept we are NOT Swansea, and nor could we be if we tried. It would take years integrate a passing style like that into our game.

    Rogers proved that at Liverpool, he had Agger and Skrtel playing the passing game and ultimately gifted goals especially earlier on last season.

    We have a decent side, should finish top 10, am pretty confident of that.

    I feel 3 signings, decent ones I.e Remy De Jong type standard would allow us to push for top 7, but its a ladder, 1 step at a time. If we could finish 7th this season fantastic, next season aim higher.

    Its almost impossible to win the league these days unless heavy investment is provided, Spurs have proved that spending ALOT of money still struggling to get top 4 each season, just achieving it last year and the year before. BUT then a massive gap between them and 1st.

    Its near impossible, and to think us and those around us etc. only invest 20m-30m a season, Man City have spent 100m this season as of now…..

    Man Utd are looking to pay 30m+ on 1 player.

    Cheslea 30m+ on 1-2 players.

    Its insane…..

    The game is broken beyond belief.

  • 48 JP...from The Rock // Jul 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    If bloody Strolla gets ‘another’ extension I’ll shoot myself!!

    Sign Remy, Gomis and keep Cisse and we’ll be a strong team at last!!

    Buy an additional winger that can create stuff and is a pro at crosses and we will be extremely strong for next season.


  • 49 brian kilclines pony tail // Jul 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    @pawl250 its not just about fitness levels, its about approach play (our worst aspect), along with players roles and responsibilities within the team. from what i have seen so far these issues are still not being addressed and have not been for over a year now, i dont think pardew knows how to approach ‘approach play’ ;-)

  • 50 GenralHez // Jul 24, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    If Strolla get a contract extension it would confirm that the mental illness suffered by the management had become even worse, net they would be supporting the maccums.

  • 51 Greebol1892 // Jul 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    No.23 please leave the building, your time is up. Never rated the lad as a footballer. “peaked” with his goal against Barca and one of the best penalty takers I have seen BUT…. if he wasn’t a Geordie, would he STILL be here?
    Remember when he said he could fill the no1 striker role when Shearer retired!!
    Or maybe it is our destiny to have an Ameobi at our club FOREVER … (*echoes to fade*)

    Still think Cisse is pushing for a move and will go. So Pards obviously wants to keep the No.23 lump. So we need Remy & Gomis or our 1st choice striker will be No.23!!! With Gouff & Campbell as backup!

  • 52 swemag // Jul 24, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Get this guy: Vinícius Araújo

    12 million pounds we won’t regret.

  • 53 Charlietoon // Jul 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Guys Shola is scoring for fun in pre season…..maybe this is finally his year…..ahahahhah

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