Newcastle In The Clear For Striker – But Can We Sign Him?


The news today is that Fulham have pulled out of the race to sign Aston Villa’s 29 year-old Darren Bent so it seems that Newcastle are in the clear to sign the England International striker.

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Darren Bent – leaving Villa soon

There are reports that Fulham will not pay out the ridiculous wages Bent is getting at Aston Villa, which are said to be over £70K a week.

But the pulling out of Fulham certainly does not mean it’s clear sailing for Newcastle, because owner Mike Ashley is usually dead against paying out big wages to older stars – who have no sell-on value.

But we did report yesterday that Darren Bent had said he will be leaving Aston Villa shortly, and the two clubs thought to be vying for his signature were Newcastle and Fulham, so we suppose there is still a chance that Newcastle can get the deal done.

The other hurdle Newcastle face is the transfer fee of up to £6M.

Joe Kinnear and Lee Charnley are working on the deal, along with trying to get 27 year-old Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon, who would cost around £7M.

But since Bent said he was pretty sure he would be leaving Aston Villa soon, maybe Newcastle have tied up the deal, and it would be the first for a senior player this summer.

And 61% of fans think he would be a good buy at around £5M.

Should Newcastle Pay Out £5M For Darren Bent?

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34 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh god please no. 3 years ago I would have had him, but the attitude and laziness is stuck in him now, no way we will be able to change him.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    I would only consider Bent a good signing if Cisse left and we also signed Remy and Gomis .

    Apart from that the latter two strikers should have more priority than him .

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Nut Meg,(re post)
    I very much doubt Ashley has heard of him. I think Ashley’s football knowledge extends to what he is told by his close friends. At a guess, word would only filter through if someone else in the UK picked him up. I’m not sure how one would get the information to Ashley, although from what I have read he was involved on the course with our recently qualified staff, so there will be some knowledge within the club.

    Youth development is one of my main interests in footy outside of NUFC, as I work with an academy in Malawi trying to get players in to South African football, and used to do youth player scouting back home. I follow a lot of these young and developing coaches with interest, as they effectively do a job that I would have loved to have done. It was the reason I was very excited by the Ashley plan initially when the blueprint was to invest heavily in youth development. Unfortunately, that hasn’t really happened.

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  • G

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I would deffo prefer Remy to Bent. Assuming of course he is innocent of the ‘Surprise Love’

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  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Repost:

    Lil,

    Spurs have never won the Premier League and their last domestic trophy was the League Cup in 2008 and before that the FA Cup in 1991.

    Granted that they have won more than us (but who hasn’t !) but since 2000 their only success was the League Cup. Not a glittering array of trophies for such a top club in the last 10 or more years, wouldn’t you say?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Slank,
    Errr…..What? You got the right person here?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #7

    70 000 quid a week, cinder in snows chance of him getting even half that at the Toon. Moving along then.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyprus,
    I have mentioned Ketsbaia as a potential one in the past before. We have a few ex players who are achieving relative success elsewhere. Solano had a good year last year as well.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #9

    West Ham are apparently confident of signing Loic Remy

    Is that fat scum Kinnear even trying to sign any players ?

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  • cyprus

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Sage,
    I’ve got no idea, I’m sure you are right about his ideas. But, it sounds like it is digging deep, that. No experience (really) and then PL?

    If you are looking for obscure coaches who may step up, take a look at Cyprus, rather than Guam!

    Ketspaia (yes him, not the blog dude – unless they are one and the same!), coach of local Anorthosis (now Georgia), led them to CL group stage. Jovanovic, led APOEL twice to CL, once in the last 8, with a budget of… 18 mil.!

    On Bent, just concerned that this 29 year old may be past his best. He couldn’t get a place in AV… What we really lack is electric pace (no not Obertan, please). Coupled with football brains and skill.
    We were too predictable last year.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Solano, eh? Didn’t know that. Where?

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  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Fulham have done us a favour as Bent and Villa are running out of options.

    Villa want to reduce their wage bill and want to get rid of Bent but he will not, apparently, reduce his wage demands.

    We just need to sit tight and let Bent and Villa sweat it out and give them a take it or leave it offer.

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  • Jamseyd24

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Guys I really think Ashley and Co are trying to force Pards out the door so I wouldnt be suprised If we sign no body this window. That being said I would be confident Bent will sore at least 15 goals a season given the chance but we defo wont pay anymore than 50k a week.

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  • G

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Ketsbia for manager is an interesting shout. The types of football played in Cyprus and Georgia are vastly different to the Prem, however, he has played over here, so I’m sure he would be aware of that already. Might be worth a gamble. If we were hiring a new boss though, I would still be very tempted to take a punt on Poyet.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #15

    The thing about Ketspaia is that he is a bit of a nut (well maybe more than a bit).

    Solano, though, sounds like a guy with the right temperament for coaching.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Isnt Solana basically a sort of happy go lucky troubadour type, or bum if you’re of a less kind disposition.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Cyprus,
    He is/was managing in Peru, and doing a very good job by all accounts.

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  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Lil

    Apologies it should have been Ian !

    Clearly a disconnect between my brain and my fingers !

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  • southerngeordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #19

    For me, this summer has been the biggest telling of Ashley’s intentions towards NUFC. It’s clear that is agenda is to simply use us as nothing more than a giant billboard for Sports Direct.
    The article in the Independent over the weekend, while despicable the suggestions of anti-sematic chants towards Ashley, did make for an interesting read.

    Make no mistake he is not a stupid man – he is a ruthless businessman who has put together one of the most successful retail chains currently in existence. He is driven by a desire to succeed and will stop at nothing to grow his empire.
    It reported in the article that we were brought as nothing more than a money making plot – he purchased us from the Halls at what he saw as a very low price, with a buyer lined up to take it off him making Ashley a tidy profit. When this did not materialise he was essentially stuck with us and the debts.

    Following this while I do believe there was a honeymoon period, this soon fell by the wayside in light of the KK affair and realistically he’s been trying to get rid ever since.

    This is just my opinion but we are nothing more than an expensive toy he occasionally gets out of the cupboard to play with. In his eyes the 5th place finish probably stirred a bit of excitement and maybe for a moment he was back on board but this soon fell by the wayside again in light of the Olympics and the huge upsurge in profits SD received last summer. I can’t imagine we are what keeps him awake at night – his mind is on the next high street retailer to go bust and how he can capitalise.

    People say he is malicious towards us – I don’t think so. I just don’t think he cares. He looks after those closest to him and surrounds himself with people he likes – hence probably why he gave JFK the job this summer, and why he doesn’t care for us. He likes to be the centre of attention – he has no affiliation to the North East – he is from Bucks and supports Chelsea. He’d rather look after his staff with share options rather than spend £XX on a player for essentially a bunch of people that call him a Fat B*stard every other Saturday. If someone could come in an offer the money he is looking for he’d bite it off, unfortunately though he is still paying the price for not doing his due diligence and ultimately we are stuck with one another

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #20

    I doubt we will get a new boss at this time, they seem happy enough with pardew for now.

    I would like them to overhaul the newcastle academy and possibly look at setting up academies in places like the US, eastern europe and africa…try to establish links

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Cyprus, just checked. He left a Peruvian side last December after taking them from relegation favourites to the top half of the table.

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  • G

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #22

    @21, just out of interest, anybody ever watched a Peruvian league game? Seen the international side play a few times, but I’ve never seen a league game from there. Wonder what the standard of football is like?

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  • The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #23

    G, which Ketsbaia are you talking about?

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  • Greebol1892

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Still no further forward since 1st July then. Hope we can get one striker “over the line” very soon so he can at least be involved in pre-season.

    I can’t Ashley paying over 50k a week for Bent’s wages, never mind the inflated 6m fee + agents fee. Shite attitude as well.

    Let’s be patient & see what we can get in the January window….. 😉

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #25

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/alan-pardew-pushing-joe-kinnear-5293973?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Its clear even Pardew is growing frustrated,

    WHY THE HELL DO WE HAVE A DINOSAUR CONDUCTING OUR TRANSFER BUSINESS. KINNEAR CAN F*CK RIGHT OFF FOR ALL I CARE

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  • martoon

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #26

    While I understand the outrage over Cisse in the Casino I don’t understand why it is suddenly big news. It was pretty common knowledge among Toon fans that he was often see in Aspers and mentioned many times on here. So if Toon fans knew this how come the press did not?

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  • G

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #27

    @23 Temuri Ketsbaia (Bad spelling on my part). Isn’t he managing the Georgian international side now?

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  • Slank

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #28

    southerngeordie @ 19

    ‘….Ashley’s agenda is to simply use us as nothing more than a giant billboard for Sports Direct…’

    That is quite correct. Nothing wrong in that.

    That is what he told Sir John when he bought his shares and Sir John has since confirmed this.

    Football clubs are available to be bought and sold and will continue to be used to promote the interest of their owners. Are the Abu Dhabi royal family in love with Manchester or is it to promote themselves, their bushiness (which includes Sky News Arabia) and their airline Etihad?

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  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #29

    Ben3arfa… Sad to say I think you’re largely right about Ashley’s attitude towards the club.

    Strangely, I was thinking along the sane lines about an hour ago when I was walking the dog.

    He knows that the money he’s put in is safe and the club’s nowt more than an accounting vehicle for the relatively small amount of money he’s got tied up. A crying shame that if he did show some real interest and had the club run by capable people, we could be very successful.

    Ah well, if Bent’s the pinacle of our ambition, god help Newcastle United.

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  • cyprus

    Jul 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #30

    Cool, bring him in!

    On MA, Southern,

    you are taking on a big challenge there, doing a psychoanalysis of that man! You say he supports Chelsea? Most people say Spurs…. Still, the simple aphorisms, you are right, are wrong. This is a more ‘complex’ case.

    After all, he accepted his wife back after being taken for the price of a Torres!!

    This year he gave monster bonuses to his staff…

    Why did he buy the club? To make money?! Who buys clubs to make money? For promotion? Likely, but I wouldn’t tolerate the abuse for any kind of money, and he doesn’t need it any more. I think you nailed it in that he wanted an expensive toy. I would do that after I’d made my first billion too! But it’s all gone sour… he tried to please the fans (e.g. Keegan, Shearer) to no avail. I think he’d sell if someone made the right offer. if you know anyone who can afford us (and the head ache!!) give him a call.

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  • Szarka

    Jul 24, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #31

    70k wages, OMG !
    Hes not worth that much, forget him.

    Dont want to see overpaid players after their peek again in NUFC shirt.

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  • GenralHez

    Jul 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #32

    I would not consider Bent a good signing even if Cisse left, he is only worth £5million at the most more like 3 or 4 and less than £50,000 per week wages.
    We should sign Remy and Gomis.

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  • He cannit see man

    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Could it be that Bent deliberately requested ridiculous wages at Fulham to stop the deal, he has expressed interest in returning to North East and surely will know he wouldn’t get that sort of money here….seems like he might be leaving Villa with no options.

    Where he isn’t the ‘star’ signing we need, his movement in the box is good, something we need desperately going forward after watching last nights match. Too often last season we did all the leg work going forward only to have our striker offside, or nowhere to be seen.

    I don’t think him not playing for villa is anything to do with footballing ability.

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  • toonluvva

    Jul 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #34

    Bent? No thanks. Not now, not never.

    Remy, yes please, if we can cut a reasonable deal on price and wages.

    Gomis? Don’t know enough about him, but other posters seem to rate so why not give him a go.

    Kinnear? We’ve stopped laughing now Mr Ashley, time to get rid of him.

    Pardew? Definitely drinking in the last chance saloon. He knows he’s on a good thing here with a stupid 8 year deal so there’s no chance of him walking. It would be best for all concerned for Mr Ashley to just strike a deal with Pardew and let him go.

    Premiership football in 2014/15? All depends on what happens between now and September 1st. The longer Kinnear hangs around, the lower the chances.

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