Other Clubs Moving In For Newcastle’s Striker Targets


One thing that successful clubs do in the transfer market is to be very be quiet, but move very quickly once you have identified your targets, and you cannot accuse Newcastle of doing either of those two this summer.

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Bafetimbi Gomis – Tottenham moving in?

And there was some disturbing news today that West Ham are now in the race for QPR’s Loic Remy, and that may be an attractive move for Remy, if he wants to stay in the England capital.

And West Ham have not been shy in splashing out the money in terms of transfer fee (£15M) and the wages (£100K/week) for former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, so they may be formidable competition for Newcastle.

And there was news in the French press only yesterday, that Tottenham have become interested in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, and if that’s true, there’s some competition for Newcastle, because Spurs can offer Europa League football to the player this season.

So this new news is not good news for Newcastle, and we’ve already lost out on number one target – Saint Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng – who preferred to move to Borussia Dortmund.

And we missed out on Ivory Coast and Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony, who was signed by Swansea City earlier this month for a massive £13M, which will include an initial £11M, plus an extra £2M based on add-ons.

The fee was apparently out of reach for Newcastle, but even Alan Pardew seems to be getting a little impatient with no progress being made on the transfer front for the strikers we so desperately need.

Alan called on his boss Joe Kinnear, to complete some of the deals that are supposedly pending.

Here’s hoping we can still get some of those strikers through the door – but we really have to show more ambition and drive, to get these players on Tyneside this summer.

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147 comments so far

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    This always happens, I am not surprised, but why can’t we learn 2 simple lessons, move quick, and keep quiet. This whole kinnear thing could have worked in our favour for transfers, as the press would have been focussed on that idiot, and we could have got targets in, without the press knowing.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Re post:

    Down Sarf

    You really are a pig headed moron.

    Our squad is weaker because everyone else has strengthened this Summer. By standing still we go backwards.

    Add to that the conflict in the club, the fact that we are still short on numbers and the a large slice of experience has gone and you can safely say we are weaker than last season.

    Oh and as for taking the pee out of Cisse’s religion obviously my intellectual humour is on a lane higher to you own as I was taking the pee out of people with opinions of things they know nothing about that can preach morality to a individual they do not know.

    Got back to the hole you crawled out of you dunce.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #3

    KT97 – I dont think Cabaye will be here next season. Offers will start coming in – pardew has covered his ass by saying recently that he doesnt want him to leave so that when he does Pardew can play the victim.

    Cashley will cash in im sure

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Talking about lashings and the like – my God there are a few ultra dimwits and peanut brains on here that could do with a hundred lashes and I would throw in a stoning too -might kick start their brains into action or convince them not to make comments highlighting they know little about the subjects they are posting about.
    Thickos and dimwits……………………………………..OUT

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Lilongwe

    I agree, that makes perfect sense. I don’t think it’s so vital who they bring in to be honest, as long as Wonga can reproduce number 9 shirts with the Wonga logo on.

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  • Greebol1892

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Really just too amateurish (apparently) in this summer’s transfer market. Does anyone believe we will actually “get our man”?
    I hope so…..

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  • pawl250

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Sundeland 3 – 1 Tottenham .

    QUICK PANNNNNIC!!!

    Then if you, like me are surrounded by them you see the inevitable praise and gleems as though they will now finish 4th in the PL haha!

    Pre season as stated is simply not worth noting win loss or draw. I would prefer to lose all pre seasons games if we can win our 2 starting fixtures in the PL…. Doesn’t work like that but who cares about pre season!

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Ruddy
    From last thread
    We need 2 strikers and more in attack Gomis is a out and out striker and Remy offers striker option and winger/inside forward I dont think its too much to ask for both of them along with an attack minded CM or a real CAM

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Ruddy

    Ok. So you mean we have a worse team than at the beginning of the Summer…

    So you’re judging our loss of Harper, Perch and Simpson as serious? Hardly relative…I’d put the return of Dummett and the fitness of Vuckic as above losing those 3.

    It won’t take much in terms of signings to beat that team out of the water.

    I’m not saying Anita should play RB, but I wonder who is clearly the 2nd choice to Debuchy now that Simpson and Perch have gone and Raylor is out for the season. I’d be happy if Raylor was fit and 2nd choice.

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  • JFK junior

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Apart from the fact that spurs are upping their bid for saldado (sp)

    And west ham have publicly declared they don’t want Remy?

    A non-article in every sense.

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  • Toon Avenger

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Pawl

    You always have, currently do and will forever offer nothing to this blog.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #12

    CALL ME CYNICAL – but I am by the day

    I posted on this Blog Monday or Yesterday that the TOON tell everyone who they are after because I don’t think they are really after them – Just a way to keep the fans happy. – This Window – Remy, PEA, Bony, Bent, Gomis et al.

    Maybe just Maybe Kinnear is here to put a block on all transfers as he did with Douglas.

    Most likely the only way we will get someone in is when we sell one of or purplees and that will be on the last day of the transfer window so we canot get anyone in

    I have backed Ashley and Pardew but my patience is getting a bit thin

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    No point panicking about this.

    Just need to wait and see what happens.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Avenger,
    I’m not convinced that our squad is stronger, in certain areas, maybe but overall? However other clubs strengthening does not mean our squad is weaker. The statement our squad is stronger involves comparison with our squad last season, not every other team.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #15

    TDS

    maybe santon is to be cover for debuchy if needed. Have haidara and dummet for the left side.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #16

    TDS

    Yes, our squad is weaker now than at the start of the summer. Alnwick is not as good as Harps, we now have no real back up right back, Anita can play there, but I’d rather not see him there, and Perch was our ultimate utility man, whereas Vuckic…hasn’t really played so I think it’s premature to say you rate him higher than players who regularly played for us in the past few years.

    If you think we have a stronger squad now then I feel sorry for you, as you’ll be one of the people at the end of the window trying to calm people after yet another disastrous window, and you’ll say “the squad is good enough…”

    And when the inevitable capitulation comes around, the goals dry up, the football is terrible, you’ll still defend everyone in the regime to a man, meanwhile, in reality, the rest of us will know that we should have strengthened.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon Avenger

    So when I don’t agree with your daft statements you resort to childish insults?

    We don’t go backwards by standing still. In fact there are several reasons that our squad is better already:
    – the 5 January signings have had half a season getting used to the club and the PL and will now have a pre-season with us
    – with the exception of Raylor there are no serious injuries
    – there was no World Cup or European Championship to keep the players away
    – there is no Europa League that we have to play in early on
    – several of our youngsters will have improved (and Vuckic is currently fit)

    The only players of ours that could possibly go downhill from their peak are Jonas and Colo and it’s debatable on both.

    We are not short on numbers at all. We still have 25 players over 21 that we would need to register. What we’re short of is alternatives in certain areas, notably up front.

    What conflict in the club? There is zero evidence whatsoever that there is any conflict. But of course the media made some up and some reactionary fans lapped it up and made it worse.

    What large slice of experience has gone?? Harper? Simpson? Perch? How many games did they play in total in the PL? Simpson and Perch dropped down a division and Harper joins a team who is favourite to get relegated. Hardly big losses…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #18

    TS

    Fair point there. We do have 3 left backs and only one right back so that would make sense.

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  • Moe

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #19

    The void left by Llambias departure hasn’t been filled .. so who’s leading the negotiation? the secretary? or JFK??

    Most of people here hated DL, I know I did..
    But as things are clearing up now it’s becoming evident to me that he was behind any progress during MA time at SJP.

    DL was better than nothing,
    This club needs a direct replacement for DL!

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Just a reminder to all that Ed posted only this week about avoiding personal abuse,religion,politics on the blog!
    Either we sign up for that, or we go elsewhere was the message!
    It’s up to us all to police that message……. imo.

    Now, i’ll run and hide!

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Ruddy

    I can’t tell if you’re just trying to play devil’s advocate for the sake of it on this topic…considering that Simpson and Perch dropped down a division and Harper has joined a promoted team to compete for the jersey, I’d hardly say they are big losses. I’d rather have Vuckic or Bigi play instead of Perch in CM and as TS pointed out I’d rather switch Santon to RB when Debuchy is out and play Dummett or Haidara than Simpson at RB.

    Sure, they need to make a call about our 3rd choice GK. I haven’t seen reasons to be impressed with Alnwick but maybe they see something I haven’t? Otherwise, we need someone else I agree.

    But losing those 3 really isn’t much to be concerned about…

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  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Spuds without Bale are a different – ordinary team.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #23

    TDS

    the only problem would be that if santon is out settled left back losing debuchy would mean we would be upsetting both fullback roles instead of just the one…but at least we have somebody who can cover.

    they might even shift mbiwa out at RB if theres an injury.

    Ruddy

    I think the squad is very similar really, not too much difference, the loses aren’t huge. Harps was 3rd choice (rightly or wrongly) and perch was 5th choice CB and a cover for a DM.

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  • LooneyToon41

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    @19. Moe. Good question..
    I think John Irving the FD has been given more authority to cover DL on the money side, with the Joker covering the football side.
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/bigger-board-role-newcastle-united-4694368

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  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Collo’s choke hold may have him banned for the City game – we might aswell just credit them +3 points now.

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  • Greebol1892

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #26

    I see that the Llambias legacy is being kept alive with this “purples” nonsense rumbling on.

    We need 2 class strikers to replace Ba AND Cisse (wants away; which is a shame). A pacy winger would be a bonus.

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  • Rooster

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #27

    Pawl, with respect to your opinion which I have shared on other subjects, it maybe just friendly but you can still our pattern of play has not changed one bit, no teamwork no cutting edge, plenty of frustration ie sending offs, mainly cos colo was out of position and fell over on the kid, yea tempers were flared alright and you could fel it, again no crosses coming in again nothing from set plays and corners, at this stage the pattern is still there from last season, you could tell the players were uneasy throughout, we must get players in, Pardew is setting himself up for an avalanche of abuse if he keeps on with his personal ego filled strategy, if he does not let that ego go we are in for another season of indifference, as it it is it will be another season of toon ups and down, he has to learn from last season, I have supported MA but im not putting up with Pardews filth.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    TDS

    OK, if I take on board that the squad isn’t weaker, and is relatively the same, then effectively we have not strengthened upon a squad which has finished 16th.

    We have no other options up front, beyond Cisse, our fringe players don’t seem good enough, we’ve got no wingers of note.

    And no, I’m not playing devil’s advocate. I liked Perch as a back up, and Simmo was ideal to play back up RB, there is nothing to suggest Santon would be any better at RB.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    TDS

    Really, what I am saying is not only do we need to strengthen, but really, we’re about 4 players short of plugging the holes in our squad, and we’ve got…. NONE.

    Reverting back to my original statement, I think people deserve to complain.

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  • Felipe

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Santon is a right back who switched to left back when he came to us so pretty sure he can cover at right back. Steven Taylor can also play there as he has done on many occasions. We’ve got santon, dummett, haidara, Jonas, debuchy, taylor and anita all who can play full back. I think our priorities are up front, hence the negotiations with Remy etc.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Top 5 players Vs. Pacos

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 24, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Felipe

    No he’s not. He’s a LB, he’s always been a LB. He played LB for Inter Milan, he played LB for Cesena and has played LB for Italy. He may have covered RB a few times but he is a LB.

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  • Rooster

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #33

    richy, as I mentioned before,Colo got caught for pace again and was in front of their man, and then fell on him, he knew he had been done that’s why his reaction was so severe, another player who does not want to be here but will put up with it for another season, Pardew happy with sholas performance and as he say a vital part of the striking team, please Moses give me strength were that man Pardew is concerned.

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Santon was never a right back. He has been a right footed left back ever since he was moved to defence. His original position was out on the wings.

    Essentially he is a winger turned left back. Not sure which wing he played on, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on the left.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Ruddy

    I can fully understand people complaining that we haven’t got a striker in yet. We should have had one in earlier so they could participate in pre-season more. But I do think that the 5 players signed in Jan and some of our younger players will be a lot better this season than last. As I mentioned, only Jonas and Colo have any justification for going downhill really.

    We have gone over the reasons for finishing 16th so many times. Your argument doesn’t make much sense as for the first half of last season we had the same squad as when we finished 5th but with the addition of Anita. Come January we lost Ba but signed a further 5 players. So which is the true reflection?

    If we keep our key players fit and they play to their potential, we’ll be absolutely fine. If we’re not fine then Pardew will be gone by December. Simple.

    But I’d rather we succeed than cut our noses off to spite our faces (i.e. get rid of Pardew).

    We must sign a least 2 attacking players. If we don’t then we’ll all have a right to properly complain.

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  • lesh

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #36

    LooneyToon41
    message understood now #£&%)•]^$€<!

    And isn't Joe doing a wonderful job for us.

    Hello, Joe, hello, anybody there? Joe, Joe JOE!!

    Has he forgotten he's supposed to be at work or is he ploughing through volume 42 of his contacts book

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  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #37

    From wiki:

    “He started his career as a right sided attacker later reverting to an attacking full back who can play on both sides, and is known for his energetic runs down the flank”

    A right winger turned Fullback. Normally plays down the left but can cover on the right since his dominant foot is Right.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #38

    I am becoming a bit annoyed at some of the dipsticks on here repeating their erroneous take on what Ed said a couple of days ago about bringing religion and politics onto the blog. It is apparent to most that what Ed means is bringing your own personal religious beliefs and politics into the debate. He clearly does not mean there should be an outright ban on these subjects – if the topic relates to the club or players then it is up for debate.
    I’m so sick of some peanut brains I am now thinking about suggesting to Ed that the “usual suspects” drivelous spoutings are automatically replaced by the contents of the following link. To be honest -just about the same level of brain power is displayed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gROO7xSTxfY

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    ruddy

    you’re right we need to strengthen the squad though.

    we were short up front last season at the start and have lost Ba but added gouff…we need 2 forwards

    We also need a left sided player.

    After than we just need to replace lesser players with young talents or with those to push current first 11 lads to the bench.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Yeah, Santon is a Left Back, that is where he has always played and that is his favored position.

    Interview with Santon

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