The Newcastle United Blog

News and Commentary On Newcastle United By Ed Harrison, A Proud Exiled Geordie And Lifelong Fan

The Newcastle United Blog header image 2
Banner created by Reilly - one of our readers
Howay The Lads!!

This Could Definitely Be D-Day For Joe Kinnear – Maybe

8:32 am, Wednesday, July 31st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

We now know that Fulham are back in for Darren Bent of Aston Villa, and news that Joe Kinnear will finally be meeting with the England striker’s representatives today, but of course the fee still has to be agreed for the player with Aston Villa.

darren bent at Villa

Darren Bent – Joe Kinnear meeting today

And Newcastle are still without a senior signing this summer, although some of the players we already have are in sparkling form, and a number of our players showed up very well last night at St. Mirren and one of them – Dan Gosling – looked really good and gave his best display ever for the Magpies.

We seem well stocked in all positions except striker, although Papiss Cisse, who had his first outing of pre-season after the Wonga stand-off, reminded us of just how good he is at putting the ball into the net, with a great goal after only 19 minutes.

Yes – he looked great in the new blue Wonga shirt.

The fee for Darren Bent is one of the problems, although in truth the fee always seems to be a problem for Newcastle for one reason or another, and in this case Villa are trying to recoup some of the fee – between £18M and £24M depending on what you believe – they paid to Sunderland 31 months ago.

But the conventional wisdom is that Bent could be signed for around £6M, and his current wages are about £70K/week – what were Villa thinking when they signed this player from Sunderland in January, 2011?

Alan Pardew is busy coaching the players in pre-season, and that’s one reason a Director of Football is useful, so he can do all the leg work and scout the players and handle all the transfer business, as long as the players are the ones the manager wants brought in.

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say yesterday:

“I let Joe, Mike Ashley and the board get on with trying to get a striker in. I’ll check in with Joe to see where we are.”

We’d be happy enough to get two of three strikers between Bafetimbi Gomis, Loic Remy and Bent – although we did report yesterday that Newcastle were strongly interested in AC Milan sensation – French U21 forward M’Baye Niang.

Maybe Newcastle could get the youngster on a season-long loan deal – like we are trying to do with Remy – with a view to a permanent £5M move next summer.

But this lad is a hot property, and it would be better to sign him now, because once other Premier League clubs see what he’s like, they would be after him next summer in all probability.

Lets hope Joe has some success today and this week – we need to bring in two top strikers, and then we’ll have a very strong squad for next season.

But we keep saying that and it’s seems a bit like that film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, when the exact same thing happens every day. 😀

Comments welcome.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:

You can also reach Ed at


Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    It is 24 hours. Same size as any other day 😀

  • 2 Toon73 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Remy, Gomis & Bent


  • 3 lesh // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    ‘ a Director of Football is useful, so he can do all the leg work……’

    Can Joe put one leg in front of the other without falling over?

  • 4 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Remy and one or the other of gomis and bent. A winger and a cb on top (dreaming).

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    be furious if it’s finally down to bent after allegedly starting out with P.E.A.

    Absolutely the type of signing we’ve stopped dong, ie Owen MK 11

  • 6 DarloGeordie // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Please God noooooooo!!!! I understand people are desperate but Bent, seriously?

    Kinnear work your magic and balls up another deal please

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Toon Tom,
    The afore mentioned and he can come out of solitary.

  • 8 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Id still put shola ahead of bent ffs.

  • 9 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    At 4 i said gomis or bent, obvioisly id prefer gomis or someone other than bent, but if he is the only option then we would still have to get him to back up the rest (what a sad situation). Like i say i would seriously have shola ahead of him in the pecking order these days.

  • 10 Bambams // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Quote. ….” to get A striker in”

    Does not look like two strikers chaps and I hope this might be a bit of gamesmanship towards Lyon to make them think we have switched our attention to Bent so they agree the cheaper offer.

    We definitely need pace in our new striker


  • 11 Shearer.Milburn // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Apparently the deal for gomis could be back on….

  • 12 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Shola and Cisse are poachers. Cant have two in one team. Cisse is miles better.
    Gomis is suited when we play 4-4-2 or 4-5-1
    Remy will be useful when we player 4-4-2, 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3

  • 13 Santon03 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Vuckic can also play as striker, right?

  • 14 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Oh ffs. Theres an article popped up on newsnow linking us to a player we have been linked with every fkn window for 3 years. Answers on a postcard, no cheating. See how many of you can guess

  • 15 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    get all four strikers, loan out Adam Campbell, play 424.

  • 16 gazza85 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM


    The Turkish Tank?

  • 17 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM


    Apparently we never retracted our offer. Just playing the waiting game. As usual

  • 18 geordie157 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Remy, niang and vydra.

    Or Remy, niang and gomis

    Or Remy, niang and wijnaldum

    Think i’m trying to say Remy, niang plus one more winger/striker

  • 19 DevonToon // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    RVD -shola is not a poacher… well maybe at home like, that how he likes his eggs… shola is one of our worst ever players FACT

  • 20 fog on the tyne // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    From lat thread repost

    Here’s the txt;

    Toon giving medical tomorrow, derek been up today with paperwork. Remy looking fav, will txt tmoro when he arrives. Sharon been phoning abbey, she off thurs?

    The derek my man is refering to is derek wright the physio. .

  • 21 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM


    I reckon i made that too easy 😀

  • 22 SuperShearer // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Wouldn’t Bent be on the bench for us? Surely Cisse is still the preferred loan striker in a front 3 with Mav and HBA flanking him. Why would he want to join us to warm the bench? Maybe as a super-sub but to be honest I’d rather have a Gomis or Remy who are going to push Cisse for that starting spot….that’s how teams improve by having strong competition for places. Bent isn’t up to even close to that standard for me and will be on silly wages warming the bench. Move on.

  • 23 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM


    Ah right. In which case fingers crossed.

  • 24 jayphoto // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    To be fair I think papiss would have had 20 goals last season had it not been for the right wing debacle! Ive met papiss a couple times and the guy genuinely loves NUFC! Hes not the biggest fan of Pardew though! I think it hurt him that Ba was chosen as CF over him for the first half of the season! Shows a lack of confidence in cisse’s ability! Personally hoping we sign Remy and go with a 4-3-3 next season! I like Bafetimbi Gomis but hes similar in play to Papiss not in attributes but in the positions he takes up! If possible hes offside more aswell, seen a few people say Baf plays deep and holds up the ball well? He doesn’t! He plays high up the field facing goal, hes strong as an ox though!

  • 25 Shearer.Milburn // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    for the first time, I probably agree with waiting on gomis. €8m is a hell of an offer for a player who is gonna walk for free next season from a club desperate for cash…. I think they’ll panic when another bid doesn’t come in. Ashley should tell ghem hes gonna take 200k off for everyday that goes by lol

  • 26 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    If Gomis and the president of Lyon were smart they would take our offer.
    Lyon need the money to rescue the club from financial disaster
    If gomis wants to be selected for France and get recognised to his work – we are his obvious choice. He will be playing with French internationals in the most watched league in the world

  • 27 The Arizona Geordie Pizzicato // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    the best front would then become

    Remy Cisse HBA
    Tiote Cabaye

    with Bent, Gomis, Niang, Gouffran all on the bench

  • 28 RonVanDam // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    @ 19 DevonToon

    I was ment to write bent instead of shola lol

  • 29 Markaccus // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM


    Yeah, like that mobile betting company that lets you cash out for constantly decreasing cash amounts 😀

  • 30 gazza85 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM


    If rumours are to be believed then personal terms with Gomis are sorted its just waiting for the clubs to reach an agreement that is holding things up.

  • 31 Greebol1892 // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    My cat is better than no.23…. and I haven’t even got a cat.

  • 32 evildick // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    can’t take much more of this!

  • 33 karasu // Jul 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Steve Bruce’s Sunderland were lucky to get Bent’s best years and dropped him like a bad habit to Aston Villa at just the right time. I doubt we can get anything out of Bent.

  • 34 jayphoto // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Actually think Shola could be a very good player! Hes had games where hes been the best player on the park! Think at a Hull like team his experience would be useful! Hes got some great attributes, his strength is second to none and his hold up play and ability to hold the ball are great! Problem is nufc style of play doesn’t suit him! I think at a team where expectation is less and the style is more crosses into the box he would be a good player!

  • 35 Toon-Prodigy // Jul 31, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Gawdd, I really don’t want Bent here.

    Gomis and Remy would of been Ok, not brilliant, but ok. I would of accepted that with what is available after the turmoil of the last six weeks.

    I do get the feeling though that it’s either one or the other with those two with the way we keep bouncing back and forth to them.

    If we only get one striker and a goal keeper this window I’ll see that is really unambitious and a failure to capitalise and give it a right good go next year.

    We should not at any point next season be struggling for forwards, we have had plenty time to sort that position out now.

    Give Pardew the tools he needs Mike.

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Jul 31, 2013 at 10:45 AM


    Pardew and tools in the same sentence.. Hmm….

  • 37 dave911 // Jul 31, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Despite the earlier rejected bid, it seems likely that Newcastle will eventually complete the signing of the 27-year-old – says bleachereport ..perhaps an outside chance but who knows..sbr might just shower his blessings from above

  • 38 toonluvva // Jul 31, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Just another day of nothing happening.

    JoKe is doing exactly what Ashley wants, i.e. nothing. No money spent, but players allowed to leave.

    All this will be noted by Pardew for his constructive dismissal case. I think he is playing a blinder on this, always toeing the management line knowing fine well that it will all go pear shaped in the end.

    Ashley is in for a shock when he finds that bringing JoKe hasn’t had the desired effect and Pardew won’t quit, but the team might just get relegated. That’ll lose a huge amount in TV revenue and he’ll miss all that lovely free advertising for SportsDirect..

previous post: St. Mirren 0 Newcastle 2 – Goals And Highlights – Video

next post: Pardew – I’m Not Frustrated About Lack Of Transfers – Honest