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Newcastle Need Only One More Player – Shearer

9:52 am, Sunday, August 18th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 100 Comments

Things are not looking too good at Newcastle at the moment, and it’s a little bit the same as last summer, when at the end of the day we signed only one senior player for a team that was going to be participating in Europe the next season,  with all the extra games that entails.

alan shearer close up 2012

Alan Shearer – fantastic striker in his career

The player was Vurnon Anita from Ajax, and we ended up doing quite well on the Europe League by reaching the quarter finals, but injuries and extra games decimated our small squad, and we just hung onto our Premier League status. :(

And that was a major shock for Newcastle fans, which is one reason we wanted to see new players come in over the summer, especially some strikers, after we lost Demba Ba in January.

This is what Alan Shearer had to say today about Newcastle’s current situation:

“They have signed Loic Remy but I would think they need another striker to make sure they don’t get into trouble like they did last year.”

“No manager is ever satisfied and they would all like an extra four or five signings, but I believe one more forward could make the difference.”

And remember Alan is Newcastle’s top goalscorer of all time, with 206 goals in 404 appearance for the Magpies, and he only just edged out the great Jackie Milburn who had 200 goals in 353 appearances.

And in Alan Shearer’s club career – he also played for Southampton and Blackburn – he scored a phenomenal 379 goals in 733 games and 30 goals in 63 appearances for England.

But Jackie Milburn’s  record didn’t include the 40 goals he scored in the wartime league (1943-1946) in 93 appearances – when Jackie was just starting outas a youngster at Newcastle – at 19 years old in 1943.

Fundamentally Alan is the just the same as you and I and a Newcastle fan at heart, and the only difference is that he just happened to be a world-class striker in his day, and is now worth millions.

So there’s really not much difference at all. :D

We think Alan’s got it right, and if Newcastle can get say Bafe Gomis from Lyon through the door this summer, we’d have to say the transfer window was a success – even though it’s been another very difficult one for Newcastle supporters  everywhere.

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100 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Aug 18, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Re post:

    Never let anyone try and guilt trip you into deluding yourself to the truth.

    People fill themselves with false positivity and accuse those that live in reality of being negative, poisonous and worst of all detrimental to the club you love.

    If we all sit idly by looking at everything with rose tinted glasses then we might as well give up on life because supporting the club you love is never so one dimensional.

    The thing that those with their heads in the clouds will never understand is that we who are the ones they call negative only want the best for the club. We want to make this club better and not settle for what we have. We can see the potential for greatness and will always look at how this club can improve rather than sit on our hands, telling ourselves everything is ok.

    From manxpie to bills-son, Felipe to iantoon and every other “positive” fan, may you know that you are the ones hurting this club by craving, enjoying and accepting mediocrity.

    Bye for now peeps.

  • 2 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    good old shearer…stating the bleeding obvious yet again

  • 3 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Pardew Referring to NUFC as “THEY”

  • 4 jackostoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    sorry for the late reply, it took me that long to do it ended up two threads back, better late than never so they say.
    This is where I stand kidda, Ashley has made some monumental blunders, but I think he COULD be a canny owner, as long as there’s continuous improvement, when dl left I thought right, here we go, fair enough, keep pardew atleast until Xmas to see if indeed, he can manage, what I regard are very talented players, new fitness coach in great, we are off, but to bring in JFK totally done me in, like many others, but I still feel if he was given the sound footballing guidance he obviously needs, we may actually be ok.
    Off to bed folks, have a goodun.

  • 5 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Shearer says we need one player

    So are the great football experts on here saying he knows f all

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM


    These are Shearer’s Quotes Not Pardew’s

  • 7 LGFUAD21 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Can’t see Willian happening but it would be a fantastic signing. We need a good left winger and he creates a ton of chances.

  • 8 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Jack…this an excellent report on wages and debt

  • 9 bills-son // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Craving, enjoying and accepting mediocrity?

    Me and any other fan?

    What a load of garbage.

    I’ve supported the Toon and gone to matches since 1961 and in that time we’ve only won the Fairs Cup in 1969.

    The way the likes of Beattie25 go on you’d think we were the ManU of the football league until Ashley came along.

    Compared to some of the cr@p I’ve seen in the last 52 years the squad we have now is up there with the best yet Beattie25 says NUFC are ‘nearly dead’.

    Get a life son.

  • 10 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Tommyy – we signed 5players in jan when most teams did nothing so where not behind on other teams at all

    As for finishing 5th well all the ppl that know so much about football on here n running of a club said we would get relegated that season, I swear some fans think running a club is like playing football manager

  • 11 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Another striker would be good a left winger would be perfect

    But I’d willingly shut down all transfer activity for the arrival of a new manager who can get this current squad fit, motivated and playing to it’s strengths

  • 12 croftus5678 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    @5 davy

    shearer is a legend and was involved in footy a long time so i would bet he knows a hell of a lot more than anyone on this blog but i dont think “managing” is his strong point tbh !
    he has his opinions like everyone on this blog and no one will know whats correct or not we all just guess (personally i think we need a winger a cb and a striker)

  • 13 bills-son // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Indian Magpie,

    You are so anti-Pardew and desperate to shovel more sh1t at him that you don’t even realise that it was Shearer talking not Pardew.

    And Kinnear is a joke?

  • 14 BandB // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:10 AM



    I’ve been away for a while, but did check back to see you answered my post last week.
    During the long unbeaten run of late 2011, we were still playing with our Championship defence. But, in my view, the difference between then and now was largely due to confidence which has been squandered since.
    Tiote and Cabaye were on the top of their game, Ba was on a hot streak and Best was often quietly effective in holding up the ball (something we lost when he left). And Simmo banked us a fair few points with goal-line clearances. It was effective, but relied a lot on freak goals and last-ditch defending. Everyone played in a position where they were at least competent, Best being a good example. We have brought in better players since. But cohesion and belief is missing.
    I seem to have come back when you are in Frank Self-Righteous mode, which I don’t mind, as it adds a bit of spice. But your football stuff is a good read.

  • 15 numba9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Yes we are behind Davey we should have had them numbers signed last summer not wait until Jan when we were crippled with injuries and lacking quality … So are we going to wait until that scenario again or learn from it ??

  • 16 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Jack butler

    i Agree, a new manager and i am content, as long as its not JFK

  • 17 colwell // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM


    Calm down mate, fcuk its a Sunday morning and your wanting to argue with everyone who doesn’t agree with you.

    This is the place everyone can moan on here its the point of the blog as long as it stays here and doesn’t effect players.

    I would love the 2 players in which I think could push us on, will it happen? who know’s, We must be looking JFK seems to still be out and about.

    If the window shut today and we had just signed a loan player, as much as I love Remy I do feel we may still be left a bit short.

  • 18 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Billson – I know you would thnk we won the league for 10 year straight and then ashly came along and made us crap

  • 19 Williamsonsuks // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Off topic, does anyone use ace to watch streams? Was thinking about installing but not sure.

  • 20 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Numba9 n colwell – 2 players that’s all we need what pisses me off is the way ppl go on acting like the squad is crap n we need a major overhaul of players we don’t

  • 21 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    we don’t need any more players…the squad is excellent…the only two things we need are a new owner and manager

  • 22 numba9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    A striker with quality that has some power and someone like that Sinclair would be affordable and the right signings at the right time we would settle for that

  • 23 Finnbad The Sailor // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    Bills does have a point though… that comment about the club being dead and rotting is absolutely ludicrous.If anything it’s the complete opposite. Ideally there are a few things and additions that could be made to significantly strengthen our position.As discussed umpteen times like new player influx. Minor changes and reverts on tactics and formations respectively. And a possible addition to the coaching setup.All though if we could somehow manage to merge our defensive record of the 5th season and the attacking flair of the final quarter of the same season i would be even more content than I am now (assuming we get an additional striker).

  • 24 croftus5678 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    @20 davy

    your right our squad is great (baring a few players imo)
    even the likes of gosling/vukic/dummett/sammy/bigi are becoming prem players and coming good.
    we are far from a doom and gloom “relegation” team and based on all these teams that have signed a lot of players we seem to be still slightly ahead of them (esp sunderland) :-)

  • 25 Wiz // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Beattie in my view is completely correct. How can it be good stewardship not to have a back-up striker? Ashley has given up on us, and wants to make Rangers into a permanent if mediocre feature of the SPL. It is a lot cheaper to achieve mediocrity in Scotland than in England. That’s why I believe the rumours about three American suitors. He is a dangerous, greedy, selfish man, and we will be well rid of him.

  • 26 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    “They have signed Loic Remy but I would think they need another striker to make sure they don’t get into trouble like they did last year.”

    To be honest Mr. Shearer, even with another striker we may very well struggle even though the squad we have now is one of the strongest we’ve had in years.

    What we need now, and we need it far more than signings is someone to tie all these players together and form them into a cohesive unit that are allowed to play to their strengths and in their best positions. Someone who can motivate, coach and improve the current squad through his ability as a manager.

    It’s not the playing side of things we should be looking at it’s the dug-out

  • 27 colwell // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    Don’t get p1ssed off with it though man, most teams in the prem moan alot about signings and lack of.

    I do believe the players haven’t been utilized to their full potential, as there is alot of quality in there but still seem too struggle. This is Pards make or break season I feel, he must be aware of his mistakes, fitness was a huge one which hopefully has been addressed.

  • 28 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    6 years under ashley


    2007-08 – 14
    2008-09 – 18
    2009-10 – 1st in CCC
    2010-11 – 12
    2011-12 – 5
    2012-13 – 16th

    Tell me how is ashley is progressive

  • 29 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Wiz – a back up striker we have 4 strikers n were trying to sign a 5th

  • 30 Wiz // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    By the way, what’s all this about the window being a success if we buy a single player? We obviously need another attacker, but we’ve been shipping fifty goals a season for the last four years.

  • 31 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM



  • 32 bills-son // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM


    This bunch of jokers at the club haven’t signed one player in the last eight windows that has been an expensive dud – instead we’ve got Tiote, Cabaye, Santon, Cisse, Haidara, Goofy, HBA, Mbiwa, Debuchy, Sissoko, Anita, Marveaux and now Remy on loan + we signed Ba on a free.

    Compared to the jokers who signed the likes of Owen, Luque, Boumsong, Guivarch, Marcellino and many more flops I could mention the current jokers at the club aren’t that funny at all.

  • 33 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I will agree pardew is the problem not the players

  • 34 JaxtheMag // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    pardews team againsed city. krul debuchy taylor collo mbia tiotte cabs sissoko gutti benny cisse. that’s our strongest at the moment.

  • 35 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Everybody is entitled to there own opinion on here you know.
    The purpose of the comments is simply to allow Newcastle supporters around the world to express their views on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.

    Please respect the views of others, even when those views are completely opposite to what you think and believe.
    As Edd quite rightly stated if you have a view that’s fine and put it across as this is what this site is all about. there is nothing like a good debate bud. But you are coming across as very argumentative and aggressive mate.
    Just an observation that’s all

  • 36 Wiz // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    davy, we’ve got loads more than five if you include the Academy and the reserves and the Under-21s. We’ve got one striker who can play in the Premiership. One.

  • 37 jimmysmith // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Willian would be a fantastic signing and would lift the squad and the fans immeasurably, potentially rekindling the momentum and self belief of two seasons ago that was so sadly squandered.

    A marquee signing in the mould of Keegan, Ginola and Shearer and a relative bargain.

    Fat chance ofcourse!

  • 38 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    depends how you categorise progressive. his business has moved on leaps and bounds whilst our club has gone the other way…so it all depends on how you look at things.

    One things for sure…Ashley is a brilliant businessman but a shit custodian of NUFC.

    I don’t think SD can get much better so job done with regards to putting SD right up there in the retail world so now’s the time to sell for sure so hopefully not long now

  • 39 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Indian – of course the loan is interest free but it still has to b paid back so ashly is entitled to take money back for it whenever he wants

  • 40 numba9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Yes 3 relegation battles it turned out and one ended in losing the battle. It’s not a shoe in to get out that league neither. His 5 year plan was not the best was it

  • 41 Williamsonsuks // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    We settle for mediocrity because we are mediocre. Our trophy cabinet says it all.
    The squad we have can be something special. Pardew has enough experience to notice his own mistakes and surely will learn from them.
    Playing the right players in their correct positions with good tactics could see us take off. I’m living in hope, surely that’s better than seeing the worst case scenario.

  • 42 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    are contributors on here really serious about believing the Willian story???

  • 43 croftus5678 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    @36 wiz

    i’ll take the middle ground tbh

    cisse obv but goofy is a good prem striker when plyed upfront also and now remy so 3 for me.

  • 44 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM


    Even the headline about Willian made me laugh, why not throw out there that we are in for Bale and Suarez as well while they are at it

  • 45 yo-yo // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM


    It was good to see you back but as you are in serious sanctimonious, exaggerate for wild effect mode it is better you have gone again. IMO it is pure drivel that only the neggers sre the true supporters.

    This is not aimed at you but the general point is that with 50,000 plus Toon fans there is going to be a huge range of opinion. Yours or mine is not the truth just another opinion. The size of the ego doesn’t improve the quality of the opinion. Even eejits get it right sometime.

    If more people posted with more tolerance of others views this blog would still be argumentative but not spiteful, childish and showing the intelligence and wit of the mackem trolls who crawl on here from time to time. It really is not worth posting when all we are getting is the Pardew haters and the club being trampled down brigade repeating themselves endlessly as you can’t get in to a debate at all with the glass 90% empty mindset – or even the hope that Pardew will overachieve again. There have been some real canny discussions and banter on here but its been pretty barren recently.

  • 46 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    There is nothing wrong with living in hope mate. Lets just hope we get off to a good start eh Monday night.
    The performance for me will count more than the result, As last term many games lacked this

  • 47 Slatymag // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Thauvin talk returning. €10m. Roughly he same as Gomis, give or take.

  • 48 jimmysmith // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    As long as he owns Sports Direct, he’ll own the Toon, I’d wager. He really did get us for a song when you consider how much we’ve helped to raise the profile of SD. Why would he sell now, when we’re solvent and SD, he and the EPL are going gangbusters.

  • 49 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Davy – That wasn’t ambition, that was safeguarding. Massively different. Do you think if we’d been languishing in midtable, but no threat of relegation (Like what I believe will happen this year) we’d have made those signings? Not a chance in hell.

  • 50 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Thauvin would be one hell of an addition to this squad

  • 51 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Well If I were Ashley, I would never sell NUFC.

    Look at it, as things stand He has made 60 million for current BPL Year and in coming years will make more. A Patsy, doorknob of a manager. A DOF for whom all negative adjectives have been used. And the F in DOF could easily be replaced by a different 4 letter word.

  • 52 lesh // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM


    Of course we believe the Willein story, we believe anything that’s put out by the media!

  • 53 gaz 44 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Should possibly rename this the as that’s all people tend to talk about…
    On previous post he was asked how he feels about competing with man citys spending and he answers it with same answer everyone wld give n he’s a nob for it… I’d rather he weren’t manager but until someone better has the job I can cope, I don’t have to take every post with hatred towards the lad

  • 54 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Tommyy we were like 2wins off mid table it’s hardly massive that is it

  • 55 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Morning pal-As we said yesterday Thaurvin would be an awesome player to have at Newcastle. A better prospect for the future than Gomis for roughly the same fee-No brainer !!

  • 56 catchy in norway // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM


    think before you open your mouth

    you have some fans who only listen to the game he talks, which is top draw,

    then you have the fan (like me ) who watch us and think how poor this is, esp seeing the players we have

    he is like a old dubbed film, his words our all out of sync with his actions,

    pardew plays the same brand of football now as he did at west ham,
    he thinks its the players
    those who know a little about football see him as the problem, with his ultra negative style,

    let me remind ppl that 2 teams outside the top 5 won the cups last season, 2 mediocre teams, haha,,

    this is where we should be aiming ,, but any money we go out early, as its to many games a week for him to cope with

  • 57 blew // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    In theory, with a squad of 14 full internationals
    and 9 under 21 internationals, we can not
    complain. Undoubtedly a better squad than any
    past, as far as international numbers are
    Its up to the Manager and Coaches to get the
    best out of them. Yet another striker is needed,
    and I would be happy with 2 defensive full backs.

  • 58 davybtoon // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Wiz – who out of cisse remy gouffran n shola is the only one that can play in the prem like, they all can

  • 59 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    What makes People think NUFC will pay 10 Million for Thauvin when they would not pay 6 while he was at Bastia

  • 60 Diggedydaws // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Jack or anyone else wanting to know about club finances check that out,

    Might even make you sympathetic to Ashleys cause!

  • 61 Howden Mag // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Sparky 55
    we don’t need any more players…the squad is excellent…the only two things we need are a new owner and manager.

    Who bought the excellent squad?

    The penny thrift non spending owner and the clueless manager?

  • 62 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM


    Morning mate, that he would, Thaurvin would excite the hell out of everyone as he’s the closest thing I’ve seen to an on form HBA

  • 63 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    On a side note, anyone know anything about Haidara!? I was hoping o watch him have a good preseason and maybe start this season! He looked a top prospect last year, quick, strong, good tackler and decent going forward. A young Evra.

  • 64 Diggedydaws // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    IMO, it’s the formation we need to sort out, with the players we have we would be top 6 if it was just sorted in to an offensively fluid and compact defensively team.

    4-3-3 suits us best, lets us push cabs on and have 2 DM’s, in my mind we poss over most of the league!

  • 65 Williamsonsuks // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    @catchy… like am gonna listen to your crap! Your the biggest negging, moaning, stone Pardew eejit on this blog. FFS does all a favour and support Citeh, am sure you’ll find something to complain about there as well ;)

  • 66 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I think he has been carrying a injury for a while and is being rested.

  • 67 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Davy – The fact is we weren’t midtable. We were only 1 win away from relegation by the same mindset.

  • 68 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Jazzy – that’s a real shame. He could have done with a preseason and I think he’d have ousted Santon pretty rapidly.

  • 69 Diggedydaws // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Haidara was at papa johns in cramlington friday night!

  • 70 Toon1978 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I think A.Shearer is right. We only need a striker and maybe push for a winger. We can field a strong 11 and we have players on the bench to do a job.







    And even after we field this 11 we still have these players available….


    We also have quality on the bench and i aint even mentioned Loic Remy. We are not screaming out for a lot of signings, 1 or 2 would be sufficient in the wide area and up top. We are well off everywhere else.

  • 71 Toon1978 // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Put Haidara in the list also.

  • 72 WWYCD // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Ross Barkley to Everton is what Vuckic could be for us if he could stay fit, doubt we will see the best of Vuckic though

    Thuavin is meant to be the next big French thing isn’t he? We have connections to Lille, we were after before and he’s French hence the link oh and wor Colin reckons he’s on his way. More guff and spin imo I don’t see us signing anyone else this window

  • 73 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I’d settle for 1 striker and 1 winger, any less and we’ve failed yet again.

  • 74 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM


    Being reported this morning that Barkley has a £10 million release clause in his contract ( albeit through some dodgy souses)

  • 75 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    The club have publicly stated that he will not be sold to any other Lique 1 team and that he is for sale. Again mate whether we show interest is another thing

  • 76 Tommyy // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Now that we’ve started to stunt Bigi’s growth, we should loan him out to a top 5 Championship club, get him some more games and experience like he got at Coventry.

  • 77 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Do we have any confirmation yet on if the deal for Remy is with a view to a permanent transfer. And if we can activate it January or July ??

  • 78 WWYCD // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Haha I doubt it plus he’d be nuts to leave them for us lets face it. Our history of bring through players is poor and we are hardly a better prospect than Everton

    Has that come from Lille? Thought it was paper stuff tbh

  • 79 Indian Magpie // Aug 18, 2013 at 10:59 AM


    it won’t be indynews, would it.

  • 80 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM


    Not sure mate, but some reports claim that everything is tied up and we can make it permanent at some point. So lets hope so as he’s a player that can and will imo make a big impact here

  • 81 tom68 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Morning gents

    Imho we desperately need someone to link defence and attack so we can play with a much more attacking mindset.

    I would love another top striker as I think cisse, Remy and gouffran can score a lot of goals as could another striker but we are desperate for a supply line. Luke de Jong would have been perfect but I’m sure there are similar players out there.

    We have the chance to have a very successful side but unless we get these link players in and more importantly Pardew learns to be less bloody defensive then I think this season will be like last.

    At the end if the day can Pardew change. I really don’t think he can

  • 82 JP...from The Rock // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    We should go in for Thauvin. No matter if his stock and price has risen dramatically. f we get him for 8M I still see that as great business. This kid is set to become a star. Sadly we didn’t get him in January but he is something special and it’s pleasing to know we were interested.

    Thauvin would slot in seamlessly on the LW replacing Jonas. His attack play would excite fans and our team would finally scare opposing defenders.

  • 83 HullMag6 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Thauvin and Matri are possibilities but lets wait for concrete moves. Willian would be a headline grabbing shirt seller though but would prefer Sinclair – younger english and needs to prove he isnt just a citeh bench warmer.

  • 84 Toon1978 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

  • 85 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM


    If, and it’s a big IF, the £10 million clause is true then there will be bigger clubs than us sniffing around for the lad, and you are dead right he’s be bloody nuts to ever consider coming here

  • 86 tom68 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I also think the decision to send Campbell to Carlisle was ludicrous. They are a very poor side and a terrible choice for him

  • 87 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    If we sign Alderweireld, Willian and Gomis, I think we’d have a good chance of making the top 4 this year.


    Debuchy Alderweireld Mbiwa Santon

    Ben Arfa Sissoko Marveaux Willian

    Gomis Remy

  • 88 Toon1978 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Matri and Thauvin would be exactly what the doctor ordered. A striker and a winger of top quality.

  • 89 JackButler // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM

  • 90 jazzyp // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Canal say Thauvin might be available for 10M€-12M€ and will not be sold in #Ligue1. (@LeFrenchGooner) #LOSC.
    Rene giraurd has openly stated that Thaurvin could end up anywhere this transfer window but not to Marseille.

  • 91 Belfast // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Striker and a winger would be nice. Think we’re done in this window tbh unless Gomis forces a move. All our eggs in one basket again.

  • 92 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Howden Mag…like your logic and a good sharp response! :-)

    however…no doubt we need a new manager but we’ll never appoint a good experienced manager whilst Ashley is in charge as he’ll always run the job with cheap employees like he does in his shops… but as soon as he sells we get double delight with new owners no doubt investing in a good manager to get the most from the excellent squad we have and hopefully some decent investment to improve the squad further.

    There’s no doubt in my mind NUFC has the most unrealised potential of any club in the premiership and with the loyal and large fan base we have along with the premiership money everyone apart from us is spending, we must be attractive to someone

    And for the avoidance of doubt, I’ve continuously applauded Ashley for assembling this squad…it’s the management of the club and the manager that’s always got me goat

  • 93 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I would love us to get Matri, I know the mrs would love it as well. But given that the Metro is really the only source on this one I’d say that there isn’t much to the story. The £6million figure they quoted would be a bargain and his ability to hold up the ball is something we severely lack.

    Would love Thauvin as well, although if Arsenal are interested, then the news that Oxlade Chamberlain is out for three months could see them go for him as well.

  • 94 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I think Willian, Arda Turan and Thauvin are our targets for the lm position. I think we’ll tie up the Gomis deal. It would be silly not to sign Alderweireld at £5m. If Saylor and Mbiwa ge injured, we cannot afford to play Willo.

  • 95 Toon1978 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    If i was Kinnear i would be on to Thauvin this minute lol. No hanging about. But we know NUFC never move quickly with regards to transfers. Unfortunately we have lost out on Bony, Pea, Bent, Gomis just to name a few. I think this is due to the club not moving quickly enough or just a reluctance to spend the money. Who knows tbf but one or two players will be enough.

  • 96 Slank // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM


    Can you remember this:

    Ketsbaia9 // Aug 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM
    Swansea will easily beat Man Utd on sat, infact I’m putting £250 on it.

  • 97 WWYCD // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Oh that’s interesting then lets not dick about just get him signed

  • 98 ronjohno // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Where is Torqtoon these days.
    Used to like his snippets.

    Whilst I do think we need a commanding centre half and definitely another striker I think that if Pardew can
    change his tactics and play proper football then we might just be a team to be reckoned with.
    I know you will all think that is just wishful thinking – but you never know.

  • 99 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Yep, I lost it, but it’s not the end of the world. United have a poor team and Rooney will be leaving.

  • 100 wynsleap // Aug 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Toon1978 @ 70
    You’re right – that first eleven looks more than capable but your ‘following’ squad really gives cause for concern.
    In that number there are players that are too young and inexperienced (Dummett and Sammy), too old and/or past their best (Shola and Jonas), not good enough (Obertan, Gosling and Amalfitano) and too injury prone (Vuckic).
    That’s why it has been imperative that we sign better players this window as the overall squad is not up to the standard required.
    Taking two or three underperforming players out each season and replacing them with better (not with £20 mill. players either before people get the wrong impression) doesn’t need us to break the bank and go bust.
    Gradual and continual improvement is what is needed but Ashley doesn’t seem to want to do this in any shape or form.
    The guy has no plan, no ambition and no idea of how to run a football club. He certainly doesn’t deserve to own this fabulous one.

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