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Newcastle To Do Transfer Business In January – Yeah Right

10:42 am, Saturday, September 7th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

There is news in the local papers today that Mike Ashley has told the Chief Newcastle Scout Graham Carr, and Director of Football Joe Kinnear,  to begin their scouting in earnest ready for the January transfer window, when the Newcastle owner things there are better deals to be had than in the summer.

mike ashley smiling

Mike Ashley – January a better time to make good deals?

That could be because free agents next summer will be available for a lot less than they were this  summer, and one top candidate in that situation will be  Bafe Gomis, and we have to think the French International striker could (should) be our top transfer target  come January.

And Newcastle signed both Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko last January,  and they both had only six months left on their contracts, but Newcastle moved for them aggressively last January, rather than in the summer when they would have been free agents.

And we could even see the same thing happen again in four months time, but you could also say this is no more than a PR stunt by Newcastle, after just finishing a summer transfer window that was embarrassing, and the club failed to bring in any of their targets except one – Loic Remy on loan from QPR.

Maybe Newcastle learned something last January, maybe that it’s easier to move players in the transfer market at that time, but it’s always best to bring in targets early in the summer, so that have a pre-season behind them, and know how the team plays and get to know their teammates.

When they come into the club in January, they have to be ready to hit the ground running, and that can be very difficult for some players.

If we do get in a few players in January, that could also mean there will be fewer  – maybe  none – new players coming in next summer.

What do you think?

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70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben3arfa // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    when we are in the relegation zone and Kinnear is our manager . Lord help us all

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    3 articles

    2nd contradicting the first and 23rd contradicting the second.

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Sorry i meant

    3 articles

    2nd contradicting the first and third contradicting the second.

  • 4 John Tudor // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    kinnear spotted urinating in the four corners of st james pk
    in an effort to remove hoodoo he was arrested for indecent exposure
    daft git did it outside the ground

  • 5 Belfast // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    We’ll sign players in January if we’re in the bottom three. lol

    I think they should just do away with the January window tbh. You can basically buy your way out of trouble. It’s a bit unfair in my opinion.

    It should be shut in August and open again when the season is over.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Whatever your dislike of NUFC legend KK is I don’t see how you can possibly blame our relegation on a man constructively dismissed three games into a season.

  • 7 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Newcastle Planting stories to stop the storm that is coming.

    Hope I can take Ashley’s head off with an Axe

  • 8 kira13th // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Since I support the club almost 20 years. (Since Shearer signed)

    Once in my life time, I hope that I will see Newcastle win the League cup one time is enough…

  • 9 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    While KK was incharge

    in 3 games

    we drew 1-1 with Manu
    beat bolton 1-0, although Nolan missed a penalty for bolton at 0-0
    lost 3-0 to arsenal.


    Beat coventry 3-2 after ET in C Cup

    It all went down hill with milner sale and faliure to Sign Bastian Schwinestiger.

  • 10 Belfast // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    No doubt we’ll go back in for Gomis and try and sign him at a knockdown price.

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Cardiff, Swansea, Southampton and norwich are breaking their transfer records while ours was broken 17 years ago.

  • 12 numba9 // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Shut the gate after the horse has bolted…. It’ could be too late we cut it fine last year and cannot keep gettin away with such stupid needless risk taking only one thing is sure eventual relegation because the fat bloke is not spending the CLUBS money

  • 13 numba9 // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Tds is mike Ashley

  • 14 WimbleToon // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Ed, why do you think Gomis ‘should’ be our top transfer target for January? Shouldn’t we be aiming higher than this? He doesn’t even fit our transfer profile anyway…

  • 15 Owldman // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I dont believe them anymore, this so called statement telling Carr & Kinnear to start seriously scouting for the January transfer window really shows that for all the talk about players we were after during the summer was just hot air we were never going to sign anyone.Perhaps Ashley is begining to become concerned in case there is concerted campaign to get him out.Perhaps if Ashley be bbactually made a statement about what his intentions are.he may earn a little respect, but I think we have passed that point, no matter what he says no one will trust him.He may not be responsible for who the press have supposedly connected with but a confirmation or denial would at stop the rumours.And he start by getting rid of Kinnear

  • 16 miggy // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Another stunt by the 3 stooges to stop the flak heading there way,i agree with Himanshu and john tudor a like that one @4 lol, time for change

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Numba 9,
    The club take propaganda seriously, it is not far fetched to believe that there are club spokespersons speaking out on this blog.

  • 18 John Tudor // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    im spartacus

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I don’t agree with everything TDS says but he’s hardly a pro Ashley supporter…he’s just trying to explain the rational behind what they have done over the summer.


    Have you seen the MAOC on Facebook? Few people commented saying Ashley out and agreeing but also a few saying it makes no difference, who will buy us? Etc

    I always think there are buyers. You can see that from how many clubs worldwide keep getting bought. Whilst I agree it would take time I think with sustained pressure Ashley might just get sick and actively look for a buyer…he’d still not sell on the cheap but if he is actively seeking a buyer it may help speed the process up.

  • 20 Himanshu Dhingra // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    1776 – American Revolution
    1760 – Industrial revolution
    1789 – French revolution
    1917 Russian revolution
    2013 – Newcastle revolution

    😉 😉 😉

  • 21 John Tudor // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    you missed..
    1962…motor revolution
    and a few more

  • 22 toonaids // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    ok so, if we do buy in the january transfer window we will most definitly get the scraps that no one wants.

    Look at man u and arsenal, they will be looking to spend if they are not where they expect to be, even mouriniho will look to strengthen as well as all those other teams that have strengthened and so desperately wanna stay up for this bumper deal of money soo technically we are gona be a worse situation, players values might have went down and most likely other clubs will raid our club due to the sheer state and lack of ambition and i personally wouldnt blame any one for leaving!

  • 23 Toon Tang // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    jail 17

    damn right there are spokespersons infiltrating the blog. Ive thought that from day 1.

    a couple of posters, no matter what bollocks the regime put us through, still seem to think so very highly of it all.

  • 24 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    You say it’s a revolution… well…you Know…

  • 25 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    One minute Ashley doesn’t give a toss about us, then the next minute he’s invading the blog with sympathisers. Some people have been watching too many spy movies.

  • 26 Toon Tang // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    quasimodo is the latest infiltrator. Made an account especially to write that nuggat of knowledge. Cheers ashley

  • 27 Sir Braveheart // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Newcastle revolution? Hardly the Arab Summer we had last year.

    Fans are divided. Some would like the foundation Ashleys given but with a little more ambition, some just want Ashley gone and dont care how, others make the point of who would buy us?

    A revolution needs a united base, a common cause and a spark that sets it off. We have none of these.

  • 28 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Toon Tang…you’re a million miles away laddie. I detest the man as much as the next man. Anyway, this is anything but my first post, I just found one or two recent posts to be rather childish. Know what I mean?

  • 29 Toon Tang // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    no problemos quasimodo, we’re on the same wavelength then

  • 30 YankToon10 // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It is possible that MA just likes to save as much money as possible by doing business in January rather than the summer. Look at last year nothing all summer then January rolls around and theyre getting players in. Its a dangerous way to save money though being that the January arrivals get no time to train with the team and adjust to a new country and league and will most likely be tossed into a relegation battle.

  • 31 roy // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The January propaganda is starting don’t be fooled.

  • 32 toon kk // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    It just takes a few injuries to some of our better players and we’ll be relegated.
    Big gamble by Mashley.

  • 33 Pokat // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Confirms what I already thought, there are loads of revolting posters on here 🙂

    We were treated to a ‘businessman’ poster a few articles ago complaining about the negative take ED seems to be spinning on the MA regime. The posters name was Sticklebricks wasn’t it? I remember sticklebricks, had to mash odd bits and pieces together to fabricate something tangible out of…oh…wait…..

    Anyway, the negative vibe seems to be against the blog itself these days. If you want a conspiracy theory try this – MA needs to quell the bad PR, can’t buy popularity, too late for that, so get on the most populated forums and start spinning. Create hostile atmosphere of division and disagreement among the vocal section of the fanbase. Hows that for ya? I’d believe that there are infiltrators, no problemola. 😉 Could be me mwaaah ha ha haaaaa!

  • 34 kilcline // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    I want a super rich foreign owner, everyone else is at it, im afraid Ashley’s strategy has not and will not work.

    Im a effin genius by the way.

  • 35 Toon Tang // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    pokat 33 hahaha quality post mate

  • 36 rossc // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    If this is actually our transfer tactic there is actually some merit to it.

    I mean look at who we signed last January,

    Debuchy – 5 million
    Mbiwa – 6.7 million
    Gouffran – 2 million
    Haidara – 2.5 million
    Sissoko – 2 million

    Total – 18.2 million.

    Or to put it another way.

    1.2 million more than buying Mamadou Sahko
    6 million more than buying James Mccarthy.

    Though I do believe that if this is our plan to buy players in January one thing would should work into our transfer style is to bring in multiple players on loan in the summer window with options to buy if possible to at least strength us in the short term.

    The one major sour point of this window for me is that we didn’t go after Lukaku on loan, as i honestly think he would have made a huge difference in final league position for whatever team he went to… well done everton.

  • 37 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    About super rich owner buying a club, i strongly suggest you to watch some Monaco’s games.

    This team is really beutifull.

    Was designed with an original strategy which consisted of recruiting 5 or 6 top players for Key positions on the field (mainly central pitch) and fieldind gifted young players in others area (on the wings and on the bench).

    So you got the perfect mix of skill, experience and enthousiasm.

    If you add to that Ranieri’s brilliant tactical skills, the outcome is simply glorious.

  • 38 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    What a load of rubbish. We were told before that January was a team when teams overpay for players.

    Now, fresh after signing nobody in August, January may be better to make signings?

    What a joke. It’s embarrassing for everyone involved with the club.

  • 39 Quasimodo's tailor // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Niafron _ a bit like Sunderland then?

  • 40 jimiley // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Transfer profile????????? Are you having a laugh. What is a transfer???? At NUFC, its buy somebody in Jan if in trouble. Ashley does not shape events but reacts to them. Hoard every penny to himself and buy your way out of trouble if it becomes necessary.

  • 41 numba9 // Sep 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Can you pay on the gate for harpers testimonial?

  • 42 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Roy, propaganda indeed. It is nothing short of disgraceful.

  • 43 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Complaining fans soon go quiet when the team gets results. For some reason this transfer window has upset people. But look at the quality in the squad compared to other clubs, save for the top six or seven clubs, most of which have multi-billionaire backers who are prepared to burn money.

    Mikey’s biggest mistake is appointing the wrong manager. Pardew hasn’t a clue. His second biggest mistake is keeping him. This is the message the fans should be getting across to him. A change of manager for a top manager would bring renewed optimism and silence the boycotters overnight. But hey, which manager in their right mind would want to come to Newcastle and manage players like Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Colocinni, Krul, and Mbiwa, and to try to get the best out of Tiote, Cisse, and Sissoko?

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Pokat It sounds like you’re afraid of the counter-argument, and have to resort to cheap conspiracy theories.

  • 45 Ian Toon // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Jimiley- your posts smack of a disgruntled fan. Polar – is far more entertaining. But your right in that we really could do with an owner that is proactive. A little imagination even at the eleventh hour and our transfer dealings could have been transformed. Why put our season at risk from injuries? As rossc- said we could implement through loan signings. I argued for Lukaku or Ba being on loan . The thinking is too rigid- it might work in the retail business but not in football at the PL level.

    On an unrelated point, currently watching Ranger playing for Swindon in TV game. He’s doing well and Swindon lead 1-0 but there are toon fans present arguing that we should never have let him go and how he’s just what we need. From Lukaku/ Ba to Nile Ranger the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • 46 askar // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Ed thank you for everything in this blog.

    I would really like to say that we don’t need any other player if Ben Arfa stay fit alongside our captain Colo and the magic Krull 🙂

    In our team I would like also to see Remy playing with Cissé, Gouf, Marv, Sissoko and Cab with Ben Arfa in a free role.

    Let Ben Arfa do exactly what he’s supposed to do, beat players and score (and lose the ball sometimes and never defend). Get him on the ball more and more then just wait the magic moment, it will come 🙂 🙂 long life to King Arfa, Colo and Krull, my three favorites NUFC players!

  • 47 martoon // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’ve been reading this blog a long time and there have always been posters anti & pro Ashley. I simply can’t believe NUFC PR machine could be arsed to start posting on blogs like this and people like TDSarf are long time posters and haven’t just recently appeared. If it is true can I apply for a job – getting paid to post on NUFC blogs sounds like a dream job to me 🙂

  • 48 MacToon // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Transfer, I notice the message Maoc are wanting to put out, a message of club potential and the area as a whole.

    It was something Sir JH tapped into and created a real buzz, not just at the club but the whole of the North East, even nationwide as we became everyone’s second favourite team. If fans can protest but at the same time promote the club to potential new buyers as a purchase with huge potential, who knows it may help speed up a sale.

  • 49 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    Well, they got Falcao…

    So we could hardly compare.

  • 50 Tinman // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    *cough* *cough*
    I’m allergic to bullshit

  • 51 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    About news from France, the game yesterday was awfull.

    So we didn’t score a single goal 5 games in a row.

    Wich didn’t happen since… well, in fact it never happened.

    This is the first time since France debut in 1904.

  • 52 Tinman // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Thats what you get for putting Gignac in the squad ;). You could do with a real striker like Lambert

  • 53 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    Well, if we consider Ben zema did not score for something like 1300 minutes now…

    We expected Giroud to do better but he didn’t yesterday.

    So out of despair, we fielded Gignac in the second half, but i agree, it didn’t help.

  • 54 Tinman // Sep 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM


    I just can’t believe how unfit Gignac looks for a professional footballer. Been enjoying watching the French league review programmes, although he has been scoring most have been tap ins. But I do accept its good instinct to be in the right place at the right time.

    Never been impressed with Benzema at International level.

    Giroud has been doing great for Arsenal so I’m surprised to hear he didn’t perform very well.

  • 55 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:04 PM


    Well it’s not only about players skills…

    This team lack of everything.

    A good tactic,a coherent system, solidarity between the players, habit of play…

    Will not even mention motivation and team spirit.

  • 56 lesh // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    So. Between now and January we’ll be scratching around the bottom of a barrel trying to sign an unattached player.

    Let’s hope that Kinnear’s aware of the fact that West Ham didn’t sign Carlton Cole after all. He was considered unfit!

    Furthermore, it just shows what a hard bustard Ashley is – making Kinnear work at signing a freebie when he’s worked so hard to get our stellar signings this summer. In Ashley’s shoes, I’d have sacked the useless git!

    As far as the MAOC demo, I wonder the organisers have considered the media interest in FOUR marches coming in on SJP from north, south, east and west?

    Now that could have some impact provided those marches were free of the idiots who’ll undo any positives by causing trouble.

  • 57 ONLINE GUY // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Constantly reading on here that Hatem Ben Arfa is not as good as we like to think he is …well I can tell you that he is exceptional…..doubt it ?

    Just check out the amount of crosses he puts in for Shola and Cisse…Cisse constantly messes it up ..tooo highly strung and needs to relax when taking a chance.

    Shola is just a plank ..Hatem has played some amazing football to give him the chance in front of goal and he totally ..mostly, screws it up .

    Check it out . You doubters won’t appreciate Hatem until he’s gone.

    Forget the moments he loose’s the ball …Opposing defences are s*it scared of him. look at the anxiety he causes for the oppo ..and look at his percentages over a few games .

  • 58 Big Pappa Cissé // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    would anyone else take Vieirinha from Wolfsburg to solve our wing problem ?

  • 59 Rooster // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    New winter transfer in january oh i cant wait, the bullshit will be burning hot, its to tiresome for words, MA Jk AP done ys over like a kipper in this kasr window, im not forgiving them for the pure deciet. GITS.

  • 60 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Well, the problem with Hatem is when he miss something, he do not do it half the way but in great style…

    Moreover, people ask more from him which is logic after all.

    He’s used to live with that since childhood.

  • 61 niafron // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    We don’ t need player, we just need to turn those we have into a team.

  • 62 OhSholaAmeobi // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Whoever mentioned Artem Milevskiy he went to Gazientspor.

  • 63 JaxtheMag // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    ed pleace don’t go on and on about new players coming in January, its all talk and no action. pleace givit a rest.

  • 64 magoo // Sep 7, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Seems to me that the vast majority of fans want rid of Ashley but supporters are split on how to do this – it is difficult to hurt the fat man without hurting the team.

    My small contribution is an idea that has been floating around for a few days which I would like to share. Instead of lining Ashleys pockets by buying toon shirts from his awful shop, someone should sell an ‘alternative kit’ which fans could wear to show their dissaproval with the current regime.

    As far as I know there would be no copyright issues (eg a plain black white striped top minus logo or anything that could be considered an infringement) and the profits could go towards some sort of supporters fund or campaign fund (if one exists).

    It would be quite a sight seeing lots of fans at St James wearing these alternative tops, and something the media would undoubtedly pick up on, and we could still show our for the team by wearing the club colours.

    I personally havent got the capacity to set up or run such an initiative, but as a web designer I could certainly set up and run an online shop for free to sell the shirts. just an idea…

  • 65 cyprus // Sep 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    that is a good idea, I’ll make sure to pass it on to Mike 😉

    I mean, people in blogs get worked up, especially when there’s support. So, a few ‘plants’ would do him no harm. JFK could include that in his duties… hhm, is there anyone here who swears too much?

  • 66 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Sep 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    So we really are going for Bafe Gomis because his contracts ending so he is cheap. Not because he is a fantastic player or because he’d be a great signing (neither of which I consider true) but because he is cheap.

    How can we expect anything if that is our only reason for scouting players? It CAN’T be from necessity- we cannot be that poor!

  • 67 outsidethebox // Sep 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    There is news in the local papers today that Mike Ashley has told the Chief Newcastle Scout Graham Carr, and Director of Football Joe Kinnear, to begin their scouting in earnest ready for the January transfer window, when the Newcastle owner things there are better deals to be had than in the summer……..
    and this news came from who??????

  • 68 count // Sep 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM




    Blah, blah.


  • 69 MacToon // Sep 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Magoo, there’s a local printer that will cover sponsorship logo’s on toon tops with a black stripe across and St James’ Park on it instead. I think they look good.

  • 70 microbar // Sep 8, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Players in January ha don’t make me laugh JK is not smart enough to tie his own laces, Mickey mouse would be a better negotiator.

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