Newcastle To Do Transfer Business In January – Yeah Right


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.

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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 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    3 articles

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

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry i meant

    3 articles

    2nd contradicting the first and third contradicting the second.

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    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

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  • Belfast

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    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.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    TDsarf,
    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.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle Planting stories to stop the storm that is coming.

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

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  • kira13th

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    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…

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9

    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.

    Also

    Beat coventry 3-2 after ET in C Cup

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

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  • Belfast

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #10

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

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #11

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

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  • numba9

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    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

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  • numba9

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Tds is mike Ashley

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  • WimbleToon

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    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…

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  • Owldman

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #15

    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

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  • miggy

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #16

    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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #17

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

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #18

    im spartacus

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  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    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.

    Jail

    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.

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

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

    😉 😉 😉

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  • John Tudor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #21

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

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  • toonaids

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #22

    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!

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • niafron

    Sep 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

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

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #25

    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.

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #26

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

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #27

    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.

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #28

    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?

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • YankToon10

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #30

    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.

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  • roy

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #31

    The January propaganda is starting don’t be fooled.

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  • toon kk

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • Pokat

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #33

    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!

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  • kilcline

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    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.

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  • Toon Tang

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    pokat 33 hahaha quality post mate

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  • rossc

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

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  • niafron

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    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.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    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.

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  • Quasimodo's tailor

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Niafron _ a bit like Sunderland then?

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  • jimiley

    Sep 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #40

    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.

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