Some Things To Consider Before Magpies Can Sign This Player

Steve Harper was pictured yesterday as he handed over a check for £327.833 to three local charities, with the funds coming from his immensely successful testimonial game a few weeks back, which had an attendance at St. Jame’s Park of over 51,000 and some of our great players from the past turned out to play in that game.

It was a night to remember.

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Steve Harper – pictured yesterday with big check
Steve played for 20 years at Newcastle, and he was a class act, and the top players who turned up for the testimonial just shows how well respected Steve is in the game of football.

And whatever he does after he hangs up his gloves, his success is almost guaranteed because of his strong character, and hopefully he will be back at Newcastle United in some capacity.

Steve today has told Newcastle to sign up Loic Remy as soon as possible – and he had this to say in the local papers:

“I’ve been very impressed by Remy – sign him up immediately, that would be my message.” “Hopefully, when you go into a loan agreement there would have been a fee agreed, which you can usually trigger at any time.”

“That would certainly give all of the supporters a lift, to see Remy signed up sooner rather than later.”

We’re sure that is what Newcastle want to do, but there are a couple of considerations before signing Remy permanently.

One is that he is due to appear before magistrates on a rape charge late next month, and Newcastle will need to see how that trial goes, and if Loic is cleared, that could be the time to sign him up.

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Loic Remy – could be in big demand

The other consideration is that Remy has talked recently about not wanting to decide his future until next summer,  when he will have more options, and the rumor is that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing the player, and maybe some other top clubs too.

And if Remy continues to score goals like he has this season for Newcastle, the club  will  be even more keen to sign him, but on the other hand Loic may be less keen to sign, and  more determined to wait until the summer, when some big clubs will be after him.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but signing Remy in January would give Newcastle fans a welcome boost.

This lad looks like he can be an excellent player for us.

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

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8 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, City loan players abroad, most of the time their foreign youngsters. Chelsea have about 5 players at Vitesse this season. For a lot of these it is down to club partnerships. Man U have done it for years in Belgium. Most of Chelseas English youngsters go to English clubs. I think a large portion of wages are paid by parent clubs in these cases.

    I’d be keen to get linkages with foreign clubs, for someone like Vuckic, a loan abroad would probably be ideal. Allow him time and a surrounding to develop without some 6ft4 English old school centre half booting him 5 ft in the air. We were reported to be looking at making links with clubs, not sure whether this ever happened though.

    I think for our English youngsters, at the minute they are better off staying in the UK, especially if it is only for a year. Man U sent Brits to Belgium, generally for 2 years unless they progressed spectacularly. Mbabu, Street, Campbell, Satko and Alnwick all need loans. Even Gillihead is getting close to the point where a loan deal will help him.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    If only other footballers were as professional and loyal as Steve Harper…A Diamond of a pro and true gentleman

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Shearer & Ferdinand. Unstoppable & Sensational. If one didn’t get you a goal the other one would, and quite often both would score.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, you are clearly not reading the posts on here. Remy is not due to appear before any magistrates next month. He has been re-bailed to attend a London cop shop on 21st November 2013 where he will be informed of the CPSs’ decision in respect of the rape allegations, which could be:-
    1. No further action due to insufficient evidence OR
    2. He will be charged with an offence arising from the allegations.
    If he is charged he will either be bailed to attend court at a later date OR kept in custody to appear before the next available court.
    I’ve posted the legal process on here several times, really you should get this aspect of Remys’ future correct.

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5


    Thad’s my choice upfront mate they were devestating. Just not long enough together. I think it has to be lee and Beardsley for cm

  • nufc 11

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Surely they put the money aside to buy Remy when they done the loan deal, why else would you take him? It has to be the reason they were going into their overdraft faculity that AP was spouting on about after we signed no one on deadline day. We signed no one in the summer so it has to be the only reason we would be close to needing an overdraft to buy anyone else the fact the money had been agreed to buy Remy and it was put away to conclude the deal in future. But notting is certain or logical for that matter with this lot in charge.

  • Sav

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7

    I think that’s just the one consideration, Ed. After all, Remy can hardly reply ‘I’d love to sign for Newcastle but they want to see if I get locked up for rape first’, can he? And the fact is, if he did commit rape, the club don’t want him anyway and there’s a victim out there somewhere, so lets just stay calm and see how the courts deal with it first. Least said for now, the better.

  • magicbus

    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    If Spurs are in for him then I guess he will be London bound. They have the money to beat us both in a transfer fee and wages.


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