Is This Player Lined Up In Case Cabaye Leaves In January?

We’d love to see Newcastle bring in up to three players in the upcoming January transfer window, and there’s news that Newcastle remain interested in Manchester City’s 22 year-old Norwegian U23 International Abdisalam Ibrahim.

Abdisalam Ibrahim

Abdisalam Ibrahim – Newcastle keeping tabs on this player?

Since signing on at City back in early 2007 when he was a 15 year-old, he’s been loaned out to Scunthorpe United, NEC and this season he’s at Strømsgodset in Norway.

Because of his height and style of play the player is often compared to Patrick Vieira, and the new manager Manuel Pellegrini has told the player he can leave the club in January.

The Norwegian has been in top form for Strømsgodset this season, and they are currently top of the Norwegian League, and their Sports Director Jostein Flo had this to say about the many clubs said to be interested in signing the central midfielder:

“I think it is speculation,” “I will have a meeting with Manchester City in two or three weeks and then we will probably hear more.”

“He is on loan with us until the end of the year, but we would like to keep him.”

The clubs said to be interested in the player include Newcastle and clubs from France, Spain and Turkey, and there’s a lot of them.

A central midfielder is not particularly a high priority for Newcastle in January, with Cabaye, Sissoko, Tiote and Anita all in good form this season, but some big clubs could  come in for Yohan Cabaye in January, and Director of Football Joe Kinnear must line up a suitable replacement, just in case that happens.

Ibrahim’s contract runs out next summer at City, so they will be keen to get  something for him in January, although he will come at a cut price fee,  but it’s not clear to us that a central midfielder is a  priority at Newcastle come January, unless of course we lose Cabaye.

What do you think?

41 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #1


    please see this link

    It shows the price Hull City charge per board for advertising, much more than chicken feed.

    That is just for static, plastic boards….the LED board prices are not available without request.

    I’ll try to keep looking for more to show what bigger clubs are charging.


    When consider you have the LED boards, then you have a row of plastic boards behind then, then a further row of plastic boards half way up the stands….there is plenty to be made.

    Even if it’s just enough to pay an extra couple players a year, it’s more than peanuts

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #2

    also this

    from 2008 so prices are bound to have gone up, shows LED aadvertising.


    Please don’t take this as me having a go, just I finally found some genuine evidence and prices so thought i’d post it

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m not sure what we will do in january. Apparently we invested last jan as oppose to the summer as it is better value, against conventional wisdom but it appears we got a lot of good deals.

    Lets see what happens this january, we may invest very well which might show our future buying pattern.

  • mattnufc

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    Sports Direct is also a major sponsor, in that it appears on the website, the bench, at press conferences, programs, etc.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #5


    Well the link to the hull website also states prices for match, ball and other smaller things which can be sponsored.

    Not sure what the club have for those sponsors, would be interesting to see….but i can’t criticise for what I don’t know.

  • Thump

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #6

    And why it costs more to advertise on the main touchline LED advertising at Middlesbrough versus the entire LED system at West Ham, I have no idea. Perhaps people enjoy seeing rows and rows of red empty seats at the Riverside which add a colorful background to the LED advertising board below? Ahem.

    Cheers, TS. That made my night!

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #7


    no problem, it made me chuckle as well

  • Kris

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Is Marveaux out injured or what?

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #9


    I checked last week, the official prem league side doesn’t have him injured, has him fully fit.

    Guess he isn’t in pardews plans….shame, be nice to have on the bench ahead of obertan.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #10


    silver fox sycophant? lol

  • blew

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #11

    1 to 6
    What has any of this to do with
    an interest in Ibrahim?

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #12


    Nothing at all….but if you haven’t noticed people don’t stick to the topic, they discuss all things newcastle here.

    Feel free to skip over it if you don’t want to read it.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13


    what has complaining about me got to do with signing Ibrahim also?

  • Kris

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Thats unfair. He hasnt got much chances. If he gets fully fit, I think he could be very good. But I think the same about Obertan. Many people dosnt have the same opinion as me, but I think Obertan was very good the first season with us, and I think its unfair that he hasnt got his chances since that. He played well in Europe and I think he offer us very much with his pace and working-rate. Hope he gets his chances. It would be a same if Obertan goes out on loan or if he is getting sild in january. But I think Marveaux is moving in january.

  • Kris

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #15

    I have watched Ibrahim a lot. He is good for beeing so young and he does it well over here in Norway. But he will never be good enough to play for us, and he is totally different from Cabaye.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #16

    wolfshead @10 – that name is even worse than the ones I suggested.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Transfer – following your lead I’ve managed to locate yet more of these silly people at football clubs who completely waste their time by promoting advertising sales -clearly their efforts are worthless -don’t really know why they do it. They should follow our lead and not bother -thereby saving money.
    First club is Swansea. Link;-

    I’ll post the other one I found on another post in case I’m blocked for moderation.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #19

    I referred to Ashley as a psychopath in an earlier. as he seems to have no guilt at what he does and he doesn’t really care about peoples opinions of him especially after the protests. you don’t have to be a murderer to be a psycho you just don’t have to care about right & wrong. if that’s what the sycophant mister tuff post is referring to.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Leroi – no the post was not really about your previous topic, but more to do with myself and Wolfshead, a member of the Blind Faith Brigade (also known as the Legion of Dishonour) having some online swordplay. He suggested he was going to change his user name and I suggested some alternatives he could use -dare I say with outstanding wit. I will find it and repost for your amusement.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Leroi – my original post:-
    Mister Tuff // Nov 6, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    wolfshead -you cannot be serious in changing your user name to “fawning acolyte”.
    However in order to assist you in the decision making process I submit the following:-
    A few synonyms of fawning:-
    flattering, bootlicking, cowering, cringing, ingratiating, obsequious, sniveling, kowtowing, cringing,spineless,
    subservient, adulatory, parasitic.
    A few synonyms of acolyte:-
    assistant, helper, attendant, retainer, servant, minion, underling, lackey, henchman; follower, disciple, supporter, votary, satellite, shadow; informal sidekick, running dog, groupie, hanger-on.

    So rather than using the words “fawning acolyte” perhaps you should consider an alternative combination of the synonyms?
    Could I suggest, not meaning to insult you, but how about “sniveling lackey” or “cringing running dog”.

    Well your idea might not be that bad after all.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve long thought that Ashley has a clear agenda, to him, if not to us, that is not entirely in the clubs interests, nor that is being executed particularly well. The more criticism he gets the better. Whether it be good, bad, or indifferent. As the deeper and heavier the questioning and probing, the less opportunity he has to shine us on, and also be, basically a self serving and irresponsible owner, as he too often has been, while essentially getting away with it all. As he has up to now.

    Simply put, I think the fans and press need chip away at him till he lifts his game or F’s off.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #23

    Happened to see the before bed…


    The Hull prices are per year. So the SD advertising would only generate a small amount of money if it were paid for and much less than the interest on the loans that MA has provided.

    Plus, like I have said, it would make more sense for SD (a business partly owned by MA) to pay NUFC (a business wholly owned by MA) so he can get his loan back quicker.

    I speculate that they have set a high price and refuse to budge.

    As for the LED system. Do we have this at SJP? If we don’t or if it doesn’t advertise SD then it’s a moot point.

    We are the 7th or 8th ranked club in the PL by many key measurements and we have the 7th highest commercial revenue…seems about right to me!

    Can you think of any good reasons that our revenue should actually be higher than Everton’s?

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 7, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Well yeah. We are the 3rd best supported club in England, while Everton are the 9th, and St James holds 15 000 more than Goodison and therefore has substantially greater scope for advertising, as seen in the remarkable amount of signage already there on match days.

  • Jackel001

    Nov 7, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #25


    Yeah we do have the LED boards and yes they advertise SD crap, I remember the west brom game last year and seeing “75% off” horrible in bright colours.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 7, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #26

    TDS – are you sure you watch the games a SJP -I am slightly perturbed that you have to ask whether we have an LED advertising system -of course we do. It is the “moving” advertising boards nearest the pitch.
    Anyway for the sake of clarification upon matters already commented upon, I’ve just watched the MOTD highlights of the Chelsea game on BBC iplayer (from 27.28 -40.15). The LED ads show at least the following:-
    everline (business loans)
    Barracuda (networking?)
    Supersonic (boots)
    Sports Direct
    Firetrap (owned by Tubbs)
    Dunlop (owned by Tubbs)

    Funnily I’ve just seen a Firetrap add on the telly (Quest) -advertising something with 20% discount.


    Nov 7, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #27

    Wolfshead n tuff sorry misread your banter : )

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 7, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #28

    If arsenal still wants cabeye we need to get flanimi and rosicky or a youngster in return…
    but hope we keep him…
    think we need a top vet at the club, classes player like rosicky while keeping cabeye…
    that would get the team going and give our youngers a good classy player to look up too. Maybe like Ibrahim

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 7, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #29

    and pick up ibrahim i meant

  • NOVA2967

    Nov 7, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Comment #30

    need to splash on the right player. Falco should be pursued to the max, turn his head… make it happen
    lots of class players around who need transfers and alot of the top team don’t need that much…
    maybe go after shaqri from munich

  • chuck

    Nov 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Ed. it’s bad enough when we have to listen to Pardews
    claim he wants to hold onto Cabaye or whoever.
    Actually touting the guy is for sale, withought you adding to the clamor.

  • theartfuldodger

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #32

    If we can haggle 1 or 2m to sign a player, shouldnt we do that with the advertising too

  • davis_toons

    Nov 7, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #33

    Looking at 2.01 mins of the video..
    Man City JoeyL(CD) was fool by HBA…Very good skill from HBA.

    Love him to do that again..

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #34


    on the hull page where does it say its the price per year? I’m not doubting you, just can’t see it myself.


    Exactly…if penny pinching in other areas why not there?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #35

    Mr Tuff,
    Good morning, it would be interesting to know how much FT and Dnlp pay to advertise, or I wonder if that’s part of the interest free loan that Mashley is largely responsible for.

  • Ian Toon

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Mr Tuff- Cleaning up from yesterday. It’s hardly contemporary football banter. It’s like comparing a portrait with a caricature!

    Pardew might be competing in the same league as Arsene Wenger and
    Jose Mourinho but he’s not in the same class. But to continually suggest that he’s a willy wonka is to distort and exaggerate. It’s plain someone with an agenda. It’s failing to make a supporting case to the argument.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #37

    People can bleat on ( they know who they are) about Mashley not directly taking money out of the club, but what he’s costing us in revenue and how much SD has made for out weighs what those sharks Shepherd and Hall took out.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #38

    Ian Toon,
    Is it more fun ‘interacting’ as you put it with imaginary friends on a real blog or drinking with make believe friends in an imaginary pub, maybe you’ll go to an away match in a yellow submarine this year.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #39


    I would criticise them for taking money from the club, well the amount they took, a good wage is fine but they took too much.

    What I will say is it’s not amounts that worry me as such, it’s more that most things Ashley does is not for the direct benefit of the football club, got to get the balance right.

  • markmac

    Nov 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Thought the new cabaye was supposed to be Mehdi Abeid or so someone said..ha


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