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We Want Two Players Who Will Help Newcastle Challenge

2:47 pm, Monday, December 16th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

Alan Pardew has talked about the transfer window opening up next month, and the Newcastle manager says that Newcastle will attempt to get two good players through the door to help further strengthen the squad.

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Alan Pardew - we need two players

This is what Alan Pardew had to say in the program notes on Saturday:

“A lot of clubs will be looking.” “But our owner is a tough negotiator.” “This window we can be selective and constructive.”

“We will look to get one or two players that will take this club into a challenging position.”

Newcastle will need a striker and we have been linked with a few of them recently, including 28 year-old Bafe Gomis of Lyon, who was a big target in the summer, 24 year-old Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason, and more recently with Olympiakos Greek International striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.

We have also been linked with getting Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha in on loan for the rest of the season, and with goal scoring winger Tom Ince of Blackpool, who we think would be an excellent signing for the club next month for around £4M.

Which two players do you think Newcastle should try to sign next month?

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29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JackButler // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    “We will look to get one or two players that will take this club into a challenging position.”

    challenging for what exactly?

    Zaha is better left alone imo as we should be looking to sign players and not just loan them.

    Two strikers are what we should be looking at, one established and one youngster and I’d love the established one to be Remy

  • 2 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM


    Are you seriously a glass half empty kind of person? The first season we should have targeted just staying up and we did well finishing 12th. We then overachieved massively finishing 5th (why can’t you see that?) but last season I believe we had planned to target top 12 and this season top 10. We’re not targeting 10th either, you’re twisting words. Our target is top 10.

    Actually…I don’t know why I bother…your last post is full of half truths and negativity. I’m not going to bother with the rest.

  • 3 Graeme // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Of the players you list Ed, I would say Gomis is highly unlikely due to his age and wages. Likewise, why do we want to make a Manure player a better prospect for Manure, when we have our own young players who cant get a game, therefore there is little benefit from bringing Zaha in.

    Over the course of the next few weeks we will no doubt be linked with 100′s of players, very few of which we will actually have an interest in. Just because we could really do with a couple of new players, doesnt mean Joking Ear will actually sign any!!

  • 4 Ciaran // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Sign 1 or 2 players to challenge for what exactly? Challenge to finish in Europe? That would be fantastic.

    However, what happens when we finish 5th and our owner does not capitalise on that achievement. Rather we see players like Cabaye, Colo and Remy leave. We’d be left with an even smaller squad that would then need around 5/6 signings to make it big enough to compete both in Europe and the PL.

    Does that sound like Ashley to you?

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM


    gomis is meant to be on 70,000 euro a week. by the time you convert this to £ and take tax into account (75% in france compared to 40% in england) his wages might not be an issue.

    I don’t like him as a player though.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:01 PM


    you need to stop worrying about things before they actually happen…just wait and see

  • 7 Ciaran // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:02 PM


    We have seen it happen before. The ‘wait and see’ brigade have had their time and were proven wrong.

  • 8 Munster Mag // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Good afternoon Ciaran and TDS. I haven’t been on previous thread if you were discussing but we would have to assume that MA has learned that Europa = more players , or else a bad season. However, I doubt he will want to invest in any really meaningful way, especially as some of our players can play in different positions, eg Anita, Sissoko, Santon ( still overrated as I advised from day 1 ) , Gouff etc

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM


    You may well be right, but what good is worrying about it? just wait for it to happen, not much can be done.

  • 10 Munster Mag // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Ciaran, you are quite correct about the wait and see brigade. Ibiza was a great advocate of this approach and even he changed his tune.

  • 11 tequilamag // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I seem to remember s buying Cisse when we were in a similar position to this season. It`s all pointless speculation at this stage.

  • 12 JackButler // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    We already have the one player we need more than anyone else and we should be doing everything to get Remy on board permanently.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM


    exactly….then we did nothing much in the summer, then bought 5 last jan, then only 1 loan this summer.

    There is no real pattern in who we sign.

    Also now we have a fairly decent squad with reasonable depth…can’t make 5/6/7 changes and be effective all at once but can still make the odd change in many different positions.

  • 14 asenski // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I would go definetely for the type of player like Demba Ba why not exactly Ba, just sell Cisse and move for Ince , this won’t cost more than 10-12 mil

  • 15 Ciaran // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM


    How are things lad? Presuming anything where Mike Ashley is concerned is a dangerous game. This is a man who for 2 summers in a row has gambled in the transfer market, and was only bailed out of a deep hole by being forced to spend last January. We are not in a deep hole this season so that may negate the need for January signings.

    However, with the likes of Remy practically nailed on to leave next summer, Shola’s contract expiring, and ongoing issues with Coloccini and Cabaye, it would appear that we could well be at least 4 men short next season, so the question is – will Ashley only make 1 or 2 signings in January to bundle us over the line for a decent PL finish, or will we make a head start and replace players who need replacing and allow new signings to gel?


    Why worry about it? Pre-planning and thinking ahead prevents problems from being created in the first place. If you merely react to problems as they arise then you are not establishing a solid foundation with which to progress.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM


    we might be doing everything…but if remy won’t sign until he can assess all his options this summer there is nothing we can do.

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    I don’t mean that. What I mean is why should we, as fans, worry about if we sign enough to deal with the problems that arise.

    There is plenty the club should be doing/worrying about to plan ahead.

  • 18 tequilamag // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    TS afternoon mate, second guessing MA is a pointless exercise, may as well read the tea leaves. I agree though that too many changes at this stage could be counter – productive.

  • 19 Ciaran // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    If there is something for the club to be doing, that they are not doing, then it is our duty as fans to raise these issues.

    What is it about Newcastle United fans sitting on their todd asking ‘why should we worry about it?” boils my p**s

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Munster Mag

    So the only alternative to the “wait and see brigade” is the “be constantly negative brigade”?

    Look at how Spurs and Swansea are doing this season…and they’re in the Europa League. Can you think of a club who have done well while in the Europa League recently?

    There just isn’t enough money in it to make it viable to sign all the extra players required to perform at the same level. Not for PL clubs anyway.

    I don’t think he’ll waver from the target unless we qualify for the CL. The target next season will be top 8 with a push for Europe or a cup I reckon.

  • 21 Scottiedog // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    @ Ciaran – You say we have seen it before!?!?! Yes we sold Carroll, but IMO that was very good business looking at what has done since!! Other than that we have only sold squad players and bought in blooded inter nationals!! I think we are a good centre forward away from a top 6 side, IMO,
    Were we have excelled this year is out “TEAM” ethic and a good bond. You cannot buy that!!
    Ciaran, I hope you oneday see that NUFC have to take building a good takes time and as such I think we are on the right course. Obviously there will always be fans who think that being financially stable and finishing 7th is not good enough, but we are a mid table team, we have never won the Premier League, nor a recent Major Cup so to constantly bleet on about “lack of ambition” is getting a bit old.

  • 22 croftus5678 // Dec 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    if i was to pick 2 players out of those it would be fingobasson and ince.

    remy is only ours for the rest of the season though and if cisse doesnt hit form we will need another so i still think we should trial de-jong for half a season just in case.

    then get curtis and cambell out on loan as i suspect we will need them to be close to first team next season.

  • 23 toonicle // Dec 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    We already have a Zaha and his name is Sammy Ameobi, Zaha would be a waste. We could really use a good attacking midfield player though, someone with good heading ability.

  • 24 I I I // Dec 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Debuchy, cabaye and remy are the calibre we should be after. Why not one or two marque signings now and then some impressive frees in the summer. A marque winger who can cross onto a penny. A striker to complement sit behind remy and beats markers not only with strength but skill. Try spending 40million for those two.

  • 25 lesh // Dec 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Ciaren, do you bleat on your own site?

  • 26 Marty-Toon // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Modric -but we’d have no chance with wages and price
    Eriksen from Spurs if we lost Cabaye-an absolutely gem of a player but not being used well at the Spuds

  • 27 toonbrother // Dec 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    pardews idiocy knows no bounds. We didnt win because we conceded a cheap goal. His mantra when looking for someone to scapegoat for bad results can be summed up with the letters “ABC.” Anyone but Coloshitty.

    Before he tinkered with our defence we had shut out free scoring chelsea as well as spurs away. After he reinstated coloshitty we”ve conceded 6 in 5 games..

    What an imbecile pardumb is

  • 28 LEROI // Dec 17, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Toonbrother Collo has been pretty dam good in the last 2 games. i wouldn’t have swapped mbiwa for collo after winning all those games in a row we did with the willo mbiwa partnership but we’ve only lost 1 game in the last 7 so that ain’t bad. To be honest i think you have a deep seeded hatred of collocini that nothing & no one will rid you of hahaha.

  • 29 ethiomag // Dec 17, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    transfer sage
    i saw Gomis 2 weeks ago,he looked sharp and good player i like to arrive ,ll be Gomis b/c he is strong,experienced and team player,i’m sure u ‘ll like him body.
    on transfers,i don’t care about anything else just sign atleast one striker..
    it’s toon’s world

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