Newcastle To Make Early Move In Transfer Market


Graham Carr, the Chief Scout was at St. James’ Park on Saturday and we assume Alan Pardew, Graham and Director of Football Joe Kinnear have since discussed their transfer targets, with news in Sunday’s papers we could be after as many as four players in January.

luuk de jong

Luuk de Jong – 23 year-old Borussia Monchengladbach striker

It seems that Borussia Monchengladbach’s De Jong is a top target again, but we’re not too sure about this player, since he’s been an abject failure in Germany, since signing for the German club eighteen months ago.

Alan Pardew has already said he thinks Newcastle are on their toes in terms of who they want and who’s available this month:

“We’re making sure we’re on our toes in terms of the market.” “That’s what we’re going to try to do.”

And it seems that Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to loan out Luuk in January, as Director Hans Meyer has already stated:

“We will possibly loan Luuk at Christmas, but definitely not to a competitor.”  “Our head coach, Lucien Favre, has said from the start he didn’t have 100%  confidence in De Jong filling the striker position, but I think we’ll find a solution.”

If the manager didn’t have 100% confidence in De Jong,  then why on earth did the German club splash out £12.6M for him a short eighteen months ago, when Favre was still the manager?

And maybe it’s safer for Newcastle to first get Luuk in on a loan deal this month through the end of the season, and then see how he performs in the Premier League, before deciding whether we want to move for him permanently in the summer.

But it does seem Newcastle could sign somebody fairly quickly this month, and maybe even this week?

We should get an idea of just how ambitious the club is these days – especially after we went out of the FA Cup at the very first hurdle on Saturday – again.

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56 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    By god I hope alan Pardew gets sacked.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    I am not to sure that this is a good idea. He has failed in munchingballsack. I know it would only be a loan but it still fills a squad place. Risky.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Striker we had one on the bench for 85 minutes.

    Sack Pardew then buy players.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    good signing for me…get him on loan then bring him in during the summer if he seems to fit the side.

    There are many reasons players fail…lack quality, not suited to teams style, not suited to a league, don’t like the country..so if we thought he was good before surely he has those qualities still

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5

    De Jong is hungry and has a point to prove if we bring him in we MUST insert a purchase caluse !

    You reading this JOKE IN EAR??

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  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    I prefer Matri or Vucinic or Quagliarella, depends who fits the bill.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    If pardew is sacked now, there will be no players coming in. Thats what always happens if a manager goes in a window. The next manager would want input and by the time a new one turns up, its usually too late to sign anyone….. unless jfk takes charge. Urgh.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Joe Kinnear on his toes … lol

    I keep thinking he’s asleep when they show him in the stands.

    Crate of Red Bull for JFK.
    Sack for Pardew.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9

    T sage

    Yes there is all that, but if he doesn’t work out, then we have the same problem as before. Thats what i am concerned about. I hope he does come in and scores lots of goals, but it still is a bit of a risk.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    there is no need to sack pardew now, he has been poor in the FA cup again and our over style is not to my taste but he is 8th in the league, that’s what the club would expect looking at other squads, we are 8th best so he is on the right path.

    I accept with a different manager we might play a more dynamic style and get an extra bit from the players but I don’t think anyone is too interested in that at the club except the fans.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    I hate pardew but he has done decent job in the league and sacking him for FA cup game is a bit harsh.
    It would have been better if we sacked him last season for the right reason.
    No cup and almost relegated.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    markaccus

    could say that for anyone though really…seen plenty players in the league have a good record for one team then move to a league rival and be poor there. nothing is a given

    we tend to scout well and buy the right players more often than not, willing to spend a big chunk of money on him too so must be highly rated.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Wow TS

    You’ve had your expectations well and truly managed.

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  • Dennis Twice

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #15

    hatem better than messi

    not at all, i just think the club itself isn’t pushing for cups, prioritising the league so why would they sack the manager for doing what the club want? He followed the clubs plan.

    I’m not saying that Pardew is a great manager, or even good…but he does the basics of what the club seem to want. So can’t see them sacking him.

    I’d love to see a modern, dynamic manager come in, I just don’t think it would happen. Even though it makes sense, might as well get the best out of a small budget by appointing the best manager possible.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    T sage.

    True enough. Lets just hope for the best then. I do think we need another CB too. Staylor has lost the plot.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #17

    I just wish pardew would gamble little bit more like going for big win instead keeping what we have, formations like 3-4-3 or 3-5-2.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #18

    markaccus

    It’s a shame for saylor, always rated him but with the injuries over the last 5 years (not played more than 14 games a year) he has never been able to play long enough to get into form.

    It’s not nice for him, as he is a local lad, but time us up and needs to be replaced.

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  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Markaccus, Our season is over anyway, after last weekend. If they brought in a new Manager tomorrow, the Club would still reach the stated target of a top 10 finish with no transfers coming in.

    That would allow the New Manager (Please, NOT jfk) the rest of the season to asses the squad from top to bottom and draw up plans accordingly.

    The basis of a “Good Squad” already exists, but it is now time to review the realistic prospects of “The Rest”. Sholla, Obertan, Sammy, Vikuk etc. etc need to be shipped out if deemed “Surplus / Not Good Enough”.

    That then allows the New Manager 5 months to work with Carr, JFK and up to Ashley to get the right players in the right places, for Pre-season at the latest.

    Unfortunately, it just isnt going to happen, MA seems far too content with what is happening. It would be wonderful to be proved wrong though.

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Out of the 7 teams above us, who exactly are we bettet than overall? I don’t think we could have expected to be above any of them, personally.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Small budget?
    We always make the European top twenty!

    Perennial underachievers and until Ashley/Pardew goes nothing is going to change.

    Season over for me.
    I’ll watch more NBA – Go Rockets!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Greame

    And 3 more injuries leaves us in sheep dip! We still need to sign a couple now or we could slip down the table with only a small amount of bad luck.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #23

    markaccus

    I agree, we are prtty much where we should be.

    The problem is the style. The way we play isn’t best suited to our team, too defensive I think, prefer to attack more, especially against the smaller teams.

    For the manager it’s only results so thats fine for pardew, but as a fan we want exciting football too, otherwise if we lose playing defensive stuff we get nothing good from the game

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Dont forget pardew potentially would get a big pay off due to his comtract length

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  • thai-mag

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #25

    De Jong, all we need at the moment is another striker that can’t score goals, if we did take him on loan it would take him the rest of the season to get used to the premier league, waste of time

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #26

    No I expected us to be eighth too.
    I also expected early cup exits.

    I expect the same next season.
    What is the f###ing point of this club?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #27

    will new players suddenly change pardew’s ” containing ” style and mean more than 3 shots on goal in an average game?

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  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #28

    I said this last week, if our objective is going to at least europa league then why would we go through FA cup route? other than a trophy (that if can go to final), it will be more games to play and at the end it will be same result if we finished 6th.
    I’m not really dissapointed with FA cup exit, I just hope we can finish at least 6th for exchange.
    4 teams above us will be going all out in CL and they will lose points in epl, we have better chance finishing in top 6.

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Given we are 8th in the league and the clubs target was top ten this season it would be a bit rich to sack Pards on the back of the FA cup defeat especially since the club have stated that cups are not a priority.

    Pards is limited but he’s not as bad as some people make out.
    Will we ever play free flowing football under him – nope
    Will we see Pards outwit better managers – unlikely
    He’s cheap and he’s average, that should be enough to keep us mid table, some seasons upper mid and others we’ll be lower mid
    Sadly only the fans want exciting dynamic football and going all out to win a cup 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #30

    Ffs,
    Pardew is not getting sacked for carrying his instructions to the letter, if he comes out and openly criticizes the club he might find himself out of a job.

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  • WhyteThunder

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Joe Kebab better have learned his lesson with Remy. Get the fee done ahead of time so if/when he pots 10 or more we aren’t backed in a corner. Of course that won’t happen and we’ll have to re-up Shola again.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #32

    are our numbers that low? Jonas and Marveaux can’t even make the match day 18!

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  • Markaccus

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #33

    T sage

    Yes many of us long for those wonderful keegan-esque days. Pardew is a little too defensive for me, but i still think it is too soon to change things. If we finnish 6-7-8 th this year and next, then we can start to be move positive and maybe change the manager. In always said he isnt the man to take us to the top level, but he was the right type of manager to stabilise an erratic team, which we were. We are still prone tp a wobble but it is definitely a steadier ship these days.

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #34

    HMS Boredom

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #35

    santo 03

    but what do we get for finishing 6th?, nothing

    if we have to endure pardew’s god awful football all season with no reward at the end, what’s the point?

    Would love to have an exciting young manager like Solksjaer, laudrup, pochettino etc but know it will never happen..

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  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #36

    Hey, the “Fans Forum of NUFC” is meeting tonight, however only a limited number of participants are invited.

    The NUFC Fans Trust is excluded, as are the Local Press. Joking Ear will not be there, but Lee Charnley (Club Secretary), John Irving (Finance Director) and Wendy Taylor (PR Chief) will be at the meeting.

    So who, exactly, is going to be representing the interests of the fans and paying customers??

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jan 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Wonder if we’ll get the answer to who profits from the club shop and website sales?

    SD or NUFC?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 6, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #38

    markakkus

    I think we are more erratic under pardew than anyone i can think of.

    12th
    5th
    16th
    8th !!!!

    Absolutely no consistency whatsoever.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jan 6, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #39

    Of course you want to win every game and it’s always disappointing to lose, particularly in a cup, but the season is far from over for NUFC. We have a realistic shot at clinching a European place and a very good core of 1st team players, as well as a squad that has been continually upgraded for about three seasons now, albeit not well enough 18 odd months ago, but splendidly so this time last season.There’s plenty for the side and the individuals in it to play for, and we appear to be in the hunt for good quality signings and only a few short days ago we were absolutely flying.

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  • Santon03

    Jan 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #40

    Rotonda

    6th is not europa league?

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