Newcastle Reported After Two Irish International Fowards

There is news from ESPN today that Newcastle are weighing up bids for two Ireland internationals 27 year-old Aiden McGeady and 26 year-old Shane Long, who both seem to be available in the January transfer market.

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Aiden McGeady – available form Spartak Moscow

Newcastle were interested in McGeady when he was still at Celtic and before he signed  for Russian club Spartak Moscow  in the summer of 2010, but he is now available for transfer, although he still has eighteen months left on his contract in Russia.

ESPN are reporting that Newcastle have made initial inquiries about signing McGeady, and the Russian club are expecting their 63 times capped Irish International winger to leave the club this month.

Spartak’s Sporting Director Roman Askhabadze has this to say before the January window even opened:

“McGeady was offered a contract extension by us, but he has refused it,”. “He did it for family reasons, because his wife and children have not adapted to Moscow. In the next transfer window, if we get an offer for McGeady, he will go.”

McGeady is not getting much playing time in Russia, and that’s because he had a falling out with the coach  Valery Karpin in November, and it’s thought that he would jump at the chance to join Newcastle, which is close to his  Scotland roots.

And it looks like Everton may be the major competition to Newcastle for the player, with Roberto Martinez said to rate the Irish winger highly,  and the Everton boss even tried to sign the lad when he was still managing Wigan.

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Shane Long – Newcastle interested?

And  26 year-old West Brom striker Shane Long has only six months left on his contract, and he could be bought for a smallish  fee, if Newcastle are still interested in the striker Alan Pardew  tried to sign in the summer of 2011, when the 43 times capped Irish International left Reading for West Brom.

And recently Alan has made no secret of the fact he has tried to sign him at least a couple of times, and the quickly skillful striker would give us another option up front, if we were able to sign the lad.

These are two potential signings that would give some additional attacking flair to the Newcastle side.

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24 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #1

    both good players, would happily have them here. I do like long but would rather we got de jong…i’d take long over gomis though.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #2


    The chat about using technical players makes me wonder, again, what they actually do during in training. Even if Pardew isn’t a ‘technical’ manager preferring defensive survival and ‘fluke’ goals, he would be able to see the qualities of players during training. IMO accordingly coaching should involve making use of players skills and incorporating it into game play. Perhaps this is where the problem lies, as they are being drilled with the Pardew way of playing by coaches that are all of the same mentality.

    I remember once seeing on a clip, an interpreter in the changing room who was whilst translating Pardews words having a bit of a giggle with the French lads. The face on Pardew was like thunder as he probably thought he had another wanna be Mourinho. But it illustrates the rigidness of his thinking.

    Benteke – would love to see him at SJP and would be a good opportunity to bid, but at about £20M I doubt it.

  • Graeme

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Ah well, another two to add to the growing list of players we are supposedly interested in buying this month!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone kept a count on the number of players we have been linked with since the window opened?
    maybe 20 in 6 and a half days

  • cyprus

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    So, are you looking up or over your shoulder? The truth now. Ok, we all agree 🙂

    So the question is, is our cushion big enough? I think the ‘peloton’ will slowly reel us in, but toward the end we will pull away once more, hence happily finishing at 8th.

    However, next year the target must be top 6 or heads must roll 😉

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #6


    he might be but when on top form nobody bid 20 in the summer so maybe 15 could tempt them, could also gamble on them going down and buying then

  • BuckLuck

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Transfer Sage

    You are among the most sensible posters on here and I normaly agree with your posts(except when we loose. Then I get too emotional – read unreasonable).

    @ 1
    I agree. I think both players would strengthen us and give Pardew new tactical options.

  • geordie157

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d definitely sign Long never been fussed on McGeady.

    Bit of transfer activity if we could sell Cisse.

    Striking options of Remy, L.De Jong, Long and Shola. Then replace Shola in the summer. De Jong would need a clause in the loan to have first option on him. Hopefully we can arrange a deal for Remy that the move is made permanent in the summer once he’s cleared (hopefully) of the charges.

  • 70TWO

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9

    An offer at £15M would test Lerner and would probably invite Arsenal in, unless injuries are a problem for him. I am surprised to see Villa mid table despite all the negativity and would expect other teams to be relegated, so the WC factor would kick in during the summer.

  • bills-son

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #10

    McGeady and his family want to move back home.

    We are the nearest Prem club to Scotland.

    Easy hack story – probably abs rubbish.

  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Mourinho will not let Ba join assnal since hes already rejected their approach for a loan in August.

    why would u sell to your title challenger anyway?

    from my very reliable sources Ba was glad to leave the toon because he didnt feel the club was ambtious enough, loved the city and the fans though

  • 70TWO

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #12

    bills-son – read the title on the piece, he wants the opportunity to play in the PL but playing well in Scotland and Russia doesn’t mean a lot here.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #13

    I would hope we can push for some good players now, we have a squad of good players, what we need to do now is have the same first 11 quality through the bench/squad so it’s important to buy quality not just numbers.

  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Shane long is a prolific as Shola, I just can’t understand what fans see in him, he is a striker and should be judged on goals, Anelka is keeping him out of the team at the minute and that’s at the grand age of 34!!

    Mcgeedy is pants as well, never gets his head up, poor mans Keith Gillespie

  • 70TWO

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    2 or 3 players that will add quality would be ideal, definitely a #10 and a winger.

  • martoon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #16

    I wonder how much truth there is in these stories. Newcastle are looking for a winger, Mcgeady wants to move nearer to Scotland therefore Newcastle are trying to sign him!!! Newcastle are looking for a striker, Long only has 6 moths left on his contract therefore etc etc.

  • sparky55

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #17

    irrespective of the quality of all the rumours flying around at the minute, there seems to be far too many rumours about strikers and only one midfielder which leads me to think we’re planning for life without Remy come the end of the season.

    Ashley being as shrewd and as tight as he is will want to do all his business in January because anyone half decent who is in their respective world cup squad will be valued far higher than Ashley will be prepared to pay.

    …and he won’t pay 16 million for Remy either…so although we MAY be able to keep him til the end of the season, he’s long gone after that.

    we are woefully short of attacking options so it’s a good thing we’re chasing strikers but we need 2 or more to cover Remy and Shola leaving in the summer

  • sparky55

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #18

    and let’s not forget we’ll lose Cabs as well but if we get Cabella through the door then that’s him covered which suits me fine cos he was a treacherous b@astard in the summer

  • Our Toon

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #19


    Remy was a non starter right from the start, the guy didn’t want to commit to us and had no intention of joining us permanently!! Forget Remy he dodges the question whenever he asked about it!! He’s not the answer anyway

  • 70TWO

    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #20

    sparky55 – think you are right, think there is no immediate need for midfielders until Cabaye potentially departs in the summer (see Jan 2015).
    My opinion of Remy is he is only here for the show and will move on for CL bench warming. A striker and a #10 will be needed and would add fresh impetus to League push.

  • wynsleap

    Jan 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #21

    McGeady and Long? No thank you.
    Just not good enough.
    McGeady is yesterdays man and whilst he is quite mobile, Long doesn’t score enough.
    If this is the best we can do I suggest we keep hold of our cash – AGAIN.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #22

    Those would be two great signings. McGeady an experienced proper winger that has plenty of assists and is skillful and Long is a great hardworking striker who is also great in the air considering his size. His work rate is also phenomenal. Both would boost our club in a huge way.

  • lesh

    Jan 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye Graeme, another two to add to the growing list of players we are supposedly interested in buying this month.

    A cynic might wonder whether the club’s trying to sell remaindered season tickets.

    These windows are becoming like a pantomime that’s shown every few months. The plots are played out to the point that they fail to impress.

    Does Ashley and his pirates think they’ve got a load of mugs for an audience? Sadly, I think they do.

    Do we need these charades every window? Should they be necessary?

    Oh oh, I’m beginning to sound like a cynic!

  • Sav

    Jan 8, 2014 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #24

    Hope not McGeady. Anyone can set up chances playing for Celtic in the SPL. Generally he’s very poor for Ireland and rarely shows much heart. Long is a different kettle of fish and could be very interesting.


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