Newcastle Transfer Plans Put On Hold

Newcastle’s transfer plans are reported to be on hold, as the club waits until nearer the end of January, when things could loosen up and targets could become available.

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Mike Ashley – tight financial controls in January

But we noticed that Joe Kinnear tried to dampen down expectations of fans, as he said on Sunday that moves would only be made by Newcastle that fit into the strict (very strict) financial controls owner Mike Ashley has put on the Tyneside club.

The Journal is reporting that PSG could still put in a bid for Yohan Cabaye, but why would Yohan want to move now, with the World Cup in Brazil in June, and his form could be hit by a move to a new club?

Of course for Yohan to move, then PSG would need to put in a bid close to £20M for Mike Ashley to want to sell, but it does seem that Yohan could move this summer, as his ambitions of playing in the Champions League cannot be met by Newcastle.

This is what PSG Manager Laurent Blanc has said today:

“Until January 31, no one closes the door,” “A transfer is a negotiation. The more a player is considered not transferable, the more likely it is that they will change teams.”

Newcastle are interested in Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, but not at £17M, which is what Montpelier apparently want for him, and there are also negotiations ongoing to get Luuk de Jong in on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, for the rest of the season.

But what’s holding up that deal is the German club want another striker brought in before allowing Luuk to leave on loan.

So things seems to be abeyance at the moment, as far as Newcastle brining players into the club either permanently or on loan, but this is not unusual at this time in January.

And in a couple of weeks we could see some transfer activity at Newcastle, but surely we need one or two new players brought in – after the failure to bring in new players permanently last summer.

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18 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    No surprises there, we usually begin our transfer business in the window round about 20th Jan since Fat Mikey took over.

  • toon1707

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Thought mike had given the go ahead to sign 4 good players I do feel slightly sorry for JK it’s not his fault mike hired him and he was hired only to take the flack when mike spends nowt on players

  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #3


    I think socks and goofy both need a rest. They could share the game on saturday instead of playing another full game each.

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #4

    to all on previous article

    yeh play HBA in the hole, number 10 position. I have thought about it and it gives him the chance to take more risks.

    If he lost it on the right he left the right back exposed.

    If he loses it in the middle it leaves cabaye and tiote behind him, then two CBs as well, plenty cover to let him take a risk or two.

    We have scored 1 in our last 4, we need to shake it up a bit and be creative, get the balls into remy.

    I’ve watched some footage of benny since being with us last night and remember games away to man city where he played there and created all sorts of chances. Out wide he has limited options to pass to, in the middle he should have cabaye around him as well as remy, gouff and whoever plays on the right to make runs and play passes too.

    i doubt we’ll see it but it’s what i’d do.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    You just enjoy the books pal and the library SJP is becoming.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    If people don’t like the way QPR go about things, they will understand why I don’t like the way Chelsea and City go about things either, and also why I don’t want some Arab/Russian multi-billionaire to come along and play fantasy football with Newcastle Utd.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7


    It’s not about HBA taking risks, it’s when he decides to take those risks. His decision making is often suspect.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8


    The books? What are you talking about?

  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9


    Yeah thats what i was saying too. I think liverpool get away with having coutinho out wide because their full backs are better than ours.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Jan 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    What are the sources for this info Ed? your assumptions.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #11


    Difference between qpr and citeh/chelski is that if qpr fail, they have notheing left to save themselves. Citeh and chelski wont be run into the ground but qpr will. Your point about fantsy football is well taken though

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12


    If the owners of Chelsea or City walked away and wanted to call in their loans to the clubs, then they would be in serious trouble. Ok, they have revenue streams that match title winning clubs who are seen as CL teams, but I’m not sure if that would last if they just upped sticks.

    I don’t really see that happening though. I think their owners will want a legacy at least and they are building the club up from the bottom.

    QPR are even more odious because they are smaller than both of those clubs, have employed an odious manager and have signed some frankly ridiculous players for where they are/were.

    I can believe some players move for ‘the project’, but QPR are so far away from being a top PL team it’s just a joke. They move for the money…

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13


    As the clubs are owned by abramovich and mansour they can’t just walk away, they could sell players and strip assets but they can’t just leave everything to rot as it’s their money wasted, would be no sense in doing so.

    The same could happen to us, ashley could sell everyone and run us into the ground, after all he has much less money invested in us than they have in city or chelsea….it just doesn’t happen.

    The only times it happens is when owners haven’t got much money, like pompey or rangers, and they finance everything with bank loans/other finance.

    On HBA – if he takes the wrong risk/more dangerous one its better to have more cover, which he would in the middle, also have more options for the pass which helps.

    we have not been creative in the last 4 games so now is the time to get him in.

  • martoon

    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    HD @10 – Ed reads a lot of football sites and tries to summarise the rumours/stories etc. Of course some of it is his opinion but the banner at the top of the page says “Ed Harrison’s Football Blog”.

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Gosling, Marveaux on bench vs Man City to showcase they are not out of the picture to possible buyers. Same with Obertan.
    Time to sell HB_A, He lost his nevre after the DeJong felony and can no longer get the jump on anyone as he looks over the entire pitch before he starts to move. By the time he starts the defense is in position & it’s him vs. 11.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Put on hold?? what a joke. NOTHING HAS CHANGED. MA is not spending unless its determined to be a money making opportunity.

  • usmagpie

    Jan 15, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed could you do us all favor and not post anything until Feb and transfers we my be after or other crap like that.
    Here’s my thinking Ed, we do this every time during the transfer window and its jus upsetting the things we read here about missing out on this player and the club is not going after that player. How about we start a new trend, how about ewe post only when we actually sign someone. This would be more pleasing than reading the possible and the ones that got away. What do you say Ed, lets go with actual events that happen, now that would be news.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #18

    We really are a joke club aren’t we?

    With Mike Ashley now at the helm we lack ambition.

    With Freddie Shepherd at the helm we were over-ambitious and signing the wrong players at the wrong prices.

    We never seem to get the balance right and this is sooooooo frustrating for every Newcastle fan.

    We’ve had to put up with so much shite on a monthly basis, that if it were turned into a TV series it would be one of the most successful in history with so many twists and turns.

    I am just fed up with it all. I want success now or very bloody soon. We are on the brink of having an excellent team if we only had that extra bit of ambition to sign the quality players we lack in key positions.

    We need wingers, that’s been obvious ever since Solano and Robert left-and that was AGES AGO!

    We seriously lack firepower upfront and that has been evident before Shearer even left!!

    No way in hell can we call the pathetic Strolla a striker ffs!

    Remy is not ours and we are yet to replace Ba and Best!

    If we were to sign only three players now or in the summer we would dramatically change our fortunes for the better.

    Our chances of silverware would multiply as we would have a fully functional and balanced team at last.

    Later in the future we could then sign just one more attacking midfield player to create more chances and be of more of a goal threat though the centre, and to not only depend on Cabaye for that creative spark. And a CB to replace the soon departing Coloccini.

    It’s so simple to achieve success with the solid foundation we have now in place, all we need is ambition.

    Before we had too many weak and poor players mixed in with some talent.

    Now we have a very talented squad lacking that little bit of depth that all successful clubs have.

    I just wish we sort it soon as this club is becoming a drag, full of false dawns, isn’t it about time this sleeping giant WOKE UP!?


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