Andy Carroll Transfer Stiill Haunts Alan Pardew

When Alan Pardew first arrived at Newcastle in December of 2010, he was telling everybody who would listen to him, that Andy Carroll was going nowhere and that the Geordie striker was simply not for sale in that January transfer window.

andy carroll while at Newcastle

Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle

And Newcastle even turned down bids of £20M from Tottenham in the days just before the transfer window closed, and everything seemed to be going to plan for Newcastle.

But then on the very last day of the transfer market – January 31st, 2011 – Liverpool came in with a massive bid for the 6’4″ striker, and he was sold to the Reds for £35M, and Alan Pardew had some explaining to do.

But Alan Pardew has presumably learned from that experience, that every player has their price at Newcastle, and if a bid comes in meeting that price, then Mike Ashley will take it.

This is what Alan Pardew has said today in the local press:

“All the transfer windows, as manager of Newcastle, are nervous. I will be nervous until it shuts. You get nervous every window. We did not expect Andy Carroll to go but it was a bid that came out of left field. You can never, never say never again.

“Like all Premier League clubs everybody is for sale at some price. We are very conscious we have got a good team and we will try to keep it together.”

After Andy was sold it shocked and upset not only the fans but some of the Newcastle players as well, and in particular Jose Enrique took that as proof positive that Newcastle just didn’t have the ambition to build a side that could challenge for the top four, and he left for Liverpool the following summer.

And there are reports in France that PSG are preparing a massive bid for Yohan Cabaye, and we could even see everything being OK until the very day of the transfer window – which is a week on Friday – and then find that Cabaye has left to join the Paris club.

We hope that doesn’t happen, and Alan Pardew hopes that doesn’t happen too.

We’ll just have to wait and see,

What do you think?

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9 comments so far

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I’d rather be nervous of bids than not as it means we have good players. I’m sure Pardew is more nervous that he won’t get a replacement if cabaye goes as what happened with carroll.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    TS…my worry is we all know Cabaye will be gone eventually so why aren’t we signing his replacement before that happens?

    …like any other decent side would do? 😉

  • bills-son

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #3

    The fact that there are no reports of Cabaye being offered a new contract tell me he has made it clear he won’t sign one.

    If PSG offer Ashley’s price in Jan he’ll be sold.

  • Scottishmag1

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #4


    Yes the rafael challenge, the ref did bottle it big time

  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #5


    I think the vidic one was a harsh red, but rafael definitely a red…so 2 big decisions wrong for me.


    Yeh for all we know we have asked him about a contract and he has simply said no thanks, i’ll stay til the end of this one at the longest.

    I’d like to see us really push though and say here is 80-100k a week cabaye, what do you think now…when the money is on the table he might sign. Even though if psg is true he will get double that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    He and others from France have joined us a a stepping stone, had we have pushed on with sensible investment that summer of 2012 and at least shown a pretence of ambition coupled with a decent wage offer, Cabaye may well have signed a new deal.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Trouble is that once cabaye is sold for big money, everyone will raise the prices of their players because they know we have money. I think psg should be told to bid now or p!$$ off. At least we will have time to find a replacement, even an inflated one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Have none of ACs team nates or management told him how disgustingly scruffy he looks.

  • yorkymag

    Jan 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope that the rumours are true for me Cabella is a better option for us than cabayne in the long term .he is a more , natural goalscorer and a proper false 9 /number ten he will give us a better natural shape
    Sure it would be great to have both but for me a massive profit on cabayne and remy c and Luke de Jong is a no brainer


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