Will Joe Kinnear Draw Another Blank In This Transfer Window?


There are now less than two days left in the January transfer window, and this is eerily like it was a short three years ago, when on that last day of the window,  we allowed one of our best players at that time – Andy Carroll – to leave for Liverpool for £35M, and then we didn’t have time to bring in a good player to replace him.

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Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear

Newcastle are a little better off this time around, because we left ourselves four days to bring in a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who signed yesterday for PSG for a reasonable fee, but hardly the size of the fee Newcastle got for big Andy.

And we know for sure that Newcastle have bid £10M in cash for Clement Grenier, who would be a great signing for Newcastle if we can pull it off, but the reports coming out of France about possibly signing the 23 year-old are not particularly encouraging.

The Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has said there has been a bid in for Clement, but according to the French press, the Lyon club are unlikely to sell.

Why is that?

Because they don’t want to sell one of their best players half way through the season – and that’s unlike another club we know.

If we don’t being in a replacement we have Vurnon Anita to step in, and in truth the Dutchman is having a good season, and seems like a great professional.

Dan Gosling could also have a chance to show what he can do for the side, although we still expect Dan to leave Newcastle when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley just have to bring in a replacement – otherwise we will again look dumb – selling our best player and not replacing him – for the second time in three years.

Newcastle must be one of the few clubs who actually weaken their squad during these transfer windows –  isn’t it supposed to be the other way round?

We are still hoping Joe can get the job done by Friday night.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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37 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #1

    How refreshing to hear Tim Sherwood praise city for the way they played, ie always looking for more goals rather than sit on a 1-0 and put 10 men behind the ball.

    Would be interesting to see how Pardew would have city playing with his ” containing ” style. There again would Pardew realistically get in a top 500 prospective managers list for city

    Cabaye took a very well aimed and to be admired swipe at Ashley by declaring his desire to win things, which is never going to happen at NUFC.

    It amazes me how some people still fall for the familiar BS line about signing Grenier. Messrs Ashley, JFK and Pardew are so bent they couldn’t walk in a straight line. Pathological liars all of them.

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  • pawl250

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #2

    Its obvious we have had a bid Rotanda, and given it was a second bid it was over 10m

    That’s not a small bid, I think had we put that in before Cabaye left then wey …. I think it may have been accepted.

    Grenier is a good player. But unproven!

    Cabaye cost 4m albeit a release clause but again unproven enough to stop any other team going for him!

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  • AusMagpie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    What about Lewis Holtby? He wants out of Tottenham

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #4

    This is what happens when our club is owned by a greedy Englishman who wants to play it safe and throw all ambition out the window. FOREVER MEDIOCRE

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Aus,
    I’d take Holtby, but it all depends what Spurs want for him. They got him at a snip last year, so I’d imagine any bid we made would reflect that and most likely be rejected. I can’t see Ashley and co thinking he has increased his value while at Spurs.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #6

    Pawl,
    The vast majority of people phoning and texting Total sport last night did not believe we are sincere in our bid for this guy judging us on past performance kn this type of behaviour, Nzogbia, Ruiz etc

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  • Iain Dowie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Jail for Ashley- tbh mate I don’t have time to read this blog to often and I certainly don’t know people by there individual blog names. However when I do come in this blog I see numerous comments about pardew and there expectations of this team.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #8

    pawl

    How on earth do you know the exact amount of the bid we put in for Grenier? Were you personally part of the negotiations?

    Ed

    Try and be a tad balanced. As frustrating as it is we did buy SIX players last jan window,

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #9

    Wait for it everyone we have got our new replacement for cabaye

    is name is gosling dan gosling

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  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    That dastardly bastardly Mr Kinnear is a real scallywag.

    He will take the flak all in his stride. Why wouldn’t he. That’s what he was brought in for.

    There’s not a chance we’ll sign anyone. That might increase our chances of reaching a Europa spot.

    We don’t want that Mr Ashley , do we!

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  • Kebabacus

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Off topic but I thought it was worth reporting:

    One of my students is French and a PSG fan and he was absolutely beaming this morning when I walked into class. Make no mistake, Cabaye is VERY highly thought of over there.

    I asked him about Grenier and Cabella and he said Grenier is the better player. He called him the next Juninho (the ex-Lyon free kick genius, not the short Smoggie samba smeghead).

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    rotonda

    could always spin that in a way of saying in the last 4 transfer windows we have only signed 7 permanent, loaned 2…not great when our squad isn’t deep.

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  • Benji84

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #13

    You sort of want JK not to get no one in just to prove how crap he is!!! Even though you want some one to come in but i seriously cant see him doing anything coz he has a selling technique like a wet fish. I dont blame Yohan leaving good on him i wish him all the best

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  • bills-son

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Jail,

    The club rarely if ever say who they are bidding for so slagging them for supposedly putting in ‘insincere bids’ for players is a bit rich.

    You are taking media reports as gospel.

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  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #15

    @Mr Kebabacus

    If Grenier is good then he will cost a lot of cash to prize him away.

    We won’t pay more than £10m for any player. That’s guaranteed.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Club have appealed Remy’s red card

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotunda,
    We bought five and sold one, until a player makes a first team appearance we can’t really call it a signing as do we start counting apprentices.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #18

    like I said yesterday, if it’s just de Jong and another player in then this window is a complete joke. Look at our bench on tuesday night only dan gosling and shola as our attacking players. It goes to show that when we get injuries, we are a week side.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #19

    weak

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  • hitman

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #20

    hes been shooting blanks for years ,the dried up owld coont

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  • Thump

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    So, after Pardew said he wouldn’t appeal the red card… he’s appealed it? Not that I’m against it or anything, but really?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Bills,
    I’m just going from the majority of people on Total sport last night.

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Regarding Cabaye, I am thankful he is gone to PSG though.

    1. I like PSG out of the big big the most. And I like Ibra a lot.
    2. He did not go to Arsenal, United and the likes
    3. He deserves trophies
    4. He is a decent dude and thanked the fans and United.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Bills,
    I don’t take much for granted I read in the papers but when SSN make a big deal about something it generally has substance.

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #25

    Ah, catchy…you are a ray of sunshine in my otherwise drab existence.

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  • toonbrother

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Dan Gosling? Ha Ha Ha Ha thanks for the comic relief Ed. I needed that

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  • Dimitri

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Have to say, most of you lot were screaming vulgarities when Pardew replaced Nolan with a “cheap” imported Cabaye.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #28

    bills

    either way the bid isn’t enough to be accepted or he’d be on his way here…if they genuinely want him now they need to crack on.

    By all accounts the kid isn’t desperate to leave, so he won’t be pushing, it needs to come from our end.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Ashley knows exactly what he is doing by limiting any spending. Not only that, but make it look like they’re trying to do something in the transfer market by putting in low bids, knowing that there is very high chance of them being rejected.

    Meanwhile, more SD advertisements go up eveywhere as he rubs his hands together with an evil smile as big as the grinch.

    Don’t be fooled. If it wasn’t for Carr being such a good scout, we’d be getting poorer players in and they wouldn’t be patching over Pardew’s highly limited management ability.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Just reading my independent this morning
    Whoa
    Man City have passed Uefas Financial Fair Play test despite £50 million losses for 2012-13
    Get this – wages £233million up £30 million
    £639,000 a day
    £26,00 an hour
    £433 a minute in wages
    took me 4 minutes to key this post = £1,732

    CRAZY CRAZY MONEY

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  • ErnestHemingway

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda, you similarly brighten up my mornings with your optimistic, upbeat, cheery comments.

    Time for my earl grey.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #32

    dimitri

    It’s more an issue of why do we need somebody to replace somebody else….why can’t we sign somebody to play with our current crop.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #33

    charlie

    we just can’t live with that, cannot compete on that scale.

    But look at Dortmund as an example (easier for them as only one huge team competing with them) but they put together a talented squad for relatively small fees in football and beat bayern munich who spent man city levels of money to the league.

    so we can progress a long way buying smart and cheap, but sometimes you need to pay that little more to get what you need and also be willing to increase the size of the squad, not just 11 good players.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #34

    Pardew’s post match comments of he felt it was deserving of a red card will be held against him here then. No way it will get overturned given the nature of the incident, they rarely do so pushing and a coming together of heads won’t be.

    The only reason for doing so in my mind is to make Remy available for the derby as his ban will be delayed until the appeal is heard. I think that is how it works. Gives De Jong a bit more time to settle without having to instantly rely on him for goals I guess, but will it be worth the likely extended ban?

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  • James RS

    Jan 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #35

    Yes a blank of course who’d wanna do business with him…through the grapevine Cabaye called Kinnear unprofessional and didn’t they not speak after him being called kebab?? and if Kinnear pulls off the Grenier deal I take it all back as Grenier is good

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  • James RS

    Jan 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #36

    Yes agreed Toon Brother… Dan Gosling ha ha ha just about championship level

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  • phatt knacker

    Jan 30, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Jokes job here was always to hatchet (reshape) the squad. Get out top earners who either comand a fee (cabaye) or legs have gone (jonas)
    I fear the summer when krul and hba will be under scrutiny.

    Whoever leaves pardew can stay mr nice guy with the squad and the players know no one is safe.

    Next few transfers in are very important. Need balance in squad. De jong, gomis in summer and one tricky hba/winger type like zaha/ince would leave us very strong imo

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