Newcastle Target Up For Sale This Summer


Newcastle have been interested in signing Ghana International winger Andre Ayew for over a year now, and news today that his club Marseilles are ready to sell the player in the summer.

André Ayew

Andre Ayew – for sale in the summer

According to the French daily L’Equipe, Marseilles will be selling quite a few of their players in the summer, and Liverpool in addition to Newcastle have been interested in the winger in the past.

Ayew, goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, defender Nicolas N’Koulou, midfielder Mathieu Valbuena and striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, are all players Marseilles want to cash in on in the summer and Newcastle have also been interested in Gignac in the past.

But he’s now 28 and Valbuena is a decent play-maker but now 29 years old, so they would be a little old for Newcastle who like to sign players 25 or younger.

Their interim coach Jose Anigo said this in a press conference last week:

“What is certain is that this squad must be renewed.” “Some players are old and may need to take on another challenge.”

But if Liverpool are really interested in the player, Newcastle will have little chance of enticing the 24 year-old winger to Newcastle because during the summer he said he supported Liverpool:

“I have heard that Liverpool want me.” “If they come for me, I will say ‘yes’. I was a fan of the club in my childhood.”

Newcastle’s stock in the football world continues to fall, unfortunately, and it seems like we cannot compete any more at the top of the English Premier League.

Recent results and the selling of Yohan Cabaye last month have not helped the Newcastle image either, and we’ve lost six of our last eight games, and five of the last seven games, and in six of those – we have failed to score.

This does not make for good reading, but it seems that Newcastle will need to start all over again in the summer, and  at least try to build a decent team again.

We expect a number of players to be leaving the club including Loic Remy and long serving striker Shola Ameobi, and French clubs are where Newcastle usually recruit their players from – because they are the cheapest.

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32 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #1

    1st?

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  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Attack Toon attack attack!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #3

    as if we are gonna bid for him lol

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Charlie,
    Many have been saying that we will spend next window for the last 2. We haven’t, and have become the first team not to make a permanent senior signing in a full season. We all knew there were holes in the squad, and we all knew how important it was to fill them.

    World Cup summers are renowned for being difficult for business as top players will hold on till after the World Cup, in case there profile is boosted, or via the domino effect other clubs come in after losing an impressive World Cup performer.

    If we continue to look at gaining value from our signings, then it could be a long summer, particularly as we have nobody in a role to start arranging deals at the minute, and according to reports are unlikely to.

    We will most likely need 2/3 strikers in the summer, the chances of getting Premier league quality players in at value prices in that role is tough anyway, even tougher when clubs know you are desperate and are aware of the huge tv deal all Prem clubs are about to benefit from.

    Summer will be tough, anything less than a net gain of 4/5 players that are better then the existing squad and we will leave ourselves short again…

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Sign a player??? Noooooo, really?

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  • theartfuldodger

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #6

    The worse we do now, the better our chances of signing players.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Lil
    Deffo going to interesting
    but I think a lot of business will be done in the late July beginning of August when the season has started – well hopefully!!!!

    Do you not think a lot of spadework has been done.

    And we tend to pay cash

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Chin up, Ed! ??

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I try to do a smiley face, first time ever, and it comes up “??”. What a jip! Never again.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Andre Ayew is a top player and would be fantastic signing for us, he’s strong he’s quick and good on the ball and he’s good at crossing.

    but the main problem is he’s got a contract clause over 15 million and he has high wages so this doesn’t suit MA policy.

    so sorry he won’t come to us, and i only wish these speculations would stop NOW

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Well I think yesterdays game was very good, looked solid enough against a top side (undone by a bit of brilliance by hazard and stupidy by mbiwa)

    if mbiwa doesnt give the pen and sissoko and marv take their chance we draw 2-2…but that’s all ifs and buts, just trying to say we were in the game and if we did things right could have gotten something (also chelsea could have 2 more, just add that for balance)

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Charlie,
    Who has done the spadework? A lot of spade work had supposedly been done before last window, only for nobody to arrive.

    I think given the number of likely departures then it will be very tough to have depth. I expect Marveaux, Cisse, Shola, Remy, HBA, all to leave. That is 5 attacking players, add Cabaye to that who needs to be replaced then we need 6 offensive signings. That is tough for any club, let alone ours.

    A lot will depend on how some of the youngsters progress, for example will Campbell, Arma, Streete, Mbabu, Gillihead all develop sufficiently to be involved at first team? Will we see Vuckic, Bigi and/or Newton incorporated into the squad? It is a huge summer for Newcastle, and none of the evidence of recent years suggests that we will replace players fully, or develop players sufficiently.

    I will always hope we do, but at the minute it is blind hope, as all evidence points to the contrary.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Lilongwe Geordie

    i would expect Krull, Debuchy, Tiote, Cisse, Collo, Shola, Remy, Marveaux, Santon & HBA to leave this summer

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Yesterday summed up why I, and many don’t like Pardew.

    He’s not a terrible manager, he can get his teams playing very well, the problem is his intent. Yesterday show what he should have us do when we take the lead in games, defend well but then counter attack with purpose.

    If he could bring the same level of intent to every game 99.99999% here would be very happy with him. Hopefully it’s something he does address.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Sage,
    The first one was poor defensive play by us, although a superb finish from Hazard. If our lad had tracked Hazard properly instead of letting him ghost past then he would not have been able to take that shot.

    But you are right, up until the first goal we did okay. The second came from a break after an awful corner and E’too and Hazard combined well. Once that was in, Chelsea just coasted and we never really looked like causing them problems.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #16

    lil

    can’t remember for the life of me…..who’s that midfieler we kept loaning out who banged in the goals? think he left in th summer

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Black and White,
    Not sure on all of those, but who knows. I didn’t include certain people (like Colo) because I was highlighting the attacking players leaving as they are much more difficult to get right at lower prices.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Transfer Sage

    problem is he won’t address this, he’s sets Newcastle to play good against bigger teams but against weaker or similar teams we seem to shut down.

    also the Chelsea game if they didn’t Hazard & Eto i think it would of been a 0-0 draw they didn’t really show any real threat, they had speed and good passing but that’s about it.

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  • Greebol1892

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #19

    WHAT!? WE HAVE SOLD YOHAN CABAYE!?!??

    btw not a cat in hell’s chance of signing this lad / anyone on permanent deal. Stop this signing talk and let our young prospects come through…..

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #20

    lil

    i was pleased though, always tough to beat them, mourinho has never lost a home league game with them, but impressed with the fight and determination….we need to carry it on now

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Greebol1892

    be careful what you wish for mate

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #22

    black and white

    its odd, you’re right it’s usually big sides we have a go at but sometimes lesser teams, recently west ham and norwich away in the first half then back to normal in the 2nd

    i appreciate teams can fight back and pin you in own half, but we almost invite them in at times

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Sage,
    Inman?? He was on loan at Crewe and did very well, then he turned down a contract here as he wanted to leave and play first team football.

    He is at Crewe now on a permanent deal. Crewe have been struggling this year, but Inman has started 15 games with 2 goals and 6 assists to his name. He has played all across midfield, both flanks and through the centre.

    I personally think he did the right think moving, but with Crewe struggling it has been a tough time for him.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #24

    maybe abeid and amalfitano will come back better players

    curtis good and campbell too

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #25

    lil

    thanks, couldn’t remember his name….smart move though, he has the right attitude

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Transfer Sage

    maybe we need 2 managers at Newcastle lol keep Pardew for the big teams and have the other manager take over for similar teams 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Black and White and Sage,
    I don’t think it is odd about the difference in performance. It is more to do with we set up to play the same against the weaker teams, but it is less effective there as they don’t push us back and control play as much. When we have to break a team down, we struggle – as Pardew said earlier in the season, some teams just don’t let us get the crosses in or create chances in the box.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #28

    lil

    i agree to an extent but sometimes it’s noticeable how few we get forward, then looking at west ham we flooded my forward down both flanks and ran riot

    i just wish he’d be a bit more adventurous and trust himself and his team.

    against spurs i’d play sissoko and anita in the middle, ben arfa in front, with sammy and santon either side, santon has a decent cross so get him wide right, have 2 better (imo) left backs so give him a few as a winger, see what he can do

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 9, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #29

    Lilongwe Geordie

    good point mate, but i think the problem is that AP sets Newcastle up against similar and weaker teams from a deeper position, many times i have seen us sitting far to deep and hit them on a counter for home & away this is just wrong in my experience.

    we need to press high up the pitch and pass in the opponents half to cause them problems but i can’t see pardew setting this up though

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  • dantoon85

    Feb 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #30

    I’d play 3 at the back and try santon as a wingback think it would suit him better as he’s great going forward but not so good coming back

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  • Greebol1892

    Feb 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #31

    Forgot to mention Yanga M’Biwa. Those who are still not convinced: he IS better than Steven Taylor.
    MYM actually senses danger and goes to challenge whereas Taylor just backs off all the time and only ever defends the 6-yard box. How many stupid penalties has Taylor conceded in the past?
    MYM was just settling into the side with some solid performances and then dropped for Colo who has never been able to read long balls and we conceded goals.

    Glad strolla didn’t play tho because I think his impressions-of-a-footballer may have been sussed and we can’t score with him either.

    Perennial survival is not good enough with these players. We are not a top-6 club but we’re not a bottom-6 club either.

    Mike Ashley get out.

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  • toonluvva

    Feb 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    As always we will make a late, low offer that will be dismissed out of hand.

    Then AP will appear before the media to claim we tried our best to get him over the line.

    Repeat above for all the “targets”, whilst there is a steady stream of departures from the club.

    A$h£ey will monitor the situation. That is he will ensure that SportsDirect will continue to get free advertising at SJP, and get paid to appear on Sky.

    Same old, same old.

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