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Newcastle To Bring In At Least Six New Players This Summer

8:39 am, Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

The Journal is reporting today that the first transfer meeting between owner Mike Ashley , Alan Pardew and John Carver almost two weeks ago was a positive one, and as expected Newcastle are expected to bring in around six or seven new players this summer.

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Remy Cabella – Newcastle target

There will be a sizable change in the squad, with a number of fringe players and those not having their contracts renewed in July will move out of the club – such as Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi and Conor Newton..

With Newcastle coming into some major money from the Premier League in May and in the last financial year the club making a good £9.9M in profit this news is not too surprising – and it’s good news.

And as expected after the game on Saturday, which was a welcome win for the lads, Mike Ashley was present and he did have a talk on transfer business with Alan Pardew after the game.

John Carver had said after the game that Alan was on his way over to St. James’ Park, since he was then allowed into the stadium, and with Mike being there it was all set for them to talk about the transfers again.

John did say it was good that Mike made the game on Saturday:

“It was great to see the owner here and show his support. Shows he is right behind us and supported us.”

That was the first time Ashley had been at St. James’ Park for a while and the club’s financials are tightly controlled by Ashley, but now Newcastle are in a very good situation financially.

And with big money starting to come in this season from the TV revenues, we should be able to make a lot more than £9.9M in profits, so the money will be there to spend.

From the Journal report today they say it’s going to be six or seven players coming in, and they are already working to try to bring Remy Cabella to the club.

And as we had pointed out yesterday it could be difficult for Newcastle to get both Remy Cabella and Clement Grenier into the club this summer.

But overall this is some good news on the transfer front.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:41 AM


    I read the same type of article in the Journal.

    I was excited by it for about 5 minutes then realised the same thing you said.

    Same thing happened in Jan with up to 4 signings. got in one on loan.

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I see the Ashley BS manifesto / campaign to dupe fans parting with their hard earned for 2014 / 2015 has started in earnest. Season tickets must be way down!!

    Apparently we now have 6 summer targets lined up and as someone on TOTT said: –

    That’s how Pardew always starts.

    ‘We want six players, if not, 5 for certain’.

    Day’s later:

    ‘Were working on four targets, and hoping to secure three of them very soon’.

    Day’s later again:

    ‘Two are close, but one of them may be hard to get over the line’.

    They need 8 or 9 players and it will be a struggle to get quality in, what have we to offer: Low wages, no Europe, no ambition, poor coaches.

    It will probably be the usual scenario, we were close but could not get them over the line, we are meeting to review our targets, we have moved on to other targets, we are waiting to hear if our non existent bids have been accepted, we cannot compete with Swansea, etc. etc. Followed by he is like a new signing and we are working hard on the training ground, Mike is happy.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    A Chelsea fan mate of mine said yesterday ” you don’t want rid of Pardew, you’re safe” SAFE !!! How low has our ambition fallen.


    Is there really a player called immobile? I thought that was shola!

  • 3 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    To add to my point @ no1

    Why else would ashley attend a PL match when he hasn’t done so since September.

    To make people believe. All of it was a plan to dupe.

  • 4 Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM


    Yes! Plays in Serie A

    Pronounced as

    im- Mobe – ilay

  • 5 Greebol1892 // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Realistically, it won’t be so much the players we may bring in and may let go, it is the teams below us that will DEFINITELY strengthen. Ashley has breathing space til January to decide if he absolutely needs to strengthen so why commit to 4 or 5 signings now?
    Would be much better financially to give the likes of strolla, and Gosling extensions because in the eyes of our manager they’re still important fringe 1st-teamers. Just because all the contracts are ending, that doesn’t mean they’re all out the door…..

  • 6 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    He is right though we cannot compete with Swansea, Southampton, etc. They all have ambition.

    In the real world players should be flocking to the club, In Ashley’s world they don’t even see us as a stepping stone anymore.

    In the end we will get more mediocre players who just can’t cut it in the Premier League and who none of the other clubs really want.

    These are the players Ashley can afford, (or rather will pay for) cheap to buy and a little profit later.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    The day we sign 6 or 7 players in one transfer window is the day we don’t get any drama queens on this blog

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Mar 24, 2014 at 8:58 AM


    It’s a desperately long way from the days we could attract Shearer, ferdinand etc.

    To think we had a top squad, manager you believed in , ambitious owner etc. Now look at us.

  • 9 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Rotonda heights

    Loic Remy is a perfect example of how far this club has fallen. Before Ashley took over he would have been signed sealed and delivered.

    Today he USED us to get what he wants, after first snubbing us for lowly QPR and their money, he came on loan saying things like how great the club is, and how he was over the moon to be given a second chance by us etc.

    As soon as the rape affair hanging over him was dealt with, he was packing his bags ready to get out in the summer, and as for us being such a great club, etc. Well he can’t wait to be off.

    We will attract none of the good players, they will look at us with distaste having seen Cabaye fighting to get out of the club, just to sit on the bench in Paris, and Loic saying he want;s out for a bigger club is not a positive advert for our club.

  • 10 beermonkey // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM


    did u find pardews script in the bog at st james park

    as for ur Chelsea mate I get it all the time when I do my pardew rant

    they site things like we were nearly religated last year and he got fith the year before, but there u go I spose from the outside it don’t look to bad

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    God we are happy this morning

  • 12 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM


    It’s not about being happy or not mate, I am simply taking a realistic view of the club at this moment in time.

    In my opinion we will not attract any of the good players on the market because (a) we have no ambition, every player wants to progress and win things, (b) Other clubs are now a more promising stepping stone to bigger clubs than us, because they will offer better terms than Ashley.
    (c) They style of play at our club is boring, we have shown very little quality since Cabaye left, and the fans my self included are getting on the players backs because of it. (d) we have a poor coaching staff, and a mediocre manager, if we can see all these things wrong with the club, then players and agents can see it also.

    We will get players in, there is no doubt about that, but what sort of player will come is another question.

  • 13 beermonkey // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM


    I still think we will be able to get the right players in
    were a good stepping stone club which you can apply the same analogy to

    before we label cabaye a bench warmer I would wait a while yet, most of the clubs with squads like psg city Madrid ease there players in, we are desperate for players we throw them in the deep end and hope it works, although I do tend to chuckle at the ones that want out and it goes pair shaped when they get way

  • 14 ballerfan2 // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Welsh Geordie – I share your frustration. We have such a miserable bunch of supporters. I am of the opinion that if we were finishing in 2nd place each year (I can dream can’t I?) that these same people still wouldn’t be satisfied – until we were winning every game by at leat 3 goals while maintaining clean sheets constantly.

  • 15 ballerfan2 // Mar 24, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Aren’t all these clubs who are lower than us but showing ambition (supposedly) exactly the same clubs that last summer illustrated their ambition by spending a fortune on new players. Clubs like Norwich, Cardiff, SUNDERLAND and a host of others. Funny that. I know where I’d rather be. Does Ashley, Pardew etc lack ambition? Really? What a load of ridiculous nonsense. Ashley’s track record in business suggests he is a winner and likes making money. He will be desperate for this business venture to be successful and make him even more. A team lacking consistency – yes, but there is talent in there and with several sensible additions can take us to the next- and more consistent – level.

  • 16 Whumpie // Mar 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    It bothers me that people talk about the new TV money as if we’re the only club getting it.
    Players are effectively auctioned. More money in the system just means prices will rocket. No net gain.

    Sadly I suspect RH is right and we’ll get very few players in having seen other clubs double and triple our offers.

    Remember we are just an ad hoarding for SD, not a football club any more.

  • 17 Visten // Mar 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Ed, please don’t tell me you believe this BS? Same crap every year to drive season ticket sales up nothing more. We will get one or two loans in and that is it. ‘We tried to get a few over the line, but due to various complications we found it difficult’ expect to see that sort of comment the day after the transfer window shuts. Cobblers.

  • 18 seanufc79 // Mar 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Its this simple….

    Remy will NOT sign for us in the summer! He is waiting for the likes of Arsenal or Tottenham to come in for him. Ashley will make NO attempt to signing him due to Remy demanding high wages knowing we will not agree terms so this will be it for us and Remy.

    Why do we go on about being up financially by £9.9m, lets not forget the £20m from the Cabaye sell. That sell shows our lack of ambition as no team would sell their best midfielder and not have a replacement already done. mike Ashley yes has got this team financially stable again but that’s by only simple, easy business in the transfer market. BUY CHEAP, SELL HIGH!! There is also rumour Debuchy, S.Taylor and Colo leaving the club so that’s 3 replacements needed there. It is time really for us to part way with Shola, Gosling and Obertan. Realistically we need 6-7 players in for sure and that in my eyes consists of:

    2x Strikers – Send De Jong home!, 2x Midfielder/Winger, 2x defenders….and maybe another Midfielder…

    Lets see what happens though

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