Disappointing Message On Newcastle Transfer Front

If we look at some of the transfer targets we are supposed to be after this summer, a lot of them are (very) good players, but therein lies the problem – they are good players – and with a large majority of our targets we have other bigger clubs – those in the Champions League – also after them.

Alexandre Lacazette

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette – Newcastle target

We don’t want to be too negative, but we also have to be realistic and say the chances of Newcastle beating out a club in the Champions League these days for any player just cannot be that high.

This is what Pardew has said in the Shields Gazette today about the summer transfer window:

“There’s a lot of negotiating to do and a lot of work to do this summer – there’s no doubt about that,”

That statement doesn’t match the confidence of a few weeks ago, when news was leaked that Newcastle wanted to get all their transfer business done before the World Cup opens in June, and that was always an unrealistic goal.

But it’s also good to get players in early, so they get a full pre-season with the club, and if they arrive in late August it gets harder to assimilate them into the team, and harder to get the best out of them quickly – which is what Newcastle desperately need to do.

And after a second poor season, where Mike Ashley (again) showed everyone his limited ambitions by selling our best player in January and not replacing him, the Newcastle United brand at the moment is not at its strongest.

And the end of season turmoil at the club, with the fans demonstrating against both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew, doesn’t make it any easier for us to sign top players.

That move by Ashley upset a number of current players at the club, just as it had when we sold Andy Carroll in similar circumstances three years ago – and those actions will not help our summer transfer drive.

Some of our top targets –  Montpellier winger Remy Cabella, Lyon play-maker Clement Grenier, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette,  and Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga are all excellent targets, but bigger clubs are also in the mix for them – in every single case.

And there’s the rub – it could become a difficult transfer window for the Tyneside club, and we’ll just have to wait and see how far down the list of targets we have to go, before we get the players into the club.

Let’s hope it’s not too far down the list. and that we can still attract some top players to the club this summer. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #1

    from previous thread

    I don’t think Ashley has any plans to sell, with all the tv income and the profits which that income brings why would he want to sell, if I owned Sunderland and was making as much as Ashley is with the limited expenditure and the limited risk would I want to sell them, not a hope in hell and would I be concerned as too how popular or unpopular I was with the fans, nope I wouldn’t, would any of you ?

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    from previous thread
    I have usually been positive on the way the club was/is going and was/is hoping that this summer when we have the stable footing and finances in position that we would push on and spend big/get in half a dozen players and have a go of getting back into Europe or winning a cup.

    But I am totally confused in which direction they will go in Cannot understand with all the money they have – why haggle over £1 – £2 million to get a player and pay a higher wage ( which will be offset by the TV money)


    or are they just paper stories on who we are after

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    we always have rumours about certain players and at the start of the window there is usually some good players, but as the window moves on and it then becomes obvious that we haven’t changed our spots then the standard of the player will drop.

  • firebug666

    May 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    As expected really, long drawn out negotiations no end product and excuses like we cannot compete with bigger clubs like Yoville Town and Hartlepool.

    Just makes you feel sick every time the prat opens his mouth.

  • Thump

    May 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #5

    That’s not ominous, it’s par for the course.

  • Ben3arfa

    May 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think it is ominous as such. A touch more realism setting in. The way the club operate, trying to be the best it can be “pound for pound” means that anytime we enter a transfer period there will be lots of negotiation. Attempting to get the best deal comes above ensuring the deal is done.

    I think it is tough for most to even maintain a vague hope that the club are still aiming to go in the right direction. On the haggling and paying a higher wage, we come back to this “pound for pound” statement. The club have said that is the aim, and I guess last season it could be argued that they probably achieved, or came very close to that achievement. Hardly inspiring, but this summer will have to see some expenditure and incomings even just to maintain this objective.

    I agree with Firebug, I expect a few promotions from within, but I expect at least one or 2 first teasers to maintain a spot around mid table mediocrity, and an impressive pound for pound season again.

    Pope John Paul II once said “Football shouldn’t become submerged by financial interests. It ought to be more about the excellence of performing than about possession.” If only our club had people who felt the same way.

  • Thump

    May 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    @Charlie: why haggle over £1 – £2 million to get a player and pay a higher wage ( which will be offset by the TV money)

    Don’t be daft man. If Ashley can get a player for £1m less, that’s £1m going towards his wages! That said, mind, if he can get them for £2m less, that’ll be £2m towards the wages… and £3m less… and £4m less… in fact, if you could get a player for free, his entire transfer fee could go on his wages!

    Ugh, it’ll never work, free transfers are expensive. Back to the drawing board.

  • Spoof

    May 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9


    your probably sick to the back teeth hearing the likes of me harping on about, but Ashley will never show any ambition for us, the club told us that just a fortnight ago, mid table without cup runs will be job done as far as they are concerned, getting into Europe, never again as Ashley knows that if that happens again then he would have to have a bigger squad which means buying more players and having a larger wage bill, so why would he do that when it may prove to be just one season in Europe, no sorry but not getting into Europe is the easier option for him so that’s how it will be, but as soon as we sign 1 or 2 which we will as our PL status with what we have would be in serious doubt, all the Ashley fans and the Pardew haters will be saying what a fantastic group of players and what a superb squad we have and then next season when we are ordinary at best it will be everybodies fault apart the the one who’s fault it is, Ashley.

  • bobby mango

    May 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Despite all the talk of getting things done early we seem to be dragging or heels again.

    Know there’s a lot to sort with every deal but I’m seeing plenty of prem clubs already being their top targets. We can’t even seem to decide who we want!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #11

    *teamers not teasers

  • firebug666

    May 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    bobby mango

    That is because the club do not want anybody. The reality is the club is being forced to buy in trying to keep their premier league status. They enter reluctantly into negotiations for players and hope to get a cheap deal and when they have spent too long trying to get a player OVER THE LINE they move on with no time left to get an alternative target.

    Well that’s what the recent past suggests anyway.

  • ToonMatt

    May 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley will never sell while there is over 50,000 people supporting the way he runs the club every other week.

  • firebug666

    May 29, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Mathieu Debuchy On his future: ‘At the moment, I’m 100% focused on the World Cup. My agents are working on my future.’

    This was at his French Team press conference.

  • Average_Contents

    May 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Excuses excuses

    Is anybody surprised?

    Whilst haggling like we’re at a bazaar on the streets of Ankarra, other professional clubs are getting deals done in anticipation of the window opening, oh no not us! It’ll drag on and on and on and on and on and on just like the mighty boosh’s did

    We’re not saying spend astronomical amounts but losing out on players for the sake of a few hundred grand in wages or a couple of million in transfer fees is just cutting your nose off to spite your face trying to prove a point!

    It goes both ways fatty, you cannot expect clubs to pay top dollar for our players but expect to pay peanuts for their’s!

    Sort it out

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    Been here before
    Cleaning out the loft and came across a couple of old ‘The Mag’
    No 107 Feb 1998
    Nowt has changed:
    Page 3 ‘Things can only get…worse ?
    The mess that is ‘The Stevenage situation’ seems to have at least woken the club up to the fact that their PR is sadly lacking’
    10 benefits of playing bad
    1 Easier to get away tickets
    2 Not on Sky as much, so less disruption
    3 No excitement, so less chance to have a heart attack
    4 Gives moaners a chance to talk about the good old days
    5 Save Money on backing 1st goal scorer
    6 Masochists in the crowd enjoy it more
    7 A bad case of writers cramp for the tossers who tend to write to the local papers
    8 Save money on European trips
    9 Drink less because nothing to celebrate
    10 Drink more to drown sorrows.

    Page 14 Big club, small minds
    You can always tell when a season is turning shit when the club stars are making a big fuss over small matters and what a bunch of prats the directors have made themselves over the cup tyie with Stevenage.

    page 18
    We really must now admit the dreadful mistake that has been made by asking Daglish to manage our football club.

    page 20
    It’s Not His Fault, Or Is It?
    …But the current league table says we are a boring, mid-table team, lacking quality and it’s hard to argue with that. the last six weeks have been even worse than our 11th place suggests. One home league goal in the whole of December, and we had to wait until the 28th.

    Page 27
    ‘the current leaders have scored 49 league goals and conceded 16. we have scored 21 and conceded 25. we are reported to have a stronger enough squad to avoid relegation. six points above the relegation zone is a little to close for comfort’

    Just substitute 1998 for 2013/14
    Daglish for Pardew
    Shepherd for Ashley
    Cardiff for Stevenage


  • lesh

    May 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Ah so Pardew’s been reminded to bring ‘the line’ into the arena already? For sure, it just seems like five minutes since it was last mentioned!

    Anyone with half a brain would realise that any attempts to buy decent players this window’d be severely hampered given the club’s decreasing stature in the football world.

    But do Ashley and his crew ever consider the impact of their words and deeds? It appears not and fans are being conditioned to yet another Ashley window of nowt but exits and crap coming in!

    Here we go again, SNAFU!

  • wynsleap

    May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    We can talk about signings of all types – out-of-contract has-beens, free transfers and bargain basement buys until we’re blue in the face.
    The simple fact is Ashley doesn’t want to spend ANY money and doesn’t give s**t about the club or its supporters. We also have a manager who tows the company line, tells lies at every interview and hasn’t got the class to complain or the nous to improve what he’s reluctantly given to work with. That’s not to forget a ‘coaching’ team who break open the champagne when they manage to get their players scoring from a corner.
    Why the Hell should anyone go and support this club at the moment?
    STAY AWAY until this greedy, insulting, megalomaniac disappears from this part of the world. You know it makes sense.

  • magicbus

    May 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #19

    So really its time for “ We couldn`t make it happen to get the signing over the line “

  • Sav

    May 29, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Lukaku, Hernandez,.There are good players available. We’ll see plenty more in Brazil soon. This time Ashley is the one over a barrel. With only a crocked Cisse on our books he can’t afford to mess about. He has the money and if he does not allow him to spend it, Pardew can’t be blamed as Mashley watches NUFC sink into the Championship.

  • ash1001

    May 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Season 13/14 has just finished and we are already making excuses for 14/15.

    Here’s my take on things, its wrong to blame Ashley totally, the blame lies well and truly at the club in general – Ashley, Charnley, Pardew. they really should be RED INDIANS in the wild west because they all speak with ‘Forked (which ever way you want to spell it) Tongue.

    We are stuck with them. so its either accept the situation. or stop going, and think the majority of us will moan and groan but accept, because we love our club.

  • widowmagandapoke

    May 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    It will happen gradually. Supporters will be uneasy at changing lifetime habits, but if this utter meanness continues, watch the crowds slowly drift away.

  • Charlietoon

    May 30, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #23

    We might have got some of them when we had Cabaye and Remy. At least then we had a decent team


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