Newcastle Transfer Window Not Going Well – So Far


Newcastle intimated after our final league game at Liverpool – another league defeat – this time 2-1, that Newcastle wanted to complete their transfer business before the World Cup begins in Brazil on 12th June.

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Remy Cabella – Montpelier winger

But that was never a realistic goal, and so far it seems we have tied up just one Development player – 20 year-old Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez – and he would seem to be a decent signing for the future and cost only €2M.

And it seems that Newcastle made a major push last week to tie up a deal for top French target Remy Cabella, but our initial bid of £6.5M was turned down, and Montpellier say they want twice that amount – and we know for a fact that will not be coming from Newcastle, although we do expect the Magpies go in with an improved offer.

But there are signs that Cabella is keen to join the Magpies, and he would be first choice on the right wing at Newcastle, and apparently the terms we offered were acceptable to the French International and his agent.

That’s not surprising because one of the reasons that Newcastle get most of  our players from France is not only are they good value, but the wages in France are low, and Newcastle can offer the French players good compensation on Tyneside probably at least double the wages they are currently getting in France.

Strikers are what we need to get in this summer – and it seems that we are still in for our number one target last summer – Bafe Gomis –  but why we didn’t try to do a deal with him when the January transfer window closed we have no idea – and now there are other clubs in for him.

Other strikers we have been linked with include 22 year-old Hertha Berlin Pierre-Michel Lasogga,  22 year-old  Alexandre Lacazette of Lyon,  28 year-old Catalan striker Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg, and we have even been linked with Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, but at £19M, he’s going to too expensive for Newcastle.

The World Cup starts in nine days time, and we’re sure Newcastle will be going all out to get one or two of our top targets over the line by that time – I hope we are successful.

Comments welcome.

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190 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Jazzy P

    Is that the same site that claimed Cabella deal was done last week? Hazard isn’t going to PSG, rumours and hearsay my friend as is always the case with big players…..not long ago ppl were saying that Messi was leaving Barca.

    PSG want Hazard, but like I said they have to sell first mate, Pastore is on of the players they are trying to offload along with Veratti….will it happen, NO

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Same thing last year, Alan Pardew comes out and says were working hard to get the deals done asap. We should expect a player or 2 in in the next week.. Then he will continue to say this every week. And before we know it the window will be closing. Only difference is from last season we will have signed like 2-3 players adding to about 3 million. 3 young players.

    It’s just getting boring and old and it really is not fun to support Newcastle anymore.

    Growing up I watched every single nufc game that was televised since I was about 14. 20 now and the first time in my life I started not watching the matches was half way through last season because as I said it’s getting old/boring and not fun anymore. Most fans just don’t give a s!!t about the club atm.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes Ed and pigs might fly. I would be surprised if we managed to spend a TOTAL of £19 million, let alone blow it on one player lol

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Ourtoon
    You probably know truly as much as I do pal
    Everyone was reporting the deal to be done and even that cabella was happy with the terms of the deal. Only for Nicolin to pull the plug at the 11th hr and demand more money.
    Is it true or false mate ……who knows apart from the parties involved.
    Personally I would hope that we indeed did agree a fee as it shows we are active in the transfer market

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    out of those my choices would be perez (obv) / cabella / lacazette who have the most promise.

    but i’m very disapointed we havent signed atleast 2 players by now.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Cyprus

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say both Cabaye and Ba are glad they have left us….Why would any player want to stay under this regime? not a permanent signing for 2 consecutive windows!!

    Jazzy P

    Who said that Cabaye went on strike? Pards didn’t say he was refusing to play!! Protecting an asset so that we could sell him comes to mind….take it from the Cabaye himself who said only he and JFK know the truth….wish players weren’t gagged when they left…signing NDA’s otherwise the lies would filter through to the fans!!

    I agree on Remy though what he did was worse but like fickle fans we cheered him this season and forgot about what happened previously!!

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Jazzy P

    It just doesn’t make sense to me at all, a player who they’ve said in January will cost around £12m has all of sudden decreased in value to half of that price…..I smell BS mate from our regime, this is to make it look like we are actively bidding!! Look when we were fighting relegation MA got involved with negotiations and things were concluded quickly!!

    Teams have become wise to our antics and no doubt they probably add a couple of million extra onto the price when negotiating with us, we are the big time wasters in the transfer market!!

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  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    This ‘line’ they always refer to must be like the old border wall between what were East and West Germany – insurmountable, unless there’s real determination to get over it!

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Ourtoon
    I agree mate that we fear the worst now come every transfer window. And we are led to believe that things will be different this window.
    Personally bud im trying to stay optimistic as we have lost what 5-6 players already never mind who potentially we could lose as well.
    If we were only to sign Perez and Cabella, I would still consider it a disaster as the squad would be weaker than previous . Which we all know we can ill afford

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardew once said we’ll bring four or five in, if one leaves we’ll bring five or six, I used to think it was him being lied to.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Jazzy P

    Optimistic thats a word I’ve not heard for a while on here…good on you mate.

    Jail

    He wasn’t being lied to but he was the one who was told to tell us the lie though if that makes sense!!

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #12

    If we don’t sign a player by the 10th it is going to be a very VERY long summer.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13

    And perez does not count. Signing players for the reserves will not help us 1 bit for next season.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Kevy

    We’ve already bought Perez haven’t we?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #15

    OT,
    So he was lying to us and looking back was lying to us over AC, although we’re all agreed that that deal was a no brainer.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #16

    haha beat me to it mate

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  • Graeme

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Kevy, yes, you are right. Its certainly no longer fun, thats for sure.
    I have been going since about 1962/63 and it has just never seemed this bad. There were obviously grim times in the intervening years, but the lack of ambition is completely demoralizing.
    The last whooping off the scum did it for me – not been back since.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #18

    JFA

    I think the guy was a born liar, he’s lied throughout his management career, read what Tevez says about the great Pards. I think he knew from day 1 what his directive was here and when he over achieved he believed his own hype!! He is the mouthpiece for a very shady regime…so shady that Lambizee had to walk!!

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Ourtoon
    The thing what does my head in if we went to Montpellier now and offered them 10 mill, I would suggest that they would accept it. The same with Greneir. And that would have cost Mashley nothing as it’s what we recouped from the sale of Cabs.
    So where is that money along with all the revenue that we all keep talking about ??

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #20

    @Our Toon I’m not sure mate.

    But i’m sure if it was done you would have alan in all the photos saying how hard they worked to get him bla bla bla and the guy won’t even be playing for the 1st team next year so we are still left without a striker.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #21

    What I’m still having trouble with – and I suspect I must be having a brainfart here because nobody else has said anything – is this:

    How can a club “conclude its transfer business before the World Cup” on 12th June… if the transfer window doesn’t open until July 1st?

    Go on – point out why I’m a mong…

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #22

    @Jazzyp I think it’s fair to say that MA is buying cloths for his company SD with our money and selling them back to us for huge profits haha

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    @Whumpie Pre contracts as we have seen with Lambert/Zarate.

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  • Graeme

    Jun 3, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Whumpie – they were allegedly trying to get their transfers all agreed and tied up in advance and then they can complete on 1st July

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Kevymartins
    You may have a valid point there pal . Its definitely not going back into the 1st team. Does anybody know about this supposed state of the art training ground we are having built ??

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Pre-contracts. Hairy smurf.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Whumpie

    We could have agreed terms and negotiated deals in Feb or March or any other month for that matter. This would be signed by both clubs agreeing to he move and the player. The registration/paperwork would only apply as of 1st July for European Leagues and 9th June for players bought from English leagues.

    So basically players can agree to moves whenever and paperwork which is just a formality isnt concluded until the window opens….hopefully this makes sense. Begs the question though why didn’t we agree with Montpellier etc. in April

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  • Thump

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #28

    We wanted to get our transfers done before the World Cup, but the bloody thing was brought forward! I mean teams are actually playing football instead of talking to us?

    Bloody line.

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  • swemag

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon, couldn’t agree more. Teams know what we are looking for and it pisses them off that we try to bargain their assets.

    The only win-win I can see and a way forward would be to offer them a greater part of the sell on price should a player leave toon for a higher price. For Cabella paying 12 million I am not so sure we will make any money at all on that. On the other hand we need to take a risk at some stage, they cannot all be Yohan Cabaye deals.

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Jazzy P

    Wonga were supposed to be funding this training facility and other places in the area as part of the sponsorship deal….bollocks again from this regime.

    Kevy

    We have got Perez but can’t announce it as his league are still playing…or some BS like that, even though the player has tweeted himself though!! perhaps we wanted to announce more than 1 signing but things haven’t gone to plan!! Same matter of £6.5m may have a lot to do with that

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #31

    What worries me about this window is that the game has changed hugely due to FFP rules and the new TV money.

    We lacked the experience, credibility and nouse to get players in before; what chance now?

    Surely all the numbers are going to rocket? Before, anyone but a big-money team simply couldn’t compete for most players because they’d break the bank.

    Now the bank has £50M sitting in it, what happens? Will Hull City be going head-to-head with Manchester City for top players?

    More to the point, will the famously frugal NUFC find themselves even more hopelessly outbid at every turn? If they want €16m for Cabella and pretty much every PL team has that burning a hole in their pocket – what chance of them taking a €10m bid from NUFC?

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  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Swemag

    I think we can get Cabella for £9m especially considering the money we offer is upfront and not in installments. Problem is we have already annoyed there very annoying owner!!

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  • toon kk

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Everyone seems to be panicking about signings, the window has just opened. Give it time I’m sure a few bargains from France will come through the door. We all know no Top players will come in MA won’t pay the going rate for top quality.
    We’ve been told our objective is the premier league, so SD gets good advertisement.
    Best just accept we can’t compete and consider premier league survival a successful season.

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    @Toon kk Panicking like we did last summer? Now why would we do that after all the top signings last summer and Jan window lol

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  • goalseeker

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Here we go again, same old same old. No amount of speculation and newspaper talk will correct the demise of Newcastle dis-United. Ashley has got his star man standing there saying how many players we are going to sign then he says that the market is difficult (it is when you offer pennies for good players). What I cannot understand is that Ashley is a business man who thrives on buying cheap and selling high (everybody tries to do that) but what I cannot accept is if he is such a good business head he knows even in his cheapo shops that the attract the clients you must put a little bit of quality on the shelf as well as the rubbish which means paying more for that stock but the returns outweigh the outlay. So why doesn’t he look at some of the good players and spend more to get them so that his ROI is greatly enhanced and his advertsing is seen on more TV screens around the world as we are more successful, no need to be top four just a bit more exciting. I think this guy still thinks in terms of the £12 per week first team player of the 50’s or he should come out and say that he is not interested in the team and just wants to watch his beloved Spurs. Sorry that would mean he was being honest – silly me

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Thinking this through… what is the likely impact of FFP and TV money?

    The big spenders – Chelski, Citeh, et al – are going to be net losers. The extra £50m or so that has just gone to Citeh is a drop in the ocean to a club that’s spent over £1Bn on players in a few years. But FFP – IF they enforce it properly – means they just can’t keep spending at that level. They will need to get a lot more choosy very quickly.

    Most of the small clubs will gain.. but only to a limited extent until their debts are paid off, which in some cases will be a few years. I suppose it depends on their creditors’ attitudes to letting them carry the debt rather than pay it off now they can.

    The biggest winners should be the middle and small-scale clubs already operating within their means and without big debts. They will be able to hit the player markets straight away with the extra TV money, which represents a huge hike in revenue proportionally. Already adept at buying well, they should close the gap on the big clubs.

    So the big question for us is this: which one of those last two types are we? How keen is Cashley to get his “free” loan paid back?

    Keen = we’re scewed. The profit goes to him instead of into squad building and we fall further behind while those with more patient creditors or no debts (are there any of those?) reap the benefits.

    No hurry = good news IF we get a shedload better at getting players “over the line”.

    We’ll see – but I suspect Cashley alread knows. I also suspect that once again he’s miscalculated because he seems incapable of understanding football.

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Goalseeker – sadly, that is the point that kills off all other discussion. We want the club to recruit to improve… but we know that’s not what they are trying to do. They are dead-set on recruiting just enough to avoid relegation.

    Which begs the question: what the hell have they told Cabella that makes him keen on a move here? Who the hell worth their salt wants to play for a club which has openly admitted that they’re not going to try to win anything?

    For that matter…. what’s the point in supporting that club?

    Shit.

    Bye.

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #38

    turn your back thats it
    not a penny more
    screw you fashley

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #39

    we will be playing the convince the player to come but make out his own team are being unreasonable card to force the player into forcing the move for a lower price ! its how we got arfa and playing to the french lads stroppy moods if they dont get there own way attitudes.

    big risk that upsets a lot of clubs and we wonder why nobody likes us lol.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s hard to know how to sell the club to any would – be players with any kind of ambition and a good skill set.

    1) We do not play exciting, attacking, good to watch football
    2) We do not develop any players
    3) We have only won 4 of our last 21 games
    4) We score very few goals
    5) We don’t do set pieces
    6) We don’t want to win any domestic cup competitions
    7) A manager who says ”thank god we’re not in Europe.”
    8) A scout doing his best to bring in technical players on a pitiful budget and a manager who wants mid table English ”cloggers”
    9) A retained Saylor and captain Colo who doesn’t want to be here while MYM is flogged
    10) All of the above !!!!

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