Dubious Story – Colback Tried To Join Hammers At Last Minute

There’s a story in the Daily Mirror tonight that the move from Sunderland to Newcastle by Jack Colback was delayed for about two weeks, and that was after a bid by West Ham – a £50K/week offer – seemed to have Jack and his representatives want to change their minds and move to the London club at the last minute after a deal had been agreed to join Newcastle.

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Jack Colback – tried to join West Ham at last minute

We did know that it seemed to be between Newcastle and West Ham about a week or so ago, and that West Ham had come in with a £50K/week bid, but then there was news that West Ham had failed in their bid,  because Jack had set his heart on joining his home town club, and certainly that’s what Jack has said in all his interviews, since signing on at Newcastle.

The Mirror report says that the player had a change of heart, and wanted to join West Ham United – and presumably that was because of  the bigger wages, and also that he knew there was going to be a rumpus coming from both the Sunderland club and their fans, about him moving to their north-east rivals.

However, the Mirror reports that Newcastle stood firm, and basically said an agreement was an agreement, and they were not willing to backtrack on that.

The last salvo in the Mirror story is that Newcastle even offered to sell Colback to West Ham – but for £5M – and it was that move by the Magpies that convinced his agents – and presumably Jack himself – to finalize the deal reached with Newcastle.

This seems an amazing story, and not a good one for Jack Colback – if it’s true – bur we would seriously question the authenticity of this story.

If it’s untrue, we would expect Newcastle United and even Jack himself,  to come out and deny the truth of the Mirror report.

But whatever really happened, Jack’s now at Newcastle, and it’s a very good deal for Newcastle United, and a very good move for Geordie Jack Colback.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • Sliema

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully not true… But it’s more probable than you’d think at first thought. It’s not beyond the realms of probability for a modern day footbalker to do such a thing.

    But… If he wanted a way out if it that bad, I’m pretty damn sure he’d have forced it.

    BS imo.

  • Kris

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Grenier, Cabella, Chicarito and Demba Ba – that’s all we need.

    Hope Abeid and Tav gets their chance in pre-season. They have both had impressive loan spells. Abeid can be class, and Tav would probably be decent back-up for Debuchy. Would be a disaster if these guys where sold without given a second chance.

    We dont need to hurry selling Steven Taylor og MYM. Steven will do a good job while given a chance. He was an important piece when we finished 5th some years ago. MYM deserves to prove us wrong.

    At this moment this is probably our best team in my opinion:

    Debuchy, S. Taylor/Willo, Colo, Santon
    Sissoko, Tioté, Anita/Abeid/Colback
    Benny, Cissé, Gouffy

  • Kris

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Convinced that the story is bullshit.

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Can someone breakdown into more manageable chunks exactly what 50 bags of sand a week buys ya?

    Can you imagine this lad on 50k a week hahahaha

  • Knacka

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s in The Mirror, therefore is most likely B.S.

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #6

    No Ed that’s not how it works. They don’t have to deny anything and should not be expected to.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 10, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #7

    If true -this story reveals that Colback was only signed to make fast profit and not because he is desperately needed at SJP in the team -a freebie who could be sold so quick -if true is shocking.
    Time would have been better spent acquiring someone else.
    Nothing about the Toon surprises or shocks me anymore.

  • toonluvva

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Mister Tuff

    As you say, it could be that we bought Colback to make a quick deal to sell him to make a quick buck.

    Seems I heard the same thing about our beloved owner buying us from the Halls & Shepherds with a view to selling up quickly for a fast buck.

    Both are acceptable strategies in the retail trade, but not in football teams IMO!

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Kris, that’s a good post. Mainly because the best 11 you posted really highlights the need for the 4 players you mentioned or their equivalent.

    That 11 on its own is pretty much worse than the one that spent the latter part of the season deep in relegation form, and Benny in that situation is worse than useless, you’d fear.

    All of those 4 you mentioned would be of the type we need, although Chicarito is incredibly out of form and basically a shadow of his former self not unlike our own Papisse Cisse. So not sure about him specifically.

  • Belfast

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #10


  • Wandering Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #11

    So in response of the Toon signing Colback The pond life are now touting to sign Gomis….What a pathetic lot they are lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #12

    toonluvva – certainly fits with things that Mr Tubbs has done -SD wise -he’s certainly not beyond it.
    The point I was trying to make was that if they were prepared to sell him before he’d kicked a ball it throws doubt on whether he was needed for footballing reasons at SJP in the first place.
    The only bit absolving the Toon was that, if true, it was Colback who instigated the uncertainty – however to offer to sell -immediately, if true, beggars belief.

  • GeordieDan

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Ah well, that’s the Daily Mail banned by NUFC in the morning. 😀

    There’s surely only Al Jazeera, CNN, Sky Sports and CBeebies left isn’t there?

  • Belfast

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Sounds like a bitter former club feeding false stories to the press if you ask me.

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Mister Tuff…. This story has all the trappings of mischievousness by our very bitter trends down the road.

    As far as the supposed sale offer’s concerned, it’s surely something that many would do to put Colbeck’s agent in his/ her place and stop any pi$$Ing about.

  • FAU

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Pretty sure bullshit! There is no such thing as verbal agreement in football. Ink on paper. Weve seen many transfer changes in last minute bcos of bigger wages offered. Jack has chosen nufc over west ham, and west ham fans cant accept that and made those rumours.

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #17

    And yet another delay in yet another supposed attempted signing.


    Season ticket sales are reportedly down and it’s clear from the Cabella and Gomis charades that we’ve no intention of striking any incoming transfers – well, any that might cost a bit!

    The rumours abound along with more bullshit from the club and it looks as though our loyal fans have begun to say enough is enough and are walking away fro the club.

    This window could prove to be a watershed when Ashley’s running of Newcastle United is finally exposed as a charade, a con, a cynical manipulation of the many many thousands of decent folk have said no more!

  • Aegon

    Jun 11, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #18

    Why is there so much love for Ben Arfa from fellow supporters? I feel he has had several flashes of brilliance in amongst a lot of mediocrity.

    As to the main story…. who cares? Jack is now a Toon player and that’s all that matters.

  • manxpie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #19

    what a banned paper making up shit!
    infact a paper making up shit!
    this is news lol?

    expect a retraction very soon because that is scandalous tbh infact surprised they released it

  • Sav

    Jun 11, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    Comment #20

    And the Hammers will soon release an official statement that they also have a bitter taste? Errr, somehow I doubt it. Even Fat Sam has more class than that.
    However, had it been true and Monster Mash had actually managed to turn 5 million from West Ham right under the Mackems’ noses, without even seeing the lad, I’d have had to revise my low opinion of him to hero status.What a coup that would have been.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Oh this story is going to cause quite a stir.

    It’s blatantly an act of bitterness and envy how the this story has came about, but is it true? Is it from Sunderland or West Ham?

    Sounds like Jack has bottled crossing the divide and ended up having to go through with it anyway. Not good.

    I look forward to hearing the truth.

  • firebug666

    Jun 11, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #22

    Colback said in his statement that there were a few options open to him but once Newcastle showed an interest there was only one place he was going.

    He also said he wants to be a hero at the club and his ambition is to become that and end his career at Newcastle, this does not sound like a player who wanted to go elsewhere.

    What Colback says is good enough for me, Papers will print any old rubbish to sell a copy. The only good thing about newspapers is it’s a handy substitute if you happen to run out of toilet roll.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #23

    This situation doesn’t seem too different from Jon Obi Mikel’s transfer from Lyn Oslo to Man U/Chelsea. Chelsea ended up paying Man U something like £10 million for Man U cancelling the agreement they had with the club. So given the precedent, I wouldn’t write it off as being a load of rubbish. Especially as these rumour were out a week or so before the signing was announced.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Most of what players say is utter rubbish as well…. Up until a couple of months ago, Colback was from a Newcastle supporting family but having joined Sunderland at 8 had no allegiance to Newcastle.

  • firebug666

    Jun 11, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Lilongwe Geordie

    But he never stopped supporting Newcastle, Your right he owed no allegiance to the club, But it was always his dream to play for us. At the age of eight he joined Sunderland probably because they offered him a chance a we didn’t.

    You know yourself that once NUFC is in your blood it’s there for life. All I’m saying is I’ll take what Colback says over the papers everyday. I believe he will be a big hit on Tyneside too, and at least show some passion for the game, the team and the colours.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Was it in his blood though? It may well have been, but just cause a player says it when they sign for a club means very little. I assume you saw after the derby of him an Altidore showing the score and posting it on twitter. If Newcastle was so heavily in his blood, then he wouldn’t have been decelerating in a social surrounding like that. Just look at Robbie Keane, virtually every single club he played for was his boyhood team!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m not saying he won’t be decent here. I have stuck up for him on here regularly. But that doesn’t mean I would believe much of what a pro footballer who has just signed for a club says. It is almost word for word what Carroll said just after signing a new deal a month before he left the club.

  • mindshaft

    Jun 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #28

    Nothing would surprise me with footballers, possibly true and wouldn’t rule it out but ultimately he needs to turn up on the pitch, he’s basically a perch replacement – workman like and will put effort in but never going to be a class player.
    Typical pard’s player – he’ll do okay

  • pottsclock

    Jun 11, 2014 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Player chose us. No more to be said.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #30

    As for the colback story – yeah I can see it . As someone pointed out , it mirrors the reason Ashley bought the club in the first place , to sell on at a profit to a ready buyer . Sadly that never happened , but it has all the workings of an Ashley business deal .

  • felling mag

    Jun 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #31

    If true he must of new this would come out. he`s put himself under even more pressure now. Am afraid if he doesn`t hit the ground running it`ll take him a while to get the fans on his side if ever. A true Geordie he is not if he was like Lilo said you wouldn`t be giving it the 3-0 signs on twitter. At least I wouldn`t.

  • usmagpie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Lol, As thye would say in the states ” What a Crock “. This whole story came from the Sunderland Camp or West Ham after they both lost this player. ( Shocker ).
    Here another story for you, Alan Pardew has a 60 Million kitty for new players, it must be true the news papers in the uk said so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • usmagpie

    Jun 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Lol, As the would say in the states ” What a Crock “. This whole story came from the Sunderland Camp or West Ham after they both lost this player. ( Shocker ).
    Here’s another story for you, Alan Pardew has a 60 Million kitty for new players, it must be true the news papers in the uk said so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • paul6257

    Jun 12, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #35

    its not a good deal for newcastle, the bloke is average at best


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