Pardew – World Cup Is Critical To Our Transfers

Alan Pardew says that the acquisition of players this summer could be slowed down by the World Cup, since  a number of clubs are waiting to sell their players after the World Cup has finished – presumably hoping they will do well and drive their transfer fee up – yes it’s all about  the money.

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Alan Pardew – need two strikers in

This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette today, in what they are calling an exclusive:

“We got two in quickly, which was good,”  “And we now need to get a couple of strikers in.”  “It’s a good start, but we’ve got to cover some areas, particularly scoring goals.”

“A lot of clubs and agents are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup.”  “That will have an influence on the price.”  “The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us.”

One striker deal that is not being held up by the World Cup is our pursuit of 22 year-old Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, with the latest news today being that Hamburg are trying to get a player exchange deal agreed with Hertha Berlin for the impressive young striker.

And it looks like we will need to wait until after the World Cup for 24 year-old midfield target Remy Cabella of Montpellier, who seems to want to join Newcastle.

But this delay was to be expected, since if one of our  targets is playing in the World Cup, there is very little chance of signing them until the World Cup is over, and then of course they go away on vacation.

It would be great to get Pierre-Michel Lasogga through the door – very soon.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    round one of the pardew excuse machine

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    I spend a lot of time in Spain and I don’t think last night or indeed the whole campaign has come as a major shock.

    Basically they have a very good manager who has let a very good team get too old. Alonso, Xavi and Iniesta all in their 30’s now, as well as the keeper and an aging and slowing Pique.

    Plus they got caught between passing football and hoofball (never their style before) to Costa who is the most over rated lump I’ve seen in a long time.

    I loved Chile though and their coach. I don’t think I seen him once write anything in a notebook! They were really intense and passionate and knocked it around brilliantly.

    It is really hard to see with pardew still as the embarrassing unsackable manager and our best players having left / wanting to leave, who of any quality is going to join.

    It will be funny to see Pellegrini first game up saying to pardew ” what did you call me !!”

  • Tsunki

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    So what does that tell you, Alan, about timing? Now, if we had got business concluded earlier, perhaps even in the previous transfer window, the WC would not even figure in the difficulties section? Something for you to go away and think about.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    If we would have signed or agreed in principle with most of our transfer targets the World Cup would not be an issue. Sadly and unsurprisingly we again did not move in for our top targets when we had the chance, now it’s another anxious wait that will no doubt see our top target’s value skyrocket out of our reach.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Four paragraphs without a mention of Pardew, and then whoomph, Rotonda, you have a seriosly unhealthy obsession with the man.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Welsh. Been busy at work, and world cup footy has dominated my spare time between family time. Hows things?

  • Spoof

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #7


    what was obvious too me last night with Spain was a real lacking of pace, apart from the Sam Allardyce type of long ball game all other types of football need some pace added to it, Bobby Robson swore by it, I don’t think we deserved to lose on Saturday and I thought we looked dangerous, we have a lot of pace which is difficult to defend against, this is why I hope we go for players like Ibarbo, who I admit I thought to be a striker until you corrected me but he is very quick and we don’t have enough like him, apart from Obertan but he is so frightened to be classed as being a one trick pony that he refuses to use the only trick he has.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8


    Totally agree about spain. That team grew up with that manager, and they are unable to assimilate younger blood properly into that style. A style they no longer play quite as well and quite as quickly as they did two, four or 6 years ago. I hope they do not get slated. It is time for change, but they should do it by saying “thank you so much for our world dominance, you served us well, but we need to rebuild now”

  • lesh

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9


    I wonder if anyone’ll be keeping a log of Pardew’s excuses over the season.

    Maybe they could be represented in graphical form – a Pardewismometer?


  • keeganjr

    Jun 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Excuses Excuses Excuses Excuses Excuses.. Have had the whole yeah.. Shit club.. End of it

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I was waiting for this excuse to crop up. Especially as the word at the end of the season was to get them in before the World Cup.

    Development player (‘development’ is the wrong word really isn’t it?) and squad padding.

  • toonluvva

    Jun 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #12

    Obviously the next excuse to slip from P45due’s lips will something along the lines that by the World Cup disrupted our plans or pushed up the price of our targets or following a good display our targets current team offered a better contract etc etc etc.

    Cheap signings are the only way forward for us. We’ll just have to get used to our quality players leaving and being replaced by on loaners.


    Jun 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Complete garbage from Pards, the only player we are chasing at the World Cup is cabella and he hasn’t gotten a sniff of a game yet. How about sealing the deals for Grenier/Lasogga/Gomis/Lacazette-Piere Emrik Auhdihdidvdhduoob/Caulker

  • usmagpie

    Jun 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Wow I predicted this last week on another thread, here we go again. We are sorry that our chairman is as tight as a ducks ass but we will now have to wait until after the world cup has finished to get the player we need. Blah Blah Blah.
    Would it be nice that one day we get on and Pardew says that Mike Ashley it the tightest son of a bitch on the planet and he is sorry for having to cover Mikes lack of ambition with explaining what everyone knows. Ashley only cares about his business and not the club.


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