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Newcastle In Negotiations For World Cup Star

10:07 am, Saturday, June 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

Newcastle have recently been linked with Ecuador World Cup forward Enner Valencia, and the news is that we were watching him last night in the game against Honduras in the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, and Enner scored both Ecuador’s goals in their 2-1 win.

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Enner Valencia scoring last night against Honduras

Enner also scored in the 2-1 defeat to Switzerland in the first game, so he has scored all of Ecuador’s three goals so far at the World Cup, and he is currently the joint top scorer at the tournament – three goals in two games at the World Cup isn’t too bad at all.

And this lad looks like a good player who is currently at Mexican club Pachuca.

Previous reports had Newcastle in the driver’s seat for the forward, and news today is that Newcastle have entered into negotiations with his Mexican club for his transfer to Newcastle United.

Valencia started his career in Ecuador with Emelec, and he played 117 times for them with 23 goals and 21 assists and he joined C.F. Pachuca  a year last January, and last season he did well with 18 goals and 2 assists in just 23 games.

C.F. Pachuca finished last season in 6th place of 18 teams in the Mexican League.

The 25-year-old has looked very sharp so far in Brazil, but of course that could alert other bigger clubs, so it would be good if Newcastle can move quickly for this target, and from the reports that seems to be what we have done.

Apparently Newcastle would have to pay around £7M to Pachuca for him, but maybe we can get him for less than that – that’s a lot of money for a Mexican club.

Anyway, this lad looks like a very good player, and we’d be very happy if we can get him through the door – and quickly too.

Comment welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    I watched the game too, guess I’m in for this lad as well.

    Not sure I can get anywhere close to £7m mind. How many Pesos is that exactly? I’ll offer 5 Pesos…that should beat Mike’s offer by 3 or 4.

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM


    Nice to see you sir, hope all is well. Not been on here much for a while, very little happening to discuss.

    I was very impressed with sissoko last night, getting the nod to start a huge game and playing well centrally, turns out he can do it. Although the Swiss were very poor.

    I’m still not worried about transfers, don’t think many Prem clubs have done a great deal yet, everyone just has the odd player, no great deals yet (except Chelsea). I don’t back Ashley to do what’s best but as usual I back him to do enough, surely there is only so long he can back the manager if he under performs again? We’ll just have to see I guess.

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    It’s getting seriously boring this being constantly linked with players we have no intention of signing, past experience would tell us our business is done already but the glaring lack of goals in the team would have us think at least one proven goal scorer will be brought in.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    If he’s not a freebie or cheapie we won’t sign him – we all know that deep in side 😉

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Ibiza are you still alive?

  • 6 Ibizatoon // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Transfer…Hello mate, I have been reading through, but haven’t exactly felt compelled to write much…still some time to see what happens this window, but I am far from filled with hope.

    Hope all’s good with you too.

    Jesper…Just about Cap’n 🙂 How’s tricks?

    Jail…I’m sure we can last until January without any new strikers…what’s the worst that could happen? Has anybody ever been mathematically relegated by January? I smell a new record to be broken!

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Forgive the cynicism – but linking us with a decent WC striker must be a load of tosh.
    Our interest in the WC will be hoping that France do well – so Debuchy/Sissoko gets some decent exposure – and Tubbs will “cash them in” for a tidy profit.
    Percy is saying we are after strikers – but really I do not know whether to believe him or not -is it true or is it just more “bull” to keep Toon fans onside -just to string them along -yet again.

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I’m not as bothered or worried about transfers this summer as I was the last two, when we finished fifth I was upset at our business as I felt we could have really pushed on, last summer I was genuinely worried we would go down without new faces, this time I don’t really care, if he makes a conscious decision to not spend again he is literally cutting his nose off to spite his face.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Mister Tuff,
    Good morning,
    You can go all the way back to the utterances of Carroll will not be sold, at first it looked very much like Percy was being undermined, the constant BS since then would point out that Pardew is very much in the know about our plans or lack of.

  • 10 Graeme // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Ibiza – I think thats taking tempting fate a step too far mate. You know P45DUE has a penchant for breaking each and every record he can find – usually the dire, undesirable ones.

    The challenge you have now set will probably make him drool with anticipation!!! If he achieves it, be afraid, very afraid lol.

  • 11 hitman // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    carnt see this 1 coming off.his price would have shot up with the good wc hes having there will be bigger clubs in for him.imho i think we are done in brining players in.

  • 12 lesh // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Ah, Mr Ibiza, welcome back to the madhouse. Are we safe in assuming that you’ve no doubt been diligently applying yourself to your summer bikini monitoring role. Like many volunteers who are unsung heroes, thanks and appreciation is non-existent.

    To matters in hand *harrumph*…..


  • 13 Dondatta13 // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM


    Does this sound familiar lads?

    In the past, Odey Asset Management, Sports Direct’s biggest institutional investor, has backed the share awards for Ashley.

    But Pomroy said: “Our members are concerned about the significant lack of detail being provided about the arrangements of this scheme and the absence of substantive consultation with shareholders is particularly frustrating. As a public company, it is imperative that the whole board begins to recognise the obligations it has and, in turn, endeavours to better engage with and listen to its investors.”

    Seems like we supporters arent the only ones sick to the back teeth by the way Ashley does his business,,,, Heres the full article in the Guardian on Ashley & SD…

  • 14 Ibizatoon // Jun 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Graeme…Just doing my bit mate. The stress of what Pardews next challenge could be was clearly getting to him last season.

    Anything I can do to help 🙂

    Lesh…I wish! Just boring old work…office, clients, check-in’s and back to the office. Oh well, the sun is shining…apparently.

    Jail…It saddens me to say, but I am also at the point of caring. I guess Ashley’s won then?

    Affordable football for everyone, hurrah!

  • 15 Graeme // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Ibiza @ 14 – but dont forget, we have the best books in the business mate!!! What else could you possibly wish for eh??

  • 16 anthc // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    I’m a bit sceptical of these players who are unknown and have a decent wc which for some reason means they’re gonna be super stars.
    The lads 25 and been playing in the mexican league surely someone would’ve spotted him if he was that good. Certainly don’t see ashley splashing 7mill on an unkown. However, come three weeks and we have no signings ill take anyone!

  • 17 Toon Tang // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    anthc, think Carol Paborski eh hahaaaa

  • 18 Pardews Prolific Boys // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    I see we’ve been linked to Marco rojas

  • 19 Kris // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Are we closing in on him beacause some Newcastle-stuff saw the game he played him? Then we are probably closing in on every player we have looked at.

  • 20 Wandering Geordie // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Compilation of Enner Valencia

  • 21 anthc // Jun 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Poborsky, aye man utd were dry bummed there!
    He was garbage. El haj diouf for liverfool was even garbage.
    I don’t mind us being shrewd when it comes to unknown wc wonders.

  • 22 Toonfan8 // Jun 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    if we dont get this Enner Valencia, we will be fools…great prospect for Premier League

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    No quotes ? sounds like bollox.

    And Ibiza has reared his ugly head again, to make the day even worse.

  • 24 Belfast // Jun 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    He looks a decent player to be fair, though he missed a sitter last night at one point, that I could have scored.

    How dirty are that Hondouras team by the way.

    The hatchet men

  • 25 Graeme // Jun 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Newcastle, in negotiations for world cup star!!

    How much you want for him? He’s worth £10 million to us.

    Nah, we reckong hes probably worth about £6.5 million tops
    but not proven at the top level – how about you accept £5 million and we’ll take him off your hands?

    Senor, his price is £10 million

    Hey, we are NUFC, but, for you, we will make a serious, take it or leave it, final offer of £5.5million and we will give you free tickets to any home game in January 2015??

    We simply couldn’t get him over the line, they were very tough negotiators and couldn’t meet their incredible demand’s.

  • 26 70TWO // Jun 21, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Relating to the wise ones words in the previous article:

    “Here we go loopy-loo!
    Here we go loopy-la!
    Here we go loopy-loo!
    All on a Saturday night.”

    No wonder they have trouble getting transfers into the inner circle / over the line. If a player is wanted then waiting to see if another club puts in a better offer is stalling, hence why NUFC drop off.

    Dondatta13 – total lack of professionalism

  • 27 WLtoon // Jun 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Here we go again, Bullshit season is here.
    Valencia is our NEW target. yeah, rite.
    The price is 7M, so Fat twat will offer 2M. if owt at all.

  • 28 Marty-Toon // Jun 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    So excited for the new season to begin,with all the optimism and activity coming from AP and MASH we should scare many a team 😉

  • 29 Ancientcoptic // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    The current transfer strategy – source young players with lots of potential that are valued around the 10 million mark by their clubs… bid half of their value – send Charnley on holiday, then, sit back and hope for Charnley to get a pool-side phone call from somebodies agent.

    I am expecting 1 striker to come in; that will be the end of business. I do hope I am wrong.

  • 30 Toon Tang // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    anthc, good ol’ fashioned dry bumming eh. Funny as fcuk haha. Yeah, if I remember rightly salif diou came at the same time as diouf on the back of a ‘fantastic’ WC display. Its definitely a risk buying relatively unknowns after 1 or 2 decent games but I reckon there’s fans out there so eager for a signing anything will do regardless.

    Just dont want another xisco kid etc etc…

  • 31 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Sorry I had to run Ibiza!

    …I’ll try and catch you on mail next week. Now don’t work too hard you hear 😉

  • 32 toon22 // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Hope SD share holders with hold Mr Tubbs cash windfall again.
    Imho he will sell us so they dont get the free adverts.He thinks he is due the money from SD and will spit his dummy out when he dont get it.

    Nice aint it,theres more interest in the fookin books that the actual players/manager/style of football at our god forsaken club.

  • 33 toon22 // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Hope SD share holders with hold Mr Tubbs cash windfall again.
    Imho he will sell us so they dont get the free adverts.He thinks he is due the money from SD and will spit his dummy out when he dont get it.

    Nice aint it,theres more interest in the f00kin books that the actual players/manager/style of football at our god forsaken club.

  • 34 Ericles // Jun 21, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Same old assumptions – maybe we can get him for less. His price has doubled now. Our representatives will sit and watch of course. That is all they can do until Ashley makes a derisory and insulting bid knowing it will be rejected.

  • 35 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Well kingley Coman has gone to Juventus on a 5 year deal. Southampton are in for Danny ings to replace Lambert…….And Ince in advanced negotiations with Qpr.
    That’s 3 more potential targets gone and were no nearer any other potential’s coming in. This transfer window is beginning to truly suck

  • 36 lesh // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Belfast. …

    You’re in danger of upsetting Mr Ibiza. Did you never consider that his absence had coincided with a coronation in Spain?

    King Filip and his wife will have enjoyed happy times on Ibiza with accommodation provided by a certain Englishman!

  • 37 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Skysports reckons Wolfsburg might be interested in re-signing Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich….if we had the slightest bit of ambition surely this is the kind of signing that would change the mood around NUFC at the mo, not sure how much he’d cost, but if he was the only signing we made between now and the start of the season, I’d be well over the moon. Throw in Siem and Luuk de Jong and we’re flying. Luuk, I felt sorry for in his loan, hard to impress when playing in the least confident team in the world with nothing to play for, under a crap manager and when you haven’t played hardly any first team football in 2 years or summit. I think people forget this on the topic of Luuk! Only if we signed Siem mind….Mandzukic…come on MA, show us you’re not the tight fisted arse everyone thinks you are!!!

  • 38 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I know thats deamland, but surely a signing like that MA would see shirts sales, ticket sales, etc, overall morale, a win-win and Wolfsburg aren’t exactly Barcelona, probably similar to us? Bit better maybes 🙂

  • 39 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM


  • 40 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Cabaye money + Mandzukic…come on MA, you know it makes sense

  • 41 geordie157 // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    He won’t cost seven mill, five tops!

  • 42 Ancientcoptic // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Krul to Tottenham rumours are starting to surface; apparently as a replacement for PSG bound Lloris.

    And to think Pantilimon was available on a free — I wouldn’t have been complaining if we got 10 million for Krul with Pantilimon in as his replacement.

  • 43 La Fée Verte // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    I’ve heard Sissoko is not named in squad to go away pre-season and when I was at SJP for a work meeting the photographer asked to take some photos of the stadium. He was taken into the changing rooms and the name plates for Remy, De Jong and Sissoko had been removed. Anyone heard anything similar? I don’t know where to find the squad list for pre-season.

  • 44 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Manzukic, Valencia, Cabella and Valbuena would be perfect

  • 45 Rotonda heights // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM


    Step forward Pards’ favourite Elliot

  • 46 Toon Tang // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I’d love it, LOVE IT if Iran nailed the greasy argies balls to a post of some description.

    Probably wont happen but you never know…

  • 47 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    geordie157…mandzukic would be 5mil tops?

  • 48 roblee7 // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    surely you mean valencia, sorry, just realised that 🙂

  • 49 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Bring back big bad Fraser forster if Krull wants out.
    Isnt Sissoko on a massive contract……..Unless a big money deal has been done I don’t see him leaving

  • 50 welshgeordie9 // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Well this match is boring, it could be worse i suppose

  • 51 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM


    I don’t think Elliot is that bad he was woeful his first season, but didn’t do to bad the season we were in Europe and prob deserved more than the 2 starts he had last season wouldn’t do krul any harm to be dropped once in a while just to keep him on his toes

  • 52 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I know we are a “Selling club” but I just don’t see Krull-Santon-Debs-Sissoko all being sold in one season as well as the loss of Remy and Cabs.

  • 53 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM


    I think all the Frenchmen that were bought in that jan window are on long deals
    which makes no sense why were trying to offload some of them like mbiwa and hadiara
    maybe its not for playing reasons were getting rid but for other there was rumour of a big French click maybe these 2 were the ring leaders as it were cos it makes no sense to give them a long deal only to try and get rid a year later

  • 54 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    DONE DEAL: Kingsley Coman has joined Juventus on a 5 year deal. He has passed medical tests. #PSG #Juve

  • 55 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I wish we could get rid of FCB, is a heart attack too harsh?

  • 56 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    It would be ludicrous to get rid of Hadaira mate. Personally see him as our best prospect at the club given a chance.
    Dummett at present is not of a PL standard, And Santon as we all know looks better going forward than defending.
    As for MYM……..I had high hopes for this guy but has as of yet proved a let down. Yes he’s had his odd game where he has played well, And I know he has been often played out of position. But what does it say when Willo and even Saylor are being chosen over him

  • 57 Graeme // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I think we would have a reasonably good chance of getting Forster in, one of the few players who already knows the club. Then again, the player knows the club – why the hell would he want to return lol

  • 58 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Forster has himself said that he would love nothing more than to come back, And would welcome him back.
    Forster-Micah-Caulker-Townsend would be a nice nucleus of English players to have in the first team rather than relying on cheap imports

  • 59 JamesToon // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Aubameyang, Lacazette, Grenier, Cabella and Caulker would be perfect

  • 60 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM


    I think it would be ludicrous to get rid of either

    I dunno I think there is more to it all than we know
    maybe like Jonas they have questioned the managers coaching and things

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    If Spurs are willing to pay 10M for Hollands third choice how much do you think Celtic would want for the English equivalent, do you think we’d buy back a player for more than we sold him for.

  • 62 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    There is something amiss if Benny and Mym and all the French lads are questioning Pardew’s tactics.
    Personally on world cup performances alone this year, I would take the French attacking approach rather than the boring same old same old English approach

  • 63 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    You might as well throw Messi and Milburn on that list.

  • 64 Rotonda heights // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM


    Spot on, deschamps has shown what pardew could have been achieving

  • 65 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I know Forster didn’t want to be another harper and play second fiddle to Krull. But I thought 2.5 mill was a joke for a future England keeper.
    And you cant fault Celtic for wanting to make money on any player. Even if they doubled the money or 6-7 mill that’s still a bargain.
    Its only like us buying Cabs for 4-5 mill then selling him on for a massive profit. That’s how unfortunately clubs like us survive as we do not have a Guy in charge that’s willing to spend big money

  • 66 Jail for Ashley // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    If our illustrious owner were to invest in a manager with a WC and EC winners medal rather than a guy with a losers FA cup medal we might stand a better chance of playing like a top team, you keep blaming Pardew, if you paid two quid a week to have your windows cleaned as opposed to your neighbours five quid a week, you can’t really moan when they’re not as clean as next doors.

  • 67 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Feel sorry for Iran but what a goal Messi .

  • 68 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Completely undeserved Victory by Argentina. Absolutely Gutted for Iran. Fatigue was the 12th man today.

  • 69 joeinthecheapseats // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    If people think Rob Elliott is a premier league keeper they must need glasses the guy would struggle in the championship
    Fraser Foster wasn’t all that good with crosses in the friendly games he played in
    Keep Krul or we will be in big trouble next season cause the fat controller won’t bring anyone half as good

  • 70 Toon Tang // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Well I were enjoying that till frigging non existent messi showed up.

    Didn’t even know he was on the pitch like

  • 71 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Look how well cabs did in his final few games finally being given the permission to roam just behind the forwards. Look at sissoko yesterday being managed in the correct way. Debs has looked like a world class right back through this tournament because he has been given the freedom to attack and not just defend.
    If only mate we would take this approach and not the p@ss poor tactics that’s on show every game we might get somewhere !!

  • 72 beermonkey // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:55 PM


    I have been impressed with a lot of shall we say the smaller nations and they way they have gone about there world cups, they might not be the best but u cant fault them for there effort

    there is no excuses as to why we play dire football
    and I think half the time even the players are confused

  • 73 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    That’s like saying Debs was absolute pants in the first season he came to us, Look at the guy now. We will be lucky to hold on to him if he keeps playing like this through the tournament. you cant judge a player on one friendly mate.
    personally don’t think Hart has been anything special but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be no1

  • 74 Big Pappa Cissé // Jun 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Debuchy’s time taken to settle in shows we should give M’biwa more time .

    Collo is a liability as if he is not treading water chasing an attacker he is constantly diving on the floor in and around our box .

  • 75 jazzyp // Jun 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    I have said so many times that the English are so rigid in the way we play. We find it hard to welcome change in all forms not associated with the English manner.
    Another big thing for me why we are dropping down the world rankings is the mass foreign import of players to the PL, Thus squashing out any English talent we have available.
    Take Rodewell for example. Looked a massive talent, Talked about as the new Gerrard……..Goes to Citeh and has had a couple of years of his career wasted

  • 76 JrReps // Jun 23, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    7M isn’t a lot of money at all. If Mike Ashley thinks that paying the 7M up front is too expensive for a quality player like this, he’s gone mad (not that he hasn’t gone mad already)

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