Newcastle Miss Out On Another Target

Newcastle United have missed out on one of our summer transfer targets, as Norwich and Scotland International winger Robert Snodgrass agreed to an £8M move to Hull City.

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Robert Snodgrass – £8M move to Hull City

That seems like a lot of money for a player who was only slightly above average in the Premier League last season, although he has a great left foot on him, and while we would have been happy enough if Snodgrass had joined Newcastle, that’s a lot of money to pay for a player of Robert’s abilities.

But it could be that’s why Newcastle will not get many British players through the door this summer, because there is a premium on them in terms of the transfer fee, and it’s true there is probably better value in places like France.

But it’s also a risk for Newcastle, because players we bring in – even when they are Internationals – are a risk because they have no proven record in a top league like the Premier League.

It seems Steve Bruce has quickly equaled the club record fee for Snodgrass, after he paid the same amount out to make Spurs’ midfielder Jake Livermore a Hull City player – so that’s £16M Hull City have paid out on two British players.

We may have to rank Hull City with Swansea City, as a club more ambitious than Newcastle United – since we cannot see Newcastle paying £8M out for any one of those players, and of course one of our striker targets Bafe Gomis was lured to Swansea with a big money deal earlier this week.

Newcastle will try to bring cheaper players in from France this summer, when they find out that British players are just too expensive – at least for Mike Ashley they are.

So it will be interesting if manager Alan Pardew gets many British players through the door this summer, something he has said he wants to see.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England

21 comments so far

  • Thump

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #1

    £8m? I think I can forgive this one. Not worth it.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #2

    What a particularly unattractive fellow and a most unfortunate name into the bargain. Burdened by all that and the heavy Newcastle shirt as well as modest talents, he’d have no chance anyway. No big whoop!

  • Blofal

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Because we cannot complete financially with the likes of Hull, Swansea, Southampton, Everton, Westham and QPR.

    Is Mike Ashley really a billionaire? I mean really?

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Good player. Nice left foot but lacks pace and not good defensively.

    Not worth the fee. I would have paid naximum of 3mill especially as he only has a year left on his contract

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #5


    Well, if he wasnt, he certainly will be soon with the amount of money that seems to be missing.

  • Santon03

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think we miss out on this one.

    Debuchy will not go to Arsenal if it’s same treatment as Cabaye. MA won’t sell to another epl team unless they offer another 35million or more for Debuchy.
    If he goes then it will be to different league.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #7

    I would have happily had him for £2million, but £8million?? Utter madness. Maybe Steve Bruce wants to replace Harry Redknapp as the media darling, and he thinks the way o do that is put several clubs in financial difficulties.

    How else could anyone explain splashing £16million on Snodgrass and Livermore??

    There is a lot, in fact plenty, wrong with the way we look to do transfers, but I certainly wouldn’t be much happier spunking wads of cash on these 2 either.

  • Slank

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #8

    At least he is now in the Premiership unlike that other former Newcastle target Ricky van Wolfswinkel who is now destined to bang in the goals in the Championship. Pity he didn’t do it when in the Premiership.

    I somehow don’t think that Snodgrass would have been welcomed with universal joy by our fans.

  • Santon03

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #9

    I hope we sack pardew and get Prandelli.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #10

    MA will sell as long as he receives his price. I’d say anything from £12million to £15million would see Debuchy gone. That is how we operate. We look to maximise value of players when buying by getting them as cheaply as possible so that when we sell them we can squeeze every penny of profit out of the deal.

    However, Arsenal are also pretty notorious when it comes to not wanting to over pay, Ozil aside, so I doubt there will be much mileage in the story.

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #11

    G’day Lil

    I dont think we were ever in for Snodgrass anyway.

    I agree about Bruce. He has now spent almost 40 million pounds on players that I consider to be overpriced and mist of them british/irish in davies long livermore huddlesston snodgrass and jelavic.

    Having said that Hull have a stronger squad than us, made the cup final and didnt disgrace themselves and will orobably finish higher up the table than us next season.

    I wonder where our 40 million pounds is?

  • Santon03

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #12


    He will sell, I agree with you but he won’t give the same price to pl teams. He will sell 12 to 15m to any teams in different league, it will take a lot more for PL teams.
    He didn’t let Cabaye go to Arsenal, he sold AC for ridiculous 35m.

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #13

    The young winger from Norwich Redmond looked like a decent prospect last season but again he would probably cost between 4 to 8 million so it’s too much for the FCB.

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #14

    The only player I would take from norwich is leroy fer.

    All the others are exactly where they should be… the championship

  • firebug666

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Will we replace who we sell?

    We never have in the past, and this window is just as dismal as the previous windows, all our supposed targets either signing for other clubs or dragging their heals, and Newcastle have yet to make any sort of realistic bit for our top targets.

    I just hope the kids are up to the task of keeping us up next season, because it’s looking more than likely we will have to rely on them.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #16


    Are you really asking where the 40m is! Jack Colback signed….that’s signing on fees, agents fees, wages, gas, water, electric bill, fatty’s expenses, fatty’s time billed hourly, rental of the helicopter from fatty, SD billing for letting us have the honour of their advertising, fatty’s haircut and anything else he can add on to make us,think the “free” transfer wasn’t infact free it cost close to 20m 😉

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Arsenal only offered around 13million for Cabaye. Had they matched PSG I think he would have been allowed to decide which he wanted to play for. I could be wrong there, but we might play in the same league as Arsenal, but we aren’t in the same league as them for places, so I doubt there is a distinction in Ashley’s eyes. Maybe for the likes of Stoke, Hull etc he might want more as they are in and around us. (Just to note that isn’t where I think we are or should be, but just my thoughts of through Ashley’s eyes.)

    Morning – or early evening in your case!

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we had shown an interest in Snodgrass. He is a decent hard working grafter with a very good cross. He would suit Pardew. But once the price went that high there was no chance.

    I’m not sure Hull are that great, and as much as it was an overused excuse by Pardew, Hull will need all their squad to cope with playing in the Europa. They have decent players, but little more than that – and a top reserve keeper!

    I’m not bothered on the total spend, as long as we spend wisely and well, getting the players we require. Unfortunately that isn’t our policy. Value first need for player second. With only Cisse as a senior striker this could be the year that Ashley’s policy finally comes a cropper.

    Yeah, I wanted Redmond last summer, simple swap deal for Ferg plus half a million and he could have been ours. Oh well…..

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #18


    Well yes. I would like to know like most others, why we have spent less than 5 million pounds in the last 3 windows to date.

  • expatmag

    Jun 27, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #19


    Unless there is a vast change of heart by Assley& co, I expect nothing other than a relegation battle next season with Pardew showing his ultimate talents in taking us down.

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #20

    Why doesn’t he offer QPR the release fee offer Remy 100k a week and knowing Remy from his last move it’s more than likely the highest wage would seal the deal
    2. Get the deals done for Lacazzette, Cabella and Grenier
    3 Sign a winger like Redmond and a centre half like Huth
    4 sell Obertan, Taylor,Marveaux on the cheap to free up wages
    If only we had a decent owner, manager and negotiator

  • bladeuser

    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    What do u mean £8m not worth it
    how do u know how snodgrass will do for hull
    all credit to the hull chairman and manager will u b saying that when he scores heaps of goals for them and keeps them up then he will b priceless you lot think like ashley no wonder u r known now as the sheep club


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