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Cabella’s Move 90% There – Montpellier Manager

1:35 pm, Saturday, July 12th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 257 Comments

Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis, who doesn’t seem to have a high opinion of either Newcastle United or Newcastle upon Tyne (strange fellow) has admitted that Cabella’s move to Newcastle is already 90% complete.

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Rolland Courbis – Newcastle’s first offer ridiculous

Of course no deal is ever certain until the player actually signs on the dotted line, and even when everything has been agreed, the player can fail his medical.

That’s what happened with Demba Ba at Stoke City in January of 2011, before he went to West Ham that same month and then ended up at Newcastle in the summer as a free agent, after the Hammers were relegated.

This is what the Montpellier manager told RMC last night:

“It is 90% there, not yet 100%. It is not yet complete, but certainly on the way to getting there. Talks are ongoing, especially regarding bonus payments. I am not worried about it. Laurent and Louis Nicollin were right to reject their initial, vexing offer which was ridiculous.”

In truth Courbis is probably right to say our initial offer was far too low, for such a good player.

The French press are still reporting there is no agreement yet on Cabella’s wages, but Newcastle will be able to offer Remy a very attractive compensation package and much more than he;s currently getting at the French club, so we don’t see that as a problem.

We should have the player signed sometime on Monday – when he jets into Newcastle to take his medical and complete the deal.

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257 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM


    I will try to be as fair and balanced as I can be. I really think we are at a crossroads now.

    I am extremely happy with the SDJ and hopefully Cabella signings. They really are excellent additions which I never imagined we would pull off.

    Perez we don’t really know how that could pan out. He could be great, but under Pardew I have my doubts as he has tended to be a graveyard for young, talented, emerging players.

    Colback underwhelmed as I think he just blocks the path of a Bigirimana or Abeid who have shown some potential and is not a desperately needed addition.

    Should we get Lacazette and MYM is restored then we could potentially have our best team in years and nowhere left to go on the ”Pardew excuse bingo.”


    Ash is seemingly now flashing the cash


    Pardew is still here

    Wonga are still here.

    * Plus no way should we picking up training ground injuries at this stage.

    Bottom line I’m generally v. happy with the signings made /being made. I just hope that Pardew has had an epiphany and will try and play football next season, however much of a stretch that may prove.

  • 2 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Lets hope this deal IS tied up on monday. Things at Newcastle always seem to go wrong at the last minute. :O

  • 3 NOVA2967 // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    So who is going to play next to tiote? It will interesting to see how this team lines up. With De Jong in the team I think we won’t sign another striker after Riverrie… don’t think we hit a jackpot in that department.
    Need that link up player at CM. Medel would be a great presence in our team and then I think we will be done.
    Or is sissoko moving to CM. Don’t think he has the pass tho.

  • 4 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM


    Granted Riviere doesn’t appear to have the same appeal as others but we were hardly drooling when we signed Cabaye to replace Nolan, or Ba to replace Carroll, I was one of a very limited number who knew Cabaye and was really surprised and excited about him, Ba didn’t do too much for me when we signed him, but boy what a cracking pair they turned out to be, lets be open minded and give him a chance, he is quick and powerful so the English league may prove to be the league best suited to him, but like many others at this point I would also prefer to have Remy back but it ain’t going to happen, after such a luke warm reception I and probably all of us hope he shuts us up and bangs in 20+ goals next season, having said that if he did it would probably be his last season with us, but never mind !!!!!

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    His goal scoring record is pretty poor tbh
    Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
    2009–2011 Saint-Étienne 73 (22)
    2011–2013 Toulouse 44 (9)
    2013–2014 Monaco 40 (14)

    Think if we’d already secured say Ba/Remy/PEA then it would seem a good signing, if he has played a lot of games wide then once again, would he be the answer?
    Another utility player when we need an out and out goalscorer?
    Might prove to be a great signing but have to agree with Rotonda, not an overly exciting signing, bit like when we signed Goofy, great signing to bolster the squad but not if he’s going to be the focal point of the attack
    Same with Lacazzete (who’d id love to see bought in) would need the right players around him, which we seem to be getting

    Speak for yourself, was buzzing when we signed Cabs and Ba, different class daft comparison

  • 6 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Rotonda Heights

    Would you be happy about Pardew staying if he does pull off the seemingly impossible-for a dinosaur like him- attacking, attractive football our club deserves ?

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    @dmendesdasilva: “@reelM_abeid: @dmendesdasilva miss u bro”miss u to bro ???? outside the pitch but also in the team everybody waiting for you!Hope see you soon

  • 8 SuperShearer // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    IF the Cabella signing comes off it might help convince Sissoko to stay; another good French player for him to play alongside and also shows that the club does have a smidge of ambition. That said if a big bid comes in for him can’t see Ash standing in the way of another pay day.

  • 9 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    According to the chronicle Cabella deal could be wrapped up in the next 24hr, As Charnley has flown out to meet Cabella personally to tie up the transfer to Nufc.
    Now we are finally getting our first team affairs into order, I would like to see us clear the decks of the players that offer nothing except picking up a fat cheque every week at our expense.
    Gutti’s legs have gone and couldn’t even get into a relegation hit team.
    Obershocker should be put back on his spaceship and sent back to whatever planet he came from.
    Marvs has been here for 3 yr now and it is quite clear he aint gonna make it. He came on a free……..let him leave on a free

  • 10 NOVA2967 // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Gouff/Cisse/Perez/Riv doesn’t sound great need a real goal getter
    Sissoko, Cabella, DJ, Arfa: sounds nice
    Anita, Colbeck,tiote: need another passer like Medel
    Defence could do with another CB and Janmaat

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Think he’d need a completely new coaching set up to fully achieve that tbh

    Disagree that Pardew trashes youngsters
    He’s bought through some good young players in his time, the only one I feel he’s made a bad shout on here is Bigi vs Benfica
    The rest of the youngsters we’ve had at the club tbh just plain haven’t been that good

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    A few signings doesn’t make everything rosey again. It doesn’t make up for shambolic performances, score lines and disgusting manager antics even with a host of international players.

    We’ve had two windows where we’ve signed nobody. Siem and Cabella (if we get him) are good steps forward, but flair is a dirty word with Pardull and they’ll no doubt be misused.

    His persistence in the dugout means we won’t be progressing at all.

    Once again the new players will be oblivious to the horrors of our coaching and they will play with confidence for a while before the Pardew effect kicks in.

    For the money saved for 3 transfer windows and the outgoings, even the amount spent now is very measly.

    Pardew the liar, out.

  • 13 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Not too sure about this lad, I have a nagging feeling that the league could be too physical for him, however when we offered £6.5m when they were wanting £12.8m then to me the deal was dead and never to be revived as Ashley has proved so many times that he doesn’t do compromise, so to compromise to the extent which we appear to have done then this has been a huge lift, restores just a little bit of hope, so I am happy with the change of tack but not convinced about the player.

  • 14 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM


    I do agree with you and rotonda. I just wanted to here other opinions on him. 🙂 i kind of answered my own question anyway when reading it back because if he is behind berbatov in the pecking order then being excited for him isnt the right word.

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    All those 3 are apparently big earners none of them justify there wages now
    No real fees would be generated so just help them find clubs let them go cheap and free up there wages

  • 16 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    I would love it……….just love it if Rivierre turns into a success as 6-8 would turn into a bargain.
    But all im trying to say is that you know what your getting with the likes of Pea-Lacazette-Remy-Ba, Whereas Riveirre’s record isn’t exactly crash hot.
    Its a position we can ill afford to be taking a chance on due to us having nobody else to fall back on apart from Cisse.

  • 17 JDdubai // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Doubt any club would offer them what they get from us, so would depend on whether they are only wanting the cash or want to play…

    My guess is the cash.

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Aye must be doing something wrong if Berba is getting the nod!

  • 19 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM


    that may well be the case m8, but the point is that you were in the minority, Cabaye was hardly known to most, and Ba was deemed to be an ok signing at best by many, anyway the main point is that we shouldn’t really be too harsh until we see how they perform for us, personally I think SDJ will flop, I don’t think he has what it takes to succeed over here, far too slow and cumbersum, but I will reserve judgement until he has settled and shown what his worth is.

  • 20 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    rotunda from previous thread 1 santon did not get injured in pre season he was injured before. lacazette has a similar goal scoring record to shola apart from last season playing as a front two with gomis who took the strain.he is 1 inch bigger than a cambell and less powefull and i have seen him play a lot, looks lost without someone strong with him up front. the only thing holding bigi back is he played poorly for the reserves being the cause of a number of goals all imo.

  • 21 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Like you say for what fee we may generate from the sale of these players, We could surely make back through letting them leave on a free and offsetting against there combined salary.
    Do what we did with Barton and let them move on. If Amilfatano can find a club im sure these guys can

  • 22 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM


    I’m not sure if I can agree with you their m8, Remy and Ba yes I would agree as they have proved it in this league, but certainly not the other 2 as we have no idea how they would settle in this league, yes I accept that they have a better record and you would hope/expect them to be better but it’s not as easy as that.

  • 23 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM


    Sorry wasn’t ignoring you but Ed moves on from one thread to the next in the blink of an eye!

    Firstly Riviere is strong and quite quick if you’re looking for positives there.

    Re – pardew having an epiphany. Well the last 2 seasons have been truly horrendous for breaking all kinds of records for all the wrong reasons: record losses, goals conceded, least goals scored etc etc, while playing the most god awful negative football you’ll ever see, where 90 mins every week was something you’ll never get back!

    It can go one of 2 ways. Either like fat Sham at West Ham who has been ordered to ” entertain ” and has had an attacking coach bestowed upon him, Pardew might realise that after what has been major investment for Ashley recently he has to alter his tactics to appease not only the fans but the boss.

    If Pardew doesn’t take it on board then everyone has a tipping point, even Ashley.

  • 24 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Laurent Robert

    Yes what Pardew and Ashley have done whilst they have been here is criminal. But, i am happy because we are actualy doing the right thing in this window. You’re right, it does’nt make up for the things that have happened in the past but they are now heading in the right direction-all be it-finaly. This gives me and im pretty sure other fans the right to feel ‘rosey’because they are actualy giving us hope that the club are now deciding to be ambitious. Probably not, but i am sure excited for next season. Something i wasnt at the end of last season.

  • 25 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    The thing is, Ed. Nobody is saying that they weren’t right in rejecting the first offer. What wasn’t right is them coming out in the press and having a pop. It must be hard to remain professional at Montpellier when your chairman is an arrogant prick who can’t keep his gob shut.

  • 26 lesh // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    As the clock ticks on, the chances of not agreeing a deal and wages etc with Cabella increase by the minute.

    Now if £12m and high wages are to be believed, Ashley’ll be sweating at the prospect of spending so much. That being so, he’s probably racking his brains to find a face-saving way of not being able to get Cabella over the line.

    On another note, what’s Dr Ed done to have NewsNow block the blog? Has he been reporting things they don’t like to see? Or, maybe he’s upset Ashley who’s pulled a few strings?



  • 27 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM


    but even with someone like Armstrong you wouldn’t have faith that pardew will get him to realise his full potential.

    I can’t think of anyone that’s really come through under pardew, even Dummet is really only championship standard tbh.

  • 28 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    But the point you make surely goes for Riveirra then doesn’t it pal, As he is unproven as well.
    The point im making is that Pea had a cracking record in the French lique. And has gone on to have a very good scoring record in the German league. Whereas Rivierra doesn’t have the best goal scoring record.

    But like I say mate I would be happy if the kid proves me wrong

  • 29 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    To be honest, Riviere must be doing something right if were willing to spend £6 million on someone who is getting so much negative feedback. From Monaco fans aswell as us.

  • 30 lesh // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    tads…… What’s that Tweet about then?

  • 31 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Yeah but is championship standard because of Pardew?
    Don’t think so tbh, our academy has a sh1te record

    Armstrong like Campbell in all honesty should not yet be near the first team they should be on loan
    You can’t just jump from reserves to the PL, looks a good prospect but needs to go out on loan and earn his stripes

  • 32 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    think the club have done very well with the pre season plans -trips abroad playing clubs from a few different countries for senior u21 and u 17/18squads. thought i would post this as a change from being bored with the anti pardew tevez and mascherano benny and marv trolls.who really cares what went on at west ham 7 years ago.

  • 33 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM


    yes of course it does m8, and that is basically all I’m saying, whether it be Lacazette, PEA or Riviere, we just don’t know as they are all unproven, but the first 2 you mentioned Ba and Remy would be a safer bet as they are proven.

    Don’t get me wrong, give me a choice and out of the 5 Riviere would be my last choice but that is only due to stats which have been formed in a league which we don’t play in so it isn’t really that important what they have done elsewhere as all 3 would be a risk.

  • 34 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Agree mate, PEA has all the qualities to be a top class PL player along with experience and has shown he can do it in other leagues

    Absolute Rolls Royce of a player

    Who knows, sounds like the lad wants out though he’s always retweeting stuff from Panithiakos about rejoining and seem to remember an interview last year stating he wanted to make the move permanent

  • 35 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    My only concern with Riviere is this, While at St ettienne he was 2nd choice to Bafe Gomis who we have just turned down the chance to bring in on a free.

  • 36 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I agree with people on here that if we do get Riviere we won’t be very excited and has a poor record, BUT if we go in a 4-2-3-1 and in the “3” we could have:
    _________Ben Arfa_____de Jong_____Cabella_________
    that’s 3 very creative players that can create goals from nothing so no matter who we have up front they will get very good supply and support. but we do need two good strikers, i really hope it’s PEA and lacazette but i think we will get riviere and someone else.

    Janmaat looks a solid replacement for debuchy, but i think a CB won’t be brought in as i don’t think we will sell any of our current back 4.

    Would be satisfied with this transfer window:

    Cabaye – £19m
    Debuchy – £10m
    Gutierrez – £2m
    Obertan – £1m
    Ferguson – Free
    Amalfitano – Free

    Janmaat – £6.5m
    Colback – Free
    Cabella – £12m
    de Jong – £7.5m
    Perez – £2.2m
    Riviere – £6m

    But would be even happier if we got PEA and lacazette instead of Rivere and possibly Grenier and Lascelles

  • 37 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Dortmund have just put in a concrete offer for Origi as well as just bringing in another new CF. I wouldn’t have thought Pea would want to have another season playing second fiddle and out of position. And weren’t there muted noises coming out of Dortmund that Pea would be available for around 8 mill.
    Again the same price bracket as all our CF targets apart from Lacazette

  • 38 JAMSHA // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Riviere would be a good signg… iv seen him play many times looks impresive… very quick…. but his shootng acc is bad… i saw him play against psg… he missed about 5 open chances in a match… so he needs to improve his shootng…

  • 39 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    I would be surprised if you got any change out of £20m for PEA.

  • 40 JAMSHA // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    my team





  • 41 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    That sounds like a certain LDJ who we have just released mate lol !!

  • 42 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    How could he be impressive when you saw him if he missed 5 open goals?

  • 43 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    If Mcormack is worth 11 mill then ya probably not far off bud. As I have said before tho, If we are prepared to pay 16 mill for a midfielder then 20 for Pea may be in our reach…….Of course we would have to sell Sissoko to fund it !!

  • 44 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM


    Forgot about the McCormack transfer. £11 million is ridiculous comparing that to the price of Remy.

  • 45 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Jack, were you optimistic when we signed 5 players the other January as well? We still have seen recording breaking abysmal results since then.

    With Pardew in charge it is simply false dawns and treading the waters of mediocrity.

    A few new players doesn’t change his ineptitude.

    He doesn’t know how to play attacking football. Even if we do see flashes of it next year it will be because of the players and their skill, not the tactical communications of Pinocchio.

    An eleven year old could manage Messi and the things he does will be in spite of the youth, not because of him. Just like the skills of some of our players.

    I want Pardull out so badly. He is an absolute silver tongued conman.

  • 46 JAMSHA // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:46 PM


    although he missd those easy goal…. his runs …ball control .. an pos wer supb… if he can learn not to panic while shootng im sure he would score many for us… well i would take him any day… just hope he keeps shootn in goals rather over the bars

  • 47 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    So basically he’s not the proven goalscorer we desperately need, your basically describing Obertan!
    Pace with no end product is hardly what’s needed is it?

  • 48 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    My only concern with riviere is that our new attacking midfielder has a better goal ratio than our proposed new CF, Which is a bit of a worry really

  • 49 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I know mate ,As well as Snodgrass going for 8 mill to, Which is the price of Loic Remy. No comparison really

  • 50 Ginger // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    If we sign Cabella, I’m curious as too how we’d line up. Cabella is primarily played as a CAM. Therefore although I’d like to see this as a formation:

    new rb—-Yanga—Willo—Haidara
    Cabella——–De Jong—–Ben-Arfa
    —————New Striker————-

    Analysing Pardews comments I can honestly see this being the team:

    new rb—-Collo—Willo—-Haidara
    ——————De Jong————–

    He’s already pretty much implied that Colback is going to be a first teamer, and with him saying that De Jong is a striker I can see him playing in that role. Makes sense if he’s going to have Cabella playing in his main roll as well. He doesn’t rate Yanga-Mbiwa or Ben-Arfa so I can honestly see that being the first team next season.

  • 51 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Laurent Robert

    I know you want Pardew out. But i have a different opinion to you, Pardew’s record breaking shenanigens were inexcusable, but, in all fairness, what was our team in the second half of the season ? Not many managers would have done much better as we were missing a striker and our playmaker. It was Pardew’s fault to an extent for only useing cabaye as our creative player and leaving out Ben Arfa. He should get the best out of our team but the players werent performing at the standard they should. I am sick of the lies Pardew tells but he has proven that he can manage well with ateam which doesnt have its best players out through injury. I just think that we should give pardew this last chance now we are actualy building a solid team and then he should go. I know he wont provide the attacking footall we all want to see but unfortunately we are stuck with him and the continuous attacks on Pardew on this blog are very boring now. He is staying here this season and complaining about it doesnt change anything.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    It must be an Americanism when Ed describes a players compensation package, makes it sound like we’re doing him a grievance bringing him here…..

  • 53 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Just been looking at PEA’s performances last season, out of 32 league games only twice did he start as a CF, the remaining 30 games he played were as a winger, mostly right wing but quite a few on the left as well, but is he the natural goal getting CF which we so desperately need, I would certainly like to see him here, but is he really a CF ?, even for St Etienne he was regularly used as a winger.

  • 54 Ginger // Jul 12, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Also, I see Riviere is getting a lot of hate regarding his record. Is it really that bad?

    45 goals and 30 assists in 158 appearences. That’s really close to goal or a assist once every two games. Not to mention god knows how many of them games he actually started, can’t see it being many.

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I’d like to see Gouffran tried as an out and out striker in pre season, surely he’d have a better return than Cisse on current form.

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I remember the hype about Remy before we got him, apparently he was the missing piece, a goal scorer who liked to play on the left of a 4-3-3, the combination that seen us do so well that year, I might be wrong but I don’t think that was ever played with Remy.
    Can anybody tell me when and where RTaylor played asva RB.

  • 57 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Dortmund often use the five man midfield with Lewandowski as there pronged lone soldier up front with Reus employed just behind. Even as a wingman his stats are very impressive. As well as offering raw pace which is another thing we so desperately crave as our attacks looked far to lethargic and predictable

  • 58 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    @GFN_France: Vincent Labrune, Marseille Pres: “Remy Cabella will not be coming to Marseille.” #MHSC #OM #NUFC

    Lol no sh1t Sherlock

  • 59 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:18 PM


    his record is good, very good that’s unarguable, but nearly everyone is wanting him as our main CF, our number 9 if you like, but the reality is that that is not what he is, it just makes me wonder if all these experts actually know anything about him at all, he can play there and effectively as well, but that is not what he is, so if we did get him and he was played as an inside right how many would slate Pardew for playing him out of position ?

  • 60 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Do you think our best bet would be to stick with what we know as in Loic or Demba ??.
    Personally would be very happy to acquire any of there services, But am leaning more towards Remy than Ba..
    I just feel with these two we might be looked at as there last option which doesn’t bode well with me as I want players here who want to be here and not seen as an easy option

  • 61 toonking // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    the whole of the europa league seaon and the seond half of last season were bad ones but with the bad summer transfer windows any manager has the excuse “lack of signing and injuries starting”. things now i’m expecting to change because this summer is looking like a good transfer window, so pardew knows ashley hates to see money lost, he knows ashley doesn’t like spending lots of money, so if pardew wants to remain manager by the end of this season it means one thing and one thing only, pardew has to do what he did the last time we spent good money in summer because not even ashley will accept a bad start this season fact.

  • 62 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    He can play comfortably on both wings and as a CF and has end proven end product from each position so why wouldn’t he work as a CF?
    Not really sure what it is your arguing tbh

  • 63 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    @JAMSHA: His shooting accuracy is bad? He’ll fit right in, then!

    He always plays a lot out on the wing, so it might make sense for Goofy to play through the middle, and Riviere out wide.

  • 64 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Always = also*

  • 65 Black and White with an army lol // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I hope we get Cabella through the doors, imagine the possibilities


    Santon, Collo, MYM, Haidara
    Tiote, Colback
    Sissoko, SDJ, Cabella

    any striker would be deadly having them 3 behind him and I think Cisse would relish this and hopefully gets his goal scoring boots on.

    but there is one major concern that we all will be watching out for and that’s PARDEW

  • 66 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    @Jail Didn’t Ryalor play Right wing back against us a few times and score them free kicks against us for Wigan or whoever it was.

    Also he played RB against a few teams when he was fit played there against the mackems. I also remember him playing there in a cup match where he score a free kick not sure who it was against. Lovenkrands also scored and Kazenga lualua tore the team apart when he came on can’t believe we sold that kid.

  • 67 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    For me Ba all day, he was hands down the best all round CF we’ve had since super al
    He had everything, could score with both feet, dropped deep held the ball up, was great in the air, made great runs always challenged the CB’s (something Cisse just doesn’t do from crosses) could take fantastic set pieces had decent pace and great feet
    Why the hell Chelsea didn’t use him more is beyond me, when he plays he scores and they needed goals
    He’s a big big player and we were seriously stupid not offering the lad a contract worthy of a proper goal scoring CF

  • 68 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Any idea why this site has been blocked by news now?

  • 69 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    @ tads

    I agree m8 .

    One of Ba, Remy or Aubameyang would be my striker choices .

  • 70 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Once again though with Goofies career record would anyone be comfortable going into a season with him as our main source of goals?

    In Cabella and SDJ we’ve added goals from midfield which we desperately needed but still need, not would like, 100% desperately need a goal machine up front

  • 71 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Confident we’ll get one from lacazette, Remy or ba.

    Grenier talk has gone quiet.

    Think Aurier is my pref over Janmaat.

    Do need a centre back ideally, hangeland on free maybe? Shawcross, lascelles seem unlikely. How much would de vrij cost?

  • 72 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Because of the diverts to the apple app store

  • 73 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Aubemeyang would be a fantastic signing!

  • 74 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Tads is all about money mate. If you were sitting on newcastle’s bench and playing the odd game and getting 100k a week would you leave to play for Aston Villa for 30k a week?

    A loan deal would be nice thought works out well because we would be paying half the wages for Chelsea.

  • 75 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    PSG have offered Aurier a contract no chance

    For me Janmaat looks a great replacement at a good age and a good fee

  • 76 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM


    in a word yes, and Ba would be first choice for me

    tads my argument is that although PEA may well be a fine and versatile player with what will be a small squad what we really could do with is an out and out CF, a specialist, I do believe that most of us would probably agree on this, yet so many are putting PEA at the top of their wish list yet he is not a specialist CF, he can do a good job their but he isn’t a specialist like some believe him to be, that’s why I would choose Ba as he is a specialist CF, which is what I feel we need, especially if we are to make the most of SDJ late runs into the box which is his greatest strength.

  • 77 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Maybe we have a chance to resurrect that opportunity if he is on the list of forwards we are after. I don’t see a big fee involved with Demba either
    There is so many ways to look at it. Ba and Remy are available for the same price as Lacazette on his own so maybe that would be a more viable option.
    2 for 1……We all know how Ashley would like the sound of that !!

  • 78 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    All the more reason we should of offered him a proper contract

    That being said Ba has said he wants to play, think he’d happily move

  • 79 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM


    Ah right. Cheers.

    Right. Who have we signed?

    Ha ha ha.

  • 80 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    But we don’t need just one CF it’s not a case of id take a b or c it’s a case of we need a and also b or c
    We have no cover apart from a grossly out of form CF with a broken knee cap and a couple of kids

  • 81 kevymartins // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Without a doubt I would take Ba back I loved him at the toon but he is 29.

    Aldoa Arsenal fans were going nuts witht he debuchy signing to me after pointing out he was better than Sagna in every way every stat I got there point he is near 29 and they paid 12 million and will have to just replace him in 3 4 years his pace will most likely drop in 2

  • 82 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM


    half the time he looks like hr is carrying the kids on the pitch!

  • 83 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:44 PM


    I would like to see Janmaat sign as well, especially at £5/6m which is about what it would take to get him, I get the impression that he is not as good as Debs at going forward, but last season as a defence we were a shambles so all in all he could well be better for us than what Debs was as he does appear to be good defensively.

  • 84 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    On Janmaat…I think he looks a honest pro, Hardworking and reliable and looks full of running.
    Pretty much describing Debs really but we would be buying a younger version.

  • 85 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I like janmaat too,

    he can br physical without resorting to fouls. He clattered a couple of argies the other night in fair challenges

  • 86 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Didn’t know psg were after Aurier. Janmaat would be a good signing so hopefully that deal will happen early next week.

  • 87 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Fully agree on Janmaat

    Sorry mate I’ve been on earlies and not that with it, you’ve lost me?

  • 88 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:50 PM


    thats right we do need more than one, but how long have we been saying that ?, Riviere looks as if he could be coming, if so then 1 more at the most will come and due to Riviere being so unknown to us I would rather play safe and get Ba rather than PEA, both would be ideal but highly unlikely, it would not be a huge surprise if Riviere was the main striker with Armstrong and Perez battling it out to be second choice, which would be a travesty as both need more experience before they step up to the first team.

  • 89 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He also made some timely headers as well as putting in a good shift. For me he changed that side of the park, And looked like he likes to get forward which is another exciting prospect to look forward to

  • 90 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Still waiting on the yahoo owner pulling the plug on this one lol

    Looks like we’re reinvesting the Debuchy money.
    That’s an improvement on previous windows.

  • 91 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    So we all agree on Janmaat, nothing to fight about, how boring lets move on to something else lol.

  • 92 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    If we can’t get Jaanmat I would go for Matteo Darmian to replace Debuchy .

    Also as a left back option we should try and get Lucas Digne on loan from PSG .

  • 93 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    I still really hope HBA gets another chance in the starting line up as he has a full pre season to get 100% .

    Imagine a front three of :


    Counter attacking with that team would have insane pace . And then with Sissoko, De Jong & Tiote in behind .

  • 94 Yellow Belly // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    I would not be surprised if Jack Colback is converted to a left winger rather like the role Sissoko plays on the right this would allow Cabella to play as a central midfielder and SDJ to play in hole in his preferred role of AMC come striker. Colback use to play as left back so this should not be a problem
    Everyone says we need more creativity but like Brazil this is not always better, first we need to get the ball! Playing Colback as a winger and allowing SDJ to track back will effectively give an extra 2 midfielders compared to last year with more guts and determination, if we get more of the ball then in turn we can be more creative and score more goals. The whole balance seems better. If we play goofy or Arfa then we lose possession and other players have to be defensive to compensate.
    A combination of Cabella and SDJ will give us plenty of creativity and this system would suit both Cisse or Perez who only have to stay up and run the channels. If Cisse got his confidence back I can see him doing well again next year.
    Against narrow teams like Chelsea, Sissoko and Colback could move more central, to find space they could move wide.

    new rb—-Yanga—Coll—Haidara
    Sissoko——– Cabella—–Colback
    —————New Striker————-

    A balanced team with more determination than last year so attackers can attack. Control the midfield control the game!

  • 95 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Spoof i agree about the striker situation, we need an out and out striker and a versatile striker. Ba/Remy/Lacazette and PEA both tick the boxes IMO

  • 96 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    I’ll be honest mate I’m amazed HBA is still here and I’ll be more amazed if he’s even on the plane when we jet out to NZ

    No doubt an opinion splitting player but for me the lack of interest in him no only from our own managerial staff but from other potential suitors seems to suggest there are some major issues with the lad, personally I’m not even sure it’s football related he just seems a pretty troubled lad
    Don’t think he’s got a future here and even if he came back into the fold can’t see him renewing his contract
    Knowing how the club operates I’d rather he went now for a fee than next season on a freebie

  • 97 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Is Newcastle United the next best thing to Champions League clubs?

    Give me a second here before you decide that this read is biased or deluded.

    Any supporter would hate that their club being talked about as a stepping stone for players.
    You come, you improve, you play well and you move on to bigger and better things. That’s how you define a steppingstone from a footballers perspective.

    But from a supporter’s perspective you’ll only be moving for the money, you’ll have used the club and its name for your own sake and at best manage 20 starts in a 38 games campaign at the new “big” club.
    Unless you’re a rare commodity and manage to establish yourself.

    Supporters value loyalty and even more so in our days when there’s so little of it.
    The Shearer’s, the Gerrard’s and the Giggs’s are diminishing by the seasons. Football is a bundle of egoists doing what they can to reach the top before their careers are over. At least that’s what it feels like, and their professional careers only last 15-20 years on average, so how can one blame them?
    In their view they have a lot of ambition and the better they do, the more they set themselves up for what comes after football, and they’ll also manage to give their respective families what they need.
    For footballers they get to do what they love and all in all it’s a noble cause.
    It depends on perspective and understanding.

    So how can one call Newcastle United, a club supposedly devoid of ambition, with a manager with as much a clue as a monkey trying to do an architects job, and a squad so thin it’ll collapse if you blow on it?

    It’s easy.

    The more players Newcastle United puts through to clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, PSG and etc, the more attractive NUFC as a steppingstone, becomes.
    And for the players who wants to go abroad and have aspirations for Europe, but are yet to have an offer from the big leagues, then NUFC is the next best thing.
    If Newcastle continues to produce/evolve players for big Champions League clubs, they’ll become a highly attractive option for players with 8-12 or more, years of football still left in their bodies.
    NUFC will be a great option for agents to put through to players who want to experience bigger and better things, but still lack the ability to do so.

    With all this said and done, there’s a way for NUFC to use this to their own gain. Use the transfer window to build on successes that you’ve had on the pitch. Don’t let players like Cabaye, Debuchy, Ba and etc go to waste because you didn’t grasp the opportunities to go further when you had the chance. Now the club is at a state of rebuilding, when we could simply be strengthening.

    Used right, being a stepping stone for players, could be a stepping stone for Newcastle United.

    An Ibiza post I know but a good read and angle on how some fans see Nufc

  • 98 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Yep, Ibiza has definitely infiltrated your brain.

    No smileys though ? he’ll be disappointed.

  • 99 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Was a good read until the end when i saw it was an Ibiza post……then i threw up in my mouth a little bit

  • 100 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    @Oddschanger: TRANSFER: Ecuador striker Enner Valencia will have a medical at West Ham tomorrow. (via @DiMarzio)

  • 101 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    It was Danny0 who wrote that article.

    He’s a twatter celeb now.

  • 102 Spoof // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    It could be to our benefit without any doubt whatsoever, but you have got to have an owner who will resist the temptation to cash in.

  • 103 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Ruddy has also left the blog to join the twatter world.


  • 104 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    @DeadlineDayLive: Eliaquim Mangala has arrived in Manchester to undergo a medical and finalise a £31.8m move to Manchester City. (Source: Goal)

    Good to see the FFP fines dissuaded the big clubs from over spending

  • 105 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM


    Sorry. I was pretending to be our freind from the valleys.

  • 106 AusMagpie // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    What is the likelihood of us signing Aubameyang? Have we been linked with him recently?

  • 107 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Yeah them fff rules are really making a difference in the game lol

  • 108 Slank // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM


    A professional players working life, especially at the top, is a relatively short time compared to normal folk who have to shoulder on into their dotage and so they must make the most of it whilst they can both in terms of achieving success and trophies as well as monetary reward.

    To my mind there is nothing wrong in that. I moved jobs and companies to climb the greasy pole so I wouldn’t begrudge players like Ba, Cabaye and Debuchy doing the same.

    If we are a stepping stone to something greater it is surely better than being a grave yard or retirement home for players wanting their last big pay cheque which are last owner appeared to favour.

  • 109 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Ah reet lol with ya now!

    Aye but Rudy’s sh1te on tw@er 😉

  • 110 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    I do think Ruddy will come back one day tads.
    When there’s no one left to argue with on twatter.

  • 111 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Ben Arfa needs to get rid of that fat first
    or he will not play anymore with the team people !!

  • 112 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    I agree mate…Kluivert springs to mind-Rush-Barnes the list goes on.
    at the end of the day we got to see a gifted Cabs grace SJP for a few year before moving on to bigger and better things, Same goes for Debs as well
    The players will have a far better insight into how Nufc is actually run, And what if anything the current owner is trying to achieve.
    If they see no future or lack of ambition by his current employer’s and a big club come a knocking then its only natural that he will be interested if that involves winning trophies and leagues.
    personally would sooner have Cabs here for a few year rather than not at all

  • 113 Mike's Iron Curtain // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Surely wishful thinking putting Mbiwa alongside Colo. Not gonna happen, I expect him to be away for around 5-6m and if we could get Richards to replace him, that would be dandy, but could see that one going to the wire.

    Expect we’ll line-up like this in our first match:


    Dont know why we’re interested in that Riviere. Looks like the French Leon Best to me. There’s no point signing Cabella and SDJ if you don’t give them an A grade ST to play off. Taat way they’ll all optimise their potential and therefore value.

    Saylor will no doubt weedle his way back in to the first team during pre-season, where he can really burrow up the coaching staff and Pardupe’s rears. As we’re playing Man City first again, it’ll be justified by saying he has a chance to redeem himself from last season’s opener, which derailed his entire season blah blah blah.

    HBA doesn’t have a future here either. Pretty sure he’s already excluded in the Pardupe’s mind and it’s just up to him whether he decides to leave or pack on the pounds and run down his contract, which he seems content to do given the condition he returned in – not somebody striving to prove a point and putting extra work in over the summer, instead of the usual r&r. If only he had Raylor’s professionalism.

  • 114 terencelim // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    @97, but Ibiza’s prediction on football has always been awful 😉

  • 115 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    It was actually written by a guy by the name of Dannyo, But was long winded as Ibiza’a sometimes can be

  • 116 GeordieTwo // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    The Cabella news is encouraging but let’s get him over the line. Just paper talk about Remy coming back. He wants more dosh than we’ll pay. Don’t know Riviere but by the sounds of it on here he’s not good enough.

  • 117 GeordieTwo // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    What about a straight swap, Benny for Messi? According to Gary Lineker Messi has been disappointing so a fair exchange. 😯

  • 118 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    seems like we are gonna wrap Riviere. We still need 1 more striker lacazette maybe.

    Cisse, Riviere lacazette fighting for the front 2 spot. i doubt pardew will play a single striker. he’s not that tactical enough.

  • 119 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    @soccer_sauce: Stoke City are ready to move for Danny Ings if Bojan deal does not come off #SCFC #twitterclarets

  • 120 GeordieTwo // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Riviere about a 1 in 3 striker in a less competitive league. Only 24 so that’s the attraction for Mike I would think. Who knows how he’ll do in the Prem. Surely a dominant striker is still required?

  • 121 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    If Cabella comes then he’s signed 3 midfielders can’t see him going with 2 CF’s
    We haven’t even got 2 CF’s!

  • 122 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    There really pushing this Alan Hanson retiring thing, why?
    Does anyone like the bloke let alone understand him?

    Always think of this when Hansons babbling

  • 123 GeordieTwo // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Personally I would have gone for Bony early on and signed him, not lowballed the other club to death the way we do. Now we won’t get the right striker in. Too slow, too cheap, too late as usual Mike.

  • 124 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    @ tads

    Was Hansen ever really that good a player ? .

    All he has done is sit on a sofa and criticize football for a living whilst getting paid a ridiculous amount of money .

    Bloke was a miserable tw@ anyway .

  • 125 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Bony is a good player and has all the attributes to be great but it was a huge gamble to pay that much money for a player that scores for fun in the Dutch league .

    He could have easily been an Altidore or De Jong .

  • 126 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM


    Maybe parsnips going continental with the false No9 lol

    I don’t get it, yeah we needed a cabs replacement but strikers is what we desperately required unless of course as he alluded too about SDJ “we’ve managed to get a striker in really early”

    If that’s the case then we are up shit creek without a boat, never mind a paddle!

  • 127 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    He won 8 league titles, and three European cups, amongst other things.

    A miserable sod yes, but if any player was to win that many trophies in todays game, everybody would be kissing their ass.

  • 128 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    He would probably also be a lot richer, and wouldn’t need to sit on a sofa lol

  • 129 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM


    Every player from abroad is a gamble tbh mate but sometimes clubs just have to bite the bullet and buy what they require or desperately need in our case, especially as we will not shop or pay the prices for premier league player’s which I agree are ridiculous

  • 130 IITianToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Guys, I’m trying to remember when was the last time we scored a good goal that was a team goal. It would be sensational if a team got to 10th place in the league on the basis of fine individual strikes alone!

  • 131 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Swansea actualy create good chances which is why i think Bony was so successful. Im pretty sure players like altidore and LDJ would have had good seasons at swansea as unfortunately we create FA and sunderland also create FA.

  • 132 NUFCJackW // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM


    i cant remember the game but the one where remy chested it after a cross from sissoko and tapped it in under the keeper, that was a great goal.

  • 133 IITianToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Guy to cute girl: Hey, do you want to get a bite at this cool Italian place later?
    Girl: *slaps guy* Go to hell, Suarez fanboy.

    Luis, what have you done..

  • 134 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM


    He was great player

    He seems boring and miserable on the telly but when I met him he’s really not like that, although we were at a wedding and the bar was free 😀

  • 135 JamesToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Average Contents

    i don’t see any reason why SDJ couldn’t play in a false 9 role in a 4-3-3 like we did against liverpool and sunderland last season

  • 136 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Palace away?

  • 137 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Your just teasing now!
    Does Pardew know what a false 9 is “cause I do it’s a number six upside down”

  • 138 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    @MsiDouglas: Cabella profile. ‘He’s Ginola v. 2 & he’s modelled himself on Ronaldo’.. Thoughts of @LaurensJulien on #nufc new boy:

    @Newcastle_FC: Yanga Mbiwa could be used in a deal with Lyon for striker Alexandre Lacazette.

  • 139 Laurent Robert 32 // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Pardew’s false number 9 position would have the player on our 6 yard line all game.

    Either there or their usual position of defensive winger.

  • 140 SuperShearer // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    From Twitter @Soccer_Sauce Interesting news filtering through. Whispers that both Newcastle and Everton are considering ‘sizeable’ bids for Tom Huddlestone

  • 141 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    @toonarmydownsouth: Depending on which source you check, he either scored 4 or 7 goals in all competition last season. For the sake of argument, we’ll say he scored 4 as per the nufc website: it’s either him or Cisse.

    Just saying!

  • 142 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    ? Who scored 4 or 7?

  • 143 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM


    lol how many def mids can we have in the side we should have bought him while he was at spurs

    cant see there being any truth in it

  • 144 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM


  • 145 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Soccer sauce are full of sheet.

    Another wind up account.

    It was Benteke the other day, now Huddlestone. Full a crap.

    Another one of Indi Kalia’s many accounts.

  • 146 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    You have all these “sources” but instead of selling your information to newspapers, you go on twitter and give away your information for free..

    Yep 🙂

  • 147 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Ah reet yeah sorry mate back with ya now!!!
    Yeah think he got 6 in the league and one in the cup, so that coupled with Cisse’s phenomenal record last season gives a combination of 8 goals for the season…..
    Did I mention I think we’re desperate for a new striker?

  • 148 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    @nufc2day: RT @Adam_NUFC98: “Another screamer from Cabella. #NUFC” Hoping to see a fair few of these at the Gallowgate end!

    Cannot f**king wait

  • 149 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Wikipedia >>> Rivière >>> Newcastle !!!!!

  • 150 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Stunning new restaurant in the leazes end
    Ashley spending big on the ground/ Training facilities as well as new players

  • 151 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    @tads: The good thing about Goofy through the middle is that he can use his pace. Especially with SDJ lurking outside the area, Cabella and Sissoko closing the flanks… we might have something.

    Of course, Pardew will look at Goofy’s pace and use long balls over the top and hope he catches them, so there’s also that.

  • 152 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Lyon and St Étienne have been in talks for Mapou Yanga Mbiwa.
    Full story: #OL #ASSE #NUFC

  • 153 Rotonda heights // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM


    Though i hate to admit it hansen’s playing cv was phenomenal

  • 154 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    It’s been like that for days now

  • 155 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    On the Janmaat Deal to Nufc ,odds being slashed:

    Sky Bet’s Chris Spicer said: “The betting patterns would certainly suggest the punters backing the deal are in the know sources, with uncharacteristically large stakes on a market which has seen little other interest.

    “We’ve now slashed the odds on a deal being done and will have to consider suspending betting if we continue to see big money at such short prices.”

    Expected movement on this deal early next week

  • 156 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    I get what your saying but tbh goofy never looks great in front of goal, would never really back him one on one with the keeper, would like to think he’d be a good option but his record just doesn’t back that up

  • 157 croftus5678 // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    ok why has this blog been taken off newsnow ???

  • 158 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM


    how are we today

    with the right back and others due in were getting a good starting 11 but no real depth on the bench,

  • 159 croftus5678 // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    with or without riveire i can see siem and cabella being used in a front 3 with sissokotiote and colback to make a solid mid 3 with sissoko the more advanced.

    i’d guess at:


    plenty enough def cover from the mid 3 for our fb’s to attack and use them as wing play imo.

  • 160 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Good evening sir, Missing my native south coast lol.
    I think the Cabella deal is just the formality of a medical.
    Janmaat deal is looking promising, and for me looks an excellent prospect to fill Debs boots.
    Interesting story developing regarding a possible px with Mapou and Lacazette.i think I will let this story run until getting to carried away.

    I don’t understand us willing to let Mapou leave and yet give Saylor another opportunity to throw his self round the pitch like a kamikaze pilot for another season mate do you ??

  • 161 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    No disrespect mate but Ryan Taylor should be nowhere near the first team as many fringe players we currently have at our disposal.

  • 162 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM


    come back down here will you the sun seems to have disappeared since u left,

    makes no sense at all to keep taylor and getting rid of mbiwa

    ok we don’t take training maybe he don’t train well or maybe he hasn’t settled in well and wants to go home or maybe he is pi55ed off with the way he has been played

    one thing is we will never find out the reason.

    I would get rid of all our centre backs except mbiwa
    we have a few decent young centre backs in the reserves I hope they get there chance to shine in preseason

    Armstrong now we sdj here if pards plays him I would think Armstrong could learn a lot of siem

  • 163 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    I think Brazil are in for another bumming tonight. Not quite as bad as tuesday. 5-1 Neds.

  • 164 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    @soccer_sauce: Newcastle are understood to have came to an official agreement with Feyenoord for the signing of Daryl Janmaat today. #NUFC

  • 165 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    @lee_ryder: #nufc have announced Siem de Jong AND Cheick Tiote as “official vice captains” according to Alan Pardew

  • 166 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Initial contact outside the box.

  • 167 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM


    lets hope its true and I hope the new players keep coming

    still have to get rid off the fcb and the silver fox

  • 168 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Ya maybe right mate as its been gorgeous sunshine here in the mids today.
    At present we are going into the new season with out our best defender of last term. And yet we don’t look like were even looking for a CB to cover Mapou.
    Going forward we are looking more tasty but still have surgery needed at the back

  • 169 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    What was you saying about the score lol

  • 170 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Robben is a fcukin cheat, when will FIFA put an end to these theatrics, it was a penalty all day long, why did he have to dive ?

  • 171 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM


    maybe good will get his go, its a real shame he got injured before the world cup as he would have played and we all could have seen him play and how he has gotten on out onloan

  • 172 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM


    I still could be right. After all, Brazil have kept them out for over 5 mins now. 😀

  • 173 croftus5678 // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    @161 jazzyp

    i 100% agree buddy but untill we get a replacement for deb’s thats the reality atm.

    my 1st choice would be jamaat and if he does sign with cabella this window would have pushed us up a level however we support nufc so i’m not sure what to believe atm.

  • 174 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I saw somebody call this new bloke who hasn’t signed yet ‘caby’, it was quite cringe worthy.

  • 175 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Can PSG take Chelsea to court over the trades description act?

  • 176 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM


    I think Audley Harrison could do a better job ffs.

  • 177 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Loooool, are Brazil doing this on purpose or what 🙂 .

    Serves them right as this is karma for the officials favouring them and playing in the most un-Brazilian way immaginable.

    Luiz at fault again and Silva should have been sent off. Glad he wasn’t though or it would have ruined the game.

  • 178 jazzyp // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Yes mate everything just seems to good at the moment to believe its actually happening.
    I think we have been starved of good news for that long, that we find it hard to comprehend anything positive regarding Nufc

  • 179 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM


    wasn’t a penalty though, although as last man he should have been sent off. As you say its better that he didn’t

  • 180 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Even a ‘blind’ man could have scored that second goal…. 😛

    Luiz at fault for at least a FOURTH goal, in two games… can also be blamed for lack of urgency to defend in another three goals from Germany.

    PSG, showing the world how to make a disastrous investment.

  • 181 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    If David Luiz is worth £50 mil then should be asking at least £35 for Yanga!

  • 182 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Mind you Scolari wants shot with sh*t for his team selections.

    Brazil team from the stsrt of the Competition should have been:


  • 183 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    “Caby” has a nice ring to it Jail. I might start using it myself.

    Caby could be the next Ginola apparently. I know nowt about him to be honest.

    Same as most of the other French players we sign. Lol

  • 184 toonarmydownsouth // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Wonder how much PSG would of had to pay for Luiz if they bought him after the WC? £20 mil?

  • 185 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Nothing Tads. They just wouldn’t sign him full stop

  • 186 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I think Chelsea would pay them.

  • 187 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Rafa Benitez knew Luiz wasn’t a centre back and played him as a dm and he looked great playing there.

    If PSG try pairing him with Silva at the back they could be in for hidings every week 🙂 .

  • 188 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM


    Imagine the hidings they will get if silva is NOT playing!!! I am so glad i am not a PSG fan!

  • 189 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM


    luiz and silvs haven’t psg spent over 100mill on the pair

  • 190 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    @ monkey

    I m8, but thats just like a parking ticket for their owners .

    What happened to FFP anyway ? .

  • 191 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I am hoping for a dream centre back pairing at the toon….. David Luiz and Di Mechelis!

  • 192 markdins // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Long term reader of the blog but never posted anything before, but:
    I have been living in France for almost of year now and have watched a lot of French football. In all honesty Cabella is far too lightweight and will get bullied around to much … I’m hoping he proves me wrong!
    Second and more interesting is that I met David Ginola today and we were discussing Newcastle. He still loves the club and thinks the fans are amazing but he hates the way the club is being treated by Mike Ashley. He also made a point of the ridiculousness of the Joe Kinnear appointment. This is interesting as he’s just completed his coaching badges and he said that he would absolutely love to return to the north-east to manage Newcastle one day in the future. But if that day comes it will not be with Mike Ashley in charge.
    So, who would fancy Ginola as a future NUFC manager??

  • 193 beermonkey // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    ffp lol they just pay the fine and buy the next player

  • 194 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    My friends are saying that Janmaat is ZERO offensively !!
    and the don’t prefer the club to sign him .
    but he is good defensively in my opinion .

  • 195 pottsclock // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Hoping Janmaat comes on for the second half as Kuyt took a knock to the head. Would be good to get another look at him,

  • 196 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    The dutch have given janmaat the no.7 shirt. Surely hr has some attacking prowess. Its an attacking number in most countries.

  • 197 wingspan // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Ramires or Fernandinho over Paulinho for me BPC but id agree with the rest. Maybe swap Oscar and Neymar

    I cant believe they didnt take lucas moura.

    Also i see a lot of people starting colback in their teams. Do you think he will be a starter? Im not so sure.

    For what its worth this is mine:
    Janmaat – Colo – Willo – Santon
    Cabella ——De Jong —-Ben Arfa/Gouff
    —————-Cisse (Only through lack of options, hopeful we will sign one class striker)

    Not a bad team to be fair. Excited to see Siem in a black and white shirt!

  • 198 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Maybe I’m getting too old at 42, but ‘debs’ ‘cabs’ and ‘caby’ just doesn’t seem right !

  • 199 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I was only taking the piss mate.

    Though I might start calling Pardew “Pards” 🙂

  • 200 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    @ wingspan

    I see Colback as an Anita replacement more than anything as they have similar playing styles although Jack is stronger.

    Not that Anita will leave as such but he will probably fade away on our bench and be used as full back cover.

  • 201 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Also interesting that Mr Welshman isn’t on tonight.

    I have a hunch he’s been sectioned.

  • 202 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Oscar was already diving before there was contact.

  • 203 TorqToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Janmaat looked pretty good offensively the other night.

    But if his strengths are defensive, then that’s exactly what we need imo.

  • 204 Jail for Ashley // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    You can only call him that if you’re taking the pi$$.

  • 205 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Carlisle your a gullible kunt! He seen the leg stuck out and then proceeded to fall into it

    Let’s see what janmaat’s made of

  • 206 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    That was a nice dive, through his whole weight into Blinds knee lol

  • 207 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Janmaat now is on !!!
    hope to see some attacking play from him !!

  • 208 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Janmaat woo! Can we sign wijnaldum too!

  • 209 TorqToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Here he is!!

  • 210 wingspan // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Yeah you probably right mate. Its a shame i really want vern to succeed, i think that there is a good little footballer in there he just hasnt quite shown it yet. No dounbt hes got more footballing talent than Colback but just a bit lightweight really.

    I think Siem arriving will help him tho, they should be on the same wavelength having played together before.

  • 211 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Scolari really is a stubborn tw@. His attack is one dimensional. Hulk should be played in the middle. Jo and Fred have done precisely F#$k all in there this tournament.

  • 212 ochytoon // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    You really think Colback is better than Anita? I don’t understand the hate he gets on this blog. I really rate him.

  • 213 pottsclock // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Hulk reminds me of Peter Kay in that beer advert. Careful build up from his team mates and then he just smacks it as hard as he can in the general direction of the goal when he gets the ball

  • 214 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    If you replaced England with Brazil in that group, they prob wouldn’t have got out the group either. Such an average side, very poor for a country with so much history and flair. Fred, jo, Marcelo should be nowhere near being in the squad awful players!

  • 215 pottsclock // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    WARNING – Controversial statement.

    I wouldn’t swap Scolari for Pardew,

  • 216 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I like Anita but he only works if you play a narrow trio in midfield. Colback is a good signing, think he’ll prove a few doubters wrong this season.

  • 217 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM


    …and shouting “Ave it!”

    Big phils tactics are actually out dated. Same issue as pardew really 😀

  • 218 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM


    I think England would have beaten Brazil had we played them at any stage. They look almost toothless, and Neymar, as good as he is, would not have been enough.

  • 219 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Why did Jean claude van damme change his name to hulk and start playing football for brazil?

  • 220 TorqToon // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM


    Just messing! I’d have to agree my friend.

  • 221 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Jaanmat assist 🙂 .

    Played well to be fair, sign him up .

  • 222 geordie157 // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Sign them up, Janmaat with the assist and wijnaldum with a deserved goal.

  • 223 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Yep. No attacking qualities at all 😉

  • 224 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    If I was Vorm, i’d be pi$$ed, right now. 3 minutes only for the World Cup, after the game is won.

  • 225 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Wouldn’t swap “Pards” with anybody, tactical genius that he is.

  • 226 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Nice assist from our future RB Janmaat 🙂 😀

  • 227 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Nice assist janmaat 😀

    Get him signed up….on second thoughts he won’t be allowed past the halfway line 😉

  • 228 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    @ ochy

    I personally rate Anita I just think he needs to adjust to the PL.

    He is better technically than Colback but they are pretty close in terms of ability. If we lose no one else and bring in a few more our bench is looking pretty strong.

  • 229 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Van gaal: holidays are for the weak lmfao

  • 230 Big Pappa Cissé // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Depay is the other Dutch player I would go for. Van Gaal should have played him more IMO .

  • 231 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Ah well, my predicted 5-1 bumming did not happen, but it was still a partial bumming non the less. Brazil have been poor. No doubt. Big phill is down the job centre on monday.

  • 232 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Big phils gonna have to bend over and let neymar smash his back doors in balls deep 😉

  • 233 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Anyway. Goodnight all. I trust i will see you tomorrow night for the biggy 🙂

  • 234 Markaccus // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Av con

    Really not the image i wanted to go to bed with. This is going to be the most uncomfortable w@nk ever!!!

  • 235 croftus5678 // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    i’d say colback is a poor mans sissoko tbh good at breakups and interception and always hard working running around and not too bad going forward but you can tell he’s a tough tackling box to box type player.

    think in fairness he will make our defence look better than it is atm and make us more solid in midfield alongside tiote and sissoko as a mid 3.

    personally i think anita should be more of an offensive cm if he can learn how to shoot better as he’s fast and skillfull enough with a very decent pass he just needs the vision and the practice of shooting.

  • 236 Average_Contents // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM


    Mission accomplished then 😀

  • 237 magoo // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    rotunda @1 you will probably never read this mate but excellent post. Ed should add thumbs up/down buttons.

  • 238 ochytoon // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Fair enough. I feel like a lot of fans really under appreciate him. He’s a good passer of the ball and I feel he does a lot of stuff you don’t notice a la Scott Parker. He always gets about the pitch and nine times out of ten, you’re going to get a good performance out of him.

  • 239 MajorToonage // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Anyone know if the game is streaming somewhere?

  • 240 Shaker Shakrah // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    All what i want to see now
    Cabella , Rivière , Janmaat signing for us quickly !!!
    and why Debuchy is still not left the club ?

    to remind you all about his 2 mistakes in the last game
    of the last season :

  • 241 Tsunki // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    So, as you may already know, I can’t be bothered to backtrack or do research, so can anyone tell me why Eds blog is blocked by newsnow?

  • 242 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Well Skunki, That’s classified information, and classified information can’t be shared 🙂

  • 243 Thump // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    @Tsunki: NewsNow is just a bit dodgy. Every now and then it’ll block sites after it’s decided it’s a spam site. It might be because Ed has been posting a lot during the day (obviously because he’s been on holiday) so it’s been flagged. He’ll send an email to them and they’ll unblock him, that’s just how it works.

  • 244 Belfast // Jul 12, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Something to do with this site redirecting you to another site or something like that.

    I know you’ve been thinking Ed was a naughty boy.

  • 245 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Cheers thump. Saved me a lot of unnecessary thinking 🙂

    Belfast – you were no help at all. Thanks.

  • 246 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Have we signed anyone since June? I’ve been away a while. Took my eye off the ball you could say. Or got bored you could also say.

  • 247 Belfast // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    No skunki, no one over the line so to speak.

    Although the Looney mob in the twatter land have us signing every man and his dog.

    Bids in, bids accepted, bids rejected etc etc.

  • 248 Tsunki // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    I thought so. It’s why I’ve been away for a while
    Guess it’s probably a good idea to just check in when the new season starts and we have our new squad of Purples proved and firing on all four for a top table finish
    Ha dee ha.

  • 249 Belfast // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Think me and you could go into this Itk business together like.

    I can be the football agent with various contacts through out the game, and you can be the former sports journalist, who still has some old contacts in game.

  • 250 Belfast // Jul 13, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    We could call ourselves whatever we wanted.

    If they believe someone called the anfield mole, or the Looney toon, they’ll certainly believe us two scallywags.

  • 251 jimmysmith // Jul 13, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    Is Ashley about to start running the club like a serious competitive elite football club. Holy shit, we’ve waited so long and endured so much. If that happens, I’m wiping the slate totally clean. I may even forgive my ex wife.

  • 252 ochytoon // Jul 13, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Apparently Grenier’s been spotted in Newcastle, there’s a pic on twitter. Could be legit but it’s hard to tell since the backgrounds blurry.

  • 253 Thump // Jul 13, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    @ochytoon: It’s not Newcastle mate, it’s France. Cars are on the wrong side of the road – and the lad who started it (@LdnToon it admitted it was a joke, then had a bit of banter with a few people who believed him.

  • 254 Spoof // Jul 13, 2014 at 3:47 AM

    Don’t get to carried away with this Ashley ambition view, as refreshing as it is to see us improve our offer up to the going rate it was probably done out of necessity as continuing as we were would surely have seen us go down, it was probably done to safeguard rather than to show ambition.

  • 255 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 13, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    Cabella, De jong, Riviere, Janmaat, Lacazette, Grenier

    would be mouth watering..

  • 256 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 13, 2014 at 4:46 AM

    See that Riviere has 30 assists to his name in 158 appearance. Not bad for winger/striker.

    we really mean business in this transfer window i s’pose.

  • 257 Rotonda heights // Jul 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM


    did see it, many thanks

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