Very Difficult For Magpies To Get Another Striker In

After Director of Football Joe Kinnear failed miserably to make any permanent signings in the last two transfer windows, Lee Charnley as our new Director of Football since April,  has shown some great fortitude and drive in getting nine players through the door, and getting the vast majority of them in early during the summer.

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Lee Charnley on left – has done well in first transfer window

Lee seems to have done so well that he has left Newcastle United open to being accused of being ambitious, which has hardly ever been the case in the seven years Mike Ashley has owned the club. 😀

But whether Lee can be successful in leading the drive this week to get another striker through the door is debatable, and certainly for British players they seem just too expensive with some ridiculously high transfer fees being paid out for what are average players at best.

This is what Alan Pardew said about the subject:

“I think that the recent activity on the striker front in particular, has shown that the market is very very difficult. Jordan Rhodes’s price looks heavy so we are looking at the options that are good enough for us,”

“We keep talking about British players being promoted and every time we go and try and buy one it’s very difficult,” “They become stuck in the system, it’s such a shame.”

“If we could have some realism around our own strikers maybe they would get more opportunities.”

Shane Long went to Southampton from Hull for a massive £12M, and that’s the fee being mentioned for a potential Jordan Rhodes move from Blackburn Rovers to Hull City, and Jordan has never played in the Premier League.

And with Ross McCormack costing Fulham £12M from Leeds United, these transfer fees are simply unrealistically high – and Newcastle quite rightly – will not pay out these high fees for ordinary players.

Fulham have lost their first four games in the Championship, and were hammered 5-1 at Derby on Saturday, and are currently in bottom place in the league.

It looks like Newcastle will again be looking at the continent for a striker, but exactly who we can bring in remains to be seen.

And QPR have lost their first two games in the Premier League and were hammered 4-0 at White Hart Lane yesterday – so Loic Remy may find himself having to stay at Loftus Road for the season.

And that’s after playing at Newcastle United least season on loan and then almost signing for Liverpool a few weeks back, until he failed his medical.

There seems very little chance Newcastle will go back in for Remy – although you never know.

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27 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, what AP says about English players getting stuck in the system is spot on. They ARE over priced, and it IS a shame. Pity he cant be so open and honest about nufc!

  • TheBossMan

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    The sad fact after watching the first 2 games is we deffo need a proven goal scorer , pretty football and approach play doesn’t get you points , you have to put the ball in the net…
    I wonder if Loic Remy is regretting turning us down to stay at QPR after the drubbing they got from Spurs , it was men against boys stuff…

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3


    It’s easy to say ‘sell them’ but much harder to do especially without buyers.

    Vuckic and Ferguson couldn’t get games when on loan at lower league teams. Not a great advertisement for buyers from the lower leagues.

    Ben Arfa came to us with a reputation as a difficult individual. He has now reverted to type. Not the best advertisement for any buying manager knowing that history strongly suggests that his new signing is almost certain to fall out with him.

    Unlike the other three, Jonas would be attractive to many clubs. Not sure being in Argentina, which is a bankrupt corrupt country, is his best option.

  • deeps

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Are we trying to do a remy on hull city? 😀
    We have just bid for micheal dawson..yesterday Bruce said that he was close to a transfer..hope that we sign him up..a cb pairing of dawson and collo/mbiwa looks much better

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    I just dont see how this is difficult. Everyother club can do it but not us! Tight arsed owner with a soft s**te for a manager. Pretty sure if your a billionaire with an ounce of abition, an english ST or even a foreign ST is more than achieveable to purchase in the last week of the TF window

  • juan

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    You get sick of hearing this crap. Difficult to get one in? It’s easy spend some money. If hull and Southampton Fulham can spend decent money on a striker why can’t we. Looking at the 1st 2 matches we need one in and quickly. FCB should sanction decent money to get a good proven striker in. Or greedy remy back.


    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    so rhodes was the player we wer suppose to sign

  • Markaccus

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8


    Its the silly prices….. Remy would cost 15M if the release clause is true. Welbeck, for example, would ptobably cost at least the same permanent. Who would you rather have? (on playing ability alone, putting aside attitudes et.c for the moment)

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    That four nil defeat by Spurs may have raised doubts in Remy’s mind about staying with QPR.

    Top strikers demand top money and only want to join top teams and play in the top competitions.

    Newcastle like all teams in the Premier League that are outside of the Champions League qualifying positions need to be quite savvy about buying strikers. I think some of the strikers that we could have bought and have approached have turned the club down, for various reasons.

    I believe this will be the toughest job for Carr and Charnley as their options are rapidly running out in those available and time available and possibly even money available.

  • gazza85

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree that the prices paid for British strikers is daft but I wish Pardew would say ‘we won’t be held to ransom like that when there’s better talent abroad for that price’ rather than ‘we can’t compete’.

    That I could stomach.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Even another loan for Remy would be a good deal just GET A PROVEN FINISHER IN FFS!! Hard in the last week because it’s harder for the selling club to find a replacement. but MONEY TALKS and Ashley hates talking that way! :/

  • jayphoto

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Always thought Welbeck could develop into a decent striker, has decent attributes! For 14m that’s being mentioned though I think we could sign a better player! We’ve still got Papiss and Ferreyra to come in, not sure we need another striker if Pardew can get either playing to their potential! Centreback much more essential but Dawson would be a step back! Van Dijk bit untested but apparantly looked brilliant in the champions league

  • gazza85

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    Would be interested in Van Dijk but if Celtic qualify for the group stages i don’t see him leaving this window tbh.

  • ballerfan2

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Dawson is 31 in a couple of months (same as Collo?) so there is little chance of this rumour being true IMO. Remy clearly considers himself too good for us, more or less stating the fact time after time, so if NUFC is to maintain its dignity leave him where he is. I don’t really understand the anti Welbeck feeling unless it is the fact he spent some time with Sunderland. I remember the reaction to the signing of Colback. Those opinions are rapidly changing aren’t they. Welbeck could be equally successful for me.

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Pardew has a valid point. Rhodes and McCormack have never played before in the Premiership but demand high transfer fees. Shane Long is a good little player but seemingly not good enough for Hull.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Paddy Bamforth on loan from Chelsea will link up at Gillingham

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Haven’t seen enough of Van Dijk. My worry there is we passed last summer at £2.5 million and I don’t think the Scottish league will have improved him to make us think he is worth £8million now.

    I don’t think it should be one or the other anyway. We have spent about £3million net, so the money should be there to bring in both. The fact we are this late in the window makes me think we will get neither. I think the club gambled on Rivi because everyone else had said no or were too costly.

  • toonincheek

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #18

    We have acquired 3 strikers already (one on loan) and have Cisse to come back.

    Thoise three are new to PL, new to the teram and I think its a bit too early to write them off.

    Any new striker would push those three down the pecking order and not give them a chance to prove their worth.

    Maybe with hindsight we should not have bought three, although Ferreyra was an opportunist move rather than a planned one.
    But it’s done now and I think we have to live with it and hope two of the four come good.

  • Lost Plot

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    What’s chances of snapping Loic Remy on the cheap now?

    QPR are showing signs that they shouldn’t even be in the Premier League LMAO

    And then there is Man U .. Do they do a mad clear out this week coz certain individuals there sure ain’t bonding with their respective team players

    End of Day .. Hope we find someone to sell shirts this week (I’d even settle for Messi)

    HW’ 🙂

  • Belfast

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Blackburn paid something like 9 million for Rhodes, and he’s scored a bucket load of goals.

    Can’t really blame them for asking for more money than they paid for him.


    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Rabiot avaible For 9.5 mil

  • toonincheek

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #22

    On HBA, I don’t see it necessarily as a reflection on him that no-one seems to have come in for him.

    HBA has stated he doesn’t want to leave.
    He is happy here, knows that the (majority of) fans love him.

    I would expect that other clubs have approached his agent and got the message that HBA isn’t interested in moving.

    Hence no bids or further interest.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #23

    @lee_ryder: #nufc are also only intending to bring in a centre-back if Steven Taylor or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are moved on

  • gazza85

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #24

    Welbeck would be a good player to have in the squad and I personally believe for 10mil he would be worth it (although we’d never get him that cheap).

    His record at Man U isn’t great but he’s spent most of his time out wide or on the subs bench behind Rooney and now RVP.

    I don’t think he’ll be a 20+ goal a season striker though (he doesn’t seem to be selfish enough) but 10-15 goals if played centrally primarily for 30-40 games isn’t beyond him (1 in 5 roughly in club football but he has 1 in 3 roughly for an average England team).

    The attitude he has as well his workrate will only help endear him to fans and teammates.

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #25

    The top British strikers last season were Sturridge with 21 goals, Rooney with 17 and Rodriguez with 15.

    There is no way that Sturridge and Rooney would leave Liverpool and ManU to come to Newcastle.

    Could we tempt Rodriguez ? Possibly yes. Would Southampton sell him ? Probably not.

    Where do we go from there if we cannot get a proven striker. The lower leagues or foreign leagues would be the answer but not at the prices for British strikers in the lower leagues. A foreign striker looks the best bet.

  • geordie157

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #26

    Guess Dawson would be ok, real shame we didn’t move fast and get Dier.

    Dawson and Wickham will do the job.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    I thought Remy looked very ordinary like the second half of last season
    Has he been Redknapped or Hoddled ?


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