Will Newcastle Go After Two Good Players – Or Try To Get By?

We have been linked with some players in the January transfer window,  but given that we should be fairly  desperate to sign a striker and a center-back this month, there doesn’t seem to be too much happening on the transfer front at Newcastle.

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Lee Charnley – looking for head coach and some players?

It’s very possible we can sign 20 year-old French winger M’baye Niang from AC Milan – maybe for around £3M or less, since his contract in Italy runs out in the summer and he wants to come to Newcastle.

And one or two other players are cropping up, but we haven’t really been linked with any good strikers or central defenders so far this month.

It’s almost certain that Burnley striker Danny Ings will stay at Burnley this month, and he could even sign an extension to his current contract, which runs out in June.

And there is no word on players like former target striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is having a great season in France for Lyon, and has scored 20 goals in 25 appearances for his club.

Maybe if we get Remi Garde in – the former Lyon coach –  he may even be able to help Newcastle sign some good Lyon players in the summer.

Alexandre Lacazette and Clement Grenier are two Lyon players who are  long term targets, and they both played for him at Lyon.

With Steven Taylor being out for the rest of the season, we definitely need to bring in a center-back, and we’ve been short of a striker all season.

So you would expect us to go all out to try to get at least two good players in during this January transfer window, and not just try to get by with what we have.

But we could do the latter and save some money – and simply try to get by – as we’ve done before.

After all we don’t seem to be any relegation trouble.

Not yet – anyway.

What do you think?

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131 comments so far

  • G

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Lanczettes price tag has gone through the roof, so i reckon we can forget that. Would be happy if we signed a centre half, anything else is a bonus

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #2

    There are different kinds of gamble – some can be calculated. There are no guarantees in football.

    …but if we only change the manager and keeps everything else the same I don’t think much will change for the better.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t expect us to sign anyone tho window. We don’t even have a manager (I don’t even think they can get this one right in time)

    …there is a reluctance to do the thing at Newcastle!

  • firebug666

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think Newcastle will look to bring in anybody until a new Head Coach is appointed, even then it’s not the Newcastle way to strengthen the squad or spend money until desperation rears it’s head.

  • G

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Also, the only way I would take Ings, is if we bought in Dyche as head coach too. Ings record everywhere but under Dyche is appaling, lower league journeyman. Most of Burnleys squad is like that, how he has got them anywhere but rooted to the bottom of the league is a miracle. I would take him over any of the names weve been linked with.

  • cornishman

    Jan 10, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree that any signings will be after a new coach has been appointed. Whether that can all happen in the time scale is debateable…..here,s hoping.

  • hibbit

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    g… danny ings is 22 years old hardly a journeyman 1st season in the prem

  • Korean Magpie

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Ed, stop saying Niang’s contract runs out this summer. He’s contracted at Milan until 2017. Please….just stop.

  • G

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit, hes been around a bit mate

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    As the transfers are done by committee, any planned deals for players with expiring contracts and ‘value’ buy out clauses can surely continue?

    I can’t see Ashley wanting to miss out on any cheap players after months of planning by Charnley and Carr.

    If there are any deals being done they are unlikely to be for more than a £2-3 million. We’re not going to be buying any players with a pedigree.


  • beermonkey

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #11

    well I don’t expect much to happen on new players till mbiwa is sold
    surprised its not been done

    as pards alluded we don’t need the manager in place for players to come in well unless there a hit then of course he was instrumental in them joining,

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    *the right thing

  • croftus5678

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #13

    ings would def be my pick of them but unfortunatly i’d bet on him staying at burnley 🙁

    niang i’m a bit touchy about as i thought he had great potential but there fans are slating the hell out of him saying he can only run and do nothing else apart from lose the ball and let the team down ! and tbh he does look a lot like sammy from what i’ve seen in the way he plays.

    lacazette is far too expensive for us.

  • JamesToon

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #14

    If we get Garde would it be possible if he wanted M’Biwa he could recall him ?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #15

    beermonkey…as Pardew said he was involved in transfers especially the important ones.

    …you cannot bring players in when you don’t even have a manager. Only amateurs do that or clubs making a political statement when signing a trophy player.

  • LGFUAD21

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #16

    I said in the summer it was now or never for lacazette.

    His way past us now in terms of the clubs interested.

    He could have been our bony. (£10m gamble that became a £30m striker)

  • beermonkey

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #17


    the way I looked at it any1 that was for the first team he had a say in it for the academy and under 21s he didn’t

    I don’t imagine that to change with the new bloke

  • lesh

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #18

    G – there’s no surprise if Lacazette’s price has rocketed. I see parallels with our penny-pinching over Bony who’s been sold on for an over-inflated £25m!

    Fanny on, quibble over a couple of million and it becomes apparent we’ve missed out on a handy player – or citing the example of Bony, missing out on a cool £10m plus profit! Will Ashley ever learn.

    As far as our immediate need for a CB and striker, if Charnley is talking with Garde, wouldn’t it make sense to find out who he’d like on those positions and go for them? Kill two birds with one stone? Nah, no chance if it means spending without selling!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #19

    Has Bony definitely signed for Man City? Finalised?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20

    beermonkey #17…exactly! And so it should be.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Do we even know that we are talking to Garde?

    …I expect at statement from the club saying “we tried talking to Garde but we don’t understand French. We thought we had an agreement” 😉

  • midweek weekend

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    A few twitter sources saying we are talking to remi garde, so something may happen next week

  • Sav

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #23

    If we signed up Remi Garde, would he try to recall M’biwa from Roma? Personally, I didn’t rate him but clearly in the French and Italian leagues he cuts the mustard. That would solve our centre-back at a stroke, assuming Garde gets better performances out of the lad than Pardew did.
    For today, Anita should get a second chance and man mark Hazard throughout.

  • magpie6699

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Haway the cow on the field!

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Anita not fast or strong enough to mark hazard. Mwiba overrated and not suited to prem as he has shown us.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #26

    I don’t think the cow grazing in front of the goal is going to help us today, I’m going for a spanking in the region of 4/5 -0.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #27

    I’d settle for 0-2.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #28

    Chelsea 3 Newcastle 23

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #29
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30


    funnily enough i watched a local cup game the other day and that was the exact score – spooky!

  • expatmag

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #31


    The only spanking you will see today is off your missus

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #32

    I’d settle for having a go and if we lost (highly likely) then at least we tried.

    I’d rather that than sit back and invite pressure because as we know we tend to crack when the going gets tough. That said, I don’t think anything we do is going to increase our chances for a draw, never mind a win especially as this is being billed as the “revenge” match by the media. The only thing that can influence the outcome in our favour is if chelsea have an off day.

    It’s Going to be a hard hard game and if we’re not up for it then expect a good shagging. Hopefully not and we give a good showing.

    Fat slob out.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #33

    it’s funny how ash could go from zero to hero with a really inspired choice of coach. Being worth 3.5 Billion must surely allow you to have a bit of fun!

    He tried it with the populist KK and shearer appointments but we all know what happened there.

    Garde has got a hot line to emerging French talent and maybe could also resurrect the likes of Cabella, Riviere, MYM,( if he came back,) etc

    don’t think we’ll ever get fdb so garde isn’t a bad choice given all our french players

  • BandB

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34


    I am puzzled by you. Over the years you have made a very great many valid points regarding the failings of Alan Pardew. I don’t think there was ever any question of you being in a persecuted minority of one.
    I will make just two points about the article. One is that the issue was never about spend, but about net spend, which reflects actual investment in progress. The second is that if the author had replaced “Bony” for “Mario” he could have made exactly the opposite point.
    Pardew is gone. I don’t think there’s a lot of interest in making a redundant pro or anti-Pardew case anymore.
    I suspect Pardew’s real interest to you will be that he allows you to continue to make, by stealth, your pro-Ashley case.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Why wouldn’t we accept him? Because he’s not a geordie? The king wasn’t accepted because he was a piss poor appointment in the first place, he was then given time after his 5th place finish but then shown his true colours ever since. Get real you sexist no mark. Fcuking pisses me right off.


  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #36


    i do think we need a foreign coach to bring us into the 21st century, but if it had to be english, any of dysche, clement or howe would offer hope.

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #37


    You saved me the bother and put it much more eloquently than I would of managed.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #38


    i was jumped upon last night en masse by several people after i alluded to the fact that maybe, just maybe, there were other external factors other than ashley in the non-development of some expensively acquired players, too lengthy a list to compile here.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #39

    Rotonda…good article!

    …maybe Pardew is a good coach if it was 30 years ago in the Jock Stein (now there’s a great coach just ask SAF), but football has moved on since then.

    …but the basics are still the same.

    Jock Stein once said “it’s not just about winning, but the manner of how you win”. I still think this stands, but sadly it’s lost on alot of people these days – even on here.

    It’s not the quest for entertainment that sells the season tickets anymore (that was what I fell for here in the 90tees), if it ever was here.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 10, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #40

    *Jock Stein era


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