Poor Wage Offer Could Force Winger To Leave Newcastle


Sammy Ameobi’s contract runs out in the summer, and it had been though that Newcastle would give him a new contract, but maybe that will not be happening after all.

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Sammy Ameobi – Real Sociedad after him

There is news in the Telegraph that former Everton boss David Moyes, now at Real Sociedad,  is trying to get Sammy to sign a pre-contract agreement so that he can be signed formally on July 1st – that start of the summer transfer window.

Sammy is a free agent in the summer and so clubs have been able to talk to him and his agents since January 1st.

The Telegraph is reporting that Moyes met Ameobi’s agents (Key Sports Management Ltd) this week in Spain, and is trying to get the 22 year-old (who was born and bred in Newcastle) to join him in San Sebastian, Spain.

There was news last week that Sammy Ameobi had been offered a new deal by Newcastle, but it looks like the terms of that deal were not too good, and Sammy could be looking elsewhere for a much better deal.

Maybe the low wage offer by Newcastle represents how much they value him as a player – so Sammy has every right to look elsewhere if that’s the case.

Or maybe it’s just that Newcastle are being  miserly (what again?) with the big money they are making through the new Premier League deal of £3B, which gave the club around £79M last May for finishing in 10th place.

Since Sammy is under 24 years of age and has come through the Youth Academy at Newcastle like his older brother Shola, the Tyneside club will be due some compensation for him in the summer, even though he is out of contract.

Newcastle have to start paying better wages if they want to keep their top youngsters and also if they want to attract new talent to the club.

For the record Sammy has played 58 times with four goals for Newcastle United, and he’s shown this season that he has earned a new deal at his home town club.

What do you think?

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78 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Feb 20, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #1

    We need to lock him in. With the scraps we get in the transfer market, he’s one of the few positives in our offense. Yes I know his playmaking stats aren’t stellar but he has potential to create some goals for us imo as a LW Especially when we get some balance and cohesion into our side.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Apparently Mike and Lee have made Sammy what they think is a very reasonable offer. What’s wrong with 10 quid a week they ask? Oh, and also a bonus of 100 quid if we are in the top 10 again next season. Beautiful work Lee and Mike.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Who are we?
    Newcastle United!!!!
    What are we?
    Fiscally responsible!!!!
    It’s a wonderful way to run a football club Mike.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s see now that’s a crap wage offer to Sammy and a crap wage offer to Aarons. Who else can we make a crap wage offer to and make sure they leave?

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  • JDdubai

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Id rather they take whatever was offered to Sammy, let him leave, and then add it to Aarons offer to keep him instead.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #6

    An extra 10 quid a week to Aarons then JD mate? Hmmm, I don’t know. That’s a lot of money we’re talking about. And it has to come our of poor Mike’s pocket.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Maybe the other lads in the club could have a whip round for Sammy and see what they can raise that way?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #8

    I also feel Mike should make crap wage offers to Haidara and Perez when their contracts are almost up. These lads are much too young and promising to pay properly.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Wow, I know who killed Lucy Beale and it wasn’t Ethel’s little dog willie.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #10

    It was a goat stampede that killed Lucy Beale welshie. A well known fact. Stay away from the goats.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s certainly ok to serenade a few goats in the evening welshie, but only if you have proper intentions.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Why are you so obsessed with goats and every other animal.

    Seconds thoughts i don’t want to know.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Take a bow Pirlo .

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Stop watching animal farm.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15

    You will have bad eyesight.

    Ha ha ha

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    What do you lot think about our balance between fiscal responsibility and football ambition? Aren’t we handling it brilliantly. Every few seasons a cup final and even a cup or two to keep the supporters happy, plus we stay in the black and aren’t in financial trouble. Oh….. wait a minute.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #17

    You are one happy chap aren’t you GeordieTwo, i know where some of the moaners get it from, you must be their captain.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Just so we are clear the big TV deal doesn’t mean players should automatically be paid bigger money!

    …I don’t know what they have offered Sammy (probably not much), but he is in no position to ask for big money!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #19

    Jesper mate I understand Sammy isn’t exactly the top prospect in England but the wage offers over the last few seasons to young players have been embarrassing. What was Aarons offered? Very little. Of course he can’t seem to stay fit either. Difficult one I suppose, but if we lose several of the younger players doesn’t it defeat the purpose of the brilliant Ashley plan?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Thank you for coming on by the way jesper. It has just been me and the Goat Whisperer on here for a while.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    The only real question remaining is how much crappier can Mike make the club and yet still remain safely out of the relegation zone? Stay tuned for a couple of seasons to learn the exciting answer.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #22

    G2

    I think a lot of the wages are made up with incentives, and maybe the players feel these incentives are difficult to achieve. Simple things like playing football, or passing the ball to one of our own players etc.

    I think the whole club is run on incentives, e.g. the more charmless Charnley save on the wage bill the more he earns in his own wages. mmmmmm!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #23

    GT…his plan was doomed to fail anyway mate 😉

    …I am sure Ashley has offered embarrassing wages, just saying the new TV deal shouldn’t mean players like Sammy can ask more than their worth?

    …don’t think a Spanish midtable club is going to offer big money. But players like Sammy and Aarons need to show they can be fit if they want bigger money!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #24

    GT…always glad to help you out pal – you are good people 🙂

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  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #25

    jesper

    Hows baby doing mate? and have you chosen a name for him yet?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Yes, have you got a name yet jesper? We need a young jesper on here as soon as possible. Get him texting straight away Dazzler! 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #27

    I’m sure Lee Charmless is trying every trick in the book firebug mate. If he can get the wage bill down another 20% that would save Mike 12M pounds a year or so I believe. Mike has deep pockets to put all that lovely cash in.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #28

    GeordieTwo

    Well it’s very expensive for him avoiding all the Honey Badgers, heaven help him if they get a helicopter too.

    The club has hit rock bottom mate, and this time i cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel yet, I think we will drop a few more places this season, and if the do nothing again, we will get relegated next season.

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  • giimps

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #29

    yeah,
    let all the younguns go out on loan so theyre off the wagebill, leave the club with 18 fit players, we dont need anymore than that, get rid of the purples and keep the kids, offer them crap wages and if they dont sign new contracts, stop them playing or force them to play when injured.
    Its the way forward…..thats why Barcelona ,Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are doing it………errrr

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Anything terrible is always possible with Mike. If he makes JC the permanent head coach, does very little in terms of strengthening the club in the summer and drives a few of the younger players out we could be in big trouble. I doubt he would do all of the above at the same time however. He will make just enough positive moves to keep us afloat in the Prem again next season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Relegation is for suckers and Mike is no sucker. He’s a scumbag tightwad but he will continue to do just enough positive things to keep us afloat in the Prem, somewhere between 10th and 15th.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #32

    GeordieTwo

    I not so sure mate, I think he has already taken one gamble too many. He seems to believe that he can run the club at a fraction of the costs other clubs pay out, but we are seeing the results of than now and it’s just not working.

    We need to spend money on good solid players who can actually get the job done and win matches, Under the fat man this is never going to happen.

    Carver will take us down next season, and only then will Ashley see his mistakes.

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  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper

    Why not name your new baby after someone you admire?

    Michael Ashley Fuglsang has a nice ring to it. Don’t you think?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Firebug, Mike has learned all about relegation. He doesn’t like it at all. We might have a decent young core if they can get healthy (Lascelles, Aarons, Perez, Haidara, possibly even Dummett as backup CB). We also have an improving Cabella, De Jong to come back, Janmaat, and Krul. That’s not too bad if we keep them all. However after that it gets more dicey. Colback is uninspired but decent, but beyond that we’re woefully thin. Tiote will be sold and Gouffran has not been great. Nor has squidward. Anita can be competent but not great. We need several good players obviously but Mike probably thinks we can scrape through another season with possibly one or two incoming and what we have. Pathetic? Yes for any ambitious owner but typical of Mike.

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  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #35

    This is quite an interesting article
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/what-john-carver-changing-behind-8681712
    Maybe Carver is not quite the thick geordie he’s made out to be on this blog!

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  • nufc786

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #36

    what would be a reasonable wage for sammy?

    he might be looking for 15-20k????

    i wonder if mike and co offered him less than 10k….

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  • firebug666

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #37

    I agree that he does not want relegation again, he want’s the TV money. But if he doesn’t get the players that the club desperately needs this summer, and a new head coach who can actually coach, then we have to go half a season with what we have, by January it could be too late for us to save ourselves, more especially if we are still stuck with Carver, and that seems likely mate.

    I’m not sure we can rely on the youngsters to perform week in week out, this season Perez was supposed to be in the development squad, but he is being burned out in the first team.

    I always hope we stay up mate, but things will have to change drastically this summer if we are to stay in the prem next season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #38

    I didn’t mention Colo or Willo because that is where a true disaster lies if at least one of them (Willo) is not gone or at least consigned to the bench next season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Good comments lads. Yes I wonder what Sammy has been offered as with Aarons. Firebug you could be right if Mike pays no heed to the growing problems at the club. It can’t go on forever. The underspending at this stage is ridiculous. We could spend at least 20M pounds more a year, bring in a couple of decent players and still make a tidy profit. My guess is Mike thought to himself after all the abuse of the last few seasons “Right then, I’ll show this lot how it’s done. I’ll put out a mediocre team at best, keep the wage bill and spending down and make myself a huge profit over the next few years.” Sound about right?

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  • BandB

    Feb 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #40

    martoon,

    Good link. Though Lee is in his element with this type of story.
    I bet his happiness knows no bounds now he’s well-in again.
    Singing from the right hymn-sheet.

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