Pardew Going After Newcastle Target(s) In Transfer Market

It’s not unusual when a manger joins another club, that he makes some former targets his new club’s targets in the transfer market.

alan pardew and john carver crystal palace

Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park earlier this year against Newcastle

And there is news today that Alan Pardew and Crystal Place are interested in Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk, who has been a Newcastle target for over two years now and could still join Newcastle in the summer.

We were supposed to be close at the end of last summer’s transfer market of signing the former Groningen central defender, but it’s difficult to know how true those stories were.

But Alan Pardew will have a harder  job at Crystal Palace persuading top players to join the London club than he even had at Newcastle, and that’s simply because they are a smaller club than Newcastle and have a smaller ground.

Selhurst Park has a capacity of 26,309 which is almost exactly half of that of St. James’ Park.

But that’s not saying anything negative about the Crystal Palace fans and the atmosphere they create at Selhurst Park which is simply fantastic, and Palace are an excellent club who look like they will survive in the Premier League longer term.

Newcastle have been linked with other center-backs than Virgil over the last year, and only yesterday we were linked with Senegal center-back Papy Djilobodji, the 6’4″ center-back who currently plays for FC Nantes in France.

It appears that Papy’s contract runs out in the summer and he would be cheaper option than Virgil who will cost around £ 8M, so maybe Newcastle could move for a cheaper option than Virgil can Dijk?

Why does that not surprise us? 😀

If Palace are successful in getting the 23 year-old Celtic center-back to Crystal Palace it would tell us that Palace Chairman Steve Parish is more ambitious than Mike Ashley.

That could be one reason Alan decided to move on in mid-season, and there was news in January that (significant) transfer funds would be made available to the former Newcastle manager in London.

But there’s no doubt that this summer will be huge for Newcastle United and as well as bringing in some new players like a center-back and striker, we will also be getting a new coach in.

We are hoping Newcastle can have a very good summer.

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18 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Palace sign van dijk and we sign the Nantes bloke, if that happened it really would show that one club ate moving forward while the other is simply just getting by hoping to retain premier league safety.

    Get the feeling this summer’s dragged out pursuit will be for mitrovic or max kruse, with neither being signed.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Who cares?

    Cheap crappy players to keep us midtable.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Transfer targets????????

    More like decoys to fool the masses

  • anthc

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Palace is in london which trumps the fact they are smaller plus they’ll pay bigger wages. Remy was the perfect example although i cant see the attraction of the big smoke as i personally hate the place.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Yup – most foreign players want to play in London, it’s the only u.k city most of them have heard of and despite what we like to think we aren’t that much better than palace at the moment and they’ll easily match the wages we’re willing to pay

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    This confirms something I heard at the time.

    The board confirmed that it had pursued its first choice defensive targets in summer 2014 and had reached a verbal agreement with a player. The deal involving Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa took far longer than anticipated and the target subsequently moved to another club before it could be concluded.

    The Debuchy deal was supposed to be a swap for an Arsenal player.

    On 9 August 2014 , Arsenal accepted a £15 million offer from FC Barcelona for Vermaelen

    Debuchy went to Arsenal early July

    MYM didn’t finalise his deal with Roma until September

    Weird thing is Debuchy and Vermaelen have long term leg problems

    Dodged a bullet there methinks

  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed’s optimism pills are still working I see.

    Buy new players and get a new HC in the summer? ???? ????

    Maybe I need some of Ed’s pills!

  • lesh

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    ???? ???? = 😀 😐

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    We desperately need two centre backs (unless Dummett adapts to the role) & possibly one striker who can play on the wing.

    We also must sell and replace Obertan, Gouffran, Anita, Williamson. Those 4 guys shouldn’t be getting any game time as we suffer when they play.

    Obertan doesn’t put in any tackles or take many shots. All he does is bomb forward. Williamson also does not win many tackles, all he does is win headers. Gouffran just doesn’t do anything. And Anita shouldn’t be playing centre mid.

  • toon kk

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Wake up and smell the coffee ST holder’s the club is run the way it is because of YOU!
    Accept mediocre and that’s what you will get with MA.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    most managers that we have been linked with have commented on not coming to NUFC

    except Remi Garde!

    maybe he’s already linked with us?

    thoughts anyone?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Iv’e never had a season ticket so I’m lucky I dodge that bullet, Iw as considering one back in the KK and SBR days but I couldn’t afford it back then.

  • toon kk

    Mar 8, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    All MA is doing is running NUFC very similar to SD he’s putting a cheap product out at a affordable price while he rakes in vast profits.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 8, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Any and all transfers are dependant on Graham Carr, it seems. So all this speculation about who might be a “good” signing for the club is idle, really, given his increasingly transparent motives which clearly have nothing to do with the best interests of the team.

  • Sav

    Mar 8, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Too much to hope that the question ‘ Who is the better player, Virgil van Dijk or Djilobodji?’ is too much to hope for to cross Charnley’s lips…

  • catchy in norway

    Mar 8, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #16

    base din the fact that ed posts every crappy link with anyone and everyone , P45 must have some list to chose from

    every French man falls in this group 🙂

    most dutch men , as long as there under 5 million

  • Malta Mag

    Mar 8, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry Ed but you’re becoming brainwashed and succumbing to some of the utter Shiite that is spilled onto this blog. Do you ever consider the possibility that Papy may be a better prospect than Virgil and that it simply may make better business sense? Why is it that because Mike Ashley is not willing to spend silly money on second rate players he is accused of lacking ambition whilst we buy players like Abeid, Perez, Cabaye and Sissoko at great bargains and little or no credit is given. Once again I’m not singing Ashley’s praises but you have to “see the trees rather than just the wood”.
    I have continued to sit on the fence with Ashley and don’t jump on the anti bandwagon at every given opportunity. Seymour, McKeag and Shepherd were the real ones that should be criticized but some have short memories or are not old enough. Ashley is an arrogant twat and needs electrodes tied to his reproductive organs but no one can doubt his business credentials as the last annual accounts proved. Let’s see the club in 2-3 years time and see whether this current period of mediocrity was worth the hurt its causing?

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Never really understood the hype around van dijk, he has good qualities on the ball and a mean shot, but ive seen him and hes rash and i feel he would actually get punished in the prem.

    Better than what weve got, but for 8 million there must be better out there! I say go for it pards


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