Newcastle In Bold Move To Sign Top Free Agent

Newcastle have been after 25 year-old Marseilles left winger Andre Ayew for over two years now, and he will in all likelihood become a free agent in the summer, if Marseilles fail to persuade him to sign a new deal to stay in the south of France.

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Andre Ayew – Newcastle in bold move

There have been reports in the last few weeks that various clubs are speaking to the winger, and offering him a deal in an effort to get him signed up to a pre-contract,  that he would then sign on July 1st to make the transfer official.

Players in the last six months of their contract are allowed to talk to clubs from January of the year their contracts run out.

And there is a report in France that Newcastle have offered Andre a decent deal, and there are some inside details on what the deal is.

le10Sport are reporting, in what they call an exclusive, that Newcastle have offered the player a £2M signing on fee and wages of £30K/week – free of any taxes.

Taxes in France are huge, so that seems a decent offer to the 62 times capped Ghanaian International.

Bundesliga club Wolfsburg have apparently made an identical offer, and if that’s true we think he would prefer a move to Newcastle, because he has always said he wants to play in the English Premier League.

The third club said to have given an offer to Andre is Roma, and their offer is reported to be the best one of the three.

But maybe the location of the club is more important than the offer for Andre – after all money isn’t everything  but try telling that to Mike Ashley!

But just like the story we reported on Levante midfielder Victor Camarasa earlier tonight, Tottenham are the other club said to be interested in signing Andre, and if they are really interested they will win the race with Newcastle, because they are a bigger and more ambitious club then Newcastle are these days.

We really hope that Newcastle can get Andre Ayew to Tyneside, and make an early breakthrough in the summer transfer window.

It’s good we have made an offer to the winger/striker, but these days when bigger clubs are in the bidding, we don’t stand much chance.

That’s not good – but unfortunately it’s true.

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45 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Always rated Huntelaar, and I’m surprised no PL club have ever made a bid for him .

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Game on in the Bernabeu

  • croftus5678

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #3

    vukic scores 1-0

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #4

    RM look burnt out

  • Sleepin Giant

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #5

    deja vu all over again with this story

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Can you believe SKY gave this fixture to ITV as the least interesting

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #7

    RM hanging on by a thread

  • lochinvar

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Carver has sent Carr to Glasgow to scout Vukic – could fill the CF role as a proven goal scorer

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Drained – what a match.

  • jimiley

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Exciting match, but not as good as watching the Toon.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #11

    That was like us in the Keegan days .

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh the irony. He doesn’t usually slag off your articles ed. No far from it. He just wished your cancer back not so long ago instead.

    Vile cretin.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #13


    “He just wished your cancer back not so long ago instead.”

    No I didn’t

    I referred to it – is all

    Do you just lie about footy stuff , or everything ?

    I suspect you cheat on your wife as well

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #14


    Come on back to me
    Perhaps I know more about you than is healthy

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice one average.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #16

    i can’t remember the incident that’s if there was one, but if Jeff did say what ever he’s supposed to of said then surely ed would have done something i mean he is the boss after all.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 10, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Really. That’s it. I bet you cheat on your wife? Come Jeffrey from the outer reaches of space. You can do better than that. We’ve heard it all before so you might aswell get it off your chest. You know you want to. All these posts you’ve managed to concoct as of late have nobody fooled. We all know the vile creature is fighting it’s way to the surface to rear it’s extremely ugly head and go pop.

    Work time. Work is where you earn money, ya know to support oneself and the family. Tra.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 10, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #18
  • armchair fan

    Mar 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Hopefully Ayew prefers the standard 4 seater taxis ed

    Not sure how huge the taxis are in France but surely the taxes aren’t that much that players can’t afford their own cars?

  • Dulcinera

    Mar 11, 2015 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #20

    Average, how are you boss?

    Good to see there’ a new vile cretin on the blog. Always nice to see some other poor soul be the victim of pureile hatred just to deflect attention

    This ayew bloke looked good at the world cup havent seen too much of him as where i live we don’t get too many french games. Maybe im stuck in the wilderness. 30k a week doesnt sound to bold to me though. let’s risk another 2 million

  • Chris

    Mar 11, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #21


    Don’t forget that it’s 30K a week AFTER tax at a top marginal rate of 45% in UK.

    That’s equivalent to a gross wage of about 50K a week before tax, which seems reasonable enough.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 11, 2015 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #22

    This blog is slowly dying and it’s obvious who is contributing to it! It’s sad really!

    The stubbornness of few is the downfall of many. Enjoy the fun everyone!

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2015 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Bring Vuckic back.

  • cyprus

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Maybe the death of the blog is a bit premature Jesper.

    It’s getting tiring discussing whether a billionnaire owner cares or doesn’t care on a football blog. Who cares what he thinks.
    Of course, the avarage football, lack of ambition and ‘finished’ season doesn’t help either.

    We need to get back to the heart of the matter: football.

    Ed. if you can dig up such related info, giving game stats, player stats, more on tactics, the weekly opposition, strengths-weaknesses, etc. please.

  • G

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #25

    Cyprus at 24, nail on the head mate. Thats pretty much why I don’t bother posting on here too much any more.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #26

    I expect the blog will pick up as Sunday’s match approaches.

  • hibbit

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #27

    cyprus the sad thing is it is not just this blog others are having the same problem i always thought it would happen that one day the rot would set in people seem to have had enough its happening in the ground you can hear a pin drop it comes to the point were you just have to say enough is enough each day a little more die’s its making the city a very sad place

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah, the blog being quieter is the result of a perfect storm of lack of material for discussion, pointless transfer speculation, the season being over, too much bickering and pointless postings, the lack of ambition, and a general malaise that has taken grip from the top down at the club.

    I come on much less nowadays, partly cause of the amount of bickering, but also because there is very little new to discuss. I’d end up repeatedly typing the same stuff, with no real point to it. There doesn’t even seem to be any interest in football discussion anymore on here – partly because it has all been said in relation to what we get from NUFC.

    I think Cyprus is right, Ed needs to move away from these regurgitated red top stories and focus more on football. Opposition analysis is probably the easiest way to go, but I appreciate this blog doesn’t rule Ed’s life so he may not have time to research and do more in depth analysis.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Can’t comment much on the current state of the city, but it is fair to say that the general feeling around the place used to reflect the fortunes of the club. At the minute that would make it a sad place indeed.

    It is getting harder and harder to envisage anything changing in the short term, unless Mike is so f@%ked off with what has happened at Rangers he decides to make a show of ambition here, drive us forward and say to them “this could have been you”.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #30

    I see the club are charging fans £4 for the bus service to the stadium of light. This money is to go to a charity of the clubs choice while they cover the cost of the buses. Seems an odd system, forcing the fans to donate to a cause that isn’t of their choosing as a means of payment for transport.

    Sunderland offered free transport to the match at SJP, as they did last year. Just read today that Spurs are putting on free coaches to both Newcastle and Burnley for their fans.

    If profit isn’t to be spent on players, surely allowing the few thousand away fans a free bus ride isn’t too much to ask. The club, I’m sure, would just about have enough left over to make a donation to charity as well.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Speaking of the derby, if we lose the next one then I will begin to feel guilty.

    We have not won a derby in the last 10 years when I haven’t been in the country. 2 draws, 5 defeats…. I’m thinking that if we lose this next one all my trips back to Blighty will have to be scheduled round derby matches.

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe Geordie

    So if we lose the next derby game, you are to be exiled on some long forgotten Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, only ever to be released after either us or that pretender club down the road are relegated. 😀

    I have never known this blog so quiet, all the reasons above are relevant, but over the past two or three years we have lost some great posters, and therefore so excellent debate.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Looks like I have the place all to myself. Another disappointing season for the Under 18’s. 4th bottom in the North division. The under 21’s look like they will fail to achieve promotion from the second tier (although a restructuring of the league system could change that).

    It is difficult to judge how good the kids really are based on that. They certainly don’t seem like they are the top prospects that in recent weeks the Ronny has been pushing them as.

    It would take us putting a few of them into the first team for a few games to really spark any interest in the remaining matches for me. There are a handful that could be given a chance – Roberts over Obertan would be a starting point. Heardman as a focal point in attack, with 2 of Perez/Cabella/Rivi/Arma playing off him. Satka in for Willo at some point. Obviously Aarons once he is fully fit as well, possibly Barlaser if he isn’t fit. Maybe even Kemen if we have any injuries or suspensions in the middle.

    Obviously not all in one game, given that it would be a very weird formation if we were to try and squeeze in those I have mentioned.

    Chances are only one or two of them would prove their worth as first team players, but until they are given a chance, who knows. Plus, we know that a number of the current squad are going through the motions/ not performing/not good enough etc.

    If they do well, brilliant. If they do okay, and get a good loan move next season, great. If they don’t cut it, back to the drawing board.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #34

    Exiled on a pacific island, that actually sounds quite nice to me! 😉

    Yeah, in my 4 or so years of posting I have never known it this quiet. I used to be able to have reasonable debates at this time after getting back from farm visits and such, now there is little to say and fewer people to chat to.

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #35

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I find it sad to say that the club has taken the heart and soul out of the fans, and now they are losing their voice to.

    I do agree with you about some of the youngsters, get them in and give them a chance now, we have nothing to play for and not a great deal that we could lose, Player bonuses is about all.

    At the very least it will give the fans something to talk about. If we can put weakened teams out for the cups, why not now when we have nothing at stake?

  • firebug666

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #36

    I also think that all this due diligence talk about a new head coach, and wading through 80 + names to reach a selected few was a load of lies by the club.

    I just don’t think they ever looked past Carver, and that he is nailed on in the summer.

    The excuse that it is difficult to bring in a new manager (head coach) mid season because of commitments etc. is a load of bull, other clubs seem to have no problems.

    Truth is they were never looking.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #37

    French tax rates have reverted back to 45% for 2015 and beyond. The 75% tax rate on earnings over 1 million euros was an emergency measure for 2013 – 2014
    Just saying 🙂

  • mindshaft

    Mar 11, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #38

    Lilong – think 4 quid to charity is fair enough , we can’t moan about everything the fat useless feckers do …

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #39

    I agree the due diligence stuff is likely a load of guff, and that Carver looks increasingly likely to be installed full time based on the sound bytes from the club and its ambassadors.

    At the same time I still have doubts in my own mind that they will appoint him. The squad is limited, and I don’t think he is doing any worse than Pardew would have, but going into a fresh season I have serious doubts he would be able to integrate any new players and convince them of his value as a coach.

    If he were to be given the job, it isn’t inconceivable that he could have us in serious danger by the turn of the year and then what do the club do? Sacking him would leave them in a similar position, with due diligence and the difficulty of appointing a coach mid season to be dealt with.

    The following question, if he is appointed, is who replaces him in the pool of coaches? Do we continue to muddle along with one less, or do we try and find a top quality coach who is willing to work with Messrs Watson, Stone and Carver.

    Time will tell, but I think they are hoping he picks up results so they can appoint him, but are still looking in case he doesn’t as the risk for next year is too great.

  • hibbit

    Mar 11, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #40

    firebug just another money saving scam even when they tell truth i doubt them


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