New Target – Newcastle After German International Forward

There are reports coming out of Germany that Newcastle United are trying to do a deal for Schalke for Sidney Sam, according to reports coming out of Germany.

sidmey sam

Sidney Sam – 25 year-old German International striker

Newcastle United are reported to be interested in signing the player according to Bild, and Sam is an explosive forward who can play on either wing, and is known for his speed and dribbling abilities.

Sam has played for all the German Youth sides and 5 times for the full German side, and he joined Schalke 04 from Bayer Leverkusen in January of last year.

Sam signed a four year contract with Schalke 04 running through 2018 for a transfer fee of around £2.5M

Sam has played only 14 times for Schalke 04 this season with no goals, so it seems he would be available in the summer at a fairly small fee, and that will interest Newcastle.

Certainly Sam’s speed and technical skills would be a good addition to Newcastle’s  attacking prowess, and he’s a good player but not having a particularly good season at Schalke 04.

While at Bayer Leverkusen for five seasons he played 124 times with 36 goals and 26 assists.

It would seem like Sidney could be a decent signing for us in the summer.

What do you think?

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64 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    on the hour every hour more good news

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    27 year old and £6M?!?

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Another for the injury room?

    Their desperate atm

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    They are

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Certainly Sam’s speed and technical skills would be a good addition to Newcastle’s attacking prowess.

    What attacking Prowess? What attacking anything.

    Hahahahahahaha, (shakes head) Attacking Prowess…

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6


    I try my best to avoid discussion that becomes personal (!!!). I can only think that I have argued against people that have made unsubstantiated remarks about the owner stealing money from the club, or unbelievably negative and unbalanced criticism about a players performance. If I have jumped on anyone it has been unwittingly and undoubtedly reflecting the verocity of the recipient.

    I would welcome a more substantial boycott, but as shown by the last attempt the message only reaches a fragmented minority and does not reflect the desire of the majority of supporters. Criticism is not for everyone and is also seen as being the opposite of being a supporter by some, therefore protests will never unite everyone and need to be considered carefully. Rather than be a macho, beer rinsed and aggressive endeavor.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #7

    BandB – got to state that you previously got an item wrong in respect of the searching of fans. You suggested the club has no right to do this. In the normal course of public life in public places this would indeed be corect.
    However, as SJP is private property, the owners can basically enforce anything they want in respect of searching – ie submit to a search or you do not get in. I do believe it is also a ticketting condition as well.
    However, you post highlighted to me what could have been a good FF question.
    Steve Storey, the ex Chief Superintendent of Northumbria Police -had a bit of imput in the last FF meeting in respect of the singing section debate and banners being allowed into the ground.
    Why no-one asked him what the justification was of seizing the sackpardew posters is another opportunity lost. Most of the rules of searching and seizure are the same at PL clubs – a good follow up asking the intial question as above could have been why it is different at the Toon then.
    Really disappointed in the last FF meeting lack lustre questions- non answering anwers – never pursued. Talking shop to just to copmply with Uefa.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #8



    I asked you yesterday whether you knew if a former poster, Stardust, is still posting?

    You didn’t respond and must’ve missed or couldn’t answer the question.

    Stardust was a clever poster who was provocative, at times witty and showing wisdom but more often than not, a charlatan!

    Does that description ring any bells or fit anyone you can think of?

    BandB ?

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    the build up to the arsenal game will be frantic i do think there expecting trouble and will be ready if we go down to an early goal it will kick off if we get well beat and the team don’t try there will be bother

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Siem de Jong back in training, bit of good news if he can get fit and stay fit.

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11


    I apologize for my error.
    Laws can only be enforced if people agree to be governed by them. Could this have been enforced on such a scale without widespread co-operation?
    The answer is no.
    I can’t imagine a situation in which I would want to remain the customer of a shop, hotel, theatre, pub, that carried out a stop and search on me without providing a security imperative.
    I have my doubts whether the Glasgow Police would have supported what happened at Newcastle. Or whether Ashley would have tried it there.

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #12

    You have a nerve Mag92, Guvnor et al…..

  • Small World

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Tuff / BandB

    Do you know the funniest thing about the sack Pardew poster campaign?

    The first day folks tried taking them to games, the club decided to put out a special commemorative team poster, tucked into each programme. Guess what was taken off everybody by overzealous stewards as they walked through the door.

    You couldn’t make up stories about the numbskulls running affairs at the club

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Small World,

    Oh dear! I hadn’t heard that.

    For the record, I agree with the gist of your observations on pay TV and football.

    Sky have managed to take international cricket from being an ancient national sport to an irrelevant sideshow.

  • ToonTiger

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice and flashy and promises much

    No real end product and unlikely to last long.

    Hang on – that fits with the SD mantra

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #16

    BoyDoneGood…I think you can support Newcastle just fine without going to SJP!

    …I think you know that ad well and it has nothing to do with why you are stil going even though you think it’s all a mess.

    Small World…it sure is s burden for a club like Newcastle having oversea fans like me!

    …shouldn’t you spend more time at the problem ay hand than wondering about which seat you should pick next!

  • Mr Magpie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #17

    The only bit of hope i have is that they made Carver renegotiate his contract till the end of the season on more money for a shot at the big job.
    Then when in the summer they opt for a new head coach no compensation for Carver, he goes & a new head coach comes in with new backroom staff.
    Clutching at straws & as all roads point to Carver maybe a bit naive but i can but hophope.

  • Thump

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #18

    Looking at his wiki, he seems to be the German Gouffran.

    Aiming high, Mike?

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Ayew? Sam?

    It wouldn’t be Bullshit Britain generating spin to distract the attention from Ashley’s greed, Charnley’s lack of credibility and Carver’s fruitless and shambolic time in the dugout, would it?

    Nah, never…… well maybe a little eh.

  • Small World

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Jesper: I’m not the type to worry about most things, so “the problem at hand” can wait. What I do promise is that when checking out my (possible) new seat for next year, I will also check out the beer & pie situation, especially for you. I’ll next be on here Saturday after the match – so will report on the quality of the mentioned food and drink. Hopefully the match may be good too and we”all have something better to chat about

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Whoops. Bullshit Britain = Bullshit Bishop!

    I was reading about Leon Brittan! Another one who peddled half-truths, allegedly!

  • toon kk

    Mar 18, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Tbo this season has turned out exactly how I thought, we have no more than a championship side, we have half a dozen decent players and that’s it.
    I know with the right coach we are capable of playing better football but we are limited. Fans expect to much from our players. Pards new he was fighting a loosing battle and couldn’t get much out of our lazy bunch, he’s moved to CP which have better player’s willing to put a shift in.
    We don’t really belong in the premier league under MA, what’s the point?

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #23

    not recommending being arrested but a demonstration that encourages others to take part:

  • Mr Magpie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #24

    The summer will surely show what ambitions the club has for the future. If the head coach, player recruitment in, holding onto our better players & general message coming out of the club are positive then maybe a corner will be turned.

    However if the more likely scenario is played out with Carver being given the position, cheap or free players from abroad drafted in, best players sold without replacements coming in & a negative pr spun message coming out of the club then this is the future.

    It really is a now or never if things are going to change as the chance for Mr Ashley to make a statement of intent is now & if you attend, stay at home, watch in the pub, watch abroad it doesn’t matter it is still OUR club & whatever approach is taken now will be so for the remainder of the time Mr Ashley is in charge.

    How people choose to deal with that is completely up to them.

  • toon kk

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Mr magpie
    Too many fans just want to watch a football match, they’re not real fans they sit in silence happily watching dross.
    Tbo I wouldn’t have a season ticket given under MA what’s the point? I didn’t think I’d ever say that but the so called club is a mess.

  • midweek weekend

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    toon kk

    my prediction for this season is the same as yours, at the end of the day pardew left cause he knew no players would be coming in and he desperately needed them.

    the real problem is carver only has to keep us up and his job is complete, then next season hes got another 38 games to not get relegated.

    as others have said the time is now for ashley in the summer bin carver off hire a real coach sign some players and lets start being a real football club, the whole no cup runs no europe just survive mentality is quite frankly sickening, how can a football club only ambition is to exist not grow and achieve we are not a football club, just a business which pockets ashley 80 odd million a year.

    deep down we all know carver will get the job, ashley has been here for over 8 years why would he suddenly start doing things that actually make sense, this club is either going down or up to the dizzy heights of 12 th, mike ashley has 4 billion pounds and we’ll getting turned over each week just what in gods name is going on we got a billionaire owner just the wrong one.

  • Mint

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #27

    I can really only see one more win out of the 9 games left. and that will be a fluke 1:0 win at home.

    that and a draw or two.

    its basically going to keep on going like it has. lose lose draw lose draw win lose lose

  • lesh

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #28

    toon kk

    Crowd sitting silent of almost silent?

    Are you drawing a comparison between many of those who attend home matches and Man U’s prawn sandwich eating ‘fans’?

  • MacToon

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Do Newcastle United supporters have any leverage at all with Mike Ashley? Have we any power whatsoever to remove Ashley or even persuade him to sell?
    Are those who call for a mass boycott of matches deluding themselves? Or have they got the only answer?
    Could any group of fans – be that fanzines, NUST or a dedicated campaign group deliver a meaningful boycott?

    Remember thus far, the Newcastle United support has singularly failed to respond to any call for action – supporters public meetings have been very poorly attended, organised marches have failed to galvanise support and even the organised walk-out last season v. Cardiff delivered less than 7000 of a 50,000 attendance. Even some of my best friends who detest Ashley, didn’t leave their seats and they can’t explain to me why they didn’t join the walk-out. That’s what we’re dealing with.

    The least said about The Chronicle’s effort for a mass hold up of their front page at the Chelsea game last season, the better.

    Is Newcastle United’s support lazy, apathetic and has it lost its solidarity, its sense of purpose? Has it lost its pride? Is it just another sanitised support? Just a little bit bigger than the average? Is the passion just all phony?

    But go back to the days of the United Supporters For Change in the late 80s, when United were far more reliant upon gate money than they are now and there was still a failure to deliver a mass boycott of games. What’s changed?

    If any group of fans organised themselves into a campaign group, would they attract widespread support or would B&W social media crackle with savage criticism of them? Why would any supporter put themselves through the ordeal of being slaughtered by their fellow fans?

    Even if our support could organise itself in such a way, would it matter? Would it work? Gate money is a less important part of Newcastle United’s income than it has ever been before and it is becoming increasingly less important to those running Newcastle United. Ashley ignores us and the club treats us with ill-disguised contempt, because it can afford to.

    Thousands have already chucked season tickets and Ashley’s response has been to find new supporters to mark down the tickets to. That includes the Family Enclosure on the top deck of the Milburn (which didn’t exist ten years ago and can only exist because there is space vacated by disaffected fans). The many thousands who have walked away from United haven’t had any impact at all. No offence to anyone in the Family Enclosure by the way.

    With a new TV deal on the way, likely to bring yet more money into Newcastle United, why would Ashley be arsed about losing a few thousand malcontent fans who he has reviled for years anyway?

    Would swathes of empty seats really bother Ashley so much he’d sell the club?

    And who would he sell the club to? A nicer billionaire than he is?

    Aston Villa fans have deserted Villa Park in their thousands, utterly disillusioned by Randy Lerner’s running of their club. Lerner is still there. Lerner hasn’t moved.

    Does a packed St James’ Park not mean United is a more attractive option to a buyer than a one which has been deserted?

    More importantly, who would organise this boycott? Is that a job you would like to give to someone else and watch from afar, occasionally taking to cyberspace to slag them off if they didn’t do exactly what you wanted at exactly the right time? That is the predisposition of a large swathe of our support – stand on the sidelines, slagging those who try something.

    Are you er (ahem) more of an ideas Mag rather than one of the workers, who actually get off their arses and do something, however small?

    Are you a supporter who stands on the pavement when the protest march goes by because you would rather have a pre-match pint than join the back?

  • hibbit

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #30

    the way we are going were on the edge it could go either way stay up or go down who knows i don’t see were the next points will come from i think arsenal will turn us over and it could get nasty carver and his coaches are a target but i think charnley must be a marked man he gets away with it far to easy and he gave carver the job never had a plan when pardue went his time is up he should be a target

  • Mr Magpie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon kk
    I see your point but for some it has been a way of life for such a long time that they appear unsure what to do. Giving up your ticket to some is unthinkable & more so as someone else will no doubt snap it up in double quick time.

    As a collective group we need to show Mr Ashley the error of his ways in his handling of the club & pressure him to start changing things for the future…how to do this is the big question.

    The problem is we are dealing with a man who doesn’t usually get told what to do, isn’t bothered what people think of him (our songs about him & protests appear to amuse him) consistent mass protests may work as it would effect the Sd brand image or tv revenue based on appearances but this would not concern him overly with his vast wealth.

    I’m not sure what the answer is but have to believe there is one that will cause change as the alternative is another 20 years of this!!!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #32

    Sidney Sam sounds like one of the winos in St Leonards Park

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #33

    I think if you have 50,000 voices inside the stadium, and those voices could be organised, then every home game could be a cauldron for Carver and his staff, Charnley and Ashley.

    If through organisation coats, bags, scarves etc, were draped over the SD advertising to reduce it’s effect.

    Anti Ashley posters smuggled in, along with anti SD posters too.

    Along with chants, turning back every 20 minutes for 5 minutes etc. etc.

    Then 50,000 fans in the stadium would be worth watching.

    Others who do not have tickets could protest outside of the stadium, all this would generate negative media attention for Ashley, and his baby SD. If the fans keep it up Ashley will break eventually.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Small World…enjoy your new seats next season!

  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #35

    So, another season gone… I don’t think even we can manage 0 points in 9 games so we are sitting safe.

    Someone (the managing director? owner?) must sit down seriously, to discuss a summer clearout, despite fans’ unrest. They (we, but not me) will obviously start complaining that we are a selling club, but we must become that! Clearly, this squad isn’t good enough and more clearly, the whole Pardew coaching team must go. Maybe even Carr, since who comes in is up to him.

    I could name ten players who must be released or sold, but I’ll go the other way. Who must stay, even with improved contracts? Do we have anybody… well definitely. There is a spine there, it’s not so black everywhere, there are whites:

    Sissoko, Krul, Janmaat, Haidara, Colback, Sissoko, Perez, Ameobi, Cabella. That’s 9 right there. Sell 10 of the rest (your Taylors, Obertans etc.) and replace with 10 cheap/medium/expensives. Bring in a real coach and his team and CL awaits.

  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #36

    Wrote Sissoko twice 🙂

  • BandB

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #37


    Very well put.

    I love this city and recently utterly failed to leave it behind.

    But I have to say, as I have before, that it is the only city, town or village I have been to in the whole world where a single bull-necked bully can swagger into a pub and have the whole place bricking it in whispering, eye-contact-avoiding terror.

    It’s always someone else’s job to have a word.

  • firebug666

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #38


    I disagree mate, we should defiantly sell one of our Sissoko’s.

  • cyprus

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #39


  • Mr Magpie

    Mar 18, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #40

    We are a long way from champions league. Even with a new coach who has a philosophy, is motivational & tactically astute.
    Then it would take an almighty clearout & then for all those newly recruited players to gel instantly as a team with a distinct formation & playing style to compete for the top four places.


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