Newcastle Will Find It Difficult To Sign Top Targets This Summer

There were reports coming out of France over the weekend that Ghana international winger Andre Ayew had decided to join Roma when he leave Marseilles this summer,  when his contract runs out and he becomes a free agent.

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew – Newcastle target this summer

There was a report in French daily L’Equipe on Saturday that said Ayew was ready to join Roma, and all that was necessary was to complete the formalities of the paper-work and the deal would be done.

But on his Twitter account Andre has denied these rumors:

“In the light of what I’ve read and heard, I would like to inform you that I have not yet taken a decision on my future.”

Andre has made no secret of the fact he would like to join Liverpool – which is what he has called a dream move – and there was even news last week that a deal had been agreed with The Reds, but that has also been denied.

There are a host of clubs after the free agent and as well as Newcastle they include Liverpool, Swansea, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke, Inter Milan and Roma.

There are some big clubs in that list.

With the huge problems Newcastle are having this year,  we’d be very surprised if Andre would come to Newcastle United – even given we are still a Premier League club in the summer.

Andre is thought to be waiting until the end of the season before making his decision as to which club he will sign for.

Whatever happens in the last four games of the season, Newcastle will find it difficult to attract any really good players to the club this summer.

Why would they ever want to join Newcastle with all the troubles we have in the way the club is run these days?

Comments welcome.

75 comments so far

  • Zero

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Roma… you mean the team we send players to when they are ‘not good enough’ for Newcastle…

  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #2

    there go my plans to see JC then. No biscuits either eh?

  • Ciaran

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #3


    Yeah Shearer is one man to talk about us being in trouble. He was given 8 matches and got us relegated so he should keep his opinion to himself.

    It’s not like he is the Premier League top scorer. It’s not like he’s a club legend or owt. It’s not like his experience as manager gives him an insight into what a relegation bound team looks like. It’s not like he sees commonalities between the lack of effort from the players under him and the players playing now.

    Yeah, let’s just discount his opinion.

    Oh and while we’re at it, let’s all stop protesting because it’s distracting the players.

    Good advice there mate.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4


    That must have been made up 😉
    No way Ashley said that..


    Not even a crumb.

  • lochinvar

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #5

    If Carver wants to instill some motivation into the players suggest he pins up in the changing room the list of Championship teams and the top 6 from Division One where the players could end up on the bus each Saturday. Day out in Blackpool has gone but outside chance of playing Fleetwood.
    Fish and chips on the bus home anyone.
    Lovely !

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6

    OP…I don’t remember any bans being handed out….

  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Well, I’m off out for a bit.

    Catch you all later

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #8

    optimistic prime

    If you can be bothered, it looks like you need to go the official route:

    Newcastle United FC Customer Services

    We will respond to any contact, including customer complaints whether by letter, fax or email within a maximum of 10 working days. If there are justifiable reasons why a query cannot be answered fully within this time, the customer will be sent an acknowledgement indicating how long a response will take.

    The Club encourages customers to contact the department relevant to their query in the first instance. However, the Club invites anyone with an unresolved problem to refer the matter to our Customer Services Department.

    How to contact us

    Telephone: 0844 372 1892

    Post: Newcastle United, St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

    The Club’s preferred method of response to enquiries is by email so please include your correct email address in all correspondence.

    – Good luck!

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #9

    be well ibiza

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #10

    As the media attention on Ashley and his ruthless money grabbing empire increases why do we want to be associated in any way with this scumbag.

    After further exposure of his selfish greed tonight on channel 4 . The whole country will now see why we are desperate to be rid of this asre hole.

    Every time I see the SD and Wonga hoardings around our once to be proud of stadium, it sickens me to the core to be associated with companies that cash in on people’s misfortune.

    My suggestion would be after tonight’s programme for all of us to complain to trading standards, Fifa, uefa, the Epl, and any other body that can be persuaded that Ashley is bringing the game into disrepute.

    In horse racing the governing body does not allow non tries, neither does darts, snooker, etc.etc.

    With betting playing such a huge role in all sport now non triers are hounded out and banned, why should football be any different.?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Ruddy…I am still going to put that season on Ashley and JFK!

    …you might as well blame Hughton or my for that matter if you put in on Shearer! You could blame Belfast and I would understand!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #12

    *my = me

  • Belfast

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #13

    It wasn’t my fault

  • Reyantoon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14

    “The very sad thing for me now is the level of cynicism that surrounds everything that is NUFC.It will be a very long time before fans can have any positive thoughts about the goings on at our club.Now that we have all realised , after years of trying to take the positives and believingthere might actually be a plan and some hope going forward, that there is no hope of us being competitive under Ashley. We will be wary , suspicious and skeptical about any statements made by anyone from the club.Yeah, yeah , yeah we’ve heard it all before will be the normal and justified reaction fora long time to come.We are wounded deeply this time and our resilience has been abused once too often.
    I share exactly how you thought,
    But what do u expect them to do?
    Just asking like..

  • Ciaran

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #15


    I was being sarcastic mate. I don’t blame Shearer for the relegation. Some people give him stick for being unable to motivate some of the most pathetically overpaid wastes of space we’ve ever had don the black and white, but I don’t.

    That season’s relegation is down to Ashley and Ashley alone. Not Shearer, and NOT the fans!

    However, some people would like to make the claim that fan protests would play a part in any relegation we may suffer – neglecting to take into account that before any protests we’d already lost 5 games in a row at that point.

    Misrepresenting the facts for whatever reason and I am sick of it.

  • Belfast

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t blame Shearer either. We actually would have stayed up if Howard Webb hadn’t of chalked off a perfectly good goal late on the previous week if I remember correctly.

    Shearer was guilty of letting his heart rule his head, that’s about it.

    Would Hansen have left the match of the day studio to save his beloved Liverpool ? not a chance !

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17

    In the season we were down in the Championship, which round did we get through to in the FA Cup?

    I seem to remember we did quite well.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #18

    My mistake….nothing of the sort

  • JamesToon

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #19

    wasn’t that nolan’s goal against fulham?

  • geordieviking

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #20


    From a few threads back.

    Thanks for that. Did try it a few weeks ago with no effect. However, this time it did put a tick in the box 🙂 then refreshed the page to …………. the mobile site :(. So I refreshed again and got back to the desktop.

  • Belfast

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes and Howard Webb didn’t give it for some reason.

  • seasons

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #22

    only reason we are interested is the fact he’s free. another freebie but lets be fair there is no chance of him joining as he’s a half decent player who will be able to see the complete mess we are in as a club

  • geordieviking

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Mr Tuff

    From a few threads back.

    Re Trading Standards.

    My wife used to work for our local council and she’s adamant that you have to go to Consumer Direct first. I know that I had to when I had a problem with Hyundai a couple of years back.

    It’s what the civil service call efficiency, instead of being able to go direct, you have to go via a third party and keep the public employment costs up :).

    No problem trying to go straight there. Different councils may implement things differently.

  • Rozzy

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Anita-Colback (holding)
    Perez (RW) Cabella (LW)
    Sissoko (CAM)
    De Jong (ST)

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #25

    geordieviking – since your last post and
    I think geordie essex bill also mentioned about this Consumer Direct outfit.
    I think, note think, that they are now defunct and their consumers responsibities (advice only???) has been taken over by Citizens Advice. Clearly they have no investagation capabilities and can just give advice or refer things to the council(s).
    Must be a means by which of a member of the public can draw to the authorities attention any scams which might be revealed.
    (substitute thousands of toon fans for member of the public).

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Is anyone else confused by Carver continually bringing on Adam Armstrong? I’d love him to come through but he looks a good few years off first team level at the moment.

    I find a lot of his picks weird- Jonas starting, R. Taylor playing at all, Sammeobi, Anita, Riviere. These are all back up players at best if we’re honest.

    I just find the choices a bit weird. Like the classic “we need characters for a relegation battle” so we get all the lesser quality chuggers on who run around a lot whilst giving the ball away every pass.

  • geordieviking

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Mr Tuff,

    They don’t make it easy, do they.

    Must have learnt confiscation at the same school as Ashley. 🙂

  • NUFC Base

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s the same each season. We have a list of targets, we miss the first load because we’re quibbling over relatively small amounts while other clubs are doing the deal.

    We then sign rubbish players sat at the bottom of the list who no one wants, like Riviere.

    It’s not so much the selling players that is the problem at this club, its our policy on buying them!

  • one fine day

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Pretty sure haidara is out for the season
    I would agree on dummet with colo as he is better there than willo but Delong is def not an out n out front man .
    I’d have him in the hole with river and Perez up front at Leicester .
    If anyone I would drop cabella as Leicester will be physical and of late he has created nothing ,simply slows down any counter attack with pointless step overs .jonas could be full back as he played there for Argentina and would better there than the headless chicken we saw on Saturday

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #30


    We need to find a glimmer of hope from somewhere. I don’t know where though.

    At least protesting against all the years of lies and incompetence gives us something positive to latch onto as a group of like minded , loyal fans.

  • Bambams

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    We will have problems with signings and we will have major problems getting players to sign for longer than 2/3 years….They know we will want to sell on so why sign 5/6 year contracts.
    The biggest problem for next 4/5 years is shedding this label our club now has.

    You know when you think about it what did we expect. A wealthy business man who knew and still knows NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT FOOTBALL bought us without reading the small print.
    It was obvious, even when mega rich oil sheiks show an interest the buffoon did not even text them back so to speak….
    Our poor club.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy…I still blame JFK as well 😀

    …if Ashley had alienated the fans JFK definitely did his best to alienate the players…who didn’t care in the end!

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #33


    I love the bit when he talks about Wise and his team doing extensive scouting on players like Guthrie Xisco and Bassong, world class players such as Colocini and Guiterez.

    You couldn’t……,. I won’t bother.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #34

    betty @ 30

    wont ticket prices be cheaper once we are relegated next season? sorry, I am also looking for a glimmer of hope here…

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #35


    There’s one problem with going along that route, I’m a fan not a customer so no doubt I’ll be ignored.

    Our customers kin joke

  • KevinLee

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Come on, join us to play championship league next year

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Ultimately Ashley hired the guy, the buck stops with him alone.

  • optimistic prime

    Apr 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Check that peeps.
    It’s actually quite scary if you see what I see.

  • usmagpie

    Apr 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #39

    Sorry Ed, but Newcastle can sign anyone they want.
    Its all down to what head coach we get and will Ashley pay for the quality needed. All the players we go after go to clubs like West Ham and Southampton surely they don’t have more money than Newcastle.
    Everything is down to Head Coach bought in and money willing to go to wages.

  • Online Guy

    Apr 27, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Here’s the future

    Ashley out campaign is successful

    Ashley takes over Blyth Spartans

    Blyth supporters organise an Ashley out campaign and get an injunction on him so he can never enter their ground again.

    Ashley goes Bankrupt loses all his wealth and becomes a homeless Alcoholic Bum.

    He tries to get back in to croft park on a Match day , he’s gonna give them a piece of his mind .


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