Newcastle Have Good Chance To Sign German International

Newcastle have been interested in German International forward Sidney Sam this season, and the 27 year-old has just been released yesterday by his club Schalke with immediate affect, as announced on the club web-site, and Newcastle may now be able to sign the free agent this summer.

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Sidney Sam – 27 year-old Schalke winger/forward

There seems to have been some reaction at the Gelsenkirchen club at losing 2-0 in their last game at Cologne,  and they have released midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and forward/winger Sam.

Their midfielder Marco Hoger has also been suspended, and it seems the action were not taken by manager Roberto di Matteo but by their Sporting Director Horst Heldt, whoi let’s say was not pleased with either the performance or the result in Cologne.

Newcastle are always been interested in free agents – mainly because they are cheap – and since Sam was already a Newcastle target, we would expect Newcastle to move in and try to sign the 27 year-old, but there will be other – maybe bigger clubs – also likely to be interested in the winger.

And any deal would be dependent on Newcastle staying in the Premier League, and indeed if we are relegated Newcastle would need to move for other players than most of those we have been scouting this season.

Sam used to play for Hamburg,  but then moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2010 and only joined Schalke sixteen months ago on a four year contract for a £2M transfer fee.

Sidney Sam has played for all the German youth sides and five times for the full German side.

He would be a good buy and the price would be good – so that will interest owner Mike Ashley for sure.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 12, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    linked by who BISHOP

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Following Kevin Keegan’s managerial departure, and the subsequent hiring of none other than the football dinosaur Joe Kinnear. The feeling around the club dropped to a new low. With relegation on the horizon, and Kinnear removed from his post, an inexperienced Alan Shearer swooped in to try and save the club. As Newcastle headed towards what seemingly was their ‘fate’ a number of high profile protests ensued that prompted Mike Ashley to ‘put the club up for sale’, or at least publicly, to take the heat of his regime.
    During this period, Derek Llambias was often the not-so-trustworthy club spokesperson. The full details of this episode, or myth – as we like to call it, can be explored here. However, suffice to say the club did not get sold by Ashley, despite many an indication from Llambias that it was on the verge. 3 or 4 interested parties going through the books, the asking price had allegedly been met by at least 2 parties. At the end of this charade, this was the message Derek Llambias had for the fans (28 October 2009):
    “Mike decided that the best course of action, one that would put the welfare of the club at the top of the agenda, would be to remove the club from the market. His commitment is unwavering and the additional large sums of money he has recently pumped into the club amply demonstrate that.
    “I would urge all supporters of this truly great football club to come together, get behind the team and, whatever grievances you may or may not have, put them to one side for the benefit of seeing Newcastle United regain their position in the elite of English football. Mike and myself are here to do our absolute best for Newcastle United and with you on board, we fervently believe we can deliver a successful football club for you to take pride and joy in.”

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    16 September 2008
    Having put Newcastle United up for sale on Sunday afternoon, Mike Ashley is expected in Abu Dhabi within the next 24 hours to speak to possible purchasers of the Tyneside club. As he does so, supporters of Newcastle will gather this evening to discuss the formation of a new organisation, one that will continue to protest until Ashley leaves the city.
    There is no guarantee that the Middle East is where the next owners of Newcastle will come from, and in dismissing stories connecting them again to Liverpool, Dubai International Capital said yesterday that they are not interested in “any other football club”. Ashley’s price for his 100 per cent holding is expected to be upwards of £250m and the hope of a North-east consortium surfacing remains.
    Former chairman Freddy Shepherd said that he has been approached by two potential buyers from overseas recently but a connection to Shepherd would harm rather than help anyone constructing a takeover package. Shepherd’s credibility with supporters is not high.
    Ashley revealed last month that when he first had the opportunity to buy Sir John Hall’s stakeholding in Newcastle, it was a Saturday. By the following Wednesday morning, Ashley was able to announce the completion of that purchase publicly. It shows the potential speed of deals, though Ashley did not perform the process of due diligence.
    But as he has sought “partners” in ownership of the club, Ashley is understood to have let various parties see the books at Newcastle and that could help hasten a buy-out. The Indian billionaire Anil Ambani is one of those who has had contact with Ashley’s representatives but his Reliance Communications company said last week that they were “no longer interested” in talking to Newcastle. Whether the events of Saturday and Sunday have altered that is unknown.
    What Ashley cannot expect is that fan protest will wither due to his announcement. A section of Newcastle supporters have been galvanised by Ashley’s decision to back Dennis Wise rather than Kevin Keegan and the fanzines who made it plain to Ashley last week that he was no longer welcome in the away end at matches have arranged tonight’s meeting.
    “The situation at Newcastle United has not altered at all with Mike Ashley telling us something we already knew – he wants to sell Newcastle United FC,” began their statement yesterday. “He has not made any statement regarding the management structure and there are many of us who worry for the future of our football club while this man and his employees – Dennis Wise and Derek Llambias remain at NUFC.
    “The protests and the withdrawal of monies from everything at NUFC other than ticket prices was an illustration of the anger at Ashley’s stewardship of our club. Newcastle United supporters can be proud of the way they protested and it is a tribute to their discipline that Northumbria Police has praised the behaviour of the protests inside and outside St James’ Park. However, the protests at the running of our club by Ashley, Wise and Llambias need to continue.”
    – See more at:

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Ashley never wanted to sell the club just another of his many lies he pretended too to get the fans off his back and it worked Ashley is a liar, he never had any intention of selling ever. he wanted to silence the protests and it worked.
    For a man desperate to sell his football club, Mike Ashley seems to be going about it in a funny way.
    The Newcastle United owner is in Dubai with chairman Derek Llambias, executive director Dennis Wise and head of recruitment Tony Jimenez, in an effort to secure a buyer.
    But attempts to double his money with an asking price of £481million have been rejected. Yesterday there were allegations that Ashley snubbed a meeting with a Dubai consortium and caused offense by drinking in
    public during Ramadan.
    These claims came as, back home, Wigan
    Athletic chairman Dave Whelan branded Ashley as unfit to run a football club and deserving of the stick he is getting.
    A photograph of Ashley allegedly drinking cocktails appeared on the Arabian Business
    website, with the claim that he had opted to head for the bar rather than a meeting with potential buyers.
    Associates of Ashley deny this but it was reported that the billionaire businessman refused to go to the meeting when he discovered they were prepared to offer only
    £200m. Ashley had asked for more than double that in documents handed to
    representatives of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al- Maktoum.
    A Dubai group indicated they would offer considerably less but a meeting
    was nevertheless set up at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. While Ashley’s
    camp claim Jimenez attended as Newcastle’s representative, Arabian Business described Ashley’s decision to go drinking with Wise and
    Llambias as a snub.
    So far, attempts to stir up interest in Dubai
    are floundering. Last night, a statement from Dubai Investment Group read: ‘Following incorrect media speculation about Newcastle Football Club, Dubai Investment Group can confirm that it is not involved in any
    negotiations to buy Newcastle Football Club, nor does it plan to do so in the future.’
    A spokesman for Dubai Sports City said much the same, insisting the three businessmen who privately own the $40billion development are ‘not interested’ either. Zabeel Investments, owned by Al-Maktoum, appear to have left the door slightly ajar even though chairman Mohammed Ali Al-Hashimi insisted he has had no direct contact with Newcastle or their representatives. ‘We have not had any contact and I am not interested in any English Premier League club right now,’
    he told Arabian Business. One City source criticized Ashley and said: ‘What he’s reported to be doing in the Middle East sounds like Loony Tunes to me – sheer lunacy. It’s all unbelievable. Had it not been for Ashley, a deal could have been done by now, ‘Plus, that starting price was ridiculous. They just won’t do business in Dubai with such an inflated price. It was simply a plain stupid move and who knows what this guy will do next.’
    Ashley has turned for help to Keith Harris, the former Football League chairman who secured the deals that saw Icelanders take over West Ham, Randy Lerner buy Aston Villa and Thaksin Shinawatra take charge of Manchester City. Whelan added to the
    criticism of Ashley yesterday and said: ‘I know Mike Ashley quite well because I was running JJB when he was with Sports Direct, and he is a bit unusual.
    He is a very good retailer, but at managing a
    football club, no. ‘Especially with him being a Tottenham supporter and then going up to Newcastle, a club that is a different kettle of fish to most in the land.
    ‘The fans up there eat, breathe and live for
    one thing, and that is Newcastle United. Unless you put your whole heart into it, they will give you some stick. He has got it and he deserves it.’
    Newcastle were unavailable comment last night. – See more at:

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Ashley tells lies he may not have invented perpetual motion but surely he’s mastered perpetual failure.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 12, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Average, most likely, yes. We just can’t compete you know…

  • dave 1961

    May 12, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    but a meeting was nevertheless set up at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel. While Ashley’s camp claim Jimenez attended as Newcastle’s representative,
    so Newcastle’s rep was?
    head of recruitment Tony Jimenez,
    and that was not expected to be taken as a snub

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #8


    Are you’re wires crossed? I said “it” wouldn’t get it, not me. I’m well versed on the history of the British army mate. I had no choice 😀

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9


    Although you’re correct about it being one of the Welsh greatest battles, was a English Royal Engineer who took command of the welsh at Rourkes drift, leading them to victory.

    Lieutenant Chard if I remember right.

  • Average_Contents

    May 12, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10


    What!!!! That’s blasphemy. How dare you imply that as soon as another club shows interest we lose ours because we’re tight as fcuk.

    Oh wait….

  • optimistic prime

    May 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    NUFC are interested in free agents because they are cheap.

    I thought it was because they are free

  • Ibizatoon

    May 12, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #12

    There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk – Portia Nelson

    “I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I fall in.
    I am lost… I am helpless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I am in the same place.
    But, it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes me a long time to get out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there.
    I still fall in. It’s a habit.
    My eyes are open.
    I know where I am.
    It is my fault. I get out immediately.

    walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    I walk down another street.”


  • BandB

    May 12, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #13


    They weren’t Welsh and they weren’t guards. It was the 24th Warwickshire regiment at the time, and recruited mainly in the English marches. Less than half were Welsh. They were renamed the South Wales Borderers in the Army reforms a few years later.
    I was bored senseless watching this film over and over, and thought I’d bore you in an act of revenge.

  • Phil K

    May 12, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #14

    How many players/managers have been “leaked” and nothing came of any ? When they DO sign, it’s a surprise. So ignore all this

  • NOVA2967

    May 13, 2015 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #15

    How to get relegated… build a team full of players who quit… QPR did it and we already have a team full of them… So I pray we don’t sign this bloke Sam….

    Can I just go on…. the problem Ashley has is that he kills the moral of the team every year… look at Udinese who also own Watford…. they put in great shifts every season and sell their player because they still push to be the best they can…. we don’t have that at all and will get relegated next season if we don’t change the belief in the squad and players like Sam is not good business but it is an early rumor and I know none of these are ever true

  • davis_toons

    May 13, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    ..its ma style of dealings…remember our striker ac at 35 mill? we almost thought we have lost a gem.


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