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Newcastle Give Up On Top Transfer Target

10:59 pm, Sunday, June 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

After being interested in the player for more than two years,there is news that Newcastle have pulled out of the race to sign  Marseilles Ghana International forward Andre Ayew, who will become a free agent at the end of this month.

Multiple top clubs have already offered him terms this year, and it was always  very unlikely he would be arriving at Newcastle, who very rarely play in Europe these days, and Andre is used to playing in Europe.

andre ayew

Andre Ayew – not coming to Newcastle

John Carver had let it be known earlier this year, when he was trying to cheer up Newcastle fans after a poor run of results, that Newcastle were going after some top players this summer, and Andre could have been one of them, but if we have no chance of signing these players then going after them means nothing at all.

That could be a big problem for the Magpies this summer – our targets are not interested in joining the club.

The reason Newcastle have pulled out seems to be he was poor value for money, and with around ten clubs having made him offers already, we can only assume his wages and signing on fee were too high.

Newcastle were supposed to have offered him a £2M signing on fee earlier this year and £30K/week in tax-free wages – and that made him expensive.

So even so-called free agents these days can be very expensive – especially if they shop themselves around like Andre and his agent have done since January.

Andre has been a very good player for both Marseilles and Ghana and in the last five years, and while  he’s been at Marseilles since 2010, he’s played 207 games with 60 goals and 25 assists, and this season he scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in just 28 appearances.

Andre also has 62 caps with 11 goals and he had both a good World Cup last summer in Brazil,  and a Good Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Equatorial New Guinea earlier this year.

Ayew would have been a good signing for us, but we were always outsiders to get him to Tyneside.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    £15 million? Get it paid Mashers

  • 2 beermonkey // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    give up

    did we ever try

  • 3 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Shows how tight Newcastle are

  • 4 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    He’s not a pound for pounder at that price.

  • 5 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Next target? No, he’s not a pound for pounder at that price.

  • 6 lochinvar // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    So either John Carver turned him down or someone called Steve McLaren who might or might not join NUFC and knew nothing about it in which case he had nothing to do with the decision.
    Or was it the Charmless one acting on his own ?
    What is clear is that NUFC is rudderless.

  • 7 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:06 PM


    You claimed only those attending games would know the real qualities of colback rather than those sitting at home. I’ll repeat for the umpteenth time….If he was so good why did he only have 2 offers on the table? If other clubs were interested in colback they never came to the negotiating table why is that. What did scouts miss that you see weekly!!

    Don’t give me that BS of boyhood club etc either, many score against boyhood clubs and show respect, they either don’t celebrate or even if they do its very minimal, Ronaldo scored against Sporting Lisbon and he put his hands together to apologise to the fans, Colback scored against his boyhood club and told 52k to shut up. That’s how much his boyhood club means to him!!

  • 8 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Toon from leeds

    It’s shocking isn’t it, the best time for clubs to negotiate for freebies is in January when they can sign pre contracts, we for some reason wait until the summer when others join in the race….then we have the perfect excuse. If true and he was one of our top targets then we weren’t really serious about getting him.

  • 9 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Seems Charnley & co are gonna sign no one

  • 10 Shaker Shakrah // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    I think Newcastle didn’t even look at him

  • 11 Average_Contents // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    30k a week? lol. Deadly serious this season I see.

    He’d probably get double that at a bigger club than us say like stoke for instance. Even Bournemouth at a push.

    Glad to see you come to your senses Tsunki.

  • 12 Our Toon // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:18 PM


    It’s shockingly hilarious isn’t it. We require a massive overhaul and are being linked to absolute rubbish, Chester, Brady, Gayle…. if these reports are to be believed are we preparing for the Premier League or the championship?

  • 13 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    I suggested that matchgoers would be more likely to appreciate Colback than tv viewers. Scouts would see the same and may well have filed favourable reports. Not many players have a whole host of clubs then queuing up. Didn’t he get an England call up? If so, somebody in a better place than you thought he was good enough.

    I’ll repeat for the umpteenth time, how do you know that only two clubs were interested? I’ll also repeat, how do you know that all our players aren’t the same? That is Newcastle showed more interest for their services and were willing to make a better offer than any other clubs? Such that other clubs didn’t approach the negotiating table?

    When players score in massive games, they lose their head for a few seconds. They don’t think straight. Besides, he’d no doubt taken some right sh1t from certain NUFC fans on the day and I wouldn’t blame him.

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    There’s only the Press saying these players are targets in the first place. I can’t believe some of you believe them, build your hopes up and then get disappointed when the same press tell you it’s not going to happen.

  • 15 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    We’ve been linked to Jordan Rhodes too, will he make it in the prem?

  • 16 optimistic prime // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    NUFC give up

    Shock horror

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Fans want Austin

  • 18 Thump // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Newcastle United give up on pretending to chase players who can make a difference.

  • 19 Belfast // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    I think the tax man would have something to say about the tax free wages.

  • 20 Belfast // Jun 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Maybe that’s our new selling point ? Tax free wages.

    Just like our champions league aspirations a load of bollox

  • 21 Belfast // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Pokat…. Out
    Skunki…. Out
    Experiments…. Out

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Matt Phillips “in talks”

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Matt Philips would be a good signing.
    That alone rules us out.

  • 24 Belfast // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    We’ll sign a foreigner with potential instead

  • 25 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    fair point Belfast, he’d be a cracking signing

  • 26 sickandtired // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:41 AM

    Expensive, 30k a week? 2 million?
    There’s Milner turning down 125k a week as he would apparently rather go to Liverpool on less money. Now that’s expensive!
    Plainly, if they have actually chased Ayew for ‘2 years’ then he hasn’t suddenly become ‘poor value’.
    He’s going to be another one like Bony, Gomis & Lacazette. Not signed because the Club wouldn’t pay the wages required and little therefore to do with his ability or possible impact in the team and future value.
    Same old story.

  • 27 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 8, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Just another player Penfold couldn’t get “over the line”

  • 28 Thump // Jun 8, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    Replacement for Gabby? Sign him up.

  • 29 Thump // Jun 8, 2015 at 1:10 AM

    Hang on. I could actually be a replacement for Gabby. Sign me up.

  • 30 cyprus // Jun 8, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    Reasons to be cheerful:

    We have a decent core of internationals.
    A rich owner who has publicly committed to change, investment and success.
    AP’s boring and losing football is gone.
    New HC, new beginnings.

    So, don’t panic, not yet anyway. We are just beginning, you’ll need to hold on to your nerves.

  • 31 Reyantoon // Jun 8, 2015 at 5:39 AM

    Not been keen on Ayew.Good player but will go to Afcon in a middle of season,we have to try to sign European players.However, the players we’ve been linked so far are laughable if true.Gayle, chester,Ndoye…..tell me those are not McLaren’s
    choices? I’m sure he is not that stupid..

    Speaking of Micah Richards,
    Is he the defender we need? He is strong,
    can play at center or RB,but i dont think he is experienced enough to lead the back four.Not consistent plus,he is injury prone,isn’t he? we should go for someone experienced.Someone who can settle the back four.Someone technical. Our defense have been one of the main problem for our decline in the last two or three seasons.Hope Steve will sort that out.

  • 32 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 8, 2015 at 6:50 AM

    When did he publicly commit to change and investment?

    He publicly stated that he would continue the policy of investing in the club, and that the football board would continue to run matters.

    No Afcon this season, but it is something that should come into consideration. As long as the squad is properly equipped and balanced it shouldn’t be an issue.

  • 33 mickalfas // Jun 8, 2015 at 6:51 AM

    Can’t wait for the season to start now
    With Carver in charge and a £15m transfer budget for 8 players including agents fees and wages ,
    Really I can’t wait !!
    Ashley out!!
    Heard that Rivieres not so prolific cousin is available for €750 from Calais c team,apparently he nearly scored a penalty in 2011,so close though,plus he’ll work in shite direct on minimum wage 3 days a week,its a no brainer
    What a joy to watch

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    I gotta say I am a little mystified that so many sees a change after that interview from Ashley!

    …all I hear is static! That interview means absolutely nothing. Ashley says he takes full responsibility, but as far as we know both Carver and Charmless are still here.

    Something has got to give. And top that with the soon to be appointed HC in SM…if that doesn’t show stagnation then I don’t know what does!

  • 35 mickalfas // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Not forgetting the little Mexican winger available on a free,really quick down the wing ,possibly a bit small for the premiership ,just can’t remember which club he’s at now
    Anybody ?
    Speedy Gonzalez !!

  • 36 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:10 AM

    Welcome back Tsunki even though you apparently have been here a while!

    …glad you’re back Belfast had been sulking like a 14 year old girl (ohh wait that’s normal behavior 😉 )

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Cyprus…panic started a long time ago. We cannot just rewind every summer or because the Fat one chose to speak 😉

    Action speaks louder than words! I just hear static anyway….

  • 38 Blofal // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 15m15 minutes ago
    Steve McClaren expected to be officially unveiled as new Newcastle Head Coach on Wednesday #NUFC

  • 39 sparky55 // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Fickle bustards these footballers…Our esteemed owner comes and says he’s gonna spend some money, re-invest in the club and won’t leave til we’ve won something and yet these Ayew bloke doesn’t seem to believe him…

    …what is the world coming to FFS…Ashleys is as honest as the day is long so why question anything he says.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Blofal…we can’t wait

  • 41 jimmysmith // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Well he can always wriggle out of it. It was just a TV interview, he’s done it before, the twenty million of his own money a season springs immediately to mind, but the commitment to spend more and be more competitive was made, and really there’s little future for him at Newcastle if he doesn’t give back more.

  • 42 Mag52 // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:43 AM


    It’s only after the unveiling that we’ll know if it’s really the Schteeve we expect it to be. I’m still not convinced that the Steve McClaren whose pic Ed has displayed on many an occasion recently, is the one who seems about to join us. He wouldn’t be that daft, would he ?

  • 43 Slank // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    Blackley and Brownlie @ 14

    ‘..There’s only the Press saying these players are targets in the first place..’

    Quite right. Should also include agents who spin stories to the media in order to get themselves a pay off..

    Nobody but Carr, Charnley and Ashley and perhaps Carver and McClaren know who are on the shopping and disposal lists.

  • 44 hibbit // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    blofal Mc must know he is not wanted if he gets off to a bad start god help him he has to hit the floor running to have any chance ………….he is back in the uk on tuesday late afternoon …..i am still not sure he will take the job

  • 45 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    I’ll definitely do my part in letting him know he was appointed against my will and I’ll expect nothing but a manager who isn’t a mouthpiece for Charmless and the Fat one!

    The first sign of that and I hope we’ll all be on his back!

    I really think this is a Pardew 2.0 appointment…really nothing to get excited about 🙁

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    To quote Sissoko about the appointment of McClaren. “I don’t know who that man is…” Priceless 🙂

    …You couldn’t make that up!

  • 47 Blofal // Jun 8, 2015 at 8:06 AM

    I didn’t want McClaren but I’m willing to give him half a season to show me he’s worth it. The ball is in his court.

  • 48 Sav // Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    We can’t afford him – and yet he’s going to West Ham instead?
    I can see Mashley means business.

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