Good News On Newcastle’s Best Players


With speculation surrounding Moussa Sissoko  being targeted by Liverpool this summer, and Cheick Tiote possibly also leaving the club, there is a concern that Newcastle may be letting some of their best players leave, while at the same time we seem to be struggling big time to bring in our top transfer targets.

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Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – at West Ham game

There’s some good news today that Newcastle sources are reacting specifically to the news that Liverpool are after Moussa Sissoko, by telling the local press that no senior players will be leaving St James’s this summer until the new signings are in place – and they may not even leave then.

Newcastle are going after various targets – including PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, QPR striker Charlie Austin, Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and others – but the club are still to make their first signing of the summer.

The players who have been on International duty will return to training today, and they include Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul, so McClaren and the new coaching team will have all the players back this week for training.

It’s important that Newcastle bring in new faces for a number of reasons – one is if we make some top signings it will be easier to get some of our other targets through the door.

And it will also help persuade some of our best players already at the club, that they should stay at Newcastle where we are going to build a top team so we can potentially win something and also finish in the top eight of the Premier League.

After all, owner Mike Ashley said before the final game of the season that he now wants to win something, and he will invest heavily in the squad this summer.

In the past, Newcastle have gone after cheaper players in Europe, but that has changed somewhat, and we are now after a number of English players – and there is more competition for them – and they are also more expensive.

And Newcastle always seem to find it hard to spend big money in the transfer market.

We’re sure Steve McClaren is just a little concerned it’s over six weeks now since the last game of the season, and we haven’t manged to sign anybody, but of course he’s not going to say too much – not yet anyway.

We just have to hope that Lee Charnley and others start to get the job done this summer before much more time goes by.

The squad leaves for America this coming weekend, and we need one or two new players signed by then.

Comments welcome.



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82 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    “Newcastle sources”.

    This is back to that communication issue again. If Charnely came out and said that, wouldn’t that be so refreshing?

    We wouldn’t have fans arguing amongst themselves about whether we need to sell first to buy (we don’t).

    Even with regards to inflating our current players values, wouldl this not be a good thing? If someone wants one of our players (okay, okay) and wants them now, then be prepaired to pay big money.

    We’re not selling until we buy – as we don’t have to.

    If that’s where we’re at, then why not just say it?

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #2

    We are still waiting for you to follow up on you pre WHU game speech, jelly belly. Only a small part of it has been carried out, and that took for ever. Get a move on, Lardness

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    like 4 new signings!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed…….. Ashley didn’t say he would invest heavily in the squad this summer.

    He said he would bolt a horse to the cart. The price of a horse can be anything between £500 and 50,000,000.

    Therein lies the uncertainty and the cause of all our frustration.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #5

    I mentioned earlier a article id read about what really goes on with clubs agents and players regarding transfers.

    Considering today’s conversation it’s definatley worth a read.

    The secrets and lies of transfers, Don Hutchinson.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/newcastle-united-transfers-secrets-lies-9489318

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibiztoon

    With regard to the Ladbroke’s “expert.”

    Ninety five per cent of the sewage being re-cycled round and round Twitter and the Internet is written by people like him.
    Each article appears to re-enforce the last, until folks like Ed argue, “well it must be true…everyone’s saying it.

    If a paper writes a story ,and six other papers and 200 blogs re-hash it, it is still just one story.

    Not confirmation, but Chinese Whispers.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    The club really need to fix the way they communicate. Hire a bloody press officer and let them be the mouthpiece of the club. The way they communicate now is like Coco the Gorilla, it’s like sign language with only about 500 words in the vocabulary. (apologies if this offends any Gorillas or Coco herself.)

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    As usual ed u know nothing anybody can speculate then make a statement so bloggers can discuss it the statmennts u put out are old had and not worth a mention its the same old crap u post off other websites and papers
    and your transfer speculation is a joke all u do is guess or make it up and before anybody sticks up for u i could.nt give a rats arse its a democracy and i can say what i like
    ASHLEY OUT
    SHEEP OUT

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    @bladeuser you’re right, it is a democracy, so why don’t you exercise your democratic right and sod off the blog if you don’t like it. Like you say, there are plenty of other blogs for you to visit if you so wish.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Betty…Don’t forget the “continued investment”

    BandB…I would think 95% is probably being generous. I understand people get excited by transfer gossip, part of the package I guess, it is amazing how much perspective seems to go out the window however.

    SuperShearer…I believe the club already has those postions covered. I touched on this subject at the end of the previous thread. There’s only so long you can buy in to them being naive towards PR. Bishop has been working his magic long enough. They know what they’re doing and are surely getting the results they’re looking for. He wouldn’t still be employed otherwise.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    prime
    Well I am stunned at that article!

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #12

    and say it without punctuation…

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #13

    toon transfers – currently everbody is guessing and making it up.

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve just checked The Chronic “Live Blog”. The last posting was at 13:39. Slooooow day.

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    OP

    That’s roughly how I understand it to work…..sometimes.
    Newcastle seem to have carved Sunderland out over Colback last year.

    If the player hasn’t told the club to take a hike during the sounding out phase, then a bid with be submitted if the club is still interested.
    Logic would suggest then that Wijnaldum’s people haven’t told Zenit SP to take a hike.
    But talks still break down over personal terms after bids are accepted.

    The picture emerging is that PSV have one bid on the table, and other club’s are circling. Newcastle have had “early stage” talks with Wijnaldum and are encouraged to consider a bid.

    We’ve viewed the house…we haven’t bought it.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    little bit of a mid term update on the AO site. Not really very good statement – in my opinion.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Yo

    It’s what we all knew, just confirmed by Hutchinson.

    BandB

    Pretty much what I thought, his agents been asked if he’s open to the move, now the clubs deciding how little they can bid.

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Tuff,

    Appalling drivel.
    Again.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #19

    I stand to be corrected on this but it is/was my understanding that a club can contact/sound out agents anytime they want throughout a season. I think the “tapping up” scenario is when a club contact a player directly.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    BandB – I see you were not impressed either.

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  • BandB

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Tuff,

    Unreadable.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Tuff

    Reading the article I think contacting a agent is also tapping up, Hutchinson suggest they use a third party to overcome that.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    op -haven’t read the article – thought the “third party” would be the agent -but I stand corrected.
    It’s all a load of bollocks anyway -they all tap up – it’s just that rarely are there any that come to light.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #24

    Tuff

    Rember Berbatov a few years back, spurs refused to sell. Next thing you know he’s at old Trafford without permission.

    It’s a easy thing to do and get away with, Carr could go watch a Dutch international let slip to Krull who he’s there to watch, job done. Krull talks to Windi to test the waters.

    1000’s of ways around it.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Talk that Liverpool and Spurs are in talks with Keeman.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Kemen is probably the future at SJP – the Toon need to chase any suitors. He’s the under 19 French Captain – one we need to keep that’s if he develops.

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  • mfw13

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Notably, we’re hearing nothing about defenders, which is our biggest area of need. If we go into the season with Colo and Willo as our starting center backs, and only Steven Taylor and Dummett as backups, we’re going to be fighting relegation again no matter what we do with the rest of the squad.

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #28

    Re Winjaldum: Didn’t I read somewhere that he’s a NUFC fan? Somewhere on this blog from memory, unless I’m getting him mixed up with someone else we’ll not sign?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    it’s not like the good old days when a grubby brown envelope stuffed full of dog eared notes exchanged hands in a dark pub car park. Bungs were all the rage once. Nobody seems interested in them any more. Perhaps they’ve been superseded by electronic bank transfer, who knows. The romance is gone.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Id be surprised if in the initial ‘would u like to join club x’ chat there isnt a mention of ‘and how much would u want a week?’

    Id say that when it falls apart at the contract stage its how said weekly payment will be set up

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  • lesh

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza

    I was just about too say the same that if Charnley or Ashley had said that no senior players were leaving…… it may have meant something.

    Just who are these faceless sources?

    So, one of the questions to be levelled at Charnley at tonight’s FF meeting (asssuming he decides to grace it with his presence!) is whether he’d confirm that statement.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Are you talking about football or the sex trade ?

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  • Belfast

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Skunki*

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  • beermonkey

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #34

    tuff

    has kemen got a proper contract or an academy one
    if its a academy one we just get a flat fee wont we ??

    he is a bit of a beast isn’t he
    another player pardew used to big up but again never played very rare I get to see any of the u21 but he did score a screamer that is on utube

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #35

    McLaren wants signings in this week before they jet off to the States
    Anyone on airport watch this year

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #36

    Belfast
    Tbf when u join NUFC u do tend to get f***ed

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  • scottoon

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37

    This may already have been asked elsewhere, but isn’t the fans forum today?

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #38

    SUPERSHEARER
    As i thought one ed lover and a def sheep and to repeat i could.nt give a rats arse what u think i will say what i like when i like

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  • WWSBRD

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #39

    bladeuser
    In fairness to Ed u obviously like his blog to comment on it

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 6, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Do you know belfast it never occurred to me it could apply to both until you just said that. 🙂

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