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Good News On Newcastle’s Best Players

3:03 pm, Monday, July 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 82 Comments

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.

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

82 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    “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?

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    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

  • 3 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    like 4 new signings!

  • 4 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    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.

  • 5 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    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.

  • 6 BandB // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM


    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.

  • 7 SuperShearer // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    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.)

  • 8 bladeuser // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    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

  • 9 SuperShearer // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    @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.

  • 10 Ibizatoon // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    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.

  • 11 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Well I am stunned at that article!

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    and say it without punctuation…

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

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

  • 14 Ron Knee // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM

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

  • 15 BandB // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM


    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.

  • 16 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM

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

  • 17 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:41 PM


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


    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.

  • 18 BandB // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM


    Appalling drivel.

  • 19 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    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.

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    BandB – I see you were not impressed either.

  • 21 BandB // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM



  • 22 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:48 PM


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

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    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.

  • 24 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:01 PM


    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.

  • 25 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Talk that Liverpool and Spurs are in talks with Keeman.

  • 26 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    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.

  • 27 mfw13 // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    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.

  • 28 Wayayman // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    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?

  • 29 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    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.

  • 30 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    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

  • 31 lesh // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:31 PM


    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.

  • 32 Belfast // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Are you talking about football or the sex trade ?

  • 33 Belfast // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:33 PM


  • 34 beermonkey // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:33 PM


    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

  • 35 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:36 PM

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

  • 36 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:36 PM

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

  • 37 scottoon // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:39 PM

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

  • 38 bladeuser // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    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

  • 39 WWSBRD // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:46 PM

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

  • 40 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:50 PM

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

  • 41 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Blade user watch those veins mate they look like they’re ripe for poppin’ 🙂

    Thing is, Ed DOES just regurgitate ‘news’ and ‘information’ from all over the place, I don’t think he believes much of it either. It just promotes conversation is all. I wouldn’t risk a thrombo over it.

  • 42 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Bladeuser don’t leave out ‘where I like’ that’s the most important one!

  • 43 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Na he don’t like the blog or it’s poster, he just comes to rant at the fans when a wheel falls off his inline skates.

    Angry man.

  • 44 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Don’t want the scousers pilfering our Keemanaan

  • 45 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    beer not sure about his contract status – always remins me a bit of Mr T – a young version but built like a tank.
    Here’s that 30 yard belter at SJP you referred to.

  • 46 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Keeman story is multiplying by the minute

    3rd site in a hour.

    All exclusives 😉

  • 47 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM


    Different reports suggest his contract runs out in the summer, it doesn’t say which summer. Apparentley we have a option for a further year and a compo agreement in his contract.

    Probs all speculation

  • 48 beermonkey // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:01 PM


    thanks for the link

    with a bit of luck McLaren will use him in preseason and sit him down and talk to him and then if he isn’t ready for us send him out onloan
    if he goes I will understand why we don’t send our kids out onloan look at Sammy he is 22 23 and only got about 35 games at 19 kemen should be playing regular first team football somewhere

  • 49 Sammmy // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    I think the club is getting ready to announce some signings. Been quiet for too long. I’ve heard that we’re ready to let Oliver Kemen go apparently. Liverpool and Spurs are interested.

  • 50 ilovetoon8788 // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    If keman really wants to realise his potential. Sadly, it’s best he leaves us. We have horrible horrible track record of Developing players.

  • 51 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    L’Equipe in France are also running the story that Kemen COULD leave Newcastle.

  • 52 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    According to transfermarkt Kemen’s contract ran out 30 June 2015 !!!!!
    I think we have been in negotiation with Wijnaldum’s people , but he had a deal fall through last season and he is worried about annoying the Eindhoven fans if this deal collapses again .Of course if he comes to the Toon , then the dutch fans can take a running jump , such is the modern world of footy.

  • 53 SuperShearer // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    @bladeuser if you don’t like the blog why do you come on here? Nothing better to do? There are hundreds of thousands of footballing sites and blogs and yet you chose to come on one and piss and moan about the standard of the articles. Ed lives in American, should he be sourcing his own stories or merely offering comment and a forum for us to engage on? Just think it’s kind of sad that you feel the need to come on here and complain about something rather than just go elsewhere.

  • 54 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    So the secrecy is as much on the side of wijnaldum and his agent as our lot you say? I can understand it puts him in the very bad light of being a perennial want away if it falls through this time. That’s IF there’s any negotiations, if course.

  • 55 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Dog leash is 6th in the top 20 premier league managers, what a joke!

  • 56 Tsunki // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Op past glories mate, past glories.

  • 57 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Considering our past record with youth I can hardly blame Keemen for looking elsewhere. At the same time he maybe better off having another year here to see what happens. IMO he’ll have more of a chance breaking into our first team than Spuds or the bin dippers.

  • 58 Sliema // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Super Shearer @ Bladeuser

    Here here.

  • 59 Bambams // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    I had reason to talk to someone today who has a position that would know if we were close to any signings…..
    Please leave it there. One or two of you might recall a recent charity event I organised and where my info comes from.
    Anyway …Nowt has been spilled within the club. Even they are concerned!
    I know it’s very secretive how the club does business. Maybe something is happening.
    I hope something is happening.

  • 60 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:21 PM


    I wouldn’t let him manage a under 8 team.

  • 61 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:21 PM


    I wouldnt bother with bladeuser. There are some extreme anger ussues there. He’s always been the same. Takes out his frustrations at the club on other blog users and on ed. I fo wonder what he uses the blades for. Judging by his attitude and grammar, he isn’t old enough to shave.

  • 62 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Damn this phone. *issues…….and….*do wonder.

  • 63 optimistic prime // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Why does Schteeeve need new players?

    He’s just got around 40 new players, he couldn’t possibly need more.

  • 64 Our Toon // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Absolutely shocking news regarding Kemen, our club is becoming a joke, we are now getting rid of excellent young talent. Still the regime will have some who will back them to the the hilt!! Jokers of the league!!

  • 65 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Our toon

    Agreed. There is almost no point in us signing youth talent. They rarely get a shot, and if they do they are often sold or released very quickly.

  • 66 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Saying – there are people on here with anger issues , is a bit like saying – there are people on here who writes sentences.
    80 – 90% I reckon.
    At least it stops them sitting on the Metro muttering to themselves and frightening old ladies

  • 67 SuperShearer // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    @YouCouldn’tMakeItUp puberty can be a bitch for some people 😉

  • 68 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:33 PM


    Yeah there are issues and issues, though. Everyone has a rant now and then, but bladeuser ONLY comes here to rant and abuse….he probably does it from his phone WHILE muttering and frightening old ladies on the metro.

  • 69 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:34 PM


    Possibly….although it seems a bit more than just some teen-angst 😀

  • 70 GeordieTwo // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Lee is giving away our secrets from the Book of Low Bids again. Saying we won’t pay 12M for Austin because of his poor injury record. That’s directly from page 3 and I quote “always put a flimsy excuse in with the low bid, it paves the way for a second and third low bid.” Beautiful Lee.

  • 71 GeordieTwo // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Low bids are happening Bambams. We do low bids well. We do them very well.

  • 72 GeordieTwo // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Spare the fongbat and spoil the MD. I warned you lot about this recently. Harrumph.

  • 73 Our Toon // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:37 PM


    I honestly don’t understand what it is we are trying to achieve under this lot.

    Geordie two: I wouldnt pay £12m for Austin either, final year of his contract, better alternatives out there like Mitrovic who I personally think is a much better player

  • 74 beermonkey // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    thanks for the info, if he has gone he has gone I will be a bit miffed if he breaks through at fool or spuds in a couple if years

    I agree with prime with a new manager here he stands a better chance of first team football with us than the other 2

  • 75 GeordieTwo // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    What’s happening with Kemen Our Toon mate?

  • 76 Bambams // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Hope you are right fella. I am sure something must be happening. Just silence within the corridors

  • 77 Jib // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Kemen was coached so well that he became the French youth captain by that crawling no good lickspittle Beardsley , you know that guy who can’t coach for toffee .
    Ha ha ha there are some real works of art post on here.
    Absolutely shocking news says Our Toon who had never heard of Olivier Kemen half an hour ago and couldn’t even spell his name properly
    Ha Ha Ha

  • 78 Sazzer // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Wijnaldum interview. His face shifts when asked something about a transfer to England.

  • 79 Our Toon // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM


    No idea whats going on with him, apparently news would have it that he’s off to either liverpool or spurs!!

  • 80 GeordieTwo // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Well, I think I am right Bambams mate. It says right on page 2 “keep putting in those sneaky low bids. Dozens if you have to. Eventually another club will make a mistake and sell someone to us. Lay low in France for a bit though. They are still upset about Cabaye.”

  • 81 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    kemen should be playing in an hour at euro u 19 champs live on eurosport .at 6 45. i hope to see half.

  • 82 Sazzer // Jul 6, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    According to De Standaart, #nufc have made contact with Marseille for the transfer of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. Fee around €9.4m

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