McClaren On Transfer Activity – Let’s Keep Quiet

At Steve McClaren’s press conference today for the League Cup tie against Northampton Town tomorrow night, he was asked at one point if he was expecting new arrivals or new departures from the clu over the next week.

The transfer window slams shut next Tuesday night at 6:00pm and there are reports we are after 26 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and also Wolves England U21 striker Benik Afobe.

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Benik Afobe – Newcastle said to be trying to sign this player

About half way through the press conference today Steve was asked if he was expecting a busy week with only one week to go in the summer transfer window – and this is how Steve answered that question:

“I’m just expecting a busy week because we have got three games in a week, and I’m sure if things happen then things will happen, and we’ll be ready to deal with that and any opportunities.”

“At the present moment, as I said on Friday, we are happy with what we got, so let’s keep our heads down and keep quiet.”

We may not get any new players in over the next eight days, but that answer is consistent with Newcastle being after some players who may or may not arrive by next Tuesday night.

And Newcastle will need to move some players out, either permanently or on loan, whether or not we bring new players in.

Those players include the likes of Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana, who don’t seem to have any future at Newcastle.

So there will be at least some transfers out before next Tuesday night.

It would be icing on the cake if we can get even one more good player through the door this summer.

Here’s where we stand so far on transfers in and out this summer – the fees are estimates.

Georginio Wijnaldum£14.5MEindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic£14.3MAnderlecht
Chancel Mbemba£11.8MAnderlecht
Florian Thauvin£14.5MMarseille
Ivan Toney£1.5MNorthampton
Transfer Fees Out£56.6M
Remy CabellaSeason loanMarseille
Davide Santon£2.0MInter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid£1.5MPanathinaikos
Olivier Kemen£0.5MLyon
Sammy AmeobiSeason LoanCardiff
Adam Armstrong6 month loanCoventry
Freddie Woodman6 month loanCrawley
Haris VuckicSeason LoanWigan
Shane Ferguson6 month loanMilwall
Jonas GutierrezReleasedDeportivo
Ryan TaylorReleasedHull City
Jak AlnwickReleasedPort Vale
Adam CampbellReleasedNotts County
Remie StreeteReleasedPort Vale
Transfer Fees In£4.0M
Net Spend£52.6M

Newcastle have net spending at the moment of £47.8M

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #2

    WBA have rejected a written bid from Spurs for Saido Berahino.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Russian singles in!!!

  • Llort muw

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Team vs Northampton


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5


    You’re nothing but filler on here, chap. Your amount of posts to importance to the blog balance is way out of kilter.

    Ashley IN!

  • Jib

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6


    I think Hail Wor Ashley is calling you a loudmouthed gobshite.

    No argument here like.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7


    SUTTY1978 // Aug 24, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    JIB, lets face it Colo has had one half decent showing in 2 years, he’s well past it. Cant believe some people have tried to use a solitary clean sheet as some kind of evidence that Colo is a colossus and the best defender of his generation. He’s crap, deal with it. McClarens comments saying they couldnt find anyone better than him to bring in shows how poor Carr is at scouting defenders rather than how good Colo is.
    Anyone over 5’9? can outjump him and anyone quicker than Willo can turn him and put him on his arse.

  • toonicle

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #8

    The Bigi transfer would irk me, had high hopes for the kid coming in and taking Tiote’s spot. Seems like he’s got a lot of potential not sure why he didn’t make it with us.

  • Sir Eric

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #9


    I’m confused as well as what happened to him. I read somewhere a while ago that he had some weird illness which is why he never played for rangers last season.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #10

    If sissoko and cisse are sold in this window for good money I still wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Long time lurkers first time posters really convince me !

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s it Tsunki, silence, you should be back on an even keel within about 6 months if you keep it up. Can start anew then, chap.

  • mactoon

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

    mactoon on transfer activity – Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. !

    We need one more proven centre half so we have 3 shoe ins for the two positions to cover for the inevitable injury. It happens every year and will happen this year. We also have to factor in the fact that while Colo did have a good game, to offer him a new contract, make him first choice and captain given how he performed over the whole of last season doesn’t make sense.

  • the broons

    Aug 24, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #14


    Incase you didn’t see, I said I believe I would win 90% of aerial duels with collocini.

  • Ravostag

    Aug 24, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Can we write a letter as well to Wolves?


    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #16

    My team for the cup tie:
    That allows for this team against arsenal:
    Get Mitro 60 minutes and maybe a goal then bring on Toney. Colo for 60 and then bring on Dummett or Willo. On Saturday Cisse will be well rested and available to come on as an impact sub if needed. Maybe Merveaux or Bigi to get a run tomorrow?

  • petey

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #17

    you forgot Abeid.

  • Lynny

    Aug 25, 2015 at 7:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Does that user name say hail wor Ashley or am I cracking up? Honestly some people haven’t got an iglue! Hail him for what? Finally putting his hand in his pocket? Stripping all of our assets? Over the years selling our best players and failing to invest – leading to near relegation and near relegation? Rebranding St James’ Park to the sports direct arena and putting sports direct all over our stadium? Are we a plastic Geordie? Cos nee one with black and white blood would praise that son. Aye fair play to Him for finally investing. For bringing in a bit quality. A bit. That’s it! We still need a few quality signings and then a few squad playery! Why aye let’s praise him eh? A few injuries and we’re knackered man!

  • derekm

    Aug 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Cisse won’t be involved with Galatasaray having 5 mil on the table for him, Lascelles needs game time big style and Thauvin needs to show where he’s at positionally.


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