Newcastle To Strengthen Side With Big January Transfers

We are still worried about Newcastle’s plight – even if we have played quite well over the last three games we just haven´t picked up the points our displays seem to have deserved – and it´s for one reason or another.

Usually another.

rnely and mike ashley

Smiling Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley
This must have been taken at the end of which game?

So it´s not too surprising that the Chronicle has a good piece on the January transfer window today where they say the top two positions to be strengthened are center-forward and center-back and that was also true in the summer.

Back then we were after Charlie Austin of QPR but he was too expensive at £15M, and there were a number of top center-backs we were looking at,  including the likes of Joel Matip of Schalke and Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen.

Bothe Charlie and Joel have contracts that run out next June and it wouldn´t surprise us too much if we move to get a good deal on both these players in January.

Yes – we know Charlie had said he wants to stay at QPR for the season, but if Newcastle come up with decent money for him in January QPR could be tempted to sell him.

In the summer Joel Matip was valued at around £10M and Charlie at £15M so we could maybe get both of them in over the January transfer window for about £15M for the two of them?

Newcastle will also need to unload a few players in January to make room in the 25 man Premier League squad and we could see Mike Williamson move permanently to Wolves.

Williamson had a good game in Wolves great 2-0 away win at Birmingham yesterday and it was the first clean sheet for three games in which Wolves conceded 9 goals – so Mike seems to have made a big difference and played the whole game.

Other players who could leave the club in January include Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux who is now fit but cannot make the bench.

We could also see some younger players come through the door in January and there could be a diversion from the usual transfer policy of bringing in younger players on the cheap who can improve and increase in market value.

Sounds like what you do when you try to make money on stocks and shares.

Steve McClaren not surprisingly wants players coming in who can instantly make a difference in the team.

That´s something Alan Pardew also wanted but didn´t get and is one reason he left Newcastle just less than  a year ago.

But Steve saying the same thing may convince Lee Charnley that you have to think about what a player can do immediately rather than think (dream?) of the money the club can make on them over two or three years.

Newcastle will move with determination and speed in January because if it´s one thing we know about Mike Ashley – it´s that he´s a money man and being relegated and missing out on that new £5B Premier League deal starting next summer would be worse than a tragedy for Newcastle United.

Oh yes and we almost forgot – Mike also said in May that he wants to build a side that can win something and you need a good side to do that.

Comments welcome.

101 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    OK I lied about the final thought. But just look at those two smug fat bald guys! Bleurgh!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Charlie Austin! Yay!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I can’t see Ashley selling Sissoko in January if we’re still in the bottom five.

  • hibbitt

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #5

    tsunki ……our sorry form started way before carver you have to look past the manager more then half the squad are just not good enough for the prem and you have to ask who bought them and why

  • scout

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Another two defenders who never played in the Premiership. They never learn.

  • scout

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I also reckon that Vardy will end up at Barcelona, he’s unplayable at the minute. The confidence he shows is so refreshing, compare him to Rooney on current form.

  • hibbitt

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    and one of them african………..and off to the ACON no good

  • Malta Mag

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    This club of ours is on the up. Yes I believe that. I see a new philosophy within the club and I for one am staying optimistic. The last few games suggest the team has found a system that works and I think we’ll see an upturn in the next 3 games. The players brought in are quality and that includes Thauvin although there may be something about his character than we don’t know? I think we’ll spend again in January and by next season the squad will be good enough to compete. Keep the Faith? Always

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10

    If we’re looking for a short-term keeper, what’s Steve Harper doing and if he’s not contracted anywhere, would he qualify as an emergency signing?

    Because of his vast experience, I think he’d be a safer bet than young Woodman.

  • Toonfan8

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    we need CB, and creative CM more than CF…and also GK on loan

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Hibbitt, correct. Too many guys hung a manager who had wanted different players to some of the dross dug up from europe by old man Carr. Defenders who cudnt defend (mbiwa, santon) and flimsy attackers who dont have it in them ( marveux, hba, amalfitano, the feeble de jong brothers, thauvin, the little winger now in marseilles) etc. Thankfully i think smc has the network in europe to check out carrs choices but thauvin just doesnt look up to it remotely.

  • nut meg

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Vardy will turn 29 in January so I doubt he’ll be heading to Barca.

  • Sammmy

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    These blog posts are getting ridiculous with its fear mongering, i don’t understand it. We’ve played well in the last few games, if we keep playing like that we will be fine. Their keeper had a good game, ok. We got a draw against a very good Stoke side – we outplayed a very good Stoke side – we kept a clean sheet against a very good Stoke side – all of those would be better or fairer headlines.
    Whipping out stats from 1898 or whatever is ridiculous, it does absolutely nothing.
    I only bother reading for the comments because the posts are relying on either overly discussed rumour, fear, or just plain non-news.

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s worrying that the small-minded bean-counting idiots feel the need to move some players out BEFORE any incoming some signings!

    Surely the prospect of losing out on hundreds of millions from the Prem must take precedence over going over budget for a season? Would it not make sense to pay-up the contracts of the dead-weight and sign a quality,CB, LB, DM and striker

  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #16


    If we keep playing like that and win some matches we will be fine.
    We are already playing well and losing. That doesn’t automatically entail we will start playing well and winning.
    The league isn’t decided on style. It’s decided on something as prosaic as maths. And the maths is mounting up.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    You’re expecting rational decision- making from our board? It’d be a first!

  • Slank

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #18

    In general, rarely are there good players available in the January window.

    I think we need a replacement for Colo.

    Cisse looks out of favour and doesn’t fit into the style of play (4-4-2) that McClaren has decided upon. He can be sold as Riviere looks like the natural understudy to Mitro.

    We need a central playmaker in the Cabaye mold. Gini and Sissoko appear to fit into the flexible wing role.

  • BandB

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #19

    There was a story doing the rounds that club officials were circumspect about the prospect of relegation last season until they learned from Sky they would not be receiving preferential TV exposure in the Championship, as they assumed.
    I don’t believe Ashley would have allowed two of the last three seasons to come down to a last day roll of the dice if he hadn’t a game plan to deal with relegation.

  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Ron Knee

    Thanks for reminding me not to be so naive. Sparky put me on the naughty step the other day for the same thing!

    Like many, we can only live in hope that Ashley and his gofor Charnleg might eventually see the big picture rather than persist with their myopic obsession with balancing the finances!

  • jane

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #21

    recent performances suggest results should follow. if we get 4 points from every 3 remaining games we will get 43 points. 27 games left divided by 3 = 9 x 4 = 36 + 7 points to date = 43 points.

  • sparky55

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22

    Last warning Lesh! 🙂

  • hibbitt

    Nov 1, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    mighty big if JEFF

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Well I’ve been refreshed a little by the performances of late, it’s strange to watch us play on the front foot and actually create.

    But it boils down to results, that simple. As others have pointed out we’re playing somewhere near our peak (with the personnel) at the moment and we just cannot get the results which, whatever way you look at it, is hugely worrying. All it takes is for us to go through another bad spell of performances, heads to drop, and we could be cast well adrift without the leadership and steel required to grind out results.

    I am still very fearful of relegation, you’d have to be an utter fool not to be, especially as we’ve all been here before in 2009. We kept dismissing it, kept saying we were too good but it happened. It can just as swiftly happen again.

    All this talk of strikers and CB’s is all well and good but we are crying out for a top deep lying playmaker. Cabaye was excellent yesterday and we need a clone of him from somewhere.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    From that report you mentioned – a post in The Chronic some months ago – it was clear that Ashley and his minions were horrified at the prospect of losing all that TV exposure.
    I expect some buying in January to protect his ‘precious’.

  • nufc 11

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Sink or swim mike? We have the worst defence in the league time and again and what do we do rely on colo, will and taylor combined they mite get a game at willos new league one club or we spend the cash on flops like thauvin ajax must have seen nufc coming with dejong f*****ng fools where is Carr in all this? A lb and cb is badly needed before anything then a cable type cm.

  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #27

    Why would Ashley change a long-term strategy of recruitment when in the last window we got 3 excellent first teamers and one dud? The difference is that this time we shelled out decent money. It is a myth that our squad is much younger than other sides. It isn’t older players we need, or even English ones, but good players and you have to pay significant sums to get them. The biggest regret though is that we did not go for Cabaye who would have been key and a guaranteed performer.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #28

    I think getting a good defensive midfielder is more important than getting a striker. xhaka or carrick as well as a tall defender would shore up our defence and add creativity.

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Well guys, for all the optimism after playing well at home but still not winning against a distinctly ordinary Stoke City, facts still show that we gave the joint worst goal difference in the league, only 7 points from 11 games, no senior goalkeepers available and an injury list the length of your arm.

    Add to that Bournemouth, Leicester and Palace being our next 3 games and also anything but ordinary, I am fairly sure that Ashley will succeed this year where he failed last year and manage to take us down.

  • firebug666

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #30

    It’s interesting that although the football is getting better, the attendances for home games are dropping off week by week.

    I was just reading The Mag:

    So far the crowds at St James Park read:

    49,710 v Southampton (48,460 home fans, 1,250 away supporters)

    50,388 v Arsenal (47,188 home fans, 3,200 away supporters)

    47,806 v Watford (45,556 home fans, 2,250 away supporters)

    48,682 v Chelsea (45,521 home fans, 3,161 away supporters)

    47,006 v Norwich (44, 890 home fans, 2,116 away supporters)

    47,139 v Stoke (44,639 home fans, 2,500 away supporters)

  • Magpie Season

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Wow only 48k for the Chelsea game.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    If you think that’s bad, have you seen the December fixtures?

  • Magpie Season

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #33

    I didn’t know Marveaux was available again.

    Anyone know how he went in U21 games?

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #34


    I think we will be all but relegated by Christmas.

    The writing has been on the wall for 18 months now.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

    Lesh, the reason we have to move players on before signing new ones has to do with the 25 squad restrictions. We can’t have players not in the squad whilst picking up 40g a week in wages sitting on their backsides. It’s actually sound economics surprisingly. Once we move on some of the deadwood, then better players can come in and take their place in the squad. Willo to Wolves looks like one, given his motm performance. You can’t have highly paid pro’s rotting because regardless, you still have to pay their wages and their agents demand a move. Sadly, this is what has become of signing too many players not up to it. Now we have to either sell them – if anybody wants them – or give them away – if anybody will take them! It will be easier in the summer when a lot of contracts run out and we can just show them the door.

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36


    I was over in the UK last month for the first time in 5 years and was unfortunate enough to attend the Watford and Sheffield Wednesday performances.

    Needless to say, I thought about demanding my money back after watching 11 numpties impersonating footballets.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #37

    It amazes me people still talk about Cabaye. Have everybody forgotten he caused dressing room chaos and refused to play in order to get his big move to PSG? (Where he flopped). Players who hold my beloved club to ransom like that, I wouldn’t have back if his arse was decked with diamonds.

  • Magpie Season

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Next 10 games (until new years day):

    BOURNEMOUTH (A) ………………….3 pts
    LEICESTER (H)…………………………….3pts
    PALACE (A) ………………………………1pt
    LIVERPOOL (H)…………………………0pt
    SPURS (A)………………………………..1pts
    ASTON VILLA (H) ……………………3pts
    EVERTON (H) …………………………….1pts
    WBA (A) ……………………………………1pt
    ARSENAL (A)……………………………..0pt
    MAN UTD (H)………………………………0pt

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Under Ashley, we’re an advertising hoarding impersonating a football club.

  • Magpie Season

    Nov 1, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40


    Don’t think he flopped mate he was never given a chance in their midfield. But yeah true but he did manage to put in good performances after that to at least inflate his fee.

    But he is approaching 30. We never could have got him back anyway so don’t know why people talk about him. Who was the last 30yr old we signed? Shefki Kuqi & Marlon Harewood? Not one I think since we came back up (or did we might have forgotten).


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