Newcastle To Spend Big In January – Russian Play-Maker Targeted

There’s an exclusive in the Mirror today saying that Newcastle United will spend big money in the January transfer window in order to try to save their Premier League status.

Newcastle are in a relegation position at the moment in 3rd bottom place with only 17 points in the first 19 league games – the worst start ever in the Premier league.


The Mirror is reporting that Newcastle want to sign 25 year-old CSKA Moscow play-maker Alan Dzagoev in January.

Newcastle have never really replaced Yohan Cabaye since he left Newcastle almost two years ago – so it’s good we are eventually trying to replace him – better late than never we suppose.

The report is that Manchester lawyer Saide Moussallati is now working on a deal to bring the 48 times Russian International to the Premier League in January – but other clubs are also interested in the player.

Dzagoev has been at CSKA Moscow since 2008 and he is a very creative player having played 254 games for the Russian side with 57 goals and 79 assists.

But here is another case of Newcastle wanting to bring in a player who has no experience in the Premier League and he will almost certainly take time to adjust to English football.

The four players we brought in over the summer for over £52M are still adjusting to the Premier League and we are now half-way through the season and in big trouble.

That’s something that Newcastle cannot afford to wait for new players in January to produce, and it would be better if we invested in British players who have experience in the Premier League so they can immediately produce.

That’s even if they are more expensive and money shouldn’t be a concern next month because if we are relegated in May we will lose millions and millions for not being in the Premier League with all the TV rights money being generated for the PL clubs.

If we do bring in players from the continent – which we have done in the past and if we refuse to change our policy – then there is no guarantee Newcastle  will be able to avoid the drop because it’s unfair and unrealistic to expect these players to immediately produce for the side.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Everything about the club is crap, its rotten to the core, there is no long term plan, there is no ambition or good footballing decisions, its being run by business men who know nothing about football.

    Why the hell did we hire a fired championship manager, when we could have had the likes of Flores, Billic, Emery, Bielsa, De boer, Sampaoli?

    Although i don’t think all of this is mcclarens fault, i genuinely think that he was told to get the best out of the current squad, whereas you look at watford where Flores came in and literally evaluated the squad within 2 weeks and then totally revamped it, and you look at mcclaren saying everyone is going to get their chance this season, when its clear that the likes of gouffran, dummett, obertan, cisse, riviere, williamson, coloccini (keeping him as captain????) haidara, ARE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH, surely Mcclaren can see that? I just don’t think he has the balls to say what he thinks, he is what he is, a YES MAN.

  • Mag52

    Dec 29, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2


    Clement ? Doing ok with championship Derby at present with a team largely built and coached by Macca. Experience in the premiership ?
    Howe ? Bournemouth a mere 3 points ahead of us at present.
    How about AP ? Fifth place and counting.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3


    Spot on again.

    Anyone of Flores, Bilic, Emery, Bielsa, De boer, Sampaoli would have taken us in a new direction.

    SM quite frankly is a total buffoon with some of his decisions. Tbh wouldn’t mind Cathro taking over and seeing if we can stop surrendering almost total possession so badly, actually attack and take teams on and finally get us passing and moving and supporting the man in possession.

    You know if anyone though it will be moyes with more defensive hoofball . . . . yawn!

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    One shearer

    All it takes is for a few more deliveries coming in from the left to make the opposition think that they also have to stop crosses from that side. We don’t cross from the left and the only 2 we have crossed from that position led to the chance for SDJ which he should have scored and the chance for mitro which he should have scored. That’s either a coincidence or it could be that the opposition have worked on shape for crosses from the right.

    Oh and the pen mitro should have come came from the left, if mcclaren refuses to use a left footer to add another dimension to an already toothless set up then he only has himself to blame. People need to realise we aren’t going to attract world class players.

    Look at Watford and Bournemouth, both teams aren’t stronger than ours on paper but they have structure on the pitch and organisation, Watford have had 5 managers in 12 months yet still perform better than us, that’s because they have a proper manager who understands the game and k ows how to get the best out of not so gifted players.

    Eddie Howe tried to change tactics earlier in the season and be less attacking, it didn’t work so now has reverted back to the stuff that got them promoted, they look completely different because the manager wants to attack

  • voodoo85

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    RIP Pavel Srnicek

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6


    That is the fear, Moyes will get the job if mcclaren leaves…..don’t know who’s worse

    Mag – might be wrong but aren’t palace 6th? 2 nil nil draws without Bolasie as I predicted to you only a few weeks back….without Bolasie they’ll struggle!!

    Needs to be foreign manager though!!

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    RIP Pavel….just seen the news….sad day!!


    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #8

    If the want to show that they are willing to spend….1) to back macca.2) that they actually want to advance this club…..then they should have deals done and in place as soon as the window opens so the players have every second available to train and gel…..waiting till the end of the window is just a waste of time….not convinced its ganna happen tho

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Mag 52

    I’m truly shocked you’ve mentioned AP. It’s been, what, a whole day! You have it real bad don’t you.

    Yeah we’ll just conveniently ignore AP’s relegation at Charlton and the near relegations at WHU and us, not to mention the many unwanted records at us and WHU. Least of all how can we ever forget AP’s charming and honest disposition.

    Yes you’ll keep dining out on 1 good season with us and the current one with CP in 20 years of management.

    SM fell apart at Derby under pressure and if you want to throw that in, by the same token didn’t Pulis virtually build the current CP team and really started their great run.

  • geordieboy83

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    God bless you pavel a true Geordie legend who played a huge part in my pre teen years.


  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Our toon

    Oh s—t, that’s dreadful news, I’ve been praying for him. Football means nothing compared to that. RIP Pavel

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Lovely lovely guy, awful day

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Terrible new on Pavel. Thoughts are with his family.

    The last I had read things seemed to be looking good, 47 is far too early for anyone.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14


    Come on mate that’s harsh on pards…..his hands were tied here haven’t you heard? He wasn’t allowed to sign who he wanted….now at palace only the player signed for him at nufc is the one who starts. The others don’t feature or rarely do…..conor Whickham was a good signing though.

    Bamford made an interesting statement, King didn’t even speak to him during his loan spell, imagine that eh!! Apparently King is supposed to be an excellent man manager…..ahh yes southern press lauding another failure much like arry before him

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #15

    I see that Spurs managed to successfully change their starting formation in order to counter act the opposition. A progressive club with a multi dimensional approach to football and playing tactics.


    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #16

    RIP pav

  • reilly

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #17

    sad day.
    RIP PAV.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Our toon

    Must have been hard for AP with krul, cabaye, colo, Ben Arfa, Ba, Cisse, Guti, santon etc all in their prime!!!

  • AncientC

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #19

    Pavel Srnicek played in the greatest game I have ever seen. The night we thumped Man Utd 5-0 to confirm ourselves as the undisputed best side in the league.

  • geordieboy83

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #20

    On topic, shelvey and dzagoev wow just wow if we could pull them 2 off.

  • scout

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    So sorry to hear of the news on Pavel, as a kid he would always sign things and always had time for people.
    One of lifes good guys, be good up there pal.

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    What a shite Christmas this has turned out to be.

    The team putting in dogsh1t performances, sitting third from bottom but worse than all of that, pav is gone. Fcuking gutted 🙁


  • geordieboy83

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    On a lighter note played my Xmas present last night Fifa 16 played as the toon obviously and it was so nice to see players played where they should be haha

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #24

    Rest in peace pavel, God bless you

  • BandB

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks for the memories Pavel.
    A truly lovely man who shared our dreams.

  • hibbitt

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #26

    good bye Pavel thank you for the memories RIP my friend

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #27


    very true, some very dark days but Pav was a real hero and true gent.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Sad news about Pav. He’ll always be a Geordie, bless him.

  • damma99

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #29

    RIP Pav.
    Always a Geordie.

  • Bambams

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #30

    I remember the day we signed Pavel he was sat in front of myself and a couple of friends in what is now the Platinum Club.
    He shook our hands and I still remember my mate saying ” He is one Czech I wouldn’t want to bounce ”
    Very upsetting to hear this sad news, really upsetting. What a fantastic person and it puts everything into perspective.
    Rest big fella, you will always be remembered

  • magscar

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #31

    RIP Pav.
    Far far too young. Part of the best footballing NUFC side I have seen. Thoughts with his family.

  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    A legend. Tragic. Light years from todays dross.

  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Todays dross getting relegated or Pav staying with us. The choice is a no brainer. Thanks for the memories Pav.

  • banjax

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle’s problems stem from Mike Ashley’s transfer policies and club management. He has not invested decent sums of money on a yearly basis ie £30m per year like other clubs have into player recruitment. He has allowed our best players to leave without replacing their quality. Ashley has delegated his responsibility to a Chairman who is out of his depth and does our club’s business in the bargain basement of football compared to other premier league clubs who aim for better quality recruitment. Then there is the lack of communication with the fan base who faithfully turn up, pay their cash week in week out and are treated like mushrooms for their trouble. If Ashley has learnt his lessons in football he will know he stands a strong chance of losing £100m’s of TV money next August if we get relegated and who’s fault will it be ? In reality he needs to spend big on at least 4 quality players who are premier league quality and not in lower leagues like (eg Flauvin) and need time because time is something Newcastle do not have. What chance Ashley is listening ?

  • Jib

    Dec 29, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Pavel will always be a Geordie – R.I.P.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Emmanuel Adebayor can hold up a ball and is smart.

    Don’t mind a short-term loan if we can afford.

    ..never in a million years thou.

  • jimiley

    Dec 29, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Pav was a good keeper. Not a great keeper.If we had had Scmeichel in 1996 we would have walked the league. With hindsight, I would never change the keepers. I would keep Pav and take second place. Pav was a true star of the team and loved by the crowd. Why? Because he adored the place and played with great pride. We expect no more from our players and we certainly do not expect to win anything. We only want our team to compete and make us proud. Pav epitomised that ethos. I would never swap him for Schmeichel and a title. A Toon legend. Tragic. But never ever forgotten.

  • toonluvva

    Dec 29, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    I fully expect to be told on Feb 1st that we “couldn’t get anyone over the line.”

    The face that we need a number of players is obvious to everyone outside of the club. Sorry to say no one inside the club seem to agree.

    Perhaps a return to the championship with the associated loss of TV revenues, and more importantly, not such huge exposure of SD might concentrate Mr Ashley’s mind.

  • funguswatty

    Dec 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #39

    R.I.P BIG MAN#pavelisaGeordie

  • Ravostag

    Dec 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #40

    We need more than a russian playmaker! Add on a goalie two defenders and a couple of strikers oh and a miracle to stay up


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