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Newcastle Want England International This Summer

8:31 am, Sunday, March 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

The Chronicle is reporting today that while Rafa Benitez is only concentrating on the next eight games at Newcastle, in an effort to save us from the drop, there have been some initial discussions about transfer targets for the summer.

We suppose that’s in case Rafa does save us – although looking at the league table at the moment – it’s not good for your health or mental stability.

So we will not even show the league table as a humane gesture on this Easter Sunday.


michael carrick

Michael Carrick – Newcastle keen on him this summer?

Even before Rafa arrived as the potential savior on his white horse just over two weeks ago, the name of former Wallsend Boys’ player Michael Carrick had been mentioned.

It would be an attractive move for the local lad to finish his career at his home town club, but we cannot keep letting these local talented players escape the recruitment net on Tyneside, which we have done far too often in the past.

The 34-year-old is likely to become a free agent in the summer with the Red Devils unlikely to extend his contract and that could offer Newcastle an experienced and talented midfield player for at least a couple of years to strengthen our central midfield.

The news is that Rafa sees the central midfield at the club as a weakness at the moment, and that’s after we just signed Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in January, although Henri has not been used by Rafa at all so far.

Carrick would likely be only too keen to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside if we stay up and it could be a fitting end to what has been a great career for the Wallsend born player.

Michael has played 408 times for Manchester United with 23 goals and in his career he has 650 total first team appearances with 33 goals.

Sounds good to us.

But all this is dependent on Newcastle still being a Premier League club at the end of the season, which is far from certain at the moment.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Veltman // Mar 27, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Some people don’t like Colo but the defense have not done any better without him.They still conceded goals.Hope to see him back starting the Norwich game,along with Haidara.The players have to dig deep and must win that game.Sissoko is wasted on the left wing,no doubt about that.He has to play him on the right,
    where he is pacey,comfortable running and some good link ups with others.Benitez is trying different setup with the players but have not worked out in his two games.

  • 2 G // Mar 27, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Carrick? Few years ago maybe, but not now surely. Reckon he will be away for a final payday in middle east, china or USA anyway. I’ll pass please.

  • 3 hibbitt // Mar 27, 2016 at 8:51 AM


    thats the key 2 games give Rafa a chance he see’s these players every day he know who’s putting the effort in and who’s fit both Colo and Haidara are very doubtful for the Norwich game …….let Rafa do his job he’s are best hope

  • 4 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Veltman, Sissoko has been a fitful contributor at best playing in that right wing position. It makes good sense for Benitez to try to get more out of him, and maybe a change of role/position will do that. Leaving him to play where he has been with little effect is not good management in my view. Rafa needs to change things up, not plod along with the failed Pardew/Carver/McClaren model.

  • 5 Jib // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:22 AM
    While in Wallsend (Burnside school and Wallsend boys club ) Michael was a Spurs fan.
    He signed for West Ham and unlike Joe Cole and others stayed with them when they were relegated.
    After a season in the fizzy pop he joined Spurs.
    Ferguson got his eye on him as a replacement for Roy Keane and made Martin Jol and Spurs an offer they couldn’t refuse.
    After spending most of his proffessional life in London or the North West , NUFC are possibly the last club in the UK that Carrick would join.

  • 6 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:32 AM


    I really have to say that your posts demonstrate a wealth of local knowledge.

    And national knowledge…. And international knowledge….. And world politics and…..

    Posters are in awe of your wisdom, amazing.

  • 7 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Kane and Ali playing in Black and white.
    A classic strip with a logo sponsoring UNICEF ( sponsored by a reputable multi national ? )
    65,000 redeveloped stadium called St. Jame’s Park.
    A Manager of International stature like Rafa Benitez
    Premier League status
    Global recognition.


    Thanks Mike.

  • 8 Slank // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM


    It’s almost totally pointless posting articles about who Newcastle might sign in the summer before our survival in the Premiership has been secured.

    If we get relegated it’s reasonable to assume that many, if not most, of the fringe players are sold. However, there is a view that all those who regularly start should be sold as they haven’t saved the club and also they will have a reasonable resale value.

  • 9 Blofal // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    This is all irrelevant. We need to stay up first.

  • 10 Blofal // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    We also need a massive list of players for the Championship. If Charnley does his usual “we are not considering going down” then it could be a complete disaster.

  • 11 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Ed here’s some article ideas to ride you over –

    “B&Q to possibly revise bank holiday opening hours in 2017”

    Or how about –

    “Sugar rationing might make a comeback if climate change remains unchecked ”

    Or maybe –

    “Baggage handling could be privatised at Stanstead by 2020”

    All pretty relevant I think 🙂

  • 12 Jib // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Slank and Blofal
    Not pointless really
    On a quiet Easter Sunday morning it got one post from you 2 from Blofal and now another one from me.

  • 13 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Well Mike how does this weaving and dealing make you feel ?
    And we the tax payers are subsidising it ?
    London is fast becoming like Las Vegas – a cess pit of unregulated financial dealings.

    Express report:
    BOOMING West Ham are on course for a gold rush that is set to be worth at least £1billion.
    West Ham could yet start their first season in the Olympic Stadium with Champions League football
    The £200million a season they expect to make after moving into the Olympic Stadium next season will buy them a seat alongside the biggest and richest clubs in the world.
    And barring unforeseen disasters – and bumper transfer payouts – they are likely to have that £1billion to play with by 2021.
    Although at least £30million is already earmarked for a new striker in the summer, West Ham are just five months away from jumping aboard a gravy train that will transform their fortunes in one fell swoop.
    Full details of the deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation have yet to be revealed, but the benefits to the Hammers are certain to dwarf the basic £15million a season rent they have agreed to pay to play at the new stadium for the next 99 years.

  • 14 toon22 // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Id play Sissoko at LB,lets face it as an attacker hes rubbish.But maybe at LB all that running and physicality might help our defense.
    I would then play Wini at RW and Townsend LW.
    Imho Wini is best at getting crosses from the right without having to rely on our RB getting them in leaving us to the usual succker counter attack the other team will do,as usual as they know he plays up the field almost all game.

  • 15 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    FFP. That should sort it


  • 16 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    I’d get sissoko to play jeff at scrabble while the lads play football.

  • 17 martoon // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    I’m pretty sure I remember Carrick being quoted as saying he would never play for NUFC while Ashley owns the club.
    Tsunki and others – Ed simply summarises all the stories and rumours circulating about the club if you don’t like them don’t read them! I personally find them quite interesting even if some of them are obviously b*ll*cks 🙂

  • 18 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Ellis Short is ready to sell his majority stake in Sunderland, but wants at least £200m to cover his investment over the last eight years.

    And who in their right mind could buy into a club tarnished by Adam Johnson’ s antics, Margaret Brynes incompetent judgement and resignation and not much else going for it apart from the occasional pop concert . Sounds tailor made for Ashley and Chanley to move onto and maybe convert into a new shell suit store .

    We can then rejoin the real world of football.

  • 19 Tsunki // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Easy Martoon just pulling Eds leg there. I’m actually one of Eds defenders against those having a pop about his journalism.

  • 20 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    lesh @6

    Information and knowledge are two different things.

  • 21 WWSBRD // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Not sure we should be wishing Ashley on anyone else, we can just hope that he removes himself from our club before he successfully kills it

  • 22 JP...from The Rock // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Carrick is past it now. Too old. We need a young Carrick but I would prefer a player sikilar to Ramsey. Or better yet I would prefer we first stsy in this league and then think of transfers!

  • 23 martoon // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Sorry Tsunki yes I can see it’s a joke now – I must not have been awake properly the first time I read it.

  • 24 ronaldo aarons // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    I really hope we are actually interested in kamil glik. I’ve been banging on about him for over a year.

  • 25 Jib // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    21st Century Schizoid Muppet
    lesh @6
    Information and knowledge are two different things.

    Very true

    You could glean any amount of info on MC.

    But I know someone who was sitting next to him at Burnside High when he got bollocked for changing a doodle on his exercise book from Gascoigne to Nayim (both Spurs midfielders).

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    It was heartbreaking last night to see Forster, Alli and Dier, that with a better scout and more determined, better and skilled negotiator than the chuckle brothers could have all come / been kept for a combined fee for all 3 less that was less than Thauvin.

  • 27 Rotonda heights // Mar 27, 2016 at 10:56 AM


    see you beat me to it. that’ll teach me to read most recent comments in reverse order!

  • 28 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:02 AM


    But for Charnley pi$$ing about over Alli, he couid have been wearing black and white stripes!

    But then again, given the way we’ve managed young prospects, he’d have been with the dev squad or loaned out.

    We all understand why kids with ambition aren’t interested in joining or staying with us.

    Thanks Mikey boy.

    On another note, the Guardian yesterday ran a spread on Ashley and his running of SD. Much as he’s left our Board to make a hash of the Club, he’s saying that SD’s retail side (including gulag Shirebrook) is run by a female (nowt to do with anything) executive who controls staffing and conditions.

    ‘Breaches of the law? Nothing to do with me’ Ashley would he say to the MPs’ committee – if he deigns to attend?

  • 29 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Rotunda – great minds think alike etc !
    Had yet realised Thuavin cost more than all three put together . Ouch.
    And Foster was on our books, Ali on our radar and Kane in our dreams.
    The more we learn and see as to how Charnley and Carr and Mondial Agency have influenced his the club is run the more I see images of stitched up kippers.

  • 30 Derek // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    We think it must be about time for a Charlie Austin article.

  • 31 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:24 AM

    Page issues
    Tracy Austin

    Country (sports) United States
    Residence Rolling Hills, California
    Born December 12, 1962 (age 53)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
    Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
    Turned pro October 23, 1978
    Retired July 1994
    Plays Right-handed
    (two-handed backhand)
    Prize money US$ 2,092,380
    Int. Tennis HoF 1992 (member page)
    Career record 335–90 (78.82%)
    Career titles 30
    Highest ranking No. 1 (7 April 1980)
    Australian Open QF (1981)
    French Open QF (1982, 1983)
    Wimbledon SF (1979, 1980)
    US Open W (1979, 1981)
    Tour Finals W (1980)
    Career record 13–16
    Career titles 5
    Career titles 1
    Wimbledon W (1980)
    US Open SF (1988)
    Tracy Ann Austin Holt (born December 12, 1962) is an American former World No. 1 retired professional tennis player. She won three Grand Slam titles, winning the women’s singles title at the US Open in 1979 and 1981, and the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 1980. Derek – don’t think you should dwell on missed opportunities.
    Is Tracy any consolation ?

    Tracy Austin won the WTA Tour Championships in 1980 and the 1981 year end Toyota Championships, both in singles, before a series of injuries cut her career short. Since 1979, she has held the record as youngest ever US Open female singles champion and is the youngest inductee of all time in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Austin won singles titles on all playing surfaces: clay (both red clay and green clay), indoor carpet, grass, and hard courts.

  • 32 lochinvar // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    Previous – not quite what I intended,, better take a rest for a while.

  • 33 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    There was a snippet about West Ham getting a billion from moving into the Olympic stadium on BBC text.

    I can’t see them filling that stadium so apart from a possible brief venture into Europe (if they qualify) where is the money coming from?

  • 34 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    And with profound apologies to Ed, headlines relating to past it mid fielders do not stir up any enthusiasm for me.

  • 35 Jib // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Myth #345
    We somehow cocked up the Dele Alli transfer.

    Complete Tosh

    We were the only club after him for ages.

    We offered MK Dons £3 million which was eventually haggled up to £5 million plus a loan back to MKD until the Summer.

    Spurs got wind ( thanks Daily Mail ).

    For a 18 year kid brought up in Buckinghamshire 50 miles from White Hart Lane we didn’t stand a chance

  • 36 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 27, 2016 at 11:57 AM


    Who GAF about who who you know or were sat next to ?
    Another classic lack of relevance or interest in your posts.

  • 37 Rotonda heights // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:04 PM


    the haggling over 1 or 2M cost us big time. god knows what he’s worth now

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:09 PM


    the sad thing is carr is hardly a greenhorn wet behind the ears and yet marseilles have well and truly pulled our pants down

    In mitigation with Alli and Dier, AP/JC or Pochettino. No brainer really. Rafa may have been another story as I think Poch is very much styled on Rafa

  • 39 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:12 PM


    Given what you posted about the Alli negotiations taking Tim a Sperz getting wind of him, that surely is evidence that Charnley cocked up his move to us.

    How many times have we’ve missed out on players as a result of haggling over a few quid? However, where Carr and Mondial are involved, wasting millions doesn’t seem to be a problem to Charnley and Ashley. I wonder whether Charnley gets a share of any ‘rebates’ *harrumph* from purchases through Mondial?

  • 40 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    Knowledge is but collected information.


  • 41 Jib // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    21st Century Schizoid Muppet
    Who GAF about who who you know or were sat next to

    Twas an illustration showing the difference twixt “information” and “knowledge” that went WHOOSH! straight over your thick head.

  • 42 lesh // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:30 PM


    West Ham have done bally well in getting the Olympic stadium for what it’s costing them.

    Other clubs have to fund the full costs of building new stadia yet the kind British taxpayer’s subsidised WHU’s relocation.

    The fact that they’re paying rent and other match-day costs without carrying the debt attached to building their new stadium, surely gives that club a financial advantage over other clubs (Arsenal, Citeh for example) tgat had to fund or negotiate sponsorship for new grounds?

    WHU should have been made to pay a major contribution towards the cost of the Olympic Stadium’s build.

  • 43 Mag52 // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I imagine our squad were watching the Germany v England international yesterday. I certainly hope they were, as they could learn a lesson from Hodgson’s men on how to press and harry the opposition when they have the possession.
    The German team were never allowed to settle on the ball and even when two goals behind,very much against the run of play, England kept up the pacey aggressive football which eventually got them the win.
    It demands a high intensity of effort from every outfielder, no strolling back when you lose the ball upfield – that simply lets down your teammates.
    It can be done, as was proved yesterday. We need eight full team 100% performances from now till the end of the season. We have, maybe, one player in our squad of equal ability to those playing for England yesterday, yet with the same sort of desire Hodgson’s players showed we could still save our season.

  • 44 martoon // Mar 27, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Lesh – Karen Brady was in charge of that deal and she’s no mug!

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