Newcastle Blow As Target Unwilling To Move To England – Cross Him Off The List

Some disappointment for Newcastle today as 32 year-old Fenerbahce and former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has said he is happy playing at Fenerbahce and he is settled there –  he doesn’t want to move back to the Premier League.

It had been reported that Rafa Benitez was keen to link up with the stalwart center-back and we thought Martin would be a great buy for us for around £5M and could have done a good job for us over the next three years because of his vast experience.

But Martin has other ideas and he wants to stay playing in Turkey with top club Fenerbahce.

The news about the 90 times capped Slovakian International is in Turkish sports newspaper Sozcu and this is what the defender has said about a possible move back to England:

“I don’t want to leave, I have settled in and want to remain at Fenerbahce.”

Stoke City and Swansea City are reported to be the other Premier League clubs interested in the defender but there was always a great chance he would want to join his former manager Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United.

But Martin doesn’t want to come, so that’s another target to cross off the list – Martin will not be making a move to Newcastle.

That’s a real pity.

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49 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Not a loss. Skirtel is probably astute enough to realise that the demands of the Premier League are too much for him and he’s no longer got the pace to compete and if he’s enjoying the money and sunshine overvthere fine. Don’t think he was a target anyway just journo gossip.

  • SA Toon

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #2

    Can’t say I’m all that disappointed about this one, although it would be nice to see some quality signings arrive. Hold onto your hats everyone, I think we’re in for a busy weekend!

  • nut meg

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Chronicle reporting interest in Tim Krul from Montpellier. A possible deal involving Krul & Boudebouz ??

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #4

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:39 AM

    Ron Knee

    no i don’t
    i think it’s more to do with the financial year that’s ending and making sure the accounts look right to any prospective buyer


    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Shoulders knees

    i think we will bring 3/4 players in the next few days but not before saturday

    i honestly think Rafa is fully aware of the situation

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5


    Yes wages will be an issue, i imagine. Hopefully offloading a few of our unwanteds will free up our wage budget.


    Although i refered to fernando as a bargain at 5m, I wouldn’t describe him as “bargain basement”. He is a very good player imo and it just so happens Man Citeh don’t seem to need him anymore. I’d still expect us to splash a bit more cash elsewhere too.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Squirtle loss is NOT a “blow”. Haway, man. We are linked with just about every player in europe who is even remotely for sale. We are not actually interested or trying to buy every single one of them.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Possibly moving + Played-for-rafa-at-liverpool = TOON ARE INTERESTED

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8

    the only inside information i have is about Rafa and his team coaches/medical/technical having a working lunch on friday at benton
    i can even tell you the menu …………………..but i know nowt about the football side

  • giimps

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Shame about Skirtel, although to see him at his best we would have had to buy a delorean with a fully charged flux capacitor.
    Stay where you are, I would rather have Lascelles and Clark with Mbemba and Dummet as backup……even in the prem……as long as we get a top grade DM to protect them.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10


    Ok dude. I thought you had some juicy info from an inside contact

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11


    sorry to disappoint

  • Our Toon

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Any news today on getting someone over the line

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    Wonder what today will bring I know more player we my be interested in what a f@ck liberty.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Gutted we missed out on this lad. Not like us to miss out on a target.

  • Mag52

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15


    With Rob Lee writing in an article today more or less what was reported in the Mail last week, it’s clearly not only bloggers on here who are questioning Ashley’s commitment to bringing in the players Rafa needs for our return to the PL.


    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Someone posted earlier in reference to mr Justin Douglas William Barnes and why he is in the toon.
    Spend some time running through his directorships and interlocks to other thieves.

    ACTIVE 4 Pinetops, Forest Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HL

    Active Directorships
    Resigned Directorships
    Closed Directorships
    Total Directorships
    Mr Justin Douglas William Barnes holds 80 appointments at 80 active companies, has resigned from 46 companies and held 12 appointments at 12 dissolved companies. JUSTIN began their first appointment at the age of 27. Their longest current appointment spans 25 years, 2 months and 20 days at BARLIN INVESTMENTS LIMITED

    The combined cash at bank value for all businesses where JUSTIN holds a current appointment equals £16.6m, a combined total current assets value of £332.1m with a total current liabilities of £108.2m and a total current net worth of £25.1m. Roles associated with Mr Justin Douglas William Barnes within the recorded businesses include: Director, Company Secretary

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #18


    Really it’s no big loss. IF we were actually interested, that is. He’s 5347 years old, way past his best. suspect he’s only linked because of rafa.

  • ToonRich

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Is Torres still free…Get rid of Murphy and bring in El Nino for a season, he’s still class if not a little bit slower!!!

  • jazzyp

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20


    We will end up buying Shola back at this rate lol

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Big story today is going to be the Hillsborough enquiry results. My guess nobody will be charged with causing the deaths of the Liverpool fans and that there will be anger from the relatives.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    A couple of things for discussion…. Thanks Tammy wants Swansea, he cannot even score penalties when needed. Also maybe if it is the new Financial Year we are waiting of, they could always use post dated checks to prevent being gazumped by any other interested clubs.

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Barnes is a top city lawyer
    He specialises in trademark law
    It would be strange indeed if he wasn’t named
    as a director of dozens of companies.
    As Rafa might say of itunderashell
    Poco conocimiento es algo peligroso

  • hibbit

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Barnes is a top city lawyer
    He specialises in trademark law
    and takeovers in both directions

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Justin Barnes is a company lawyer
    one of his fortés is business transfers
    he knows very little about footy

    Some fans don’t like him

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Chris Mort is a company lawyer
    one of his fortés is business transfers
    he knows very little about footy

    Most fans loved him

  • giimps

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #27

    at last a new signing, Ed Shearan to lay at St James park , just announced, at least we know what penfold has been doing …..shmoozing Ed Shearan to get him to play for us, I wonder if hes got a decent left peg?

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #28


    Shearan sounds a bit like Shearer. Got to be worth a punt!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #29

    Jib Jibberish – you must feel more at ease with sharing the reported qualities of Barnes and Mort – not that they were legally qualified – but that they know nowt about football. Hahahaha. Get in – you plonka.

  • TyneMouth

    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #30

    This time last year Rafa was concerned about the qualities of the facilities at the training ground.
    That resulted in the installation of a state of the art synthetic training pitch, and upgrades to fitness equipment and therapeutic machines, which certainly benefitted in the reduction of injuries, both in training and in matchplay.
    Does anyone know as to whether the have been subsequent improvements this summer?
    In view of the possibility of a takeover in the near future, in would benefit the value of the sale, if everything appeared up to-date.

  • TyneMouth

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Justin Barnes is a lawyer specialising in corporate affairs, it is most likely his presence on Tyneside is to address the problems with HMCR, expecially in light of the possibility of a take-over.
    There is NO evidence that he is visiting SJP to enforce Ashley’s transfer policy.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    Is the blog collectively writing a song called “Justin Barnes is a Lawyer”??
    We seem to have several verses already.

  • giimps

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33

    no bloody wonder nobody wants to come, were in the heart of our summer and its about 10° outside

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #34

    “Location, location, location,” as estate agents say!

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #35


    Is the blog collectively writing a song called “Justin Barnes is a Lawyer”??


    Ed Sheeran is going to perform it at SJP June 2018

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s Wednesday. Aren’t we supposed to see some activity today?

  • Jib

    Jun 28, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #37

    Contrary to what legal eagle Mr Tuff said/thought
    David Duckenfield and Norman Bettison an 4 more being charged over Hillsborough.
    The S Yorks police can duck and dive no more.
    Public guardians what a joke.
    They should put the filth in Walton jail in the general prison population

  • Tinman

    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #39


    What’s the menu like then pal?
    A decent spread?

  • TyneMouth

    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #40

    On a serious note; if this ‘problem’ with HMCS goes belly-up, then let’s hope Lawyer Justin Barnes is a very, very good corporate lawyer.
    If there has been inaccuracies in our book-keeping then the penalties could be catastrophic. The affair has gone a little quiet, let’s hope it stays that way…


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