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Newcastle United Pursue World Class Signing

It is being reported that new Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is planning raids on Spain’s Big Two to bring Raul and Deco to Tyneside this summer.

We’ll look at this story – but beware it is from the News of the World – however it is in line with what we heard last week that Ashley will give Sam the money for one big signing before the summer is out – and that to us makes some sense.

Let’s see what this one is about.


Mike Ashley

The News of the World says that Mike Ashley plans to signal his ambitions for Newcastle United – and put them on the world map – by signing one of the biggest names on the planet.

A source close to Ashley revealed:

“Now Mike has overall control of Newcastle he wants to make a statement of intent to the rest of world football.

“He wants to land a global superstar to show he means business and make everyone sit up and take notice.

“Mike hopes to move over the next few weeks as Raul and Deco face uncertain futures.”

The one thing that this story has wrong is that hopefully Ashley is not picking the players he wants brought to the club – that’s Sam’s job. Therefore we feel the right way to report this is that Ashley will give Sam some big money to sign whatever world class player he wants.

The future of Real Madrid skipper Raul has been in doubt since the sacking of boss Fabio Capelloa and Portugal ace Deco wants to play in England and could be offloaded if Barca land Frank Lampard. We are not sure Raul would be a good signing for us unless one of our strikers goes – and Raul is getting towards the end of his career. However, Deco is a very good player and a winner – and he would be good at Newcastle. We may have to unload one of the central midfielders we already have – probably Emre – but it will be difficult to tempt somebody to Newcastle this summer when we have no European competition.

The above report is at least consistent with the one we heard last week when a source close to Ashley told the Evening Chronicle last Thursday:

“When you look at the incoming and outgoing transfers so far this summer, Mike has only really spent £1.5M because Geremi and Mark Viduka came in on free transfers and Joey Barton and David Rozehnal’s arrivals have been helped by Scott Parker’s £7M sale to West Ham, so from a business point of view, that’s good business.

“We know that Big Sam would like two left-backs and a center-half too, and he will listen to any other possible signings that the manager would like.

“The transfer deadline is not until the end of August and the feeling here is United could be about to pull out all the shots to land a big one.”

So that would make some sense that Sam would be given the chance to bring in one world class signing this summer. Whether it’s Deco or Raul we’re not sure – but if you asked Sam which player he would like – we’re sure you’d get a quick-fire answer – we just don’t know who his choice might be.

Comments on this one definitely welcome.

64 comments so far

  • Nick

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Well … well … this is interesting … then again it could be one of those summer rumours. I am not holding my breath for this one though … 😉

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Nick – yes we know – but it does make some sense that a Billionaire may want to spurge out on one player – we’re not sure Sam will think it’s necessary this year – definitely next year when hopefully we’re back in Europe. If we do reasonably well next season – then next summer is going to be even more exciting than this one – in terms of bringing players to Newcastle.

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3

    The only reason the footballing would sit up and take notice if we get any of those 2 is the stupidity of the buy. As u write urself, Raul is on the downer, and Deco plays in a position we are well covered and where we in fact alrdy has bought a player for in Barton. When all that is said, neither of the 2 are world class players, Raul has been but he isnt anymore and Deco hasnt done enough to earn that tittle.

  • sean

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Firstly i think that Newcastle should put a £25M(ish) bid in for valencia’s David Villa. He is amazing! take a look yourself – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0DtbI941sk&mode=related&search=

    Secondly Olympic Marseille have a brilliant young player called Samir Nasri. He can play on either wing, centre midfield or just behind the strikers. People in France are calling him the next Zinedine Zidane. Take a look – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbjYyikbUew&mode=related&search= Sorry about the video quality

    Lastly it says we’re after a world class player, but it also says we have £50M (ish) to spend on transfers. So, why don’t we buy:
    •David Villa (£25M)
    •Juan Roman Riquelme – unsettled at vilareal (£10M)
    •Samir Nasri (£8M)
    In My opinion these are 3 World Class players. 🙂 😀

  • sean

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I also think we should sign Leighton Baines
    sign Fabio Collocini
    sell dyer
    sell emre (in an exchange with fenerbache for stephen appiah
    loan out some youngsters
    and sell owen or martins

  • sean

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #6

    We should also buy gudjohnsen, collocini, beye, appiah (swap emre) and possibly deco.
    We should sell dyer, emre, ramage and loan out our youngsters.

  • sean

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #7

    oh, it sed my first comment wasn’t posted, :S ??????

  • Rich

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    i cant believe someone said Deco isnt worldclass… thas just madness, he is amazing.

    i agree, i wouldnt be that impressed with Raul signing.

    i hope Ashley does spend big, but i hope we dont end up paying 150 grand a week to someone who could turn out like luque or Shevchenko…. i hope sam is making the buys.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #9

    sean – i had to OK your first posting – it’s up now.

  • Doctapaul

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    Without being in the Champions League it will cost even more (maybe) to attract a world class player.

    There is a album that combines satire and genius by Frank Zappa, recorded in late 60’s, called “We’re Only In It For The Money”.

    When I think of the so called high rollers (eg Kliuvert, Luque) we got lots of satire – not enough genius.

    I take heart from BS however that he only intends to sign people who really want to play for Newcastle and give a sh1t.

    We’ve had more than sufficient of those that do not….. (and alas still have one or two.)

    My thinking right now is that we still need 3 more top defenders and find a way of bringing in the likes of Huntingdon, Carrol, Edgar and Ramage.

  • sean

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    ramage is crap nd i dnt r8 huntington

  • Chris

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12


    How can the club say they want stability and stop buying ‘expensive imports’ then the papers mention 2 foreign imports who would cost a fortune and surely only join teams in the Champions League? I think it’s all bullsh*t why not buy some defence?


  • Arthur Prince

    Jul 8, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Signings .

    Beye RB
    Shorey/ Baines LB

    Not sure about Deco now and not Raul prefer Gudjohnson

    Marvellous to even think about these players in the Black and White strip

  • Tony_D

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    although BSA is choosing the players I can see that Mike could easily put pressure on him (through Mort) to buy a world class player of Sams choice.

  • brandon lee

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15

    viduka, rozenhal (who the hell is that),geremi and barton??? that you called world class?? enough is enough..
    come on big sam, its time to jet in couple of big names signing..(since u have got money)
    Here its what i think would be good for us.

    left back : shorey or quedrue

    centre back ( BIG PROBLEM!!!! please take note!!!) : Meye, Rafael Marquez, and coloccini

    middle of the park: Deco and Ricardo Quaresma

    striker: David Villa

  • valle

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Sean… I agree that Nasri is a good prospect and since we are thin in the flanks he could be a good buy. But if we focuss on who could come in and make the world take notice of Newcastle, then neither Raul, Deco, Riqulme, Villa or Nasri would be of the right stature. We are a big club and all those buys would be good buys, but if we where to make the world take notice then we need to buy a superstar. To the guy that couldnt understand that i said Deco isnt world class… World class is used way to much, people throw it around till it stops having any true meaning. Deco is a good player who can do well in technical leagues like in Spain and Portugal, but that is all he is, we have no idea whether he can deal with the physical nature of EPL and he is NOT world class… Kaka, Ronaldinho and even Gerard perhaps, but i cant see us getting any of those (Ofc there are more, but try to catch my drift)

  • Fergie

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    signing raul would almost be like signing Kluivert. both old, past it players looking to chance it in the preiership on high wage packets, hoping for the goals to come to them, rather than putting the effort in to get them themselves. Admittedly, I thik Raul would be better than Kluivert, but would he be better than Martins, Owen or Viduka? especially given the period of tim needed for him to settle in. As for Deco, I would welcome him with open arms but would he come to Newcastle? I doubt it. He is a true goal-scoring midfielder who will chip in 5-10 goals a season. Something we desperately need and I hope Barton can be the man. But Deco will only leave Barca if they get Lampard. In that case, Chelsea will want a good replacement, of which Deco fits the bill and dunnily enough, also knows Mourinho from their time at Porto. Both long shots. If we are going to rock the world of football, then it should be by signing Royston Drenthe, who is good friends with Timmy Krul

  • nightfall

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Arthur Prince – that would be perfect… also…nasri would be great… what do you all think of K. Benzema (AMR/ST)??

  • Doctapaul

    Jul 8, 2007 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Well put Fergie.

  • FinMagpie

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Royston Drenthe isn’t that good player. And he’s much better winger than full-back. And in future he will play at the wing. We don’t need him!

    Huntelaar isn’t yet a world beater but in future he will be. The next “horseface” maybe? I say that we go all-in for him.

  • chris

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Omg i cant believe most of you, saying ” Deco isnt world class” *couth* valle, he is one of the best center midfeilders in the world!, with the likes of gerrard and lampard! and some of you are saying that we are already well coverd there… id rather have him that nicky butt, emre and barton….

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    chris – we agree – defense must be our number 1 target – 3 additional defenders – Beye, Shorey or Bridge and Brede Hangeland or Fabricio Coloccini.
    We’ll also have Edmilson coming on Jan 1st we think. Then we can go for one more midfielder – maybe two.

  • Andreas

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    I have said it before and I say it again – Philip Lahm would be my choice since he’s a world class full back, something we do need.

    However, buying Lahm will not be an option, atleast until we play CL again (can’t see a player like Lahm sign for us even if we offer him something crazy like £150-200k/w).

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 8, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Fergie – Royston Drenthe would be great – we’ve got to stop the top 4 from getting all the good players – they will not get a game at Chelsea and they’ll probably lend them out. Too much monoploly in the Premiership right now – hopefully Newcastle, WHU, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Portsmouth are teams that can help break it up.

  • cooldj

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #25


  • cooldj

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #26

    ronaldo (the fat one)

  • cooldj

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    snatch tevez from under man u’s nose

  • FinMagpie

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Ed how u can say that Royston Drenthe is great? He played well in U21 tounament but he isn’t defender in adult level. He is winger and will play there in future. Ask anybodywho lives in Holland and they tell u the same. He hasn’t been impressive in eredivisie and he has long way to become world class. Much potential but at the moment pretty average player imo…

  • bob

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #29

    The signing of Deco would be great and is what we need as our centre midfielders are good but nt great and deffinately nt world class. so this is the team i would love to see us start the season with


    Beye Taylor Coloccini Bridge

    Milner Barton Deco ?.?.?.?.?.?

    Owen Martins

    nt ure bout left midfield as Duff is injured and obviously has been a let down and N’Zogbia needs to proove himself once again but if we were to get the defence tht ive have mentioned sam would have to get his act together in the transfer market and he needs to do it A.S.A.P . Not 100% sure bout Coloccini but im sure he would do fine but i would prefer to see a real to class defender. Also Sam looks like he might wanna use the 4-3-3 formation so i dnt kno how tht would work with Owen and Martins as neither seem suited for it.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #30

    wel i certainly will not be complaining if i see deco and raul in newcastle shirts next season, just think about all the champions league experience they have and if we can get 4th spot next season which is very possible, we will also be able to handle it in europe with players like them plus im pretty sure mike ashley and Big Sam will not pay somebody 150k a week if they dont think its gonna be worth it, i think they are planning for champions league football the season after next.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 8, 2007 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #31

    cool dj how long av u been supporting newcastle? do not remember kluivert!!?

  • nightfall

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    i think we should build squad for the future…and getting deco, raul…who are both 30…i don’t think that would be a great idea… i mean…they’re both great players, but before they adapt…that could take too much time…and then they’d be too old…

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #33

    i would love to go after Samir Nasri…He is one of my favorite youthful players. And I do like Deco…and he is world class…as far as left back I would like to go after Riise or Taye Taiwo, two left backs with big legs.

  • Ben

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #34

    deco is world class.:.Raul Is past it.:.but would inspire the youngsters….but lets forget the world class bit at the moment…


    quedre [ get rid of babayaro somehow]
    Huntelaar [ one for the future and cover for injuries]

    after that if we have money,

    Get Riquelme
    And….id love to see tevez in black ‘n’ white

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Tevez is with the red devils already

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 8, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Well…not 100% there…but it looks pretty much wrapped up.

  • nightfall

    Jul 8, 2007 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #37

    emre for appiah
    dyer + martins for berbatov
    that’s all we need…

  • nightfall

    Jul 8, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #38

    if we sign these players our sqoud would be:
    GK: given, harper
    LB: baines, babayaro
    RB: sagna, ramage
    CB: taylor, rozehnal, coloccini, huntington
    DM: appiah, butt
    LM: duff, n’zogbia
    RM: milner, solano
    AMC: riquelme, barton
    ST: berbatov, owen, viduka, luque

    that’s all we need… any comment?

  • Aaron

    Jul 8, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #39

    I think it’s about time we targetted some world class players to match the ambition of the fans.

    I don’t agree with Raul as i feel he might struggle in the premiership like so many other spanish players with the exception of Alonso, Reina and Arteta.

    Deco would be good, but again i feel his game is more suited to a slower paced and less physical game like in Spain.

    I like Nasri and also this guy Sahin.

    Wouldn’t break the bank and he is young so can be groomed to play in the premiership.


    The video isn’t great but you can see why he would be a good buy.

    I think we should look to bolster the squad with these type of players and start looking for the next generation.

  • Ben

    Jul 8, 2007 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #40

    keep oba – i no it looks as if tevez will join man utd….but im sure we could take him from underneath there noses…nightfall that team looks good


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