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Emre Leaving Newcastle May Be True

There is more to the story that we broke last night that Emre may be leaving Newcastle United.


Emre – has he left Newcastle?

As we mentioned last night reports in Istanbul say that Newcastle are parting company with Emre and have agreed a fee with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

The Turkish star is currently preparing for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland but now a statement has appeared on Fenerbahce’s official wesbite which says:

“Fenerbahce reached an agreement with Newcastle United in order to sign the Turkish superstar Emre Belozoglu.”

“Emre is one of the most accomplished Turkish players of all time, and also a member of the national team, which he helped to a third-place finish at the World Cup 2002.”

The player arrived on Tyneside during the Graeme Souness era from Inter Milan for £3.8M and signed a 5 year contract at that time.

The transfer fee we reported last night is said to be around £5.5M.

The fact that there is a statement on the Turkish club’s web-site would suggest the deal may indeed be true, but we’ll need to wait for news from the Newcastle club on this one.

This has now gone too far and we would expect some kind of statement from the Newcastle club on this today.

The last thing we want to do right now is to get rid of some of our good players, and losing Emre would not be good in our view.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • Jack F

    May 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Would be a shame because we need more like him – creative and very exciting to watch. And 5.5 is quite a low fee if you ask me!

  • Akin

    May 31, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    What do you think?

    What do I think?

    I aint get on no plane, fool!

  • sas

    May 31, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    If it is true, it’s a good way of lowering the wage bill. The money being discussed is surprisingly high, he constantly seemed to be injured or suspended and I don’t think we saw the best of him.

    It’s still a bit surprising, given that Barton will be unavailable for quite a while, maybe we’re about to announce a new midfield signing soon.

  • J-Rock

    May 31, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    This must be good news from NUFC’s point of view – a good fee for a player who hardly plays, is on massive wages and physically doesnt seem up to the rough and tumble of the Premiership… surely there are plenty of cost-efficient alternatives?

  • Chris F

    May 31, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    i hope it is true, he’s brought nothing to the club since he came except an extensive injury record.

    how many games did he even play last season?

    Marcelino by another name.

  • Keep Milner

    May 31, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #6

    I think 5.5 mill is a good deal for Emre. People keep banging on about his creativity, but he’s never fit…what use is that?

  • Nev

    May 31, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    hes very good … but with all the “niggling” injuries hes had hes only played half a season at most during his 3 years!
    as long as we sign a replacement quickly i wont mind it

  • Chris F

    May 31, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    well no, we don’t need a replacement for emre, we could actually do with buying someone who might play more than 1 game in 10.

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t believe anyone would want to see him leave.
    Injuries apart he has been a success when selected.
    We will not move forward by letting our most (or only) creative midfielder go.
    I just hope it’s all papertalk.


    May 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    good news, becouse he was rather trouble than help for us. But still wish him all the best! Exciting is, that this makes space for EMANA 🙂

  • FaroeMagpie

    May 31, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    let him go. He never gave us his service and never showed his class (that he’s supposed to have). Great for the wage bill. Let’s get Appiah and Diego in the midfield. N’Zogbia can even play in midfield i reckon. But we need players and great players at that

  • Davies

    May 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Shame, I like the little fella, but if he’s gone there’s no point complaining.

    He scored some good goals for us, and was always good with assists (this season’s second Boro game when he set Owen up twice springs to mind), but he does spend way too much time on the sick. He’s probably eligible for benefits by now.

    Let’s just hope we have at least one creative midfielder coming in.

    Did anybody else look at the Achille Emana footage on youtube? His goals remind me of Tino!!

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #13

    How can people say he was trouble.
    Injury prone yeh, but never trouble.
    When selected he always gave 100%

  • Bill F

    May 31, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Its all part of the great Summer transfer show, most of the teams will lose some and gain some. Although I can’t see any entries in the plus column for us as yet or even on the horizon. Still there is always the last day drama to look forward to, AGAIN!!!

  • zhun

    May 31, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #15

    where’s his replacement?

  • ToonKing

    May 31, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #16

    i know he hasn’t played much for us but the problem is that every time he did you could see the potential in him, he wasn’t like Planka Ameobi.

    my brain says good riddance but my heart is disappointed that he’s leaving.

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    The last day drama also means it takes a few months into season to settle in which is a disadvantage, but that seems to be the way the club always does things.

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Bang goes the chance of signing Turan

  • bailey

    May 31, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    How can someone who hardly ever played be a big miss. Even when he did play everytime an opposing player went near him he went down clutching whatever and mouthing off accordingly and you could practically guarantee he would be “injured”for the following games.

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    In normal circumstances i wouldn’t be too disappointed but we have a tiny squad. This reeks of “sell before you can buy”. I hope i’m wrong but didn’t KK say that there would be very few departures and only a few comng in? Now we have seen 5 leave the club – mostly were poor anyway but now we have a squad that would reaqlly struggle. If Duff is leaving – and he probably is – then it’s even worse. I’m happy to see a few go but we haven’t signed a single player. With Owen and Taylor not signing deals yet then we could be playing the academy team!!!


    May 31, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #21

    Absolutely, he did not figure in KK’s team and I might say also not in KK’s future plans. Good way of lighten the wage structure.

    If now EMANA comes in this is a fantastic improvement and he is far better than EMRE ever would have been!

  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    emre is a genuis our best player by miles amazing football brain he was playing with shyt last year and still sumhow won us a few matches single handedly we wont sell him
    team for next season

  • Toon-Army

    May 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23
  • euanpolo

    May 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Emre is our best midfielder and we’d be mad to sell him, we’ve haven’t got enough midfielders as it is. It might just be Fenerbahce or an agent getting carried away. I haven’t seen anything on skysports etc.

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #25

    Spot on about Emre Toon4lyf.
    I am surprised by the no. of negative comments about him

  • Geordie Nick

    May 31, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #26

    toon4lyf emre isnt a DM and he wont be here next season anyway

  • Geordie Nick

    May 31, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #27

    i am suprised by the number of ppl who say he will be a big miss, how can he b a big miss if he never plays 2 start with

  • toon4lyf

    May 31, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #28

    he plays deep

  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    If he had not had the injuries he would of been a regular, even under KK.

  • Soren

    May 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    Sad if Emre goes. He is probably our best player at set pieces, and can really create a spark in our midfield. I can understand people who says he injured far too much, but I just love the little fella and would be very sad to see him go. We finally got a manager who wants to play beautiful football which would suit Emre great. Hope it isnt true!

  • robertsa

    May 31, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    so what will happen about turan?

  • Geordie Nick

    May 31, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #32


  • scott9

    May 31, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #33

    why would losing emre not be good hes not worth been with us he is constently geting injured its stupid hes not worth havin in my opinion i agree with selling him and buying a replacement

  • ToonKing

    May 31, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #34
  • Frankieboy

    May 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #35

    Geordie Nick,
    IF he leaves it will be a bad decision.
    IF he stays clear of injuries he will be a success wherever he plays.

  • Leo

    May 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    how can people say he was no use, he kept the medical team busy in book and learning new techniques.

  • YongMalayisa

    May 31, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #38

    last few year, when souness still in charge, i still remember the freekick he take, was bring us a meanful win over sunderland with 3-2, his goal was excited me, everytime he play, he give his 100%, that no doubt. just sad to see he go, but if any replacement which better than him, then let him go. will thanks a lot for him.

  • Robert from Serbia

    May 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Emre has left 🙁

  • Sav

    May 31, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #40

    I like Emre.
    But he doesn’t play enough and this is s good time to sell him with Turkey in the Euro Finals. I f we got that sort of money for him I think it is probably a good deal as long as we invest it all in a fitter, taller midfielder who is going to last the season. You’d get Bullard or Diarra for that and I’d be happy with that exchange.


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