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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

  • scottish mag

    May 31, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #41

    if we have let him go, then we must have a replacement set up as we are already short in midfield, preferably a box to box CM who can guarentee 5-10 goals a season

  • Lew Davies

    May 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #42

    Maybe we will let emre go, then sign turan……who will get injured in the euros (cruciate ?) and be out for 8 months 🙁 …..do you see a pattern forming here? or is it just me…

  • b3v

    May 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #43

    according to the bbc website the fee is close to £8mil so I for one think thats a great deal for an injury prone player.

  • This Too will pass

    May 31, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #44

    A really good deal if it is for £5.5M. he never really delivered; injured too often; not enough goals; will probably only be remembred for 1 great goal against the Mackems, and will soon be forgotten; never lived up to the “Maradona of the Bosphorous “tag and 5 goals in 58 appearances is not good enough for a ‘creative midfielder’

  • T.O.Mag

    May 31, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #45

    Should of sold him ages ago, massive wages (60k+), always injured and never set the premiership alight.
    Diego, Arshavin to replace him?

  • Bill F

    May 31, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #46

    Leo very good Lol.
    You can add MO to that as well.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #47

    even though im gutted about emre, this is where the fun begins fella’s

  • Hamas

    May 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #48

    Lew Davies – Don’t act so deluded, Turan would have only considered us if Emre was here. He can do much better than us right now and I don’t think he’ll give us a second look now.

    Nevermind then, on to other targets.

  • Luke

    May 31, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #49


    And more worryingly not a single sign of bringing in a quality replacement. Everything is pointing towards a tiny transfer pot. I think this is less to do with the player than in bringing down the wage bill.

    But to be fair — we can’t sustain the fourth biggest wage bill in the league with our results.

  • Oga

    May 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #50

    toon4lyf, heres a few reasons why your team wont work:

    1. Emre has gone and Dunne is going to the Spuds

    2. You cannot play a diamond formation with wingers.

    3. Emre is not even a holding midfielder, or deep playmaker.

    4. You have 4 attacking midfielders playing in a diamond formation. A formation which has never worked in the Premiership.

    5. Your team lacks height and strength.

  • Ashton

    May 31, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #51

    We are doomed !
    i think we will lose our best players because of the wage bills bollocks !

  • liamtoonbirchy

    May 31, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #52

    on bbc sport it says the fee maybe 8m so we can get emana and huddlestone with that income

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 31, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #53

    8 mill is half the money for our man miguel veloso, lovely jubbly

  • iain

    May 31, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #55

    i have to agree with those saying emre wont be missed, granted hes a fantastically talented football player, but he has a touch of marchelino about him, has he ever played 10 full consecutive 90 mins for us ??? i would seriously doubt it.

    emana will be a good replacement imo, but we are still short a cm even if he comes in. although signing a lw and getting shot of duff would negate that a bit if the zog stayed.

    part of me will be sad to see emre go but its that kind of attidtude that has landed us in this mess as we have been too nice at times always giving players another chance, then another and so one.

  • tam toon

    May 31, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #56

    If turan would only sign because Emre was here, then he is not for us. What a shit reason not to sign. Let us just see what happens, he may actually want to sign for NUFC and for Kevin Keegan. Thats what we want. Not someone who wants to sign for us cos his lazy arsed little hero, who played 8 games last season was here. Good riddance now take Smith,Duff, Ameobi,Rozehnal and Barton with you. What do you think Tom Toon?

  • GSfan

    May 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #57

    The fee isn’t 8m pounds. That value is probably how much it will cost Fenerbahce in total (including the cash that’s gonna be paid to Emre himself).

    The deal hasn’t gone through yet but his agent just said talks with the player have begun and that these talks should take no more than 3 days. It’s just a shame Fenerbahce had to do this while the national team is preparing for the Euros. Those ****s have always been selfish.

    Too bad Emre couldn’t really bother to play cuz of his ‘injuries’ for you guys. I bet he’s going to play with 110% effort at Fenerbahce and never get injured, just like he does for the national team. For those who want Appiah though… if you think Emre was injury prone you would be absolutely delighted with Appiah. He played about 2 games for the whole season because he was “injured”. He just sat there leeching from Fenerbahce and Maldonado was brought as his replacement.

    These guys announced a transfer budger of about 65m euros for the new season. So it’s no wonder they would be willing to pay several million euros just for Emre. (He won’t be taking up a foreign player’s slot either).

    I’m sure Emre won’t be that much of a loss for you guys. Maybe I’m just saying that because I’m rather disappointed in him, I dunno.

  • micepie

    May 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #58

    Hopefully it could be a similar situation to the Solano/Beye out/in last year under BSA, that KK would only sanction Emre leaving if we have a replacement already (such as Emana). I would think KK is planning to buy at least two mf and though I like Emre we do need a shake up in mf.

    Like Rob Lee says though, we should be prepping a few offers to bring in players purty darn soon!

  • joe

    May 31, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #59

    It’s on NUFC official site now. Emre gone by the looks of things. Wouldn’t be surprised if there was late interest from Galatasary though. I just hope that the money will see us try and sign someone.


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