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Emre Officially Leaves Newcastle United

News today coming through is that Turkish International Emre has been officially unveiled by Fenerbahce, after the club today announced the midfielder had signed a four-year deal.


Emre – finally joins Fenerbahce

The deal between the Turkish powerhouse club and Newcastle was announced during the Euro 2008 Championships.

The actual closing of the deal was held up so the player could complete his National Service.

Under Turkish law, any citizen who has lived outside the country for up to three years has to spend 15 months in the national service, but anyone returning after more than three years living abroad, which is the specific case of Emre, has to sign up for only 21 days of basic military training.

We assume Emre has now completed that training.

There was never any doubt that the Emre deal would finally be completed, we just had to wait a few weeks.

And speaking on signing for the Turks, Emre said:

“For many years I have tried to represent Turkish football in Europe.

“I am very happy to have come to Fenerbahce, and I hope I will serve this club for years.”

The player’s fee is yet to be disclosed, and most reports have it around £4M.

Emre was a very good player, but he was injured too much to have the major impact  we would have liked.

With Newcastle now owned by Mike Ashley, there’s no legal requirement to say what the fee was.

Comments welcome.

203 comments so far

  • Dave

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #41

    Haha you can have him West Ham!

    He’s crap and overrated!

  • Stay Tooned

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #42

    From what i have seen/read there are soe good young players in the Belgian League, who can be bought for a good price. Players which could be worth a look are:
    Steven Defour
    Axel Witsel
    Olivier Deschacht
    Lucas Rodrigo Biglia
    Moubarak Boussoufa

  • azim

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #43

    Emre has overrated..he is not that good..we can save a lot of money now.. use this transfer money and add some millions to buy a new playmaker

  • Egar

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #44

    Here’s wishing you well, Emre.

  • ToonDerry

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #45

    ya i think we were linked with boussaffa before the the transfer window opened,he reminds me of lennon but a better end product would be a good signing but i think kev is finished with buyin wingers unless he losses one

  • Spyr0

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #46

    wouldnt say Behrami was crap but he aint all that, 5mill aint bad for the hammers though.

  • toonfan1

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #47

    did Moubarak Boussoufa play for chelsea? i seem to remember him. not sure


    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #48

    We are going to have the smallest squad in football history at this rate.kk must have a few deals nearly tied up. I cant believe he would release so many players otherwise. With only 4 weeks left i hope so, but god help us if we pick up any injuries.

  • micepie

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #49

    Probably no one will respond to this anyway ; 0 ]
    But which 4 players would you sign (as that’s how many KK says he wants in) assuming that you have a modest budget of, say, 10M for one and max 5M each for the 3 others?

    I’d probably be changing my mind all the time but I’ll pick 4 anyway:

    WARNOCK (5M)
    BULLARD (4-5M?)
    DERDIYOK (who we could probably get for 5M)

    And a couple more youngsters, 17/18, for next-to-nowt.



    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #50

    Andy johnson is off to fulham for 10.5 mill. we seriously need to start spending cos everyone else is improving there squads apart from us.

  • tapir

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #51


    i choose

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #52

    Micepie – For a mid-priced midfielder I think Bullard is a great player. But what’s Seb Larsson’s situation? I’ve rated him for a while now.

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #53

    tapir you’re having a laugh

  • tapir

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #54

    well kevin
    ive been in dreams since the transfer window started……..
    wake me up please MA

  • dougnufc

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #55

    Realistically this is what we are most likely to get


  • macakane

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #56

    I don`t think that we are so desperately needed another striker at this stage, we still have Caroll and i think Kevin will give him a chance next season, in my eyes Derdiyok is from the same mold,just because he played for swiss doesnt mean, he is such a great prospect, swiss footballing resources can`t be compared to english, and thats why he had a chance in swiss national side,more or less, hes goalscoring record in domestic league aint so brilliant. This is Englands biggest problem, prefer better foreigner.


    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #57

    Well lets hope we replace our only creative midfielder (other one in jail) with someone with creativity! you want to win the fans over MA then put your hand in your pocket & go buy Arshavin! lets take advantage of other clubs humming & Harrinng! lets just say there you go Zeint £20m take it thank you, here’s no8 shirt Andrei now go & tear Rio & vidic apart 1st game of the season & every other CB & CM in the league after that! it needs to be done!!!!

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #58

    We won’t get Evans he signed a new deal –
    I highly doubt Arshavin will move – he is valued too high – not worth anywhere near the 20 million he is valued at.

    I hope we pull out some signings soon 🙂

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #59

    good point.

  • scotty

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #60

    He never wanted to play for the toon anyways. Funny, when internationals came around he was always ok to play?!?

    Just another mercenary removed from the wage bill – good riddance!!!

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #61

    He will hold out for a Champs League club and when no one comes asking he will stay with Zenit to play in the champs league with them.

    Edit: Oooops scotty – thought you were talking arshavin not emre 🙂

  • Danny

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #62

    Was wondering what was going on with this transfer…
    Btw, great editorial from Goal.com today, on Newcastle and Mike Ashely.
    Hits the nail spot on the head in my opinion.
    (No offence Ed, I love your blog more than any other site)

  • macakane

    Jul 23, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #63

    No to Arshavin – as Kevin told, he wants players in his squad, who actually wants to be in his squad.Arshavin still haven`t proved that he is worth those 25 million, and he wont.

  • tapir

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #64

    from Goal.com:
    Miguel will not leave for an average club that cannot match his expectations or surpass what Miguel could do at Sporting.
    so consider veloso is out of our reach?

  • Alan Shoulder was magic

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #65

    With regards to the fool that posted post number 23…
    “Veloso and Moutinho are available and we’re watching small clubs like Everton bid for these players.”

    Quite frankly, you are the sort of idiot than constantly embarrasses the good name of Newcastle United.
    Where do you get this unfounded ridiculous arrogance from that clubs like Newcastle are “huge” and clubs like Everton are not?

    Have the numbnuts of the week award you arrogant twit!

  • craig chisholm

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #66

    well, now with emre gone and another 4 million in the bank to add to the several million that we already brought in from the rozza deal and others we have now brought in about 8 million and spent about 3. we might break the bank and go for a player costing more than 2 million in this next week if we are lucky.

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #67

    Here are my four:

    Turan (Big buy)
    Jon Parkin (Unleash the Beast)

  • macakane

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #68

    And more to add – Yes, it is frustrating that we still haven`t got a squad that we wanted, but still, at last we have squad(small yes, but still) which will fight for the club till the last minute of the game, with a character. Signings will come in, MA aint such a fool and he knows, if we are going to stay in Premier League we need quality players at every position, so he will back up Kevin. Check out spurs they are spending madly, but not at the right positions, and still they have big question mark on Dos Santos and even Modric could they cut in premierleague.
    I think the first one who could come in will be Bassong -trial defender(if he proved he`s worth) and maybe Warnock(if the rumours are true).

  • gorskino10

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #69

    I really want to know how much cash KK has to spend? As I feel he has like 6mill and needs the 4 mill to buy 2 players.

  • broon ale

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #70

    haha ha ha ha, john parkin!

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #71

    arda turan
    julio baptista

  • dougnufc

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #72

    LOL AT PARKIN, I still remembered him from the Stoke City game last season


    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #73

    my four


    or (if all the cash spent on just 2)

    van der vaart

  • Geordie Nick

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #74

    i really dont understand how ppl can say with so much confidence that ashley is goin to spend money, if he is goin to spend why is it taking so long?? and what evidence is there to suggest he will? apparently not willing to match aimars wage demands at a reported 18k, with the money hes spent so far he’ll probly still have change out of the fee’s recieved for rozenhal and emre. tht seems lyk more evidence that he is tight not tht he will spend big.

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #75

    Why the interest in Ashton? I understand the Shearer comparison. I understand he can score goals when he feels up to it. But he can’t stay healthy. He stinks of a FFS signing to me.

    And hasn’t Cuellar ruled out a move? If we can get him it’d be fantastic, but certainly not likely.

    I joke with Jon Parkin but the lad nearly scored on us in that match last season. He’s a player like Crouch in a strange way – SOOO different from the mould, he might take some people by surprise. He’s obviously deficient in the skills, pace and intelligence departments but he’d be on about 8k/week and I’ll bet he’s a laugh in the dressing room! Okay, maybe I talked myself out of that option…

  • tapir

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #76

    Ashley need to act fast to show he has the money and the passion
    else he is the one who will be transfer listed!!!!!!

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #77

    Geordie Nick – there is as much evidence to suggest he won’t spend money – so it comes down to glass half full/empty etc.

  • Egar

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #78

    Wasn’t too long ago that the fans here went nano nano over Arshavin. Now, it’s just no no. But if miracles do happen, methinks Arshavin’s the one to crank up our midfield.


    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #79

    Edgar- i think eveyone has turned on arshavin cos it looks as though he could be going to tottenham. I agree he is the business and we should at least be bidding for him.

    Having said that , he would cost all of our transfer kitty and if he got injured we would be up shit creak.

  • tapir

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #80

    i fully agree with you
    at least show us the passion to bring us up Ashley
    no signal either mean business done undercover but most probably no deal at all!!


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