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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

  • Midjew

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #81
  • broon ale

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #82

    stilll laughing at jon parkin!

  • Piers

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #83

    A true professional …. i wish him well.

  • Piers

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #84

    Any transfer rumors today Ed??

  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #85

    what sad F**K is impersonating me on here. MUG! probably the spud, like tom toon said, your a sad, sad little boy.

    Everyone, i will be changing my name soon as it is clear people can immitate others on here.

    Oh by the way, Fernando again i have recognised you with EASE.

    Everyone, OLIVER is Fernando, read his posts, very similar to agnatha, chikitita, fernando

    e.g. 79 OLIVER // Jul 23, 2008 at 16:42

    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.

    Does this sound like something an NUFC fan will say!?

  • Egar

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #86

    Was more likely his off day performance in the Euro Russia vs Spain game that flipped his rating. But he was fantastic in demolishing Holland earlier.

  • bob marley

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #87

    were in desperate need of a new striker- do you lotthink that owen martins can actually play together u must be dreamin or you want have a clue about footy! u need atleast a link striker and 1 or 2 skillful 1s

  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #88

    OLIVER, you will need more than Arshavin when Keane and Berba go. Anyway, Arshavin doesn’t even want to join you, your not a champs league team, he will only join you if no one else forks up, i wonder if Levy is going to start crying again “wah wah man u & liverpool wont let me build up a team, they keep nickin my players wah wah” . Hilarious that was

    and YES, Hleb IS better than Arshavin. Arshavin is having some good form right now, thats is. He aint worth a penny over 12mill

  • Andrew

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #89

    Good luck Emre hope he does well going back well was the best decision for him.

    cheers for that y.day broon ale will go for True faith then.

    All this talk of signings and we get nothing im starting to wonder what MA is doing and personally think hes just init for himself really hope im wrong but hes just taking the p*** trying to get everyone and everything on the cheap it just doesnt work that way.

    maybe he will pull his finger out of his ass soon enough.

  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #90

    anyway, im going to work now, so if anymore Spyro comments come up, ignore them. Like i said, i will be changing my name soon due to saddo’s like fernando/agnatha/chikitita/OLIVER hanging around.

  • Kris

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #91

    we must have a few quid to spend if were gonna pay 16.9 mil for modric,personally i think upto now alot of players have rejected the chance to come here.
    if we see no new signing by this time next week then i think we have to be worried after all keegan wanted players early for pre season and that certanly hasnt happened.
    even sunderland are strengthing there squad enen though 23m for 4 spurs rejects seems a bit steep

  • Afromag

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #92

    Hi guys been a long term reader of the blog it just rocks! emre’s been my fave player (infact my mates here in kenya call me emre) n am really gutted to see him go though his many injuries did him no good!
    Since we need an AM i think we should go for Siem De Jong who plays for Ajax. De Jong is the epitome of an old head on young shoulders. He has a fantastic positional sense and insight which allowes him to control games n he’s being touted as the next great dutch midfielder!

  • Egar

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #93

    bob marley,
    The Owen-Martin-Viduka combination did very well last season. If it’s gonna be status quo in the striker dept, there’s always young Carroll for backup. There’s also Smith available and willing. 😉

  • toonfan1

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #94

    its great to see all newcastle fans from around the world talking and discussing about the best club in the world! 😆

  • toonarmy1

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #95

    my four whick i would like to get is:


    what do you think

  • Spyro

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #96

    ooh you will never guess what the boss has just rang and i have just got the day off cant be bothered to stay onb here see you late, ignore all them fake spyro’s.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #97

    Nice 1! im still happy

  • toon mad chris

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #98

    My 4 is

    Van der vaart

  • Toon Sg

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #99

    arda turan

  • D.C.

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #100

    I’ll never forget that goal against Reading as long as I live. Pity he was injured more often than not.

    Oh, well. Barnetta anyone?

    He makes my four along with Larsson, Derdiyok and Zhirkov.

  • The real big AL

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #101


    Whats yur code for your fantasy league mate? just created a team and was after joining it

  • Andrew

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #102

    my four would be

    Baptista/diego if we could get him though

  • emre89

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #103


  • Jimi

    Jul 23, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #104

    Good luck Emre Boogerlooger, sad to him go, but yeah too many injuries….hope he has better luck at Fenerbahce.

  • Fandi

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #105

    why in the world did we sell emre if we are not going to sign another playmaker?

  • DanToon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #106

    My 4…

    Collocini (CB)
    Fernandez (AM)
    Inler (DM)
    Zigic (FW)

    Oh and Del Horno (LB), make that 5!

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #107

    Who said we aren’t Fandi?

  • ToonTinka

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #108

    Over the moon he has gone and if we got 4 mil (cash) for him then even better.

    He never done anywhere near enough for the amount in wages he was payed in the time he was here.. Infact it was disgraceful.

    Same bracket as Smith, but at least Smith is never injured, small consolation.

  • dougnufc

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #109

    We should get Fernando Forestieri, he was class in the U19 Semi Finals just earlier today, Zamblera was on the bench for the whole game

  • micepie

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #110

    Toon Army1 – out of your choice

    I’m not sure about Shorey…against us for example, late last season, he kept miss-passing and I think Ferdinand is dopey. But all of the others are very good! Reyes wouldn’t join us, I don’t think, though, plus I don’t feel we need any more wide players!

    That’s just my thoughts though.

    If in reality we sign lesser-known players for bargain fees even better!

  • Petey

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #111

    I kinda liked emre, thought he was quality on a good day. shame, but he was losing his class and wasnt performing. nothing bad to say about him really.

    hope he does well at his new club…

    i do want to say this though, replace him with another turkish fella!!! arda turan!!!

    we probably have a big name in turkey what with emre being one of turkeys biggest names.
    so im sure arda turan will have heard of us.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #112

    Emre has been woeful if we be honest and the premiership was way to tuff for him and he is a fragile luxury player that is no good to a small squad like ours.

    Glad he has gone now lets see the money be spent on senior players in the window.

  • Petey

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #113

    oh and mike ashley is pissing me off with this whole “im not gonna tell anybody how much money im spending” by not revealing how much he is selling/buying people for.

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #114

    Petey – why in hell should he?

  • kenny g

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #115

    we dont need anymore widemen and we dont need any more strikers. In an ideal world i love to see…

    Lauren (as pompey have to sell)

    bit of steel and a bit of guile

  • Petey

    Jul 23, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #116

    erm, u didnt have to involve hell, but, i dunno, it just interests me to know what kind of money we are spending on players, ofcourse he doesnt have to tell us anything, but id just rather he did

  • Patrick

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #117

    That’s so-called business secret. If we know about it, probably the other rival teams would know what the club is doing from inside out which is absolutely not good. Now different newspapers are already creating more news that we want to see to stir the morale. That’s already enough.

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #118

    Petey – apologies if that came off strongly, lot of MA haters here for all the wrong reasons

  • gorskino10

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #119

    but we do know, emre went for 4mill and rest for free, also we signed jonas for 1/2mill and Guthrie for 2mill so in all we spent 4 mill out of my prediction of what he gave KK around 10 mill. Which I thought is poor so now he has 10 mill by selling emre and will buy a striker and defender for a combined fee of the 10mill.

  • NUFC Insider

    Jul 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #120

    Shay Given is joining Blackburn Rovers. Steven Warnock is signing for Newcastle as part of the deal.

    Remember who told you!


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