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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

  • Patrick

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #161

    @MAG PIE, we’d better ask KK for the Spear’s transfer. In fact, in another “reliable” source wikipedia, Spear is already listed as one of our players, and we actually saw some Spear guy saying he’s moving up to the Tyneside.

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #162

    Heres my top four positions/players .. all obtainable by keegan
    Warnock (back up for the bull)
    Collicini (preferable)/Cuellar(actual)
    Pandev/Darren Bent/Derdiyok/

    If we can get players of that calibre in them positions .. Keegan could work wonders..


    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #163

    OK I will now settle, Mr Ashley, for this



    This is my bottom line. I mean it.

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #164

    MAG PIE .. not too sure on that one .. midfiled is a bit lightweight .. it should be

    Owen – Viduka
    Duff – Diego – Butt – Jonas
    Bull – Collucini – Taylor – Beye

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #165

    I want some neeews!

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #166

    could this also be true .. we don’t need him but on his day Reyes is very good .. better than mc geady by a long shot .. except mc geady doesn’t mind the weather


  • toonoholic

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #167

    and why did we sign guthrie again ?

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #168

    back up for butt

  • Patrick

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #169

    @sweendog, but I mind N’Zogbia’s included in part of the deal who can act as emergency left back.

    I think Guthrie is not backing up Butt… but they gonna just share the playing time in even.

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #170

    although close call between them .. experience against skill .. but it is the DM position so experience wins IMO

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #171

    If guthrie shines in pre season why not .. but you have to be sceptical throwing him in the deep end .. ie Man U etc although I’m rating him more and more

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #172

    Cause Guthrie is a good box – to – box midfielder that is yet to be appreciated for what his value will be 🙂

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #173

    sweendog – deep end? Guthrie started against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup last year – which they drew 2 – 2

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #174

    guthrie is good .. but DM is alot to do with intelligence/experience as well .. lets watch the next few games and if he can hold and win balls and do well in most of them games then yes .. he’s ahead of butt .. but at the moment Butt wins by a small margin.


    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #175

    Forgot about Guthrie!!!!!!

    Can’t play 2 young-uns together

    Guess that’s Ledley out of the frame, at least MC- wise

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #176

    Man U is alot tougher than Bayern IMO .. also bolton had nothing to lose .. they were underdogs .. whereas you ahve to say we expect alot from our players .. so its usualy better to blood them in slowly.

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #177

    sweendog – true but I don’t really think we have much to lose – no one really expects to get anything out of that game anyway

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #178

    keegan expects something I reckon .. Man U lately have been poor starters in the premiership .. so I’m expecting a draw .. all dependant on who we sign and how early we get them in ..

  • harrier

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #179

    don’t get your hopes up too high 😉

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #180

    some good news is scunderland have signed that eejit Chimbonda .. thank god it wasn’t us

    21.03 Sky Sports News understands that Tottenham Hotspur duo Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio have completed their moves to Sunderland. Chimbonda and Tainio underwent medicals on Wearside earlier on Wednesday.


    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #181

    £23million they offered for Taino (worth £2m) Chimbonda (£5m if he behaves) Kaboul (£3m?) and Malbranque (£5m tops)


    Plus Chimbonda comes with Willie Mackay in tow so give it time and he’ll want a move

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #182

    harrier .. I hope not but if we sign some of the quality players I think Keegan is going to get then why not .. he’ll have the players fired up thats for sure..

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #183

    Tainio could be good .. Kaboul is good but too slow .. malbranque ( we could do with him in midfield) .. chimp bonda (heads up his ar*e) but I agree definately too much money for them boys..

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #184

    Kaboul is quick.

    Kaboul – Potential to be brilliant at he is quite poor.
    Tainio – Good but injury prone.
    Malbranque – Good, but a work horse who lacks cutting edge.
    Chimbonda – Just an idiot!

  • Kevin

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #185

    Alright lads, 25 days until the ManUre match and 41 days until the close of the transfer window. That means, to achieve Kev’s requested 4 transfers, we’ll have to make one every ten days…At the going rate the chances look quite slim. I’m fine with slow news days, but today is yet ANOTHER day closer to the close of the window. Time is seriously ticking, and when senior players like Super Shay are coming out saying “we need some ****ing players” that doesn’t put the old smile on my face…

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #186

    Tom toon .. not sure how quick kaboul is .. when I watched him he looked cumbersome and slow .. but that could be because his position sense was awefull..
    malbranque sometimes looks a bit of a skill spot but 5 mill is tops you would pay for him ..
    Most importantly though Scunderland have signed chimbonda .. shocking signing..

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #187

    Kevin I’ve a feeling the 2 defensive players will be here very soon .. as for the CM .. keegans still coaxing scrooge mc ashley to part with the cash..

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #188

    see diego’s wound up werder bremen by going to join up with Brazil’s Olympic squad .. could be some movement there i reckon .. fingers crossed..

  • Mad_Magpie

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #189

    If we can make signings like we did with Spiderman out of the blue then we can easily do four more in the next 40 days or so. It would be ideal to have every new face in before the Manure game but that looks unlikely. Last summer we signed two players in literally the closing minutes of the window. I’m still confident after Keegan’s recent comments. Signings drag on nowadays, we’ll just have to be patient but I agree that it is so difficult because with no footy being played, transfer news is all we have.

  • sweendog

    Jul 23, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #190

    hopfeully we can get a bargain .. but Center back and Attacking Center midfield .. hard to get cheap quality signings there.. especially as the signings we are looking will be 1st teamers and not subs.

  • valle

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #191

    sweendog… Diego would be great, but i doubt it mate, even tho im not gonna slate you like some on this board for having hope and faith in your team and manager… you guys know who you are

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #192

    Deluded 🙂

  • richmondmag

    Jul 23, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #193

    why cant we splash on one player when we have a billionaire owner not asking for much like signing aeging players but quality young ones i think kaboul could be excellent under kk’s guidance

  • Petey

    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #194

    just found out about this matias fernandez fella, he looks mint!!!

    wud be great to have a truely skilled flair player at newcastle again, ginola style.

    unfortunatly he is probably gonna go to bigger clubs, but even having tht guy just in the prem wud interest me!

    oh and @ harrier…we cool 🙂

  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jul 24, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #195

    Bye Bye Emre 🙁

    Class player!

  • NUFC Insider

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #196

    LOL at you “clingers” who hang on to every word of every rumour you get off the internet or from the papers.
    The funniest part is that the blog owner is a clinger as well.

  • John

    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #197

    comes from the guy who based he’s name on a rumour LOL


    Jul 24, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #198

    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!?

    Nice try spyro/fernando. You really are a mug!!

  • keeganjr

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #199

    bridge,shorey or zhirkov
    inler,van der vaart, de jong
    larsson or bullard (i like him)
    pavlechenko very good player

    i don’t care about the age, get some silverwear back home to st.jamses

  • keeganjr

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #200

    insua,shorey,bridge or zhirkov,and the RB from olympiakos
    van der vaart,diego,bullard, arda,arshavin(not likely), de jong
    pavlshenko(very good player)

    i don’t care about the age, i just want to get some silverwear back to st.jamses…. and please keep zoogy


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