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Newcastle Already Have Targets For January Transfer Window

There are some players Newcastle for one reason or another, were not able to bring to Tyneside during the summer.

Per Ciljan Skjelbred – Newcastle target in January?

Some of that could have been due to financial concerns, because one thing Mike Ashley is keen to do at Newcastle is to balance the books – and boy, that will be a change, after the reckless and sometimes extravagant spending of previous regimes.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United may revive their interest in 21-year-old Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, once  the transfer window re-opens on January 1st of next year.

But the other news is that Liverpool are also after the striker, and will provide stiff competition to Newcastle.

As we would expect, Chris Hughton remained noncommittal on any potential future signings, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“In January we will re-assess what we have, and I think I’ll get the backing of the owner again like last time,  if we need to strengthen the team at that stage.”

Another target presumably that Newcastle would have gone after, if they hadn’t captured Ben Arfa,  was Norwegian International and Newcastle supporter Per Ciljan Skjelbred, a central midfielder or winger, who has been on the Newcastle radar screen for a few years now.

But the Newcastle scouts have done their job well, in both of the last two transfer windows, and it was interesting to see that 9 of the 23 players named in Newcastle’s first team PL squad on Wednesday afternoon,  had been signed this year.

And of course signing players in January is not just for this season, but for the future success of the club, and if the following transfer windows are as successful as the last two have been, we’ll have a good team very soon – maybe even sooner than a lot of us were expecting.

That’s an interesting thought.

Comments welcome.

72 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Love it – only 3 days after the last window closed and already we’re discussing who we’re going to sign. Exciting.

  • Newutd

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    We don’t need him know.

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3


  • Doocey

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Wouldn’t take any heed of it to be honest.
    Of course we’re always looking at new players, and adding them our shortlist. Every team does it.

    I’d expect two or three to arrive in January anyway, of course – depending where we are in the table.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I think if wher around mid table by jan we can expect 1 maybe 2 players to come in the help push on and bring abit freshness to the team and maybe help to hold out to stay wher we are or possibly push on a little depending on the gap from wher we are to 6th/7th..but if wer say between 14/17th a think 4 or 5 could come in and a couple depart as we will need to get players in who will help drag us away from the dreaded dog fight.. although i do highly doubt my 2nd part will be true u never no what can happen

  • keegan trio

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #6

    hey guys ready for the H bomb next sat…lol..this is a boring wkend..
    who will be at st james’ park next sat?..i will be dere shouting H bomb!!!!!!.
    anyway…will carroll play for under 21s next tues?any idea?

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    geordietoon…i think the opposite.i believe there wud be more players(of good quality) 4-5,if we can stay @ top 6 by jan.i doubt any1 wud want to play for a team that stands 16th @ Jan with half of matches to be played.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #8

    the only reason i think we’l sign only a couple is if wher doing well we wont really want to add 5 players or so incase it unsteadys the current team and could hav an adverse effect on the performances..then when it comes to next summer we will see 4 or 5 in and 4 or 5 out aswel which then we could push on for a european place if we havnt already achieved this, they’s not many teams thats 6th in jan and signs 5 players well not many tht a can remember anyways

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #9

    hmmm…very profound.ha2.i guess we hurry 2 much.maybe its the passion,or our want to see newcastle on top as it used 2 be.but we first have to beat blackpool.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #10

    How can you say we’ll buy 4-5 players in Jan! We already have a squad of 23 and carroll (atleast) will be over 21 by end of transfer window so that’ll make 24 players. I suppose ur saying we sell 3-4 players to get 4 or 5 in!

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    u addressin me?read carefully.i meant to say depending on where we stand at Jan depends how or what players we can get.being 6th or 7th wil be easier in gettin more players.as for needin 2 sell to get new players is COMMON SENSE

  • Doha Mag

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed, you may want to look at the current PL players who are in the last year of their contract and still not signed a contract extension; i.e. Steven Taylor being a prime example of a player who will leave for pastures new if he contines to think he’ll walk straight into the defense of the better PL sides.

    Saylor will struggle to get into the Newcastle team this season and his credability will continue to fall as he warms the bench “if selected” at Newcastle United this season……

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah I was addressing you, I just think it is a bloody stupid thing to do or even think of doing especially if we’re in the top ten, to sell and buy so many players. Afterall it ain’t no fm game.

    Thankfully CH has a little more sense and just hope we stay out of the bottom 6 and any higher is a bonus.

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    have u ever played this game?if we r in the top 10 then there is nothin wrong in pursuing as many good players that may help us to reach higher.(replacing the weaker players that is).every competitive team does that.the aim is not to “hang on” to the premier league.its to achieve and “IF” possible win something.maybe your not old enuff to remember when we used to be a champions league team.if your only desire is to hang on to the league yer a stupid w**ker.

  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Lads! Lads! Cool it! CH says stability , consolidation and survival is top priority right!!! BA, Sol and TI ain`t kicked a ball yet we`re already top 6! potential is there yes, but keep a lid on it! 10-12 games in we`ll know where we are and what is needed come Jan`11. One thing is clear MA seems to have learned and trusts CH. Never thought I`d say that!

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #16

    im cool.just a lil bit passionate sometimes.cant wait 4 blackpool nxt week.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    toonster grow up fgs, if you hadn’t forgot we we’re relegated season before last after the club folded and fell from grace, rebuilding takes time.

    We are all entitled to our opinions and no need to be abusive!

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Ha ha, as for old enough toonster, I can remember alot further back than our champions league teams!

  • howay man

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #19

    I Think it is completely ridiculus to be talking about January transfers, we have a settled side with a great spirit that already this season has showed great togetherness and has romped to smash villa 6-0 and then a solid result against wolves, and somehow a few of you are talking about getting rid of 4-5 and bringing in a new lot.

    Howay lads we have Gosling, tiote, benarfa, Kadar, Taylor, campbell, Simpson, Guthrie, and Lovenkrands who are all yet to kick a premier league football! the best is still yet to come!

    lets not talk about january untill late december please. ive only just got rid of the summer window migraine.

  • toonster88

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #20

    hip hip hoorah to you.keep it up

  • chuck

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #21

    With each new signing the squad increases in size,at present we have what is it six strikers ?
    Eight or more midfielders,seven or eight defenders.
    Not an exceptionally big squad, but also not an exceptionally talented side, though in BA & Tiote an improvement over those brought in during the winter window we hope.
    Point is we will if we continue to add more quality, have to get rid of some of our less talented players .
    That`s how sides are built, replacing with better quality players, which in turn usually creates a more expensive wage structure and we are not going to find players like BA for £6m. every window.
    My point is there`s no way to becoming a top five or six in the EPL without spending, takes money to win silverware and the choices are spend for success or spend in moderation, which will result in a mid level club.
    Even Arsene Wenger spends big at times.

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #22
  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    As I keep saying, yes it`s exciting but Blackpool at the mo should be our focus! and then Everton then Stoke etc! What happens between now and end of 2010 will determine what happens in Jan! Sure we need our contingencies in place to avoid last minute panicks, ala Shepherd era,but what buttons need pressing will evolve around how well we`ve done. Stay relatively injury free, yeh we gotta chance to do betta than we all expected, but at the mo who knows? Happier with the squad than last time, at least they all want to be here and competition for places provided CH keeps them together as a unit I am very much more optimistic than pessimistic!

  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #24

    “CYNICAL” Good spot,just read it let`s hope CH is just the man to get the best out of him.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #25

    Yeah a good read cynicaltoonfan.

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Wishful signing for NUFC:

    Keisuke Honda , born 13 June 1986 is a Japanese footballer who currently plays for Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow and the Japan national football team.

    He is an attacking midfielder and can also play as a second striker and a left full back.

    Had a brilliant World Cup. Would def increase the Toon’s profile in Japan & Asia. He looks like a nasty ass-kickin samurai.

  • baro

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Penguin PJ

    Trust me Keisuke Honda is more than wishful singing. He is a brilliant footballer, still young and has the best shots ever especially free kicks. Would love him at Newcastle but money is a problem.

  • balubas1

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #28

    I absolutely love that it is now a tradition for Newcastle to have an exciting french winger in the squad. Ginola, Robert and now Ben Arfa. Every team needs a player with flair and attitude.

    We got good cover in midfield now, but I don’t think we should turn down an opportunity to sign Skjelbred. We need to think of the future aswell. Smith is on his way out, slowly but sure. He’s not really cut out to be a CDM.. even though he has some good games. If we can have Skjelbred as backup/rotation in stead of Smith, it would be excellent for us.

    I’m not saying Smudge is horrible.. but he is a striker that failed. … plays a good CDM sometimes, but it is not in his blood.

  • atom

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #29

    I can’t really see alot of action in January tbh barring a ton of injuries. Maybe a Van Aaholt type loan or something, but don’t see it at the moment. I really want this Taylor contract situation settled by then. Either terms can be agreed or they can’t. If negotiations are at an impasse I would try to get something for him- surely someone will be desperate for a defender come January. Also the PSG- Erding situation should be monitored. Of all the strikers/ forwards we have been linked with, i think he fits the mold the best. Maybe if PSG fall out of the race in France he could be pried from them.

  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #30

    Re Honda–Great player but similar to HBA who hasn`t kicked a ball yet! Thought we all agreed cover for Jose and Andy were our first priorities, this would give us a nicely balanced squad. Going forward you add and takeaway as best you can to continuosly evolve and improve! would I swap Best or Xisco for Honda, let me think about it, it ain`t gonna happen though!

  • balubas1

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #31


    agree on the Taylor sit… With him competing for a place in the backline our def looks alot better.

  • balubas1

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #32


    Honda was good in the WC.

    I would take him for Xisco or Best also, but I still want to see Xisco get more playtime. I still belive that he may suddenly become a hit in the EPL. (just a hunch I have 😉

  • 44881

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    the most important thing is to renew Stevens contract as quick as possible n finger cross he will do so, or else we will need a centre back, and potentially 1 more right back given that perch n simpson can perform steadily n 1 forward together with Carroll
    ofcoz i hope the potential buying are not necessary..if perch n xisco plays well.

  • balubas1

    Sep 4, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #34


    “ofcoz i hope the potential buying are not necessary..if perch n xisco plays well.”

    Agree with you there mate.. I think Perch has developed more just in the few games Ive seen him in so far.. But he is not at the level yet. But still I think he should get some playtime to see if he will reach the level. He seems to have the potential.

    Xisco should be given a chance. I don’t know why, but I have a 6th sense telling me he’s got some magic in him;)

  • CT

    Sep 4, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Met Tayls few times when out for dinna, he big mates with JJ, diff is Tayls is Black n White thro n thro! He goin nowhere! Relax lads, he is excited as we are! Learning from Sol will get him into England set up. His agent is to blame, MA called his bluff and CH wants Tayls to stay. Trust me it will be sorted!!!

  • short trousers

    Sep 4, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #36

    mactoon r u goin to the 02 tonite m8 ????

  • short trousers

    Sep 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #37

    lads connorr wickam should be a good playr but do u think fat ash will spend 2 mil on him like ???? dowt it like

  • short trousers

    Sep 4, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #38

    lads i thoght we played the day like lollol

  • Davies

    Sep 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #39

    I’d quite happily swap Best, Xisco and STaylor for Honda. He’s awesome.

  • MacToon

    Sep 4, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #40

    whats on at the o2 troosas?


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