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Darren Pratley A Newcastle Target This Summer

Newcastle have been linked with Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley a number of times over the last 18 months, and the player is out of contract at the end of the season,  and will become a free agent.

Darren Pratley – Swansea central midfielder

In fact we may all be surprised with the number of players Newcastle bring in this summer, but the main thing of course is that we don’t lose any more of our top players.

And it would be yet another catastrophe if we lose popular Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote – who is already an honorary Geordie. 😀

The 25-year-old London-born Pratley has been one of the best players at the Swansea club again this season, and he could be a player who can make the step up to Premier League class at Newcastle.

Newcastle will bring in at least one new central midfielder this summer, to build the squad numbers, and of course free agents will again be a target, and there is also money from the Carroll transfer to be used too.

We are hoping that with several good  free agents available in the summer, Newcastle may try to tie some of the them down  before the summer, and we are still hoping the club may bring Sebastian Larsson to Newcastle, although where the former Arsenal winger will end up is a good question.

It seems Newcastle need another player to take corners and put in those free kicks, in addition to Joey Barton, so they can be shared during a game and we have a back up in case Joey is out injured.

The 6’1″ Swansea midfielder has been at Swansea City since 2006, when he was signed from Fulham for just £100K, and he has played for the Welsh side 166 times with 29 goals.

Darren started his career at Fulham in 2003, and played on loan at Brentford for a couple of seasons from 2005 through 2006, and appeared 54 times for Brentford scoring 5 goals, during his two loan spells.

We think this lad would be a good capture in the summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Edd Case

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    A possibility but not really tested at this level, which, I think we need if we are to build on this season, providing, of course, we do indeed stay up – which I’m certain we will.

    You don’t play a second half against the likes of Arsenal like that and get relegated in the same season.

    We desperately need a quality striker and it’s about time we had a bit of a “Wow!” signing.
    I don’t mind if £15 million or so is spent on a single player again, providing they are not of the MO type.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    If craigcoozy is right about Sam Stapleton, who deals mainly in eastern european players, then the only other striker it could be who is currently a free agent is Robert Vittek..

  • Bucks mag

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #3

    £35m and we’re looking at getting in Pratley… maybe we could be a little more ambitious with who we’re targeting?

  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Sorry, copy pasting from previous as Ed is moving too fast with new articles…

    On Darren: Darren who??

    On Pavlychenko: Depends on price, would much rather have a 25 year old Latin American proven talent.

    On Pardew: In truth, I think AP is a bit confused at what’s going on around him. So. let’s not ‘Love him’ (one of Ed’s previous titles) before he manages to keep us up. What was said during the break? If we are to believe JB, it has little to do with AP. He said they wanted to avoid a cricket score, that’s it! No mention of inspirational speeches etc, like we see in hollywood. I believe what JB said, having played football, it just sounds so right.

    I don’t want to push AP (in fact I am desperate to ‘love him’ as Ed puts it!) but he hasn’t exactly pulled off anything yet: The ship was steady to start with, he weakened us in the Jan window (no right winger anymore, stupid to ‘sell’ Routledge), he took us on at eighth, now we are tenth…

  • Stuart

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I think in the summer there will be alot of transfer activity at Newcastle.

    Trying to bring in as many good quality free transfers would be a good idea in my opinion, as if we got Larsson on a free and this lad free thats two players in, more bodys in the squad, and still £35m to spend on players.

    I’d still like to see transfers in the same positions as I did in January. A winger, LB and striker. Anything else is a bonus but I have a feeling there might be a big shake up this summer.

  • lewman

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #6

    we could get elmander on a free aswell stuart and that lad from the french league whos name begins with an m and has an x in it but i cant remember exactly what it is

  • Stuart

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Elmander would definately be worth a punt like. I know which M—–X you mean but I think Liverpool are after him aswell so we may have a fight on our hands.

  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #8

    On transfer policy. I think we are about ready to do a MUFC. Not kidding. We have a very strong backbone in Enrique, Jonas, Tiote, Jowey, BA, Ireland, Nolan, Colo, we don’t need a major shake-up. So, we must make sure NONE of the above leaves and then just buy one or two (only) superplayers(e.g. a CF), like we did with Tiote and BA. Seriously, what we need now is fine-tuning, not an overhaul. Don’t forget that in the above list I didn’t mention players who may come good (e.g. Grous, Ranger, Best, Simpson)

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    To buy in the summer:

    Oscar Wendt LB…FC Copenhagen
    Marvin Martin AM…Sochaux
    Isaac Vorsah CB/DM…Hoffenheim
    Van Wolfswinkel ST..Utrecht

  • Stuart

    Feb 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    When I said shake up like cyprus I meant we could see alot of fringe players moving on and being replaced, Smith, Lover, Perch, Guthrie, Xisco etc.

    I agree that if we keep our star players we could be a force.

    But if we clear out some of the aging players and dead weight it’ll free up money, not neccisarily from transfer fees but from not having to pay high wages, eg Smith.

    If we can replace players like them with young hungry players who can challenge our first team it will make us a much stronger squad overall.

  • daneevz

    Feb 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    D.Pratley be good squad player for free!! seen him couple times this yr as Swansea play 5mins down the road from me and hes a decent player better than some rags we got now like smith even guthrie

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #12


    What would be the point??

  • Sav

    Feb 9, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Nowt really wrong with Pratley that a chance to prove himself might not fix. And I’m all for a bargain when it presents itself.

    But I’m with Bucks Mag on this – we’ve 35 million and the first requirement is whether a player is on the ‘available free’ sheet???

    That’s not exactly how Keegan built his ‘entertainers’ team is it? And if we crowd the squad with journeymen, what future do we hold out for our own youngsters.

    Both players and fans, not to mention shirt sponsors etc. need to have proof that selling Carroll for 35 million was a sign of ambition to build something special, not resignation that we’re just never going to be good enough to compete with the big boys.


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