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Newcastle Working Hard On Transfers Behind The Scenes

Newcastle have not had too much success so far this season in the transfer market, other than bringing in two top youngsters in 22 year-old Romain Amalfitano from Reims, and 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana from Coventry – both midfielders.

John Carver – mmmm

Newcastle have been tracking Luuk de Jong, Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas and Vurnon Anita, and they have put in bids for all four players, if the reports are to be believed.

But it seems Newcastle are no longer interested in de Jong, because of the high fee being asked by FC Twente, and  Newcastle’s final bid of £11M is still on the table, but it seems the 21 year-old wants to join German Club Borussia Monchengladbach – silly lad.

Newcastle are said to have bid £5M for Douglas, £4M for Debuchy and £5M for Anita and all three bids have also been rejected.

And Newcastle can still surprise us with some of the players they will eventually bring in this summer, as happened last year, and Assistant Manager John Carver certainly thinks that can happen as he told the Northern Eco today:

“We are a football club that does our business in private. Last year, nobody knew about any of the players coming in and that will remain the same.”

“There is work going on, indeed it’s been going on since the last transfer window closed, if not before. So everyone is working hard behind the scenes.”

“We have a great set-up, Graham Carr the Chief Scout, signed an eight-year deal so he’s tied down for a long time now, so everyone is working extremely hard to get everything together.”

“We have targets we will try to reach. It’s a work in progress.”  “We are already feeling good as a group. We have two young boys who have joined us – Gael and Romain – and they have fitted in very well.”

“They have been made welcome and they don’t look out of place.”  “Gael is the younger one, but he’s played 26 games in the Championship with Coventry so he is probably a bit ahead of Romain. We will take it easy with him, but he’s impressed over a couple of days.”

“We do have some other good kids at the club. Sammy Ameobi did really well last season until he got injured, and there is Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vukic who all need to stake a claim for the squad and in the team.”  “Those guys have to be knocking on the manager’s door what with all the football that we could play.”

“If we get through the Europa League qualifying round then there is going to be an awful lot of games to play.”  “The lads have got to step up to the plate. They have a season of Premier League experience under their belts now, being put in the team now and again.”

Newcastle do have a number of top youngsters in players like Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid, and they could come through big time next season, and it seems they will be used with the extra games Newcastle will play if we can qualify for the Europa League group stages.

Newcastle have already offloaded Peter Lovenkrands (Birmingham), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Leon Best (Blackburn), Danny Guthrie (Reading)  and Alan Smith (MK Dons), to make room for new top players coming into the squad, and Newcastle will be hoping they can retain their best players, including Demba  Ba, whose release clause  for £7M  in his contract, runs out in 20 days time – approximately.

We hope the transfers start happening sooner rather than later, and it’s all very quiet at Newcastle at the moment, but as John says – lots of work is going on behind the scenes – we’re sure it is.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • hoppernufc

    Jul 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s news to me that we had bid rejected for Douglas I though our bid was accepted


    Jul 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought dejong s bid wase neither accepted nor rejected

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    I wonder about the news sometimes – I take most with a grain of salt, especially transfer fees.

    Just take a look at those Ed listed – they are all rumors mind you, but we have supposedly bid £ 5 mil for Douglas, who’s contract runs out in 12 month and we have only bid £ 4 mil for Debuchy, who’s an full International for France and a certain starter.

    Sometimes I do wonder if the media even tries…

    We might not even be in for any of them…maybe we have just been poking around to see that the going rate is.

    Anyways… 🙂 still think this is going to be a great week; if just DL has recharged his phone and worked out his visa problems in South America and returned 🙂

  • Vader

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4

    I like surprises if we get good signings!

  • Zero

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    The only one out of them i think we will stand a chance at is Debuchy and thats if his club play ball with the transfer.

    I honestly feel like we will struggle with clubs we have ‘ripped-off’ in the past few years, so our signings will most likey come from places we havnt dealt with yet for players we probably havnt even heard of before.

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I find it a bit odd that Newcastle fans were congratulating themselves on not paying too much for De Jong, assuming he wanted to come to us. People like to think that this will show that we are not as easy touch. In reality, if we want to be seen as a club who are good to deal with, we should be offering better money for the likes of the players mentioned. Stop fannying around , and pay fair money without prevarication, for good players. Thats what will generate respect amongst clubs, not offering 4mill for a player of Dubuchy’s ability. Mike Ashley isnt the only club owner who can negotiate you know!

  • Sazzer

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    We might be after Ruben Yttergård Jensen or Markus Henrikson if Llambias Norway visit is true or some african kid playing there.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8


    It that just random players you have listed or have you heard rumors?

    please just don’t say you heard in on twatter 😉

  • Sazzer

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    The source is more solid than the Cabaye rumours but less solid than a lot of others. =)

  • sks_toon

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10

    Over or under 6 days until our next big signing? (either RB, LB , CB (not c. good), and CF, anyone of those)

  • Klam3r

    Jul 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11


    If Llambias is in Norway i hope we pick up Hedenstad as well. A Debuchy-type with the potensial to be a really good fullback.
    Started out as an midfielder, but decided to play as RB. Pace, passing and a great right foot for crossing/shots. Needs to concentrate on his positioning, but at 21 he can still learn.

    He would cost us around £500.000 as his contract is running out i think.

  • magpie79

    Jul 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    When cisse scores a goal next season the crowd chants yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Who’s with me?

  • magpie79

    Jul 11, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!

  • lesh

    Jul 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #14


    “There is work going on, indeed it’s been going on since the last transfer window closed, if not before. So everyone is working hard behind the scenes.”

    Given the lack of incomers to the senior squad, perhaps Carver’s confusing activity with productivity!?


    Jul 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #15



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