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Bizarre Sports Direct Story – Newcastle After Wayne Rooney

It’s bizarre to say the least, that there was a story on the Sports Direct news site today, the company owned by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, that suggested Newcastle United were after want-away Manchester United star 27 year-old Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United v Newcastle

Wayne Rooney – in action against Newcastle

But later today senior Newcastle United sources have comprehensively denied that Newcastle have any interest in the England International, who handed in a transfer request last week, that was immediately turned down by the Red Devils.

The transfer fee is around £25M, which is about two and a half times the maximum transfer fee paid out by Mike Ashley since he has owned Newcastle United, but Newcastle simply couldn’t afford Wayne’s wages, which are said to be more than £150K a week.

The news was on sportdirectnews.com and that story has now been removed from the web-site – so a good question is who put the story up there in the first place and why?

SportsDirect News suggested the Magpies were interested in Wayne Rooney, and had made some low-level initial inquiries, but there have since been apologies to Wayne Rooney and his agent for a story that was untrue.

This is the statement issued by Sport Direct News:

“SportsDirect News wishes to express its sincere apologies to Wayne Rooney and his agents Triple Sports and Entertainment Group for publishing the article ‘Newcastle in shock Rooney bid’, which was formulated and published without authority, merit and is untrue.”

This seems bizarre to say the least and we’d love to know who put thew story up in the first place.

If we’d take a guess we think Wayne will stay at Manchester United – once he thinks things over – but Newcastle are in no position to sign a player with the wages Wayne Rooney earns.

In the summer of 2004, when Newcastle desperately needed to strengthen the defense, then Chairman Freddy Shepherd tried to sign 18 year-old Wayne Rooney from Everton, but at the last moment Manchester United came in and bought the player and a few weeks after that Freddy fired manager Bobby Robson.

We couldn’t afford him then either, but that never stopped Freddy Shepherd from buying players for Newcastle – as the debt continued to rise.

The bottom line – we couldn’t afford him then and we cannot afford him now.

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42 comments so far

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Torq is there any news from that meeting we had in france the other day is it players or managers?

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    May 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #2


  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #3

    cisse big toe have u heard from torq ive not been on all day has he said anything about the meeting nufc reps had in france the other day he said he would let us know?

  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Apologies -repost was not aware of this thread.
    I see the story about us wanting to sign Rooney is now hitting the national papers under the tag of the story being false. An extract from the article in the Guardian is below:-
    “SportsDirect News wishes to express its sincere apologies to Wayne Rooney and Triple Sports and Entertainment Group for publishing the article ‘Newcastle in shock Rooney bid’, which was formulated and published without authority, merit and is untrue.”

    This is a disgraceful episode -bad PR for Newcastle. Stories like this could give credence to the fake reported bid by Spurs for Andy Carroll which the Toon obligingly passed on to Liverpool who subsequently increased their bid to 35 million. I have reported on this issue before and in my opinion (opinion only) is why AC will be returning to SJP for probably 10 million or thereabouts. Just have to wait and see what develops.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Rift my ar*e 🙂 . Pictures from Collo’s party


  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #6

    from previous post–

    roppa @ 30 your wasting your time mate —- these lot on here would support pardew even if he put us in the conference.
    Dont ask me why. It makes you wonder , what on earth do they see in him? its not his football, its not is dynamic attacking system, there is no excitement in his brand of football, and there very few goals . weird, really weird. he obviously has something to keep them excited – just that most of us who know a bit about football cant see it !

  • stuart no9

    May 15, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #7

    from previous post
    mister tuff — you must hav e realised when you read the article on rooney coming to newcastle that it was nothing more than rubbish, Why on gods earth would a player of the quality of rooney even contenplate coming to play under “houdini” pardew.?

  • Cisse's Big Toe

    May 15, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #8

    sorry hazzy not seen anything from torq

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #9

    CBT thanks m8 ill check again in the morning ive heard that we r still looking and montpellier manager and he wants to bring 2 players with him just wanted to c if he had heard the same?

  • HAZZY1

    May 15, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #10

    and -at

  • Roppa

    May 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart No9 ref 6
    I must confess, I have been following the blog for quite some time & I have been staggered that even a small minority of ‘so-called’ NUFC supporters are prepared to tolerate such absolute cxxp. The only logical conclusion that I can make is that the ‘Pardew supporters’ are devoid of any ambition for the club, or they are Mackems who have infiltrated the blog – I hope it’s the latter!!

  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    stuart @7 I really cannot see the logic behind this story -it has been suggested that it was to increase the hits on the SD news page -who knows.
    Last weekend when SAF was being interviewed about Rooney my thoughts at the time was that he was off to PSG or a similar club who have money to throw away. Earlier when the story broke I thought it might have been a device to placate Toon fans -ie that we were in for star players and the present concerns would be swept under the carpet. But upon reflection really anyone who has a reasonable understanding of whats going on in football would know it’s a ludicrous tale. It would be interesting to establish who did it and why.

  • Jamiemac

    May 15, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #13

    #colosparty is top trend on twitter…… anyone know why or how it started?

  • SupaToonKid

    May 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we need a top quality left winger. Who would you pick out of highly takented Belgian duo: Dries Mertens (26, PSV) or Nacer Chadli (23, FC Twente)? Take into account age/potential & possible transfer fee as well as quality. I’d also love us to bring in Tom Ince or Nathan Redmond for some top English talent on our RW. We lack crossers as Ben Arfa & Marveaux are better CAMs than wingers.

  • jimmysmith

    May 15, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Nice try Mike!

    Our own wantaway stars – Cabs, Colo, HBA et al?didn’t come down in the last shower you know, even if they are sometimes capable of playing like one.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Also Sammy Aneobi’s been posting instagram pics of what seems like a farewell part at Colo’s house. Looks like another new CB is needed. Personally I think we should go for the tank that is Douglas on a free. Mbiwa’s & Douglas’s contrasting styles of defending would be good together to deal with different threats.

  • SupaToonKid

    May 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #17


  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s Mapou’s birthday today

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #19


    I can understand your frustration i’v been through it myself.

    Next season though is a total different scenario, and at the end of the day Pardew is here to keep us in the top half, that is all. We are not on the level to be challenging for anymore at this present time.

    What would your opinion be if Pardew guided us to top 8 maybe even sixth next season? I’d be happy.

  • t00ntime

    May 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Why would colo throw himself a farewell party? lol. It could also be to celebrate someones birthday, just friends getting together or even celebrating staying in the league.

    Also Douglas has said he will not come to newcastle, and tbh hs is a bit messed up in the head I think. last season he said “I make mistakes because i’m too good for the eredivisie so I dont pay my full attention.” (somewhere along those lines.)
    Who in the world says that xD, blames his mistakes on something being too easy.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #21

    I must admit I wouldn’t mind having Colo cook me one of his Argentinian steaks on that BBQ 🙂 . I would give my left nut to be there 🙂

  • jimmysmith

    May 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Nice pic of Willo getting in his customary, late, man not ball challenge on the opposing teams danger man.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #23

    The style of football has been the same since he got here. Go a goal up then sit back. Starting the season isn’t going to change that as he hasn’t changed anything for the many months he’s been here. Even an 8th finish with better players could probably be far bettered with another manager. He is accustomed to failure.

  • Roppa

    May 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Prodigy,

    What do you mean ‘not at that level’? We are amongst the top 20 wealthiest clubs in the world – surely that would indicate we should – at worst, be in the top 6~8 period! Outside of the top 6 ~ 8 should be considered a failure!

  • Goodfella

    May 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Loving #colosparty pure quality 🙂 🙂

  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #26


    This is a board issue which follows down.

    Expectations have went through the roof considering we were in the championship not long ago (not that we should have been). But because we finished last season fifth people think it’s in stone. Why?

    We have a board thats learning the ropes and trying to build and get this club self sufficient.

    The quality in players is growing, the quality in internal affairs is growing. We can only hope mistakes are being learnt from. Pardew will see us through this process. When we need to revamp and go up a notch im sure we will and hopefully the board will no when that correct time will come.

  • Unbelievable Tekkers

    May 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #27

    Just a PR stunt to promote the sports direct news website!

  • Mister Tuff

    May 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I see there is an EPSN news article suggesting the Cabaye may be off to another English club in the summer. Link:-

  • Goodfella

    May 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #29

    That’s a class pic of them all around the table
    On sammys instagram (love it) 🙂

  • ilovetoon8788

    May 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #30

    We should be seeing to replace Cabaye. He would be world class under a different manager and system.

    Pardew has made Cabaye look almost crap. But Cabaye himself has been playing like his head is already elsewhere.

    I think he’d end up as Manchester United or Arsenal.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 16, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #32

    Has anybody read the Martin Samuel article in the mailonline?

    Real tongue in cheek piss take comparing Pardew with Pellegrini

    Look at Pardews photo that tells it all!!!

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    May 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #33

    Mister tuff, i think thats just journalists twisting his words, He said he was happy and would have been asked if he would like a move back to france, and he said I’m happy in england.

  • Roppa

    May 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #34


    The propaganda of Derek Lambias has been incredibly effective in lowering the expectations of the NUFC fans. Unfortunately, whilst so many fans – like your good-self – are accepting of this dreadful football and the very poor results, and are willing to give more time to a manager who has – I repeat – not won a major trophy in 15 years of management, there is no reason / pressure for Mike Ashley’s to change his strategy to a more ambitious one!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #35

    Roppa, I agree.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 16, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #36

    NewcastleBrown @33 – I hope you’re right -certainly could not do with losing him. Probably as other posters have suggested today it’s the start of the silly season -loads of unfounded articles about transfers.

  • Roppa

    May 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Laurent Robert 32,

    Thank you, I believe we are in a huge majority. I sincerely hope that we make sure our voices are heard loud & clear after the Arsenal game. Mike Ashley should be in no doubt that we believe ‘now’ is the time to move on!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 16, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Most definitely. I’m sick to the back teeth of him. There could be repercussions after or during the Arsenal game if we get a good hammering.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 16, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #39

    He’s telling the fans what they want to hear, but anyone with an ounce of football knowledge can see he’s blatantly lying in his interviews. Some, are somehow falling for it and it’s not on that he continues to get away with it.

    After the West Brom game he tells us we need to get goals, yet he starts Liverpool game with 4DM plus Jonas and an isolated Cisse.

    There are no goals there. He’s either completely deluded or completely lying and is still a failure on the pitch. Whichever way, it’s more poor football.

    QPR game was poor the more it went on yet we are playing against an already relegated side and he comes out saying things like he’s achieved something big.

    Yet it was Bosingwa and Bosingwa alone who has got us those three points. In no way should Pardew take any credit for keeping us up. He is a chancer who can’t coach those players to make structured and pre-planned attacks. He puts them on the pitch and hopes something comes off. It’s nothing short of a disgrace.

  • Novocastrian66

    May 16, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #40

    Betty; Samuels is favourably comparing Pardew to Pelligrini, on more than one occasion in the mail online debate.
    As for showing Ashley what we think of Pardew; it is a complete waste of time. Ashley has shown before he could care less what the fans think.


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