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Newcastle To Let Top Utility Player Leave This Summer

There’s a Daily Mirror report out today that says that Newcastle will let versatile James Perch leave in the summer – to make way for even more new foreign signings.

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James Perch – out in the cold?

The Mirror is reporting they think Alan Pardew has decided that Perch will be sold in the summer.

We’ve mentioned a few times that Newcastle have to decide whether to give him a new contract this summer, because Perch’s four-year deal runs out next summer, so maybe the club should sell him, or offer him a new deal – so we don’t lose James for nothing next year.

James Perch has played well over the last two seasons, after having a very difficult first season on Tyneside, but he’s played some good games for Newcastle and can play anywhere across the back four and also in defensive midfield, and maybe we are in the minority – but this lad has become a solid player for Newcastle.

Perch joined Newcastle for around £1M from Nottingham Forest three years ago, but the Mirror are saying Newcastle will sell him this summer, and we think there should be a number of clubs interested in the player.

The Mirror is reporting Newcastle will sign up to three top French players this summer, which will force Perch out of the club.

That means we will have 13 Frenchmen in the squad?

Isn’t that overdoing it just a little bit – and we thought Pardew wanted to bring in some experienced Premier League players this season not sell them.

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72 comments so far

  • Dondatta13

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #1

    ‘d like Perchino to stay on, he’s a good utility player to have around imho.

  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Would be devastated, he was probably our most consistent player this season (had a pass completion rate of about 90%+ every game) and he’s one of the better englishmen in the squad.

    But as soon as i saw the words ‘daily mirror’…

  • manxpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #3

    does no 1 else find that mirror report extremely offensive??


    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #4

    NO NO NO NO NO!!

    1. English
    2. Reliable cover in defence and cm or CDM
    3. Wouldn’t get much for him

  • manxpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #5

    leazes he’s mr dependable a perfect squad player and hes improved every season would be silly to get rid of him but to the posters who think we can attract top players from around the world n managers for that matter he’s easily disposable would be sad to see him go but sayin that it might be his choice to get 1st team footy which i’d understand

  • 09nufc09

    Jun 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Perch is alot like gutierrez, tries hard but offers nothing going forward. Hes an average dm that isnt likely to get any better than he is at the minute. Thats not to say i dont like him as a player but if he is starting every week then there is a problem with our team. He is a poor defender, especially as a full back.
    The more worrying thing i have read tonight is from the journal, that we are only going to sign a cb and a striker. If thats all we are signing then i see alot of problems for the season ahead. we need a creative left winger, a rb to replace simpson and 2 strikers(shola cannot play for 90 mins and is very average and cambell is nowhere near ready in the games i have seen him play). A commanding cb partner for colo (if he stays) would be ideal, allows mbiwa to play lb and get used to the pl.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Comment #7

    “he’s one of the better englishmen in the squad.”

    Instead of signing him on..why are we going to sell him?

    Are we bring in R7 or Messi? Maybe thats in the pipeline.
    That is the “WOW” factor in install for us..Happy days ahead..

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #8

    It has taken so much for Perch to adapt to Newcastle and now that he is going to get better with more games ahead we aren’t going to sign him on.

    I remember he almost scored a goal for us if not for Cisse to snatch and miss it right in-front of goal. The way he looked at Cisse was unexplainable.

    What an ambitious club. (looking more lightly that R7 and Messi are on their way)

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #9

    But then again with our manager, there will be times when needed he will be used at CD. And that’s the Danger of keep him.

    I rather have a proper position player at the bench, e.g Williamson, Simpson or a promising youth player.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #10

    *lightly? likely….

  • WhyteThunder

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    Comment #11

    How many times did this guy save our ass last season when we had injuries. You keep him for the versatility.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Comment #12

    Really devastated with the club even though i like it better now than with the “Halls” (where the club looks like going to collapse from financial breakdown)

    Maybe thats the pain and agony of the process of building a proper club.

    Hopefully, we can do better in the transfer window then there will be no more excuse for Pardew or whoever manager in-charge.

    If Pardew is not effective enough then blame no-one.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Comment #13

    With Perch we know what he can and cannot do, but with Pardew we can never know.

  • davis_toons

    Jun 3, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Rtaylor or Perch. For me. Perch.

    When he first started at RB, he break with confidence and run with the ball although no end product but he have improve.

    He is much stronger at midfield and play a passing game.

  • Moe

    Jun 3, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #15

    Is that Wilshere we’re talking about here?
    thought for a moment ..

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jun 3, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Wow, the management of this club is getting weirder by the day.

    Perch was absolutely awful when he came, he was an utter liability and looked like he couldn’t cut it as a proffessional. Then he worked hard, gave everything he had and improved hugely.

    He’s now one of the few players in the squad that you can call reliable. Good defender and his passing has improved immeasurably- can now knock it about nicely and rarely gives it away.

    So after all that work to change the minds of many fans and being able to fill in whenever needed Pardew apparently wants to sell him?!?!

    With all the other average players in the squad who don’t work half as hard and it’s Perch that is being sold?

    It’s either completely untrue or a(nother) really strange decision.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 3, 2013 at 6:00 AM

    Comment #17

    Another day, another lie.

    These red tops love to make things up about the Toon.

    We are the “Hollywood team” of the Premier League.

  • Sir Erec

    Jun 3, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Would rather we got shot of Gosling than Perch

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Not a fan of perch, but rather get Jonas out.

  • arctoa

    Jun 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #20

    More tabloid guff. Honestly, Ed, I don’t usually give critiques but I think it would be better if you put all of these ‘rumour’ stories into one daily round-up article; most of this stuff is of the make-crap-up-and-see-what-sticks variety that’s not really worth airing. It’s shocking that they get paid handsomely for producing this nonsense.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #21


    People like fantasies


    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #22

    keep perch, sell shola,gosling,obertan

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #23

    I am nowhere near an ITK, but it appears as though there may be a Takeover bid imminent of NUFC?? Possible African consortium and Middle East Consortium, reported by IndyKaila back in February 2013. According to the report, which looks dodgy to say the least, Ashley is looking for 400m Pounds, with both bidders hoping 350m will do the trick.

    Anyone else heard this??

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #24

    Sydney Toon

    I ahve not heard but Given the inertia i would not be surprised!

    Much rather prefer one owner than Consortiums, 2 That is even more disturbing.

  • cyprus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Your job is watching football? Cool.

    Perch: has improved but if we want to step up then players like him, Raylor, Shola, even Saylor, must be moved on.

  • onepeterb

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #26

    I know it’s just me. But I would keep Perch Williamson and Simpson. Seems that the boo boys will get their way

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Yeah like I said, could be crap or could be something there. Maybe the Sth Africa tour being cancelled might have quashed any speculation of a takeover from an african consortium. I have confidence in Ashley, I get the feeling he may open the strings a little bit more. I wanted Pardew out, purely based on football style reasons, I can put up with the bull that comes from his mouth, I work for the Aussie Government so I put up with it on a daily basis! If somebody does buy the club, I hope they can follow the financial principles Ashley has put in place but open the restrictions a little more so we can compete financially with a Tottenham or Liverpool. I don’t want us to be a Citeh, Chelski or Monaco, the Toon are fighters not buyers!

  • cyprus

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #28

    So Pardew makes statements regarding the Aussie government? Did not know that!

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #29

    Sydney Toon

    I am opposite, I can bear hoof ball if we win but can’t fathom him not realising and recognising his mistakes thus rendering him incapable of change.

    On ashley, I think he is too much set in his ways. Hope he changes

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Repost: Based on Some calculations I Did

    Since Carroll was Sold in 2011

    We have bought in

    Yanga-Mbiwa + Youngsters

    Total Cost Approximately 35 million (excluding Agent Fees)

    Since Carroll was sold

    We have sold


    Total Money in 19 Million (approx)

  • Patoon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #31

    If its room they’re looking 2 make for new players why not sell Steven Taylor, Perch is a far more reliable player than Taylor and we’d prob get a lot more money for Taylor 2, and Perch can play far more positions than Taylor, we’l prob keep Jonas for another 40 years

  • Sydney Toon

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #32


    HA HA give him died rad hair and he will be our PM with the amount of BS he spits out!

    I think he plays a little bit of a mix, he is too lateral of a thinker, an injury forces hoofball! Ba wants to be happy so annoy Cisse who is more of a team player then Ba. I believe we will see Ben Arfa at 10 or CAM this season. If we had an Obertan that fulfilled his potential then Ben Arfa would have played that role. Ideally he is not a 10. We played 433 the season before because we had Tiote, Cabaye fit and in form, plus Cisse arrived. So ba on the left and Nen10 on the right, plus Guti was playing well that season, so pardew shifted him to a deep midfied role.Put Sock, Cabaye together, bring a RW and LW then his system will work.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #33

    I honestly don’t see how Alan pardew is better than Alex Mcleish

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #34

    we won’t sell perch or any other players except our so called star players this window, i just can’t wait to see the shock on your faces even mine when we don’t bring in any 1

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #35

    Heres one for you
    In this mornings Journal
    ‘Quality assured is United’s policy’
    ‘Magpies will spend selectively’

    ‘cats will listen to offers for Sessegnon’

    Should the toon go for him ??????

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #36

    these target players are just another cunning plan for the mafia dogs to come out and say WE TRIED, but in truth if we do sign players they will be cheap and similar type of players like obertan & shola basically players with no ambition to take a club forward.

    ( watch out Leeds here we come )

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    buying derby rivals players have never been good for any team

  • JackButler

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #38

    Of all the players to be shown the door this summer I hope Perch isn’t one of them. He shown a willingness to learn, improve and fight for the side, which is more than can be said for a few that could be mentioned

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #39

    I understand your point, but your calculations are slightly out. Have a look at this sight. It doesn’t exactly paint Ashley as a generous spender, although we seem to have spent a fair bit under him, just recouped quite a lot as well.


    As for Perch, would like to see him stay, and given his versatility, can’t see him going anywhere. While we have a small squad, players like him are invaluable.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 3, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #40

    I can Only Imagine The glee on Ashley’s face looking at a pot of 60 Million.


    He will only pay what we can make in sales, then only i think he will make a profit this window too.


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