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Newcastle To Sign Very Few Players This Summer?

If the local papers are to be believed then Newcastle will be targeting one center-back and one striker this summer.  And the center-half will come in regardless of whether Fabricio Coloccini returns to Argentina – but we still have to go through that particular soap opera this summer – as we did in January.

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony of Vitesse – – said to be a Newcastle target

With five good French players being signed in January, that would still mean Newcastle have signed seven players this year – and it may be time to unload some of the players who are on the fringe of the side – and they include Dan Gosling, who has one year left on his contract and Romain Amalfitano, who made absolutely no impact in his first year at the club, but may be given another season on Tyneside to prove himself.

Gabby Obertan and maybe Mike Williamson, could also be sold this summer, although Mike can still do a job for Newcastle at the back.

Steve Harper and Danny Simpson will leave when their contracts expire at the end of this month,  and the reports are that 19 year-old Jak Alnwick will step up to become Newcastle’s third goalkeeper next season behind the capable Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

Newcastle were woefully short of players last season when we were in the Europa League, but Newcastle will not make the mistake of bringing in too many players this summer, when we don’t have those extra European games.

It’s going to be quality rather than quantity – and we’d be happy enough if we get a top striker in – and a good center-back – and keep our best players.

But if fringe players are moved out they will need to be replaced – and we still expect a number of top youngsters to join the club.

And the news is that Newcastle still seem to be in the driver’s seat to get 18 year-old midfield sensation Will Hughes of Derby County, and Newcastle are said to be willing to pay out £10M and then loan him back to Derby for next season.

It would be a huge coup if Newcastle can get this youngster with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Barcelona all interested in the young Englishman.

And Newcastle will only let one of their top players leave, if  clubs imitate Liverpool FC and make a silly offer – like the £35M in cool cash up front they offered for big Andy.

Both Monaco and PSG are more than capable of doing that by the way, and they are linked with Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye.

And it seems like a n umber of our striker targets may not be available to us this summer, so it’s anybody’s guess who will be coming through the door – maybe Wilfried Bony of Dutch club Vitesse?

What do you think?

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169 comments so far

  • Goodfella

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Andros Townsend of spuds banned for 4 months for betting on football matches 😉

  • Slank

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #2

    He was the only person to bet that QPR would not be relegated, hence he was easily marked out by the police who really should take pity on him so poor is his judgement !

  • Slank

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I now have added Ed’s assessment that Gabby Obertan and Mike Williamson will leave

    Tiote (wants to stay)
    Ben Arfa

    Will the last player leaving please turn the lights out?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    WWYCD @119 previous thread.
    Brother WWYCD – do not caste thine eyes upon what the painted Jezebel offers, tread a clear path to righteousness. Beware of the temptations of the harlot who lies in wait outside the temple.
    Wise friends will rescue you from the Temptress – that smooth-talking Seductress
    Proverbs 2:16-19 (The Message).
    Or put it another way :-
    Don’t get mixed up with slapppers otherwise you’ll come a cropper and your mates will have to get
    you out the sh*te. (Mister Tuff 2013).


    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #5

    But really he hasn’t haha 3 months suspended until 2016 isn’t it?

  • marc

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #6

    @Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    cisse is pants
    and i agree with 100%
    if fact i think cisse is better that rooney

  • nufc786

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    We need a winger

  • Goodfella

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh well 🙂

  • numba9

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Another negative season to look forward to . No matter what we have to build on Ashley will down tools ..we won’t progress under his regime


    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Hahahahaha I like it though tbf am sure I’d of “spent time” with worse and she’s pretty fit with drug connections t’boot (don’t do drugs kids its bad mkay!)

  • Goodfella

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I think he had to pull out the u21 squad but will return for the start of season after having his ban reduced after admitting the charge ( the sun website m8 )


    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha fine punishment eh, glad they take these things seriously

  • marc

    Jun 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    mate their loads of fit birds in newcastle everytime i go to see my family up there me and my old man go bird scouting whike the old dear goes shopping in the metro

    so Danny boi dont worry if your still there next season yourll get another chance on and off the pitch lol

  • Goodfella

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #14


  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #15

    As long as they are real quality, 2 senior players and a youngster sounds like a good summer if we keep everyone.

    I have a feeling we won’t be able to offload players like Gosling and Obertan all that easily anyways

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t care if we don’t bring any1 in. as long as we sack pardew

  • nufcursed

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #17

    same old newcastle story again:

    we won’t sign any top players.
    a few of our best players will leave at the last day of the transfer window.
    pardew will stay on for the whole season.
    we will be in relegation battle again
    pardew will have excuses like injuries,having lost top players, no top players signed…
    ashley will say pardew has one more season to prove himself..
    and this rollercoaster will continue 8 more years.
    ashley and/or pardew must go asap!

    cannot believe this sh*t
    ashley is laughing in every newcastle fan’s face and we’re too dumb to keep putting up with that.

    THIS CLUB WILL ACHIEVE NOTHING in the next 10 years, for as long as pardew or ashley are still here..

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Make your mind up!

    Anyway, I’ve been saying for ages, this is the situation:
    – Pardew will not be sacked unless he loses the dressing room, has the club looking like relegation candidates at any point of the season or finishes outside the top 10
    – There will be little or no net expenditure as the club still needs to pay off the interest free loans Ashley provided when we were relegated
    – We will sign no more than 1 striker and 1 defender in addition to our current squad
    – We may replace our squad players (like Obertan, Gosling, Amaflatino, Ameobi, Willo etc.) with young promising players
    – None of our “purples” will leave on the cheap

    And finally…we should see 8th/9th as a par season, but we should be targeting 6th/7th.

  • nufcursed

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #19


    i think you’re still being pretty optimistic!

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #20

    We need a facepalm smiley for this blog 😆

    I agree 6th should be a target with our size and players with a more likely finish around 7-8th. ToonDarnSarf’s expectations seem realistic to me.

  • stuart no9

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #21

    didnt expect much in the transfer market really . so i think it is looking more likely that we will be in the bottom 3 come the end of september and pards will be sacked .— roll on the end of september ..!!

  • stuart no9

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22

    ‘ We should finish about 6th or 8th ” where and when have we heard that one before ????????

  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #23

    If’we don’t spend and sign some quality this summer then the board and Pardew will never learn.

    Last summer was the primary reason for having an abysmal season. Pardew’s team barely being able to pass didn’t help but not getting many in was the biggest problem.

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #24

    We actually did it recently man

    oh wait I know why…
    We got lucky in most the matches

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Welcome to the era of “affordable” football.

    Not exciting or entertaining … affordable …

    2 strikers are needed
    1 CB
    1 RB
    Plus replacements for Jonas, Obertan, Almafitano.

    Get some money spent or get

    & sack Pardew …

  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #26

    As I posted earlier today, Derby are supposed to be keen on Perch. If that’s the case, then surely we can strike a deal for young Hughes

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #27

    Pardew said he wanted to sign at least 2 strikers in the summer. We need at least 6 new first team signings. I reckon, 5/6 is an average amount of signings per team in the summer. We need players in these positions:

    2 CB if Colo leaves
    1 Winger and 1 Playmaker
    2 Strikers at least

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #28

    who wouldve thought kets would be one of the more level headed guys on this blog

  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #29

    In my opinion many are being unfair to Cisse. He can’t be a good poacher type of striker when he gets such poor service. After January
    he was often isolated with nobody supporting his runs and linking the play. Towards the end of the season he could have done more than sit on the shoulder of the final defender by adapting and coming off and holding the ball up better and trying to link more with attacking midfielders. Generally though we need more attacking momentum with more players getting into the box. Cisse is far too isolated and he can’t do it all on his own, particularly noticeable when Sissoko was injured. Gouffran needs to work on his fitness. Cisse showed in his first half season that he is an instinctive goalscorer. Let’s not forget that Ba was not replaced so we should not devalue Cisse and the vital goals he scored to secure points with last minute efforts. The service Hernandez receives in the box at Manure makes comparisons unfair. Hernandez more often than not comes on late in a game against tired defenders. Anyone who watches our games will see what we need is a more fluid short passing game with a balance between attacking fluency and defensive solidity. With a counter attacking style which Pards favours and more patience in our passing and our play overall. We need wingers, widemen to get behind defences. Far too often last season we took the through the middle congested route. Physical preparation pre season and drills on the training ground. A few new coaches would not go amiss.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Fast clinical finisher to the Toon for the win and top 10 by Christmas.

    By the way, is there anyone Craig Bellamy hasn’t had a run in with?

    He’d argue in a mirror if he walked past one this lad..

  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #31

    I hope Llambias has tied up a few signings before going on his hols. Mind you things probably work better when Dekka is not around.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #32

    Llambias, I agree.

    We will see a different Cisse next season with help up with him.

    Exciting times.

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #33

    If Cisse can knock them in again that alone will get us a wealth of points.

    But don’t tell DL that, we still need signings mr. Llambias 🙂

  • toon kk

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #34

    We’ll get the story off Pardew that the young lads are coming on really well and we did our business early in January to bed them in ready for next season. So don’t expect to much activity when the transfer widow opens.

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #35

    Where are the comical Pardew predictions today?

    toon kk almost got it. I was expecting something along the lines of: “We won’t sign anyone, and in September Pardumb will tell us ‘Well we got the 5 signings in January so if you average it out it’s 2 top players in each window.’ ”

    or ‘We was close but we just couldn’t get our targets over the line if I’m honest’.

  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #36

    I live in hope mate. Keep the good news coming. I would prefer the Celtic midfielder to the Belgian. Playing as a Makelele
    type of DM. Maybe then we could commit more players forward to support Cisse. Interested to learn who your suggesting might sign.

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #37

    To be fair Cisse;s goal tally was not ‘that bad’, considering he had quite a few legit goals ruled wrongly….

    The amount of times he is called offside however… now that just pi55es me off.

  • 89Norcal

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #38

    He must have had about 5 goals wrongly ruled out. All the guy needs is some decent service, and you know who’s gonna give him that?


  • h0sta

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #39

    89norcal you are spot on with jonas 😀 but with cisse…he has poor first touch, can ´t hold the ball and as was said – he is instantly offside…and unnecessary most of the time

  • IITianToon

    Jun 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Hi Norcal, hows it going mate? I was aghast when we gave Jonas that big contract last to last season, even when he was scoring/assisting once in 10 games. Whats his stats for this season 1 goal and ?? assists?

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