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Expect more Newcastle signings soon!

Posted on July 7th, 2010 | 63 Comments |

One in, with more to follow?
One in, with more to follow?
For weeks and weeks now the talk has been over transfers, and how Newcastle would need to add to their squad if they are to stave off relegation.

And for weeks and weeks it has looked like nothing has been happening on the transfer front, not even a hint of a free transfer coming through the doors at St James’ Park.

For weeks the rhetoric was the same, Newcastle would be linked with a player, it would be denied, we would be reassured that we will have signings blah blah blah.

It all started to become a bit boring and repetitve in all honesty, but that changed on Monday with the arrival of James Perch from Nottingham Forest, a transfer that actually involved us paying a fee, albeit not a large one. In fairness, the signing of Perch won’t have got fans drooling at the mouth, and that is not being harsh on the lad as he may well turn out to be a bit of shrewd business, but can you honestly say he was high up on your realistic transfer wishlist, because I can’t.

As I said though, he could turn out great, but the signing of Perch is more than just the signing of a utility player, it also indicates that things are progressing behind the scenes at St James’ Park, and it shows we have some cash to spend, well at least I think it shows we have some cash to spend anyway.

Newcastle began pre-season training on Monday, and as part of those preparations the squad head off to Ireland tomorrow for a week long training camp, and I expect one more new face to be joining them at Carton House.

Whether or not that new face is Tom Cleverley, who is widely expected to join us loan for the season, remains to be seen, but it would certainly make sense to try get as many players integrated into the squad as quickly as possible in pre-season where results don’t really matter and the pressure is off.

That is why I believe that we can expect another new arrival imminently as Chris Hughton will know that he needs to get any new players to develop an understanding with our current players as quickly as possible, and that will only come with time spent training with each other.

One other thing I have noticed is that the speculation regarding potential transfer targets for Newcastle has increased dramatically since the arrival of James Perch, as have the reported fees. I mean £6 million for James McFadden? I’d be pretty pissed if we paid that for him when we had lots of dosh, let alone now when we apparently haven’t got a pot to urinate in!

Still, most of it will be made up rubbish, but part of the fun is in the speculation and I enjoy discussing the various merits or pitfalls of potential targets with you guys and girls. I am now going to bed after a particularly nasty night-shift, and when I awake I hope to have some more positive news to write about.

Here’s to hoping!

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63 Responses

  1. Rest well Toonsy – now I understand how you bang these out so early!

    Spending on Perch puts a whole new spin on ‘no capital outlay’ & we can only assume the club inteded to dampen expectation & gain an advantage in target pricing. If so, not a bad strategy but it damn well wound us up!

    Not too keen on McFadden, I think we need a striker but we need one that can stand out from the large pack we already have & give us something different. He is a decent player and maybe ok signing for the right price, but there are plenty of others to prefer.

  2. Did you not notice that he seriously lacks footballing talent when he played for Birmingham last season TF?

  3. The STaylor stuff – he’s in contract negotiations, wouldn’t we expect his agent to be using any tactic at his disposal to get the best deal? That includes leaking stories to the press and giving the impression that his client will leave if he doesn’t get what he wants. From what I gather this is pretty normal behaviour. The sources close to Taylor are most likely the agent.

  4. No I didn’t jay jay, I thought he was a good little player who if played regularly would score goals.

  5. Agreed I fink we may c 1 or 2 new faces arrive today or tomorro, fink ch will want players in for the bonding session in ireland, wht do ppl fink bout chris cohen from forest is young english plyer can ply left wing n left bk n nicky maynard they r 2 players id like

  6. TF I live in Birmingham and don’t know a single supporter who wanted him to stay mate, he hardly ever hits the target.

  7. What’s wit all these loan signings we can only hav 4 over the season n 2 at any time so we could only bring in 2 loan signings this window n ceverly is a cert

  8. Dunno if it’s been mentioned and yes it’s most probably just paper nonsense but Gosling has apparently walked out on Everton after he wasn’t presented with a new contract. A verbal offer was made but nothing solid was put on the table. Strike whilst the iron is hot if there’s an ounce of truth in that. If the player isn’t happy at the club, contact them immediatly.

  9. Looks like the Gosling story is true – would imagine quite a few clubs being after him for nowt so not sure he’ll come to toon – depends if top 6 club go in for him, wages etc

  10. The press just write any old crap throughout the months, then rehash it as fact over & over.
    Until it becomes a pastiche of old stories & bullsh.
    When was the last time they got one of our transfers correct?
    Quite some time now.
    That really wrankles with them, so they make as much crap up as they can & try to upset any apple cart.
    Boring, clueless bastards.

  11. Mike Ashley-Last of The Big Spenders :lol:

    Wonder what club model we are following today….which ever one it is I find it makes me fall into a deep sleep….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  12. Boateng is a very good shout and I mentioned him and Annan the other week. The problem is that they have shone at the world cup and obviously the price will have shot up

  13. Sure it was Toon Chicken who said values don’t change a good world cup players value :lol:

    Goon.

  14. May not have been you but can’t be arsed to route through the threads :lol:

    Some Goon anyway.

  15. SJT – if you actually read what you’ve written @ 19 it makes fcuk all sense.

    At least you’re consistent I suppose.

  16. Gosling has definitely walked on on Everton. My best mate is a die-hard toffee, I hope to god we get him!

  17. you’re a yank aren’t you Clint? Fair play to ya if you’ve finally managed to come to that decision!

  18. True…Pompey will expect Boatengs suitors to up the ante in terms of price. However, quick action taken ASAP will favour us as they definately be looking to cut their losses…I think…Also, have been a fan of Dos Santos ever since he played for Barcelona. Would love to see him here…But maybe thats just me…

  19. I know its been mentioned before but what about Hugo Viana since he can play left and centre midfield and has a bit of creativity, hes not going to get much games at valencia anyway I personally think he’d be a good option

  20. Thats not to say he didn’t have the potential to be a very good player and I didn’t mind him when he was with us, but I think we need to look ahead, both Cleverley and Gosling should be made MF priorities for me.

  21. Ross

    He has everything the fans have wanted for years now a creative central midfield! He never got a chance when he was with us and ive always liked him and thought he was so underrated. English players lack skill and creative ability compared to foreign players thats why id prefer him over Cleverly

  22. TF-I agree that the foreign players are the ones who seem to have the technical skill and creative ability. As for Cleverly, i’d bring him in purely as back up/rotate him. I want to see the likes of Vuckic get a chance this year.

    I dunno, maybe i’m wrong about people not welcoming Viana back?, I admit I did think he had talent though, wasn’t given much of a chance with us perhaps?

  23. Ross

    I would like to see Vuckic at some point but still believe he needs time, we dont want him thrown in from the start and fail like so many foreign players have in the past. Many fans are t***s who wouldnt welcome Viana back but I really think he would prove them wrong, i hear he was magnificent at Braga last season.

  24. I see tripe-all football are quoting Hughton as saying Cleverley is not a done deal?

  25. Devon,
    na i’m not an american mate.
    Born & bred in the NE.
    No decision to be made, there was never a god.
    It’s not a matter of opinion, i’m sure you’ll agree?
    :)

  26. So Gosling’s left Everton – Why would he do that? It must be about money at the end of the day, no?

    He must have been told by his agent that he can get more than the £15k a week Everton are offering from another club.

    Why else would he leave Everton to join us or anyone else in the bottom half?

  27. chances of first team football?
    Not everyone is a mercenary, maybe he just wants to play…

  28. Why did he agree a new contract with Everton verbally then?

    What’s changed since the back end of last season? They haven’t signed anyone to play in his position have they?

  29. yes clint, where r the nxt pedros, we could of used 1 at the WC. So if england couldnt find 1 where have all the pedro type players gone ? those dribblin goal scoring nd goal assisting creative midfielders.
    i reckon both gazza nd pedro r 2 of the most skillful players i saw playin. albeit gazza was v young at toon, u could tell he was a special player.
    lamps nd steve g seem better passers of the ball, but they dont drift pass 2/3 players with ease on a regular basis do they?

  30. Wether Gosling walked out on Everton or not, he was still their youth player and under the age of 24, so we’d have to pay a fee for him regardless.

    Dont see this one happening… would love it to though.

  31. Something had to have happened. I thought about the first team football angle and the agent angle, but why agree orally to a contract and then take them to a tribunal to break it? Surely he had an agent at the time, but maybe not.

  32. Aye johnny,
    & Pedro didn’t roll around on the floor when tackled, fouled.
    He just got on with it, leaving it all on the pitch.
    Played any position he was asked to.
    Love the clubs he played for.
    & modest too.
    He could defend, play MF, striker, play maker, & even went in goal.
    For 5′ 8″ was an absolute giant among players.
    Got stuck in, was deft, scored screamers, you name it.
    Players like him don’t happen that often.
    He was overlooked for ages for club & country.
    Definitely the nearest thing you’ll get to a football god.

  33. JJ says:
    July 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Would he still command a fee if Everton were in breach of his contract?

  34. Apparently, Gosling is recovering from a cruciate knee ligament op and will be out till Xmas, is that a gamble worth taking?

  35. Stuart-I think it’s just a stupid mistake on evertons behalf. He’s obviously said he wants to stay with them, they’ve said great and done nothing about it. It looks like a premier league tribunal got involved and it’s been ruled that he’s allowed to leave on a free. He apparently asked everton to offer him a new contract due to the fact that he could walk for nowt, and they didn’t. The reports are claiming he is now free to sign for anyone at no cost, with us and the Filth in the running.

  36. I don’t see how compensation could be paid? Who would it be paid to? Remember, he is currently unattached and without a club so Everton lose out.

    I though it would require compensation, but apparently not…

  37. so how come where not producing that type of player anymore clint? its a bit of a mystery innit.

    3 women in Drs, awaiting pregnancy results. 1st women a brunette says “i think im gonna have a girl, coz when havin sex i was on top”
    2nd women a red head, says “well i think im gonna have a boy, coz i was on bottom”
    at this the 3rd women a blonde bursts into tears, the other women try consoling her nd ask, “whats the problem”?
    “im going to have puppies…”! ;)

  38. Johnny,
    cos it’s trained out of them at school age.
    They’re told to beef up, which makes ’em slower.
    Long pass, cos they play ’em on full size pitches, which leads to hoofing every ball.
    & you’re called ball greedy if you run with the ball.
    Coaching is out of date over here.
    Then, if they’re any good, they’re hyped up to the point of thinking they’re it way too soon.
    What do y’think mate?

    BTW,good joke mate.
    :)

  39. sorry just got back clint, i really dont know m8, i dont have kids so i no nowt about present coachin at schools. in my day all we had was cones nd balls, standin in circles with some1 in middle encouraging 1st time passin. lol, we never practiced dead ball stuff at all, just general fitness training and v basic ball control ;)
    we did play 5 a side tho, that improves control nd speedy short passin game…ahh dear me happy dayz m8 happy dayz were the hell did all that energy nd optimism go to ffs? :(
    i guess leavin school in 83 post brixton, toxteth riots, to join thatchers beaten generation didnt help, friggin bitch. now the tories r weilding the axe again, i hope theyve learnt there bloody lesson, but i somehow doubt it

  40. sorry just got back clint, i really dont know m8, i dont have kids so i no nowt about present coachin at schools. in my day all we had was cones nd balls, standin in circles with some1 in middle encouraging 1st time passin. lol, we never practiced dead ball stuff at all, just general fitness training and v basic ball control ;)
    we did play 5 a side tho, that improves control nd speedy short passin game…ahh dear me happy dayz m8 happy dayz were the fcuk did all that energy nd optimism go to ffs? :(
    i guess leavin school in 83 post brixton, toxteth riots, to join thatchers beaten generation didnt help, friggin bithc. now the tories r weilding the axe again, i hope theyve learnt there bloody lesson, but i somehow doubt it

  41. i said before go for boatang also cleavly and try to get keane those 3 would make a huge difference keeping us up

  42. Would be great to see Kevin Prince Boateng in the Newcastle shirt.
    Annan is a good DM and been great for Rosenborg (norwegian league), both players had a good world cup!

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