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Pardew: “We’ve put a couple of offers in this week”.

Posted on January 29th, 2011 | 62 Comments |

Pardew: Two irons in the fire.
Pardew: Two irons in the fire.
Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, has revealed in an interview that the club have put in offers for two players, but has warned that he will not be held to ransom over any potential new signings at the club.

He also said that he is searching for a replacement for recently departed winger, Wayne Routledge, who is now on loan at Queen’s Park Rangers. However he also noted that the target will not necessarily be a winger.

Starting with the Routledge situation, Pardew said in an interview:

“We’ve lost Wayne Routledge from the squad so I at least want to replace him. I’m not saying we are going to sign a winger necessarily, but we do want somebody to come in and fill that gap in the squad.”

Perhaps it may have been wiser to have found some kind of replacement before he let the player go if he is seeking a replacement at such a late stage. But Pardew did go on to confirm that he does have offers in for two new players, and is “hopeful” that the club will get something done in the final days of the January transfer window, continuing:

“I’m not anxious. I think this window has been quite normal. Everyone is waiting until the last moment. A lot of the deals are basically done, but people are waiting to see whether they get a better offer at the last minute. We’ve put a couple of offers in this week and we’re hopeful we’ll get something done. The way it’s looking at the moment that probably won’t happen until Monday, and we hope there are no last-minute hitches.”

He concluded on the continuing absence of Andy Carroll with a thigh injury, and how this hasn’t changed his thinking regarding bringing new players in, saying:

“I want to sign players, but I will only do it if the deal is right. I’m not going to be held to ransom. The deal has to be right for the right player. We had the news about Andy Carroll, and he’s still out. We’re going to be sweating on him for Arsenal, so that’s disappointing, but it doesn’t change my thinking in the transfer window.

“Maybe it would have if Shola, Besty, Nile and Peter hadn’t done so well, but we’re not going to be bringing in a panic buy. This won’t change the course of events in the next few days.”

One player that the club will not be bringing in is Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland, who has been reported many times as being one of Newcastle’s main targets in this window. Villa manager, Gerard Houllier confirmed to reporters that the player will remain at Aston Villa for the forseeable future.

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  1. “Alan Pardew……………..has warned that he will not be held to ransom over any potential new signings at the club”

    What Pardwho and Fatman have to appreciate is the squad as a whole are expecting additions to their numbers if for no other reason that it shows we are looking to improve. If we show no desire to add quality to this squad then what message does it send to those who are thinking about their future ?

    Most players want to play at the top level and for sure they all want to win something. If there’s no ambition shown by the club then players will question why they should stay ?

  2. AndyMac he’s showing desire when he says ‘I want to make signings’ I’m glad he won’t be held to ransom, Luque 9.5m when Depor played hardball and 8m when Rangers done the same. If we are chasing Ireland permanently I’d rather pay around 4-6m and not 9m.

  3. moronic letting players leave before they have a replacement in place, Carroll will leave and we will be screwed……………..cheers pards and Lamearse

  4. Mark says:
    January 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    “Luque 9.5m when Depor played hardball and 8m when Rangers done the same.”

    Mark, Perhaps it might have been better if we hadn’t offered anything at all for Luque and Boumsong! :-)

  5. Can’t see Carroll going, 23-25m bid rejected today so make of that what you will. I’d accept 35m with Keane and Kranjcar. Ireland should be coming, I’d expect him to.

  6. i Personally think Luque was excellent for la coruna, he terrorized Ac milan and was part of a success ful depor side which finished in european places under javier irrereta (spell. unfortunately things did work out for him here.

  7. He terrorized AC milan in that quarter final when they beat them 4-0 to overturn a deficit of 4-1, some of you may remember

  8. I’m glad we’re taking a stance on transfer fees and wage demands. Showing ambition is not necessarily splashing out huge sums of money for players.
    We need to continue to develop through our youth system and at the same time source players who can add value to the squad for sensible capital outlay, Williamson, Tiote and hopefully Ben Arfa or great examples.

  9. Mark says:
    January 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    “Can’t see Carroll going, 23-25m bid rejected today”

    That could have funded a very good night in Aspers for the Three Amigos, Mark.

    Seriously though. Amidst all those reports, did you read anything that had been properly substantiated? (ie not stuff from “sources close to the clubs”, “we understand that” etc)?

  10. Nail biting time again, although we have delivered playing the long game in recent windows… Agreed on the not being taken for ransom but it does seem as if there’s been a few profile fitting deals that coulda interested us:

    Wheater – £2.5m to Bolton. couple of years ago he was rated higher than Tayls and could surely do a job for us at CB. I realise we’re well stocked there and that’s probably why we didn’t bother but we can assume Campbell will leave in 6 months and Tayls looking increasingly injury prone. I’m a Kadar fan but would have thought that looking ahead, getting Wheater on great deal would have been promising for the squad. Also could consider Tayls as RB potentially anyway and Colo as DM backup (hope he gets a chance one day although accept he is our only imperious CB).

    Sessegnon and Muntari – Mackems £5.5m and Loan – Ok not sure about Sessegnon with his suspect attitude, but as a right winger I hope we knew about him and turned it down. Muntari looks an ace deal on loan so would have been up for that as Smith replacement and possibly Makoun to Villa for £5m.

    Michael Bradley – Villa (urgh) – Could be really suited to the Prem and another all-round replacement for Smith. Seems a no-brainer on loan after seeing his USA international performances. Also potentially O’Hara and also Charlie Adam would be tempting to think about but pricey now and would be a luxury given how we seem well stocked for AMs, would prefer more cover for DM really.

    Carlos Vela – Just the kind of striker we need and perfect replacement for Lovenkrands. Another seeming no-brainer on loan. It does seem like many of the teams around and below us are strengthening well.

    Patrick Van Anholt – Perfect backup for Jose for us but that’s probably exactly why we never had a chance of getting him with Chelsea demanding starts.

    …ah well I’m still hoping and fingers crossed for a surprise £10m bid for Connor Whickham or similar on Monday!

  11. Not sure why Van Anholt would switch sitting on Chelseas bench for sitting on ours.

    i cannot see Ireland coming either, nor would i want to.

    theres zero chance of Cazza going anywhere either, i said a few months ago it would have to be over £0m to even bring the offer to discussion, which still hasnt been met. however Pardew has had a ‘not for sale sign’ made.

  12. I think you win the award for ‘worst minimum price attached to Carroll’ of the day jopaadoni!

  13. cheers Cubano

    lmfao, id like to thank my mam, dad and stupid fingers. as without them i wouldnt be here today…

    /bow

  14. Re: Carroll £25m Spurs – Crazy to sell, especially for anything other than a ridiculously over-inflated price, which £25m is NOT. I would tell them the minimum deal would be £30m + Krancjar + O’Hara/ Keane. That would at least draw the line under the price & limit speculation unless bidders are prepared to pay big & we should at least think about it. I believe Ashley’s thinking might work well in terms of resisting bids for Carroll as he will consider his value represented in the company’s total assets. If he is worth £30m then that is effectively just added to the value he can sell the club for, amongst plenty of other corroborative financial benefits. I do believe he WOULD consider a sale but only if it was great value – ie £30m+ although I think he would also be prepared to give him another season or two to show he could be a £40m player & thus has plenty of valid business reasons to resist a sale. Of course experience has told me that I might be entirely wrong about how the fat man thinks and we probably all suspect that a deal could happen at any time.

  15. Mikey wont sell, it would be a PR disaster. Plus we need to have one of the best young strikers in europe playing for us at some point if we are going to ever finish in the top 6 so selling really would be stupid.

  16. GeordioCubano says:
    January 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    “I believe Ashley’s thinking might work well in terms of resisting bids for Carroll”

    What bids for Caroll, GeordieCubano?

    As I mentioned above, where have any of these “bids” actually been substantiated? Everything I’ve read has been “sources close to the clubs blah blah… we understand blah blah…” With that kind of termininology, it could all be just complete tabloid guff.

  17. Fair does Worky but we can assume there would be interest out there anyway with daft money deals still out there these days. This guy is hot shit!

  18. GeordioCubano says:
    January 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    “Fair does Worky but we can assume there would be interest out there anyway with daft money deals still out there these days. This guy is hot shit!”

    Of course, GC, and interest from ‘Spurs probably. But as I wrote, all this stuff about specific £25 million bids being rejected etc etc looks a bit like hot air to me.

    All the reports are couched in the language the media uses when it’s speculating wildly and doesn’t have a clue, but wants to make up a story to sell papers. The club will let it run as it makes it look like it is putting up a defence which is as stout as Mike Ashley himself to hold on to the player no matter what is offered. That makes Ashley and Llambias look good with us fans and so on…

  19. I was fairly sure there had been a bid made until i noticed not one site reporting the news of a bid is stationed anywhere near the north east, no chron, no journal, no jarra gazzette or what have you

    i cannot believe for one second though its spuds :S

    just wouldnt happen after Bagpuss asked Pardew about his availability

  20. Southampton 1 Man U nil (HT). Will Man U get fined for fielding a weakened team and will Fergie offer his resignation if they do? Just a thought…..

  21. its disgusting isnt it mags, i couldnt believe it. if the FA felt they were match fixing they should be kicked out of the league, clearly they werent and were unlucky not to draw that match.

    FA havent got the balls to stand up to manure :(

  22. “…We’ve put a couple of offers in this week and we’re hopeful we’ll get something done. The way it’s looking at the moment that probably won’t happen until Monday, and we hope there are no last-minute hitches.”

    It all sounds so half hearted, it’s a bit hard to believe, with that last line as a fall back. If Ashley showed the same restraint in Aspers, it’d be the equivalent of 10 bob each way on the roulette table, then off home! :0D

  23. Pardew: “We’ve put a couple of offers in this week”.

    Yeah yeah,paltry pardew spin me somemore bullshit-it’s business as usual at sjp…..zzzzzzzz

  24. I’m not sure my daughter as forgiven Owen.At the begining of the Man U. Southampton match,she said”I hope Owen breaks his leg and dies”.Some may say at bit harsh.

  25. Mick G says:
    January 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    “I’m not sure my daughter as forgiven Owen.At the begining of the Man U. Southampton match,she said”I hope Owen breaks his leg and dies”.Some may say at bit harsh.”

    Mick, I’ve heard from someone who’s worked with him and she’d probably agree with your daughter. She said that most of the people in the England team she’d worked with were pleasant enough, but that Michael Owen was the biggest, most self important prick in football by a country mile. He treats underlings like something he’d wipe off his shoes.

  26. sirjasontoon says:
    January 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Sir Jason Doom, I’m a huge admirer of your bitter, twisted and unrelenting pessimism, and I’m really glad to see you back on here! :-)

  27. Pains me to say it but the m*ckems have made a couple of good signings today… I used to live in France and watched Sessegnon a fair few times, on his day he is brilliant. Jay-Jay Okocha type of player, hopefully he doesn’t fancy it over here! Had we got those two (him and Muntari) I would be a very happy man today.

    However, seeing Owen struggle against a League 1 side is cheering me up.

  28. The media are becomming desperate for something to print or say, cocerning the transfer window.
    And our new fearless leader (Pardew)never known to be at a loss for words, is echoing that old line”I wont be forced into any deals” or something similar, which translate`s into I tried to make a couple of signings, but Ashley would`nt go for it.
    Wuld have liked to see Ireland come in and was impressed by Kranjcar`s cameo role for Spurs, but would`nt bet on either one arriving.
    What is it fifty million for El Nino ?
    And thirty five for Carroll, gotta be crazy to turn down that kinda dough, especially for Carroll.
    If the offer`s for real, be tough for our rotund owner to refuse, i`m thinking!
    Same old, same old window, great expectations as usual from a fan base that can still remember those name signings, but have yet to adjust to the reality of the present regime.
    Afraid the only thing Ashley fears is the thought of relegation.

  29. If we were to sell Carroll to Spuds for cash plus players why would we want Krancjar and Keane. Krancjar wouldn’t get into our first choice midfield and only be a bit part player. Keane is an ageing striker who probably has one season left in him.
    Both would want top dollar salaries which would upset the present dressing room. Personally I cannot see the attraction of those two or any other of the Spuds reserves

  30. £35m for 10 years, at least, goal scoring, £3.5m pa.
    Bargain.

    Anyone signing for s’land would have to be from another country & have no clue about the place.
    :)
    Let’s see after the realization hits.
    :)

  31. No one at spuds that we’d want, that they’d wanna part with.
    & anyhoo, their overpaid asses would just mop up the cash we’d get for AC.
    Waste of time.

  32. No great expectations in this window chuck, for once.
    Keep up marra.
    ;)
    The penny has, at long last, dropped with most Toon fans.

  33. Hey guys, if someone is interested download this.

    Mike Ashley Uncovered: An Inside Out Special

    BBC One, 10:25pm Sunday 31st January 2010

    He is the owner Newcastle United fans love to hate – but how does he make the money that bankrolls the club? A special Inside Out investigation traces the source of Mike Ashley’s wealth. The programme follows the supply chain for his hugely successful Sports Direct empire that has placed him among some of Britain’s richest entrepreneurs. It is a journey that leads to some of the world’s poorest people working for just a pound a day.

    http://www.multiupload.com/1AVIB6O0YS

    I haven’t seen it but it might be interesting.

  34. Mark says:

    “AndyMac he’s showing desire when he says ‘I want to make signings’ I’m glad he won’t be held to ransom, Luque 9.5m when Depor played hardball and 8m when Rangers done the same. If we are chasing Ireland permanently I’d rather pay around 4-6m and not 9m”

    If we are chasing Ireland permanently we need our collective heads examined.

    Sorry Mark but nowhere did I say we must buy players for the sake of it. What I did say was “If we show no desire to add quality to this squad”

    It surely cannot be, with all the alleged scouting network available to us, an impossibility to find one or two quality players from somewhere in the footballing world who fit our stringent qualifying criteria i.e. right position, under 25, reasle value and above all ABILITY.

  35. Clint Flick
    Not quite sure what you mean concerning great expectations ?
    What I do know is, hope lives eternal and during the window periods, it`s usually reflected in these blogs as well as the media in general.
    Yes I agree most fans have little expectation of any big name signing`s.
    Having realised, the idea is to hopefully imitate Arsenals business plan (buy and develope young prospects)which with peple like Llambias and Pardew in charge, is a pipe dream.
    Besides the fact Arsenal do in fact spring for big name players, laying out around ten million for the young second tier prospect with the double barrell name.
    My point is a club will not be able to challenge for silverware or european football without spending, it`s just a fact.

  36. On the Carroll deal, How about say Kranjcar and O`Hara
    plus fifteen million ?
    Arry is trying to sell both in which case he may go for it.
    But then we would have a surplus of decent midfielders, Nah !
    Only players worth going for at Spurs are Bale and Modric, but Arry would never sell either.

  37. “My point is a club will not be able to challenge for silverware or european football without spending, it`s just a fact”

    Agreed Chuck but it needn’t be tens of millions if we can find the likes of Tiote and HBA then we must be able to find others. Sure it takes hard work and lots of dedication to unearth the odd diamond but that’s what a job description is for !!!

  38. chuck says:
    January 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    “And thirty five for Carroll, gotta be crazy to turn down that kinda dough, especially for Carroll.”

    Chuck, Whatever the interest in Carroll, all that stuff in the media about a £25 million bid being turned down is very questionable. Looking at the reports it’s all “sources close to the club say…” and “we inderstand that…” which is almost certainly another way of saying “we made this up”.

    Newcastle United will go along with it because it makes it look like they are keeping hold of Carroll no matter what, which will go down well with us fans and make Ashley look good.

  39. Check arsenal’s figures, wenger’s time in particular. He’s almost ‘made’ money & they are in CL every year. He can afford to ‘spring’ for the ‘right’ player occasionally because of the above mentioned behavior.
    As for not knowing to what i’m referring when i used the term ‘great expectations’, check the post at 41 mate.
    ;)

  40. ToonKing,
    isn’t that program from last year?
    Funny how the press seem to think we’re fair game, doubt there are any ‘dodgy’ dealings by owners from other clubs, or managers?
    In fact, people might not like sports direct or any other company using ‘cheap labour’ half way round the world, but, last time i looked, it wasn’t illegal like.
    Though, if it furnishes/fuels a argument/viewpoint, knock yerself out.
    ;)

  41. AndyMack
    Hey preaching to the choir about Arsenal, best run club in the EPL, good scouting system, well managed both in a footballing and business sense, with some heavy duty owners.
    Paying for it`s new digs and paying decent money for players, yet still earning a profit, not shabby !
    Would like to replicate it but aint gonna happen with LLambias and Pardew`s Business and footballing knowledge.

    Worky
    Yeah most of what we read is hot air, generated by those who failed to make it as real journalist`s.
    Dont doubt Chelsea are willing to pay big bucks for El Nino though, the team is becoming a bit long in the toth.
    But were there any truth in the twenty mill. or more for Carroll,be hard to turn down.

    As for the belief we can constantly find good players on the cheap and quoting Tiote and Ben Arfa.
    Well Tiote is not exactly that accomplished a player, he is obviously lacking as was Sissoko at Lverpool niether having a passing game, unlike his hero at chelsea Essien who can win balls, pass and put the ball in the net.
    Yes he can win balls, but is inclined to overdo it physically and ends up collecting too many cards.
    So he`s worth about what we paid for him.
    Six and a half million is a decent price for Ben Arfa, but in this economy not exactly cheap,he also comes with a “difficult” to deal with rep. which had a lot to do with his price.
    Now I am glad we acquired both of these guys, Tiote can be coached and seems BA is proving to be happy enough at the club, next season will tell, but my point is money will still have to be spent, if we have any ambition to add silverware and be competitive in the top echelons of the game.

  42. why does every one want robbie keane …. HELLO he is shite and he wants a wage increase to leave spurs, he is already on 80k+ which is far to much, Leon Best will force him out of the Irish starting 11 over the next 2 years and wage demands are less dan half of keanes its a no brainer, who ever sed O’Hara tho hit the nail on the head fantastic player,

    if i had to guess id say our bids are for Bilal Mohsni and Barnetta which im slightly suspect over , Mohsni is unproven as he is playin league one but looks to have potential, and if Barnetta’s international displays are anything to go on im not impressed,

    Ryan Taylor for right Mid… Only good right Mids around the prem dat who have a chance of getting are SWP, O’Hara and Larsson, my preference tho Matt Jarvis smashing player

  43. Chuck what are you talking about Tiote is fantastic at ball retention and id even argue he is up der as one the players who has lost possession the fewest amount of times

    He is a good tough tackler, of course he gets cards he makes the tackles no one else will make, he is der to break down the attack at any means and not sure if u noticed but he cards started off 1 per game now its 1.5 per game he is improving

    As for his passing you must be watching a different player, tiote has a pass completion of 91% one of the best in the entire league, ur just talkin nonsense for the sake of it,

  44. Chuck what are you talking about Tiote is fantastic at ball retention and id even argue he is up der as one the players who has lost possession the fewest amount of times

    “He is a good tough tackler, of course he gets cards he makes the tackles no one else will make, he is der to break down the attack at any means and not sure if u noticed but he cards started off 1 per game now its 1.5 per game he is improving

    As for his passing you must be watching a different player, tiote has a pass completion of 91% one of the best in the entire league, ur just talkin nonsense for the sake of it,”

    :lol: 5* comment of the day

  45. Chuck,

    Tiote is worth around 12Mil on the form he has shown.

    He basically plays the game game as Makelele did but has more physical presence and perhaps a bit less composure.

    He not only wins the ball and closes down opponents, but the team plays better with him in it mainly because of his ability to make himself available for the pass all around the field, allowing others freedom and space.

    He, along with the signing of Williamson, and Ben Arfa, were absolute bargain buys!

  46. well said JJ

    ive done a bit more research in to Tiote’s passing game

    100% pass completion V Asrenal 45/45 passes made

    94% pass completion V Everton 45/46 passes made on his debut, i rest my case…

    the MUFC blogs have been goin wild since transfer window opened as they want him in to replace scholes. player cant get a bigger complement