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Toon ups bid for Gameiro, Abeid is definitely signed and Xisco returns

Posted on May 25th, 2011 | 20 Comments |

Kevin Gameiro - still a target for Newcastle United.
£10m target for Newcastle
Newcastle United pursue Gameiro, seem to have definitely signed Mehdi Abeid and welcome back Xisco from his loan spell at Deportivo.

The Daily Mail is suggesting that we’re still in hot pursuit of Lorient striker Kevin Gamerio, despite the player indicating a preference for Valencia over Newcastle (has the man no taste?). We have allegedly upped our offer to £10m in an attempt to out-price Valencia.

Allegedly interest in the player from Spurs and the Mackems has cooled.

Mehdi Abeid is, apparently, a definite now, despite nothing yet appearing on the club’s official site. Abeid has been explaining how some of our existing team members persuaded him to join:

I have had contact dating back some time and I visited the facilities there last week. I even trained with the reserve team.

The leaders of the club told me about their plans and that they will rely on me for next season. For my part, I intend to give everything to develop in the Premier League.

I already discussed things with Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheik Tioté and they encouraged me and welcomed my signature.

That looks like it’s pretty much a done deal for the relatively unknown ex-Lens player.

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew has been talking about his longer-term plans for the club:

You don’t want to come here and say, ‘Mediocrity, that’s what we want’. We want to excel.

But you are going to have to invest very well and shrewdly over the next two or three years to get yourself really competitive for that top eight.

We could finish next year higher than top eight, maybe, but it might be because a little bit of luck falls our way and we steer clear of injuries.

To have sustained success up there, we need to build over the next two years, for sure.

Apparently Xisco is back. He was on loan to Deportivo, which is the club we originally bought him from for £5.7m, but Deportivo got relegated and can no longer afford to pay his £50k/week wages (or whatever portion of it they were paying). Allegedly Alan Pardew has vowed to work with the player this summer and see if he can extract any value out of him for our £5.7m expenditure. Xisco scored 2 goals in 9 appearances for Deportivo.

While I was writing this I managed to spill a cup of tea over my router, yet despite a somewhat foul smell and a bit of fizzing, it started up fine again once I’d dried it out. This must be my lucky day, so I’ll be buying a lottery ticket.

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20 Responses

  1. so Newcastle lose out on Juan Albin who is from Uruguay, don’t think we were linked with him any time soon first disappointment to pards plans?? don’t think so as we are linked with so many its like being a kid in a candy store with the fat man taking all the candies :P

  2. pardew is full of crap. he was just saying last week we want players to come in who want to play for us, who understand the club , fans, the passion etc. So what are we doing.. we are tryign to sign a striker who prefers to go elsewhere and are not signing joey and nolan who want to stay. ffs give me strength man!
    i am not interested in the least bit about who might be coming in (other than a top draw striker – no, not xciso), i want to see who we keep.

  3. Indian Mag, it’s only paper talk that saying he prefers Valencia to us, there have been no quotes from the player re this, its like any player, you offer their club enough, they will sell to you, you then get the chance to talk the player round, show him the support he’ll get ie 50k+ fans, good team mates & a great league & 50k/wk in his pocket & he’ll change his mind, if not, nothing lost except a possible good signing with plenty of more out there who will want to play for us.. lol ;)

    As for Xisco, he may finally come good for Pardew, who knows..

    Pardew did say we’d sign a new international midfielder this week & Abeid seems to be him, yeah I know, he’s not a full international & was released by Lens but that could be because he wouldn’t sign a new contract, who know, seems HBA & Tiote both know him, so thats a bonus I suppose!!!

    One thing I am liking the sound of is that Pardew seems to have convinced Ashley to spend money, yeah I know we are suppose to have the £35m from Carrolls sale but I’ve got this itching feeling that we may actually spend more, don’t know why yet & if we get 2 or 3 good signing in & a sprinkling of other plus a few freebies too, I’ll be well happy :)

  4. I’d rather have a player that want to come & play for NUFC rather than a player that refuse to come here at all.

  5. toon69….

    what makes you think pards has talked cashely and dekka into spending any money? I see nothing to suggest he wants to invest a penny in the team. If he did you would think he would have signed the services of our captain and vice captain with ease, saying as both wantto stay, are already paid for and in bartons case has even offered to take a cut. If we cant sign the players that are already here and wantto stay i think its a worrying sign.

  6. Yes, clearly jose wantsto go. he is doing what Owen did and several others too. He wants to move and is hedging his bets incase it does not come off. i am over Jose now, sod him… he just needs to man up and declare that he is off as its so obvious thats its a joke now. Great player who helped us out of the CCC, but no point in us hanging onto him as he has lost the faith in Ashley’s Newcastle and vision… who can blame him for that!

  7. And… here’s some speculation from a rumour site to go with your weetabix or whatever.

    “According to various twitter sources:
    Gervinhio 9.75m fee agreed, advisors stalling waiting for arsenal
    Gameiro 10m bid upped trying to push through a deal
    Sturridge 12m Newcastle waiting for answer on bid to see of chelesea sell
    Larrsson free deal all but wrapped up
    Georgino wijnaldum 6m /jeremey Menes 6m one of the 2 are targets, wijnaldum is first choice
    Leroy fer to replace tiptoe mif he goes
    M’bengue to replace enrique

    Ashley wants to push on, all the above could be sold on for carrol like profit and would give us some team nxt year

  8. lesh says: “And… here’s some speculation from a rumour site to go with your weetabix or whatever.”

    Cornflakes topped with currants for me. Haven’t had Weetabix for years.

  9. lesh @9…….great names, god i would be stunned with that list. i would do a dekka and run around st james in the buff if that comes off lol lol lol

  10. 1 thing for sure,the rumour mill is a lot more interesting than last years ramblings-lol,I have heard from a usually reliable person that Pardew’s kitty is considerably larger than Carrol’s millions and would be further bolstered by any money generated by player sales such as Enrique-a deal for him was supposedly pretty much done in January-BUT???? I personally wont believe anything until I see it on the official website but am enjoying the patter…Barton I believe will sign if we show him we`r serious via new players as will Nolan as for others???-time will tell.

  11. i think one thing is clear… if we are after any of the names that are being mentioned then we have to do business NOW and not sit with thumbs up their backsides. All of those guys will be in demansd and there is not a cat in hells chance they will be left in limbo even by the middle of the window, let alone our usual last day panic crap. Do it the fergie way.. get in now, do the deals and thats it. enjoy the summer break and have a full pre season for the entire new look team, together. Its the obsolute most sensible pro way to do it… humm…. i wonder which way we will go??

  12. Lesh, Re:
    And… here’s some speculation from a rumour site to go with your weetabix or whatever.

    “According to various twitter sources:
    Gervinhio 9.75m fee agreed, advisors stalling waiting for arsenal
    Gameiro 10m bid upped trying to push through a deal
    Sturridge 12m Newcastle waiting for answer on bid to see of chelesea sell
    Larrsson free deal all but wrapped up
    Georgino wijnaldum 6m /jeremey Menes 6m one of the 2 are targets, wijnaldum is first choice
    Leroy fer to replace tiptoe mif he goes
    M’bengue to replace enrique

    What you havin for breakfast – special brew and super strength homegrown??….Either I move back to ToonTown and prepare myself for a season of wonder football, or if none of them arrive at the club, then you’ve at least got to ask me round sometime for breakfast!

  13. Sky reporting Newcastle will not be offering Barton a new contract.
    Undeliverable! So we’ll have lost another two of our best performers come kickoff.
    Rebuilding???

  14. so f**kin’ obvious this was going to happen,this is just the start,i’m expecting a summer of utter skullduggery to follow.doesn’t matter what happens,that prat pardew will toe the party line,and try to put a positive spin on everything as per usual.

  15. anyone know what the deal is with barton. skysports is saying we aren’t offering a new contract but thats the only place i’ve seen the news. and they’re saying his agents have confirmed it.

  16. Chin up lads…..Barton has been stalling since after xmas and seems to be doing an Enrique!! If all fit Barton might struggle to get into a team that pard’s is trying to build if rumours are true….(he’s only had one good season so far!!)
    Two wingers…..N’Zog/Arfa/Lua Lua/Ferguson and Gut’s
    Central Midfielders……Tiote/Nolan/Ben Arfa/Gosling/Vucic/Gutherie
    Plus whoever comes in in the summer….
    Lets wait until the end of the summer before we all start chucking our dummie’s out!!We all know what papertalk is!! Remember in the Sun “Andy Cole says NUFC for life” then that afternoon he’s gone to Man Utd!!

    My Choice :
    Harper
    New RB Saylor Collo New LB
    Guterz Tiote Nolan NZog
    Arfa
    New Striker

    Howay the lads…

  17. Toon69 says:
    May 25, 2011 at 8:08 am

    “Pardew did say we’d sign a new international midfielder this week”

    Why on earth did he say that instead of just getting on with it? Pardew certainly wouldn’t be cut out for a career in espionage.

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