Archive for tag: Newcastle United transfer targets.

Pardew: “Bringing in a player would be a really good tonic”

October 2nd, 2011 | 13 Comments |

Modibo Maiga remains Newcastle's top target.
Maiga - still top target?
Newcastle United are riding high in 3rd place in the Premier League but groundwork is already being undertaken in preparation for the January transfer window.

The last 10 minutes or so of yesterday’s game against Wolves nearly caused me to “‘ave a connery“, as DelBoy might say, but a combination of good fortune and good saves from both Krul and his defenders saw us take all three points and raised us – at least until Chelsea play – to the lofty heights of 3rd in the table.

I think we certainly rode our luck yesterday as we have done in a few other games this season but, credit where it’s due, we have also defended very well and look to be getting things together as a unit a bit more now.

I think 3rd place flatters us but even if we say that Lady Luck has gifted us 6 points this season, we’d still be 7th, which isn’t too shabby in itself.

We also have ‘significant’ players still on the sidelines. Neither Ben Arfa, Davide Santon, Silvian Marveaux, Haris Vuckic nor Dan Gosling featured yesterday through either injury or lack of opportunity, so it would seem we have talent in reserve. Let’s not forget the likes of Medhi Abeid, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi from the ‘youth’ setup either. (more…)

Toon target Maiga punished for trying to force move

September 15th, 2011 | 50 Comments |

Maiga made to play in the reserves.
Slapped wrists
Newcastle United summer target Modibo Maiga is suffering disciplinary action by his club.

Modibo Maiga is suffering for his attempts to force a transfer during the summer as he has been ordered to play in the reserves, as has fellow contract rebel Kevin Anin. Sochaux Chairman Alexandre Lacombe told L’Equipe:

We are working with the ones who want to work. I told them what I had to say – that is enough – it has become unimaginable. Now it is just up to them to let me know when they will be ready to be serious and reliable.

And Sochaux’s grumpy manager Mecha Bazdarevic added:

It has lasted two months now. We have been docile and tolerant enough. They must not do that, they have to respect the club, the group and the job.

They have been put apart until it is be sorted out. It could last two or three days, we will see.

Modibo Maiga vented his opinions on the matter too, saying:

I am not thinking about the summer anymore, I just want to play. The chairman is the boss, but it is useless to keep me and treat me that way. I will go with the reserves and give my best, but I can’t understand. Maybe he wants revenge.(more…)

Pardew: “We’ve made contact with a few clubs about the availability of players”

May 4th, 2011 | 17 Comments |

Kevin Gameiro - Toon target?
Kevin Gameiro - Toon target?
Alan Pardew confirms that Newcastle United are already active in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew has confirmed that the club has made ‘several approaches’ to other clubs to begin recruiting players for next season, although none of these approaches are said to be in an advanced stage yet.

When asked if the club had begun sounding out potential transfer targets Pardew said:

Yes we have. We’ve made contact with a few clubs about the availability of players, I think that’s important.

Pardew refused to be specific on names but rumour (and The Journal) suggests that Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, France Under-21 left-back Cheikh M’Bengue, Hamburg-based Ivory Coast left-back Guy Demel, Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd and Reading’s Shane Long are amongst those on Pardew’s wish list.

Speculation also suggests the club are after a midfielder to step into Tiote’s shoes when he’s away at the Africa Nations Cup next season and a right back to provide competition for Danny Simpson. (more…)

Nedum Onuoha would be a snip for £3 million.

May 16th, 2010 | 82 Comments |

Available at a knock down price?
Available at a knock down price?
It looks like the love affair between Nedum Onuoha and Manchester City is coming to an abrupt end, and if it was up to me I would be straight in there making sure Newcastle United could benefit from it.

Onuoha appeared on Soccer AM yesterday and was less than complimentary about his current boss at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini. At 23 years old and with the best years of his career in front him, Onouha would appear to fit in with our much speculated about transfer policy, and would improve our options at both right back and in the centre of the defence. Rumours that a price tag of around £3 million have been mentioned, but when you consider that he could be worth far more than that in a few years time then it would make sense for Mike Ashley to dip into his pockets, or the clubs bank balance, to sign a player that would not only benefit us now, but also strengthen us for the future. (more…)