Transfer gossip: Jeremain Lens, Risse and some guy called Ings?!

Life through a lens.
It looks like the rumour mill is starting to gather pace as Newcastle have been linked with three players over the last 24 hours or so.

Two of them have been linked with us before, but one of them is a new name that, to my knowledge anyway, hasn’t been linked with us before. That man is 18-year-old Bournemouth forward, Danny Ings who is also being linked with moves to Liverpool and West Ham.

The Winchester born forward has only made nine first team appearances for Bournemouth and is played in the withdrawn striker role. I would suggest that he would be one for the future if we did end up actually having any interest in him.

Jeremain Lens is another player who is being linked with us again after rumours of strong interest from us in the player over the summer. Nothing came of those rumours and Lens joined PSV, but with the Dutch club in financial trouble it could force them to sell the player who still has three years left to run on his deal.

At 23-years-old, Lens is the right kind of age for us to be interested in him. I expect that many of the players that we end up signing will be under-25, with the odd exception to that rule of course. Whether or not there is any truth in this remains to be seen however.

And finally, we are being linked with John Arne Risse again. Apparently Risse, who will be 31 in September, is being lined up to replace Jose Enrique. In my mind it is clear regurgitated crap though and has no merit behind it whatsoever.

So there you go. I don’t know too much about the first two to be honest, but I do know that it’s unlikely that we would be after the third!

71 thoughts on “Transfer gossip: Jeremain Lens, Risse and some guy called Ings?!

  1. Doesn’t Riise have injury problems? He ain’t getting any younger either. Would prefer we tried our hardest to keep Enrique first, he could stay look what happened with S.Taylor. Although I wouldn’t have been as bothered if he’d left.

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  2. Jens only just missed out on the Dutch World Cup squad apparently so he must have some quality!

    If we sold Jose and signed Risse it would be a disgrace, but I bet its just rubbish transfer talk.

    No doubt we will be getting linked with 100’s of players from now until the summer and get none of them.

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  3. I wonder if this summer were going to get that transfer saga that lasts for months. a few year ago it was Coloccini and last summer it was Ben Arfa. Suppose it gives people something to talk about. πŸ™„ πŸ™‚

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  4. Agree that the Riise thing is just re-cycled crap. I actually think some hack just re-posted some old bilge from any of the past four windows and went back to sleep/pub/whore/mum.

    Lens sounds a lot more like it; another (hopefully) in the Tiote/Benny mould. The difference is, we’re likely to have to offer more dosh to both player and club now people know we have it. But hey; that was always one of the down-sides of taking inflated money in: you soon spend it on inflated money out.

    If the club can sign two or three like this to fill holes in the squad, we may be able to re-sign Jose and others who right now really need to see actions behind words to restore their faith in the club’s management.

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  5. Let’s just try to keep a lid on our reactions to these rumours. I remember an analysis a couple of years back that had us linked with over 150 players in the summer window, none of which ended up at the club. Yet many react to more of these made-up crap stories as if they have some credence. The Riise one, for instance – already a simmering of anger against the club for considering him… which they obviously aren’t.

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  6. The very fact that Lens has been linked is a shame, because the chances are therefore that it’s b.s. and boy do I want to see a young, quick, specialist winger at NUFC. Preferably 3.

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  7. forget ginger nut at that age no way will the fat man will go there,there will be a lot of talk about l/backs,could be just to gee jose up to sign new contract (i hope) but no way ginger nut hes not comeing here imo

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  8. Whumpie – But people like to speculate. Most claim they hate it but really they secretly love it because it’s a bit of fun

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  9. Well yes please to Lens and I guess Ings sound okay? prospect atleast. But noooo thank you to Rise. But I trust Carr will work his magic yet again his summer.

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  10. Toonsy – you’re dead right, of course. Let’s face it, what the hell else is there to do over the summer?

    On the other hand, it seems unanimous on the three mentioned here. Where’s the fun in that? Where’s Roy-PC-Cropper when you need a huge wumbomb chucked into the fray?

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  11. toonsy @ 11 your deed reet like – & i luv it when posters become suicidal with some of the players/managers that we get linked with & slag them te death – then if they do get signed up it’s comical watching them backtracking their comments & changing their views.

    unlike me – whumpie the wimp – does it all the time.

    practice makes perfect – as they say.

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  12. Can’t remember ever doing that, Roy. Although I think I must have scaled new and unimagined heights of wrongness over the Carroll thing. 😳

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  13. Lens is a pretty skillful guy, winger, him and ben arfa on each flank!!! well id be scared if we had to play against both of them so…

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  14. I’d still like to see van Arnie back here. He would fit the bill nicely. Where is he now, anyway?

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  15. Tell us the story about the uzi and the lions again please, Whumpie.

    That’s my favourite! πŸ˜†

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  16. I hear Chelski may be selling one of their strikers in the summer. Good cv but can’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo so going for forty quid and a couple of Boyzone tickets. Fernando someone or other. 😈

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  17. Am I just a horrid human being for wanting both Torres and Judas to crash and burn at their new clubs?

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  18. Whumpie – I want Torres to succeed. Anything to close Liverpool out of Europe is fine by me πŸ™‚

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  19. How many goals of have Β£100 million plus strikers cost since they moved clubs? My count is 1 πŸ˜†

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  20. I could see Carroll ending up like Robbie Keane did at cesspool and want to come back after a few months…

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  21. AOD – I’m exactly the same. It’ll stick in the throat, but we need that result. As someone pointed out, if things go our way – and odds are they could.. we could end up 6th. πŸ™‚

    I must admit it; while I’ve been happy to throw darts at pictures of Judas for the past month, I’d love it if he came back to us for a few mil in the summer. Especially if we’d nicked that last Euro spot from the bindippers. Sheer poetry.

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  22. I can see carol making his debut n getting injured again! Something about a player been out with a tigh strain ( i stand to be corrected on the full extent of his injury ) for a few months fills me with dread in terms of long term fitness

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  23. There is a chance we could “do a Keane” and get Carroll back. Liverpool is as difficult to get used to as Newcastle for people who aren’t from the area. It’s almost a different world with different opinions and ways to be.

    If Carroll is still as fragile mentally and unstable off the pitch now as he was with us, he may well find it impossible to stay at Liverpool.

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  24. I wouldn’t want him back. He jumped ship once so balls to him.

    We play better football without him anyway πŸ˜‰

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  25. Im with you toonsy , hope he finds out grass aint greener on the other side , liverpool are a club in decline and we are on the up. Think he was very short sighted

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  26. Still think it’s better to have the option of an effective long ball than not though. If we had the ability to swap from hoof to normal football, that’s even more effective.

    Ditching the long ball and having nothing but a poor man’s attempt at Arsenal is no different and limiting to having no passing and all long ball, is it not?

    I am not saying any more though as it just starts another argument about his sale in the first place. We got too much money so I am happy with the deal.

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  27. Nice attitude, Toonsy! But if I’m honest with myself, I do miss having him on there, scaring the bejesus out of defenses.

    I think he’ll have a ‘mare over there. He only knows the NE; all his mates are in Newcastle and his car only got done over once in a while, mostly for reasons of taste. 😈

    Now he can’t step foot safely back in Toon and daren’t go to sleep in Liverpool in case he wakes up on a pile of bricks and his bed’s been nicked.

    Funky’s got a good point about his private life, too. Never mind defences – imagine what he and Gerrard could do to a bar…

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  28. We only play better football on occasion the fulham, Sunlun and stevenage matches without him we played complete dross

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  29. We just don’t have quite the feeling of intimidating the opposition that we had before. But as Toonsy said – fuck him.

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  30. kna ime with toonsy,JT are you saying a woodgate type injury m8 😈 funny i said that a while ago or is it evil thinkers

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  31. But the West Ham, Birmingham, Blackburn (a) games we played better.

    Jesus, to some it’s like we never played shyte with Carroll in the team (ahem West Brom, Bolton, Blackburn (h), Stoke, Blackpool)

    The first chance he had to get out, and he took it. And people want him back…. Each to their own like….

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  32. My only point is that we’ve become one dimensional in the opposite way.

    Instead of relying on the hoofball style constantly, we now try to play football like we are Arsenal constantly – even at our own penalty box, which has cost several goals this season – we’ve just swapped the predictability.

    Now teams know we have no alternative but to keep trying to pass, we have no real effective target man anymore. I think we need a beanpole up front in the summer to offer variety if nothing else. The ability to mix it up.

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  33. I’ll never get why people keep on moaning about the Blackpool match, It was a disapointing result but we created as many chances as we have in matches we won by 5 or 6 goals this season, Had we scored a few of the chances we spurned people would have been banging on at what a great performance it was.

    p.s. Never said i wanted him back just i reckon he’ll want to come back…

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  34. And it’s bollocks about us being one dimensional the other way as well. Best was playing as a target man against Bolton and was bloody good at it. We can, and do, mix it up still.

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  35. CC – You can leave the Blackpool game out then. But we’ve still played shyte with “Saint Andy” πŸ˜† in the team as well.

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  36. Carroll made his bed and its time to lie in it. Good luck to him, he’s nothing to do with us anymore, nor should he ever be again.

    I think in the beginning there was definitely a void left by him, but we’re now learning to adapt and with smart investment in the playing staff we will get over it.

    I personally hope he does flop at Liverpool. πŸ‘Ώ

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  37. I just mean that, in my opinion, Carroll is the most effective “target man” in world football. His aerial threat is unmatched, he never stops and he bullies people. Best has done fantastic, but he is more of a “footballer” to me than Carroll. Best likes his feet more than his head.

    Best might bully Bolton, but he won’t bully Man Utd. Best, however, may well be able to use his feet to get goals where Carroll wouldn’t.

    Anyone see Best’s little shimmy in the Fulham game a few weeks ago? Soccer AM even replayed it. Top stuff.

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  38. Toonsy….aye but Shola somehow only manages to get his heed 5ft off the ground when he jumps for a ball πŸ˜• πŸ˜†

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  39. Toonsy

    Aye weve played badly with and without Carroll, Under Hughton and Pardew it comes with the teritory being a developing side.

    p.s. Can i not rate someone without you patronising them like “sir chris” and “saint andy”… πŸ™„

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  40. i think that if enrique were to go, we should go after van aanholt from chelsea. they obviously dont have too much interest in their youngsters and he is one for the future that needs to start somewhere. also there is taiwo from marseilles on a free, but chances are one of europes elite will snap him up and offer twice the wages we would. also, this lens guy only moved to psv in the summer on a 4 year deal. so not much chance of that i reckon. i would put money on tiote convincing at least 1 maybe 2 of his national team mates joining us though

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  41. Yep, AC was a bit good at all that. But as Toonsy says, we’ve been good at more things since he left. The only thing really lacking is accuracy. Our on-target shots rate has been pitiful recently. Best is starting to boss his area, but the number of shots and headers that he puts wide (the word “yeaaaaaaooowwwwww” is used a lot) is criminal. Likewise with Lover. I’m glad Shola’s back for that reason alone.

    That’s not to say they won’t improve; only that if they can just sort that side of things, we’ll be banging ’em in at quite a rate; Carroll or no.

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  42. It’s funny how the majority on the blogs a year ago were saying Van Aanholt wasn’t good enough and “thank god he’s only here a month” – now we should sign him as a replacement for Enrique. What’s changed? I thought he was excellent and always have done.

    Then again, most people online talk about signing the likes of Ewerthon and Yannick Djalo while they need Google images to even see what they looks like as they’ve never seen them play.

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  43. Carroll is gone, deal with it. I wouldn’t want him back it’d be as embarrassing for the club as it would be for Andy. Obviously we’d make money on it and it’d be good business, but I don’t like the idea of welcoming someone back who gladly left. Smacks of desperation and NUFC should be more proud than that.

    Just seen on Twitter (lee Ryder) that Ireland’s picked up a knock to the thigh and is rated 50-50 for Everton. Bad news I was really looking forward to seeing his debut, at home an arl.

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  44. FunkyJesus who said Van the man wasn’t good enough? I only ever remember supporters singing his praises the entire time he was with us… on .com and .org…

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  45. FJ – i am with you there i thought he performed really well for us, better than enrique when he first arrived and at a younger age as well. this djalo guy i havent a clue who he is, but if sporting want rid for a few mill he cant be all that really

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  46. Arnie was excellent against us in the Carling Cup game. But Shola still made sure he was on the losing side. 😎

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  47. DevonMag – I don’t know, I didn’t think to take down the usernames of people, lol.

    I only remember people saying he wasn’t good, he wasn’t “to our standard” and the most complimentary comment being “he is decent going forward at least”.

    Not exact quotes but those were the main opinions.

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  48. i love van πŸ™‚ & detest jose πŸ‘Ώ

    bit premature like – but just getting my comment in now incase i’m on me hols in the summer if/when it happens πŸ˜‰

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  49. fair enough, I thought all our supporters loved him. Would take him as Enriques replacement in a flash. Also like the sound of this Jose Angel(?) matey from Spain. Sounds like the next El Toro, although hopefully he wouldn’t take as long to settle as Jose. I certainly haven’t resigned myself to loosing Jose yet though, I think he’ll stick around depending on investment. If he went to Liverpool I don’t know what I’d do, would rather see him at Manure than f*ckin Liverpool stealing our best players

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  50. WHUMPIE aye he did,but then again so did young fergie after 15min,he ran the legs off there r/b,and put some good crosses in too πŸ˜‰

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  51. funkyjesus
    Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Anyone see Best’s little shimmy in the Fulham game a few weeks ago? Soccer AM even replayed it. Top stuff.

    YES! I wasn’t imagining things! I watched the game and saw him do it in bottom corner but wasn’t sure if my eyes decieved me, been trying to get a clip of it for toonsy. I will e-mail Soccer AM to see if I can get the footage.

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  52. I liked Paddy the van man. I thought he was excellent for us. I remember being at Leicester and watching him give them the run around πŸ™‚

    I think I even suggested him as a summer signing as a backup to Jose 😯

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  53. Get the footage Moreno, let’s build the legend of Best.

    If I remember, Van Aanholt had a rocket of a left foot shot. I think that was his only “flaw” if you can call it that, he always took the shot instead of a pass. He had confidence. I miss the Padmeister.

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  54. On the subject of Carroll maybe coming back I would never want him to back here, never in a million years. He had the chance to become the new ‘Shearer’ and stay here for years, he said himself he wanted to be here forever.

    But he regards a higher wage packet more than becoming a Newcastle great, wearing the number nine scoring goals for ‘the club he loves’.

    I hope he fails at Liverpool, hope he picks up injury after injury – it will serve him right.

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  55. On the topic…

    Wouldn’t turn my nose up at Riise as a back-up, not a replacement though. Beats asking the centre-halves ‘who wants a go at left back?’ when Jose is injured. Agree that’s it’s press nonsense though, everything is this time of year.

    As for Andy Carroll, it’d be ridiculous not to take him back if we had the opportunity. People are only pissed off he left because he was really fecking good. No-one strung up Michael Chopra when he left, because losing mediocre players doesn’t matter. Feck all this childish bitterness, none of us will ever be in the position he was so we can’t say what he should have done. It’s over, move on for frig’s sake. I’d have him back tomorrow, cos he’s mint, end of.

    And on a personal note, I’ll never support Man United, no matter who they’re playing. Even the Mackems. Can not stand them.

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