Don’t expect any signings yet!

Gervinho? Gameiro? God knows....

Gervinho rumours persist, but don't expect any movement yet. With the 2010/2011 Premier League season fading rapidly into the distance it’s perhaps only natural that the attention will turn to incoming, and outgoing, transfers.

By rights we should have a rather exciting summer ahead of us. The club has a season of Premier League football behind it, and it has another one to look forward. We have the money from the sale of Andy Carroll to spend and we constantly keep hearing noises about how the club have been acting already in the transfer market with reports of scouting and preliminary talks with players popping up left, right and centre.

The club may well have been doing their homework on players, and there may well be irons in the fire as we speak, but before anyone gets their hopes up just remember that it is unlikely that any player movement will happen so early in the transfer window.

Playing the transfer market is like a game of cat and mouse. At the moment I would imagine that the first bids for players are going in, and to be fair they may well get accepted by a club. However that doesn’t mean that any player in question is going to jump at the first offer that comes along. Would you go to buy a car without at least having a look to see what else was on offer first?

Probably not, so why should a player agree to the first thing that comes along, especially when there is a chance that that something better may come along with a little bit of patience.

I’m fairly upbeat about our chances in this transfer window, which is strange considering we don’t exactly have a great recent history when it comes to signing players. This time round though I believe it is going to be different. Call it blind faith if you like, but I actually think that the club will get the right players in to make us a much better, much stronger, proposition next time around.

It won’t be easy to do though. The club will no doubt want to ensure that they are getting the biggest bang for their buck whilst clubs that we are dealing with will no doubt want to ensure that they are getting the biggest buck for their bang, if that makes sense.

I believe that this could lead to problems and could see frustration mount amongst fans. Understandable to a degree, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that the transfer market is a lot more complicated than Football Manager depicts it to be.

There will be high points and low points. We’ll see deals mooted and then fade away, but as long as we get there in the end does it really matter?

People will call Alan Pardew a liar, a puppet, and many other things, but they must be really dense if they think that the bloke doesn’t want to do what will be best for him. It just so happens that what is best for him is also best for the club as it will include improving the team on the pitch. Managers are judged by results, and Pardew will want the best possible squad he can assemble to get him the best results possible.

This is where his alleged chumminess with the board could come in handy. A stooge, a crony, blah blah blah. Hopefully it’s true as you tend to back your own up that bit more. Hopefully Ashley and Co will back their man.

After all, they brought him to the club!

About toonsy

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48 thoughts on “Don’t expect any signings yet!

  1. Wouldnt blame anyone for being a tad pessimestic coming up to the transfer window as the tub thumping by Pardew is old hat and i for one dont believe for one minute that Ashley will have his first transfer window where he spends a load of cash on players.
    Crocks and free transfers are our fodder and i cant see that changing.
    Yes they might sign 4 but there will be 5 going out, i live in hope that Keegan was right in his recent interview when he said the club was sold, what a happy joyous day that would be.

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  2. I too am optimistic about the summer & think we’ll be stronger come the start of next season.

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  3. I agree that players will be holding out in case a top club comes in regardless of club agreeing fee, think this will make it hard for toon as other clubs who miss out on top targets will then goto 2nd choice which in all likelihood is our 1st choice 🙁
    bobby – careful what you wish for, you really want venkat equivalent or those dodgy gets that took over Portsmouth, brum, Liverpool etc – at least we’re in better financial state than when fat ash took over and actually playing attractive football for the first time in years albeit inconsistently

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  4. 4411……Exactly, I’ve read elsewhere that people wouldn’t have Gameiro because he’s apparently expressed a preference for Valencia(allegedly) and that they only want players who want to play for us.
    Firstly, of course he’d prefer them, they can offer Champions league football. Do people think we’re the first name on the lips of every footballer? 🙄 All a club at our level can hope for is that the champions league clubs don’t go in for them, and that when a player comes here, whether we’re his first choice or not, that he gives his all once he pull’s on the black and white shirt 😀

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  5. £10 mill bid for Kevin Gameiro. Looks like we’re being positive in this window. Although, I wish Enrique would make his mind up now, so we have as much of the window to find a replacement as possible.

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  6. And some tripe from a rumour site….

    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

    🙄

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  7. I don’t know,maybe I’m just being optomistic 😯 but I hope that it’s only Jose that goes (optimistically hopefully not though 🙄 ) I hope that Cashley and Dekka invest wisely and we bring in some good players to build on the good team ethic/spirit we’ve instilled for the last 2 years. Hopefully be a good summer 😉

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  8. it’s now or never for Ashley in my opinion.

    We’ve never been in a position like we are now to progress and push this team forward.

    If it happens, I will have renewed faith that they are the right people in charge, if it doesn’t, well I would have lost all faith in our current regime.

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  9. As regards people want players to want to come to us, as I see things as sad as I feel when I write this. NUFC are currently a stepping stone to any up and coming player that comes here. We don’t offer any European football, we no longer offer ridiculous wages. A player will join us as a step up with an aim to go further. We might hit lucky and these players will excel in a way that takes us in to Europe while they are at our club. And then inturn they may stay. But currently we are that stepping stone for ambitious players.

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  10. can any1 read my questions on here?? i never get an answer … does the transfer window open in june???

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  11. ILM – I obviously hope we improve too – but I truly believe we have to keep rigidly to the fundamentals – younger players, good sell on value, sensible wages etc etc.

    That’s in NUFCs short, medium and long term best interest.

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  12. here here ILM @12 …..we live in eternal hope that this is what will happen 🙂 😉

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  13. I don’t think that being labeled as a ‘stepping stone’ is necessarily a bad thing. Obviously we want players to come here because they want to play for us etc, but if they are here and trying to use us as a stepping stone then they will play out of their skins to get noticed, which can only benefit us.

    Who knows they may fall in love with the city, the fans and NUFC and stay here for many years. Can’t really think of any negatives.

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  14. Army69, The window I think opens in June but deals can be agreed and signed now already. The thing is though that for example, Barcelona may have a player signed today but he’ll only be eligible to play from June onwards hence he won’t be available for the champions league final on saturday. Thus we should try and push through any deals we can now so that it helps us attract other players later on and perhaps urges the Barton’s and Enrique’s to sign new deals.

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  15. I agree with ILM. The club have never been better off and with these players were intersted in are all young, talented and will have a sell on value.

    No excuses this time Mike!

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  16. From Rumours site. Seems like Judas is regretting his choices.

    24 May 2011 20:58:51
    i thought it was joke when i was told about andy not being happy at liverpool. . . my imfo came from an everton member of staff. . . . but now im not so sure. . ive talked two other mates who normal no there stuff and both have told me the same story not happy in the dressing room and not getting on with some of the older players and steve clark. . has any one else heard anything . . i need to no if this true. . . . have you heard any thing welsh toon. . . this just came out of the blue and its caught me on the hop big time. . . same lad told me about beckford and barton and is normal spot on. .OLD PRO {Ed001’s Note – he is going out on the lash and that is the problem. He has been dragged in and given a talking to about his drinking and trouble he is getting into.}

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  17. Does anyone else agree that although it has only been for a short period, that Judas may indeed be a little injury prone? I did suggest this in Jan when he went and he hasnt played very many games. Sorry to drag it up but I think we may just have pulled off a coup getting such a big price when we did, maybe Dyer-esq?

    Loving the rumours and also the young lad just signed has rave reviews. Lets hope he is developed correctly and perhaps used on the bench along with Vuckic, so we can send Ranger and S Ameobi on loan to the championship

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  18. We are gunna have to patient before we get the so called big signings, all the rubbish that Colin says everything has been agreed with Gervinho will be rubbish.

    Like you said toonsy the big players who are on the move this summer will be waiting as long as possible to make sure they get the best move for themselves.

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  19. —————Krul——-
    –Simmo—Col—Saylor–Enrique
    –Gervinho–Tiote–Nolan–Jonas
    ———-Ben Arfa———
    ——–Best/Gameiro———–

    Couldn’t help myself. 😛

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  20. Really positive to see all these reports of us upping bids for Gameiro, meeting Gervinho etc etc.

    Surely this shows to the likes of Barton that we have ambition and are looking to improve?

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  21. seanp – Nolan has been immense this season. First name on my team sheet plus he’s our captin.

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  22. Agree Nolan has been immense – just think Barton would create more for the players in that line-up.

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  23. seanp – I see what you mean. Its good that we would have these types of selection problems, and options off the bench though.

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  24. Raffo-not sure that he’s going to turn out to be a dyer, I think the thing is Liverpool have kept rushing him back when he hasn’t been fully fit. Unfortunately a full summer without England u21 championship will probably mean he’s fine for next season 👿
    Still, I live in hope he’s crocked for the entirety of his career 😀

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  25. In The Journal about upping our bid for Gamiero and Gervinho meeting Pardew this week.

    Pleaaaase be true!

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  26. There’s the top 4 then there’s the stepping stones, that’s the reality I’m afraid but as long as players give their all whilst here, then that’s all we can ask for, who knows one day we may gather enough quality to get to that top 4 and then’s when you stop being the stepping stone. Dreams and ambition, that’s what it’s all about, you need both, we have it, over to you Mr Ashley.

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  27. lets remember though, the club tell The Chronicle and The Journal nowt, so they just go off rumours, oh sorry, use their ‘sources’, as much as we do.

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  28. #nufc Tim Krul has been quoted today in De Telegraaf saying “The manager told me I would be his first-choice custodian next season

    http://twitter.com/#!/lee_ryder

    I honestly don’t think he’s ready to be no.1. He’s still not very comfortable when dealing with crosses.

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  29. Lads, Tiote is not on twitter. That’s a fake account.

    I do agree with Dan though, I love reading all the rumours whether they true or not.

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  30. @TGS, even if it is real (doubt it, isn’t on the Chron’s list of verified accounts), could mean Mehdi Abeid – he did say he’d spoken to Tiote and Ben Arfa…

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  31. I think Tim is a lot more comfortable when dealing with crosses than Steve Harper is. Yes Tim made that big mistake against Chelsea but at the end of the day is has improved a lot if you ask me considering he’s played 25 games for us this season and looked far better now than he did earlier in the season. He’s young and we need to back. I personally think Pardew may have said, keep up your good performances (such as the Man Utd, Blackpool games) and you’ll be number one next season. Time will tell I suppose.

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  32. I’m happy to be a stepping-stone club. Yes, it means a bit of heartache when top players move on, but it also means we’re in a very good place.

    Two more seasons, and we’ll be the ones they’re stepping up to. That’s how it works. :mrgreen:

    Still not that excited about new signings; I’ll be a lot happier once the current boys are signed up and able to indulge in a little rumour-watching.

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  33. Krul is the future, but Harps should still be No.1 next season imo. I feel more confident when Harps is in goal.

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  34. I hope the club don’t take any BS from current players. Make them a good offer, give them two weeks to respond, and flog ’em if it’s anything but a signature in response. As AP says – he can’t really do a job until he knows what he’s got, and that has to be by the end of June at the latest.

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  35. Agree on the goalie thing, David. We’ve got three good ‘keepers (and Ole’s no slouch) so nowt wrong with having open competition for the start rather than a designated No 1.

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