If you had £8 million for transfers…

I'd spend £3m on this man...
Seen as this transfer window it seems like Alan Pardew has been given the MEGA war chest of £8 million by Mike Ashley I thought it’d be topical to ask all of you what you’d do with the money you had to spend.

Everywhere I turn I see fans discussing transfers and who we should buy, but they rarely keep to the budget which we’ve got. I know we should have more, but it seems we only have £8 million so for the purpose of this, stick to the budget, please?

I know that this article is based mostly around you lot, and what you’d do with the £8m, but here’s my suggestions, and lastly, make sure your valuations of players are sensible.

I personally think we need three or four players, but I’m going to stick with three for this, mainly due to funds. The positions I will buy are a striker, a winger and a versatile defender.

The first player that I’d buy would be Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard. He’s a name that you may remember from our Championship season as he scored two beauties against us at Ashton Gate. He’s a quick skilful striker who could play off either Ba or Best, and he has an eye for goal. He’d cost around £2 million as he’s out of contract in the summer and at the age of 25 he’s an age which we’d be happy with signing.

£6 million left

The second player I would buy would be Nedum Onuoha who is currently frozen out at Manchester City. He’s a player who can play all across the back four, so he’d offer cover at centre back when Steven Taylor returns but could also play at left back or right back if Simpson were to leave. He’s only 25 too so he’d fit into our age range, and with him not being used at City we could pick him up for around £3 million.

£3 million left

I really struggled with this one, to find a winger with more end product than our wingers for a measly £3 million. Despite being unpopular, I think my choice would be Jermaine Pennant of Stoke. The Stoke winger scored three goals and created seven goals last year, and would provide good service for our strikers. He’s not afraid to beat a man or have a shot, so he’d offer something different. He’s currently not starting for Stoke and they only paid around 2 million for them, so I can’t imagine he’d cost us more than £3 million. At 28 he may be a little bit too old, but we’d get a good three years out of him.

That may leave a spare £12k for the signing of Jason Prior if his trial proves successful but little more. We would have two players with good Premier League experience and a hungry quick striker looking to prove himself at the top level. That would be a window which made me very happy, it won’t happen, but it’d be nice.

Who would you buy for £8 million?

58 thoughts on “If you had £8 million for transfers…

  1. I’d sell Forster for £3 million to raise £11 million and get Cissokho and Rhys Williams.

    But I do like Maynaard. Seems we’re getting linked with a lot of GOOD players in The Championship lately. There’s quality to be had there.

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  2. Personally I would try for the following.
    Marco Pappa, 24. Right Midfield, short term loan from Chicargo Fire. Cover for Marveaux.
    Jan Vertonghen, 24. Left footed CB. All of the budget.
    Then precontract agreements for the summer.
    Douglas Tiexeira, CB
    Nathan Clyne, RB
    Tranquillo Barnetta, LM
    Sulley Muntari, CM left footed
    As to strikers loan if available or wait til summer eg Luuk de Jong.

    Good article many thanks.

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  3. I’d go for Pilkington from Norwich approx £2m and Cahill with the remainder 😀 😀 😀

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  4. Sell forster like dan said – £3m
    Sinclair – £5m (Can play as striker)
    Clyne – £3m
    Tomkins – £3m

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  5. Cornish, great shout with Pilkington, would be exactly what we need, a winger who can cross the ball… but with both feet!

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  6. Just what I was thinking Dan, would hopefully get more out of Shola while Ba’s away too with decent crosses coming in

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  7. No one reckon scotty sinclair could be that cheap young nippy striker we crave so much? He was left out of swans game the other day and reckon if we came in for him surely too goos to turn down? Even if swans play better footy than us! 🙄

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  8. Can’t improve on what you’ve suggested, tbh. Even though I’m concerned about the hole in our defence and spirit left by Saylor, I’d be happy if the club stuck firmly to its policy – Maynard being a prime example. We’re only light for a few weeks on the striker front and the summer is the time for recruiting there. Otherwise you end up spending £35m on some donkey who’ll only score 5 a year. 😆

    Loans may be the way to go for the CB, though. For what it’s worth, I think our recent slump is more about the lack of Saylor than anyone or anything else – he was the mad, shouty one at the back that raised the whole team. (Leaving things like technique to Colo!)

    One more thing about the £8m: remember with this club that includes wages and agents’ fees…. so expect a keen bid for that bloke who plays for your local pub on a Sunday. 😛

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  9. fully agree with Whumpie, Saylor is a huge miss – look at how many goals we have conceded without him, impossible to replace his spirit and determination unless we spend lots of money which we wont. The young lad Tomkins at West Ham looks a good prospect long term, so I’d go for him but not the whole £8m that WHU are looking for. Good shout on Pilkington and Sinclair, both quick young players who would enhance the team.

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  10. I would take a punt on Robbie Keane for 2 months , Yeah he is getting on a bit and his wages would be high , but he is a good player and a decent goal record. It be only 2 months that would more than cover Ba in th cup of nations.

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  11. Nobby i heard boumsong wants move back to prem! we could reunite them easily for 8m! 😆

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  12. forster and simpson out raise an extra 7 million. Erik pieters 6mil, lewis dunk 1.5 mil,steven pienaar 2.5 mil try and get erding again not playing much 5mil, job done

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  13. Alex i thought pienaar is quality and really worth a look.
    Mancini did say he wants rid of 3 players? Bridge tevez onuha?

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  14. I would spend the lot on Hoilett of Blackburn.. Bring Tavenier in to support the back four and go all out attack! Boom!

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  15. liam southern toon, agreed mate tottenham want rid aswel to clear the wages. Good little player wont cost much right age perfect for fat mike. Id onuhah to but we need defenders with a left foot.

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  16. HBA needs to be given a string of games to prove himself…….. Obertan is frstrating every week but always gets the start……

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  17. Makes sense as Virgin is the same company now, but opens the door for more sponsorship through them I suppose

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  18. Hitman – Reckon Virgin will drop the ball busting interest rate on my credit card if I tell them im a Newcastle fan? 😆

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  19. Maybe Mr Branson will buy the club from Uncle Mike and use us in exactly the same way but actually spending cash to push on for Europe 😆 😆 😆

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  20. …I can still remember when the first tiny little Virgin store opened in Eldon Square, about 1979. I went in with mi gannie Liz, and she bought me ‘Last Night Another Soldier’ by Angelic Upstarts. 😛

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  21. 8mill does that include wages? the only players we really could afford are young players with potential the lad williams from the smoggies 3 mill and maynard from bristol city and maybe a loan player for the centreback position
    bit embarressing really as we should be aiming for a couple of quality signings

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  22. Rod – He’s worth about 3 times as much as Uncle Mike, better business man and doesn’t come across as quite as big a c**t either 😆

    We would be a good club for him if he ever got the taste for it again! :mrgreen:

    The only Virgin I remember in Newcastle was the Megastore in Northumberland street (certainly no Virgin woman!)…did my school work experience there hahaha.

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  23. i honestly believe that if no one goes from out team then we’ll see very little action in January with regards to transfers…

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  24. I’d only spend £8m on one player, a centre half, & go with what we’ve got elsewhere. I don’t think £8m on 2/3 players will improve the squad at all.

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  25. Aye Franky, it was geet small at first, but expanded pretty sharpish I think. I can also remember the teeeeeeeeeeny HMV shop around that time, on Northumberland Street, I bought ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Specials’ albums there – still got them!!

    Anyway, gotta go, shit loads te dee. Check you later……

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  26. Confirmed Dave.

    …might even see it on the shirts tonight!!!!

    Nobby, I ain’t the awldest on here, by a long shot 😉

    (still act like a 15 yr old anyway)

    reet, laters…..

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  27. if we buy 2/3 players for 8 million they’re lilkely to be squad players at best, suppose it would give the moaners someone to have a go at as they’ve probably used every negative abjective for our current lot

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  28. I think with Maynard being transfer listed and out of contract at the end of the season, I reckon we could snap him up for 2m, which is risk free really.
    I think defence wise we could get Nedum for £2.5m with City wanting rid of him, again risk free. Failing that, Ridgewell would be good cover at LB/CB and £3m should get him.
    I would prefer Redmond from Birmingham and reckon £2m should bag him. Pinear would also do a good job.
    If we could get Maynard in, Ranger out. Get Nedum in, Perch out and Redmond in, Smith out that would certainly improve the squad.

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  29. good article Troy

    I’d happily leave Nicky Maynard in the 1st Divison. He’s no better than best.

    Also Pennant is trouble. He’s never really settled anywhere and just had a fallout with Pullis, although he’s a very talented winger I’d rather not trouble ourselves with him. One gangster-footballer is enough.

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  30. [email protected], a bit belated but 😀 😆 😀 anyway!

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  31. for me cb is priority. we should bid for gary cahill. chelsea agreed a fee for 7 mill. we bid 7 million. match fee. then add 1 mill a year to his wages on top of what chelsea offered (they only offered 45kpw supposedly) and we can also offer a guaranteed starting spot

    BOOM!!!

    just copying Hoilett4toon..

    i now like the word

    BOOM

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