Newcastle slap £20 million price tag on star


One thing Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew likes to remind fans at every opportunity is the fact that as a club we are ‘vulnerable’ when it comes to interest in our star players from elsewhere.

Of course Alan will deem it wise to always cover his back when it comes to outgoings, lets be fair he spent months telling the press and the fans that Andy Carroll would not be sold. We all know what happened on the transfer deadline day that followed, Andy got his move to Liverpool whilst Pardew was forced to eat his words and faced the daunting task of explaining why the sale was sanctioned.

The Andy Carroll saga was a long time ago and looking back on it most will see it was best for business, even at the time. For £35 million there didn’t really need to be much justification as to why the player was allowed to leave Tyneside, but of course there is a principle. At the time the player was in sensational form and was loved by the fans who loved nothing more than having a local lad donning the number nine shirt at St James’ Park. The player demonstrated there is little loyalty in the game and sold out at the expense of living his boyhood dream of playing for the Club he adored.

Pardew has since spoken regularly and truthfully about the possibility of losing big name players if bigger Clubs come in for them. We have heard how we can’t compete financially with the giants of the game and if valuations are met we risk losing players. Over the past couple of years we have nervously looked on as players such as Cheick Tiote, Colo and Yohan Cabaye have been subject to interest from other teams. This last transfer window was the same, Arsenal’s pursuit of Cabaye became a bit of saga and consequently unsettled the player himself whilst the fans could only speculate whether the Frenchman would still be at Newcastle beyond the summer.

With the transfer window set to re open in January there are more reports of potential departures. Newcastle’s in form goalkeeper Tim Krul has been linked with several Clubs with Italian giants Juventus being his latest admirers in a long list. Tim has been the subject of much discussion in the last week or so following his world class display in Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Spurs at White Hart Lane. Newcastle boss Pardew reacted to the performance by branding his number one as’ one of the best in the League’.

Timmy is contracted until 2017 and would therefore command a large fee to tempt Newcastle into selling. The Dutchman has always spoken of his love for Newcastle and I assume he remains happy at the Club. It is being reported that the hierarchy have valued the keeper at £20 million in an attempt to discourage bids and keep the player at Newcastle. The Mirror claim that Juventus are not put off by the fact Krul is under a lengthy contract but whether they would be willing to stretch to United’s asking price remains to be seen.

The worry would be that Tim would have the opportunity to be understudy to one of the game’s greats in Gianluigi Buffon before eventually becoming the veterans successor. But as stated before Tim loves it here and has spoken of his fondness for Newcastle United on multiple occasions. With the 25 year old striving to be Holland’s number one in the World Cup next year he needs to be playing each week…..he knows he will be guaranteed this if he stays on Tyneside.

What do you think?

116 thoughts on “Newcastle slap £20 million price tag on star

  1. Thanks for the article Mark.
    Seems to me Goalies are always under valued, which is odd when you consider they can win a game as much as a striker can 🙄 . Also when a talented one comes along you would think they’d be worth so much more than they normally go for given they have a longer career than their teammates, barring severe injury that is. For me Tim is without doubt the best Dutch keeper and one of the best in the PL too, he’s worth every penny of £20m imo and that’s even with his dodgy kicking. 😉


  2. Ice@30, Interesting link, but I’m not shocked at all sadly. I know no definitive answers have been forth coming from the club yet but when they do I suspect it will be bullshit. I have long suspected dodgy dealings on the merchandising front, how else has our commercial income sunk so much?, anyways so glad I didn’t buy a WRONGA rag.


  3. Team will be the same as Chelsea / Spurs games with Anita in for Debuchy
    Pards will want to make as few changes as possible to a winning team


  4. JJ from still havent answered my question.. what has Marv done to deserve a start? .. I wasnt asking for a comparison to Benny mate.
    Marv has shown nothing to me, apart from half hearted efforts.. anyway I’m glad youre not our manager, you would be worse than Pardz 😯 😆


  5. I think Pardew is in a no-win situation v Norwich. If he keeps the same team and we don’t win, obviously he’s crap because he didn’t make the necessary changes. If he changes the team around and we don’t win, obviously he’s crap because you shouldn’t change a winning team.

    No matter what he does and we win, we were expected to win. And with the players we’ve got it obviously isn’t anything to do with Pardew anyway. 🙄

    I’m going to miss the game this weekend, most likely anyway, so howay the lads for tomorra..

    I won’t be missing the Roar v WSW. Looking forward to that tonight. Hope the rain stays away (not likely. Forecast for storms again – just like every day for the last 2 weeks – this weather is pissing me off no end). Caarn the Roar.


  6. Vegas, just make sure you tell your Roar boys not to under hit square passes across the back line… It can lead to goals conceded 😆 😆


  7. If it rains it will be Ashleys fault…. there is a SD 60% off wet weather clothing sale on NOW!! 😆 😆


  8. Bris-howay old man surely it’s not taken you this long to realise this 😆

    Aussie- 😆 – still, did you see that link Ice had about Newcastle merchandise being sold via sports direct?


  9. Well basically the club’s online shop where you buy the merchandise like shirts and all that, it’s run through a sports direct subsidiary and 100% of it’s profits go to SD and not to the club. That’s how it read anyway.

    The Newcastle United accounts also mention a payment direct to Sports Direct, i can’t remember what the phrase was though maybe someone else remembers, but it was like 500k. Not loads but why are we paying them anything at all?


  10. We are turning into Sports Direct United! Cheap, tatty, low end toss pots with only ambition to remain afloat.

    Ashley Out!


  11. Stuart, what do you mean turning.. you have always been a cheap tatty low end toss pot 😆 😆

    just jokes mate 😉


  12. Cant find any news about the Remy bail hearing yesterday.
    So I assume he will be cleared to play on Saturday.


  13. If he’s innocent then give him the best contract we can afford!

    Minimum wage on a 0 hour contract it is then. 😳


  14. I can only assume that ‘no news is good news’
    If he had been remanded or anything it would be all over the news by now.


  15. Did the court case actually happen? Can’t find out anything. Bit like the Jonas situation. Nobody knows anything.

    If Sharpy’s about – HBA glasses off mate. He is absolutely infuriating sometimes. He has so much talent but seems to be 10 year old between the ears. Still very worth persevering with although I suspect Pardew’s made his mind up. He doesn’t work as hard as he did. Talentless toss pot.

    Ince? Pilkington? Hardly tearing up their leagues and a big risk. De Jong? Friends in Amsterdam reckon he has neither the stamina or pace for the PL. Erikson was the one. BTW if you get the chance the Ajax ARena is the best ground I’ve been in. Beautiful.


  16. Pardew talks incessantly and always totally inconsistently. Can’t stand him myself. Interesting game tomorrow. Hughton will have been polishing his bananas all week. Everyone seems to think they’ll come and park the bus but I don’t. Snodgrass is a threat against anyone who plays RB!
    I’ll take a very narrow win but won’t be surprised by a draw.


  17. Lawro’s prediction from the BBC
    This is a big game for Norwich boss Chris Hughton, who goes back to the club where he began his managerial career.

    Mind you, every game is a big game for Hughton right now. He got an important win against West Ham last time out and he needed it too because, with the Hammers leading 1-0 at half-time, he was on his way out if you listened to what Canaries fans were saying.

    Things will not get any easier for him back in the north-east, because Newcastle are on a great run and surprised a lot of people when they took three points off Tottenham in their last match.

    The Magpies had to battle hard to keep Spurs out but that doesn’t matter – it was a tremendous win and they could and should be in confident mood this weekend.

    Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
    😆 😆 😆


  18. the toon never do what you think they should thats just the way it is,hopefullly we dont get a hull result with our two home games 😕


  19. Georgio – aye I can agree with you there mate. I totally acknowledge his ability and wouldn’t class myself as a Benny basher (not that you’ve called me that at all). I’m purely thinking about this financially. Pardew either plays Ben Arfa and builds the team around him and accommodates his mentality, or we look to sell him.
    I say that because I don’t believe he’s gonna be happy being this bit part player, however I would absolutely be offering him a new contract and try and keep him. But I’d be amazed if he signs as things are for him just now. If he does brilliant, if not then we have to sell him for the best possible price IMO.

    Georgio – to watch an Ajax home game is on my bucket list mate. Them and Juve are my favourite foreign teams, but Ajax more so. I grew up a huge fan of Marco van Basten. If Newcastle could follow the lead of any other club, I’d love it to be them and their youth system.
    My dream would be Ajax v Newcastle in the CL. That fixture ever comes about and me and the boy are heading to Amsterdam regardless.


  20. BB – @106. I don’t have a problem with what Pardew has to say there. If we want to be top 10 then Norwich at home is absolutely a game we should be winning.
    It’s down to him and his team to go and do that now. It won’t be an easy game and Norwich have players who can hurt us, but we have a team of players that should win this game.
    I honestly think that we could and should pick up at least 10 points between now and the Jan 1st. I think that’s a conservative prediction and there are probably 3-5 more points available there.
    If Pardew and his coaching staff can not achieve that with this group of players then IMO he is not and will never be good enough.


  21. Getting worried about Norwich now because, just like I said before against Hull, it’s a game everyone expects us to win and these are the games we mess up in. Debuchy’s indiscipline is a real shame because he has been very handy for us down that right flank, how we adjust and shuffle the defence will be interesting, it’s very annoying to have to change a winning team this way. Originally I wanted Santon to right back and Dummet on the left with the same central pairing, but now I’m thinking move Mbiwa to either the left or the right and bring Colo in. All over the pitch it should be interesting in fact, just hope we can get 3 points or the backlash will be massive again and we will have wasted good effort in the last two matches.


  22. Also the bbc SERIOUSLY need to get their facts sorted. An Englishman hasn’t scored for Newcastle in the PL? Funny that, I seem to remember local boy Paul Dummett scoring for us only four odd games ago.

    Just because the welsh are able to cap him because his great great grandaddy went on a holiday to Barry a hundred years ago doesn’t make him welsh, he’s English ffs!


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