Two in and one out at Newcastle?

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There is some interesting little titbits emanating from the local rags today with regard to summer transfer developments at Newcastle.

First off are the rumours about Joey Barton being a transfer target for West Ham in the summer. The Chronicle states that The Hammers are looking to reignite their interest in the player, although given that the West Ham link first came to light in the January transfer window I’m unsure whether or not to mark this one down as a rehash.

It’s been said many times before, but I’ll say it again – Barton has been largely excellent for us this season. I wouldn’t want to lose him as he finally repaying the faith, and considerable sums of money, that have been invested in him by NUFC. When Barton plays well, we tend to play well and it would be a shame if we did end up losing him to West Ham.

I actually don’t think he will go to be honest, although I’m crossing fingers with that assumption. The fact is that a new contract was all but sorted between the player and the club, but then it wasn’t sorted for whatever reason and now we find ourselves in the situation where Barton can pretty much pick and choose what he wants to do.

If the club show a bit of ambition and reinvest the bulk of the Andy Carroll money then it may persuade Barton to stay, which is why it’s nice to read The Journal suggesting that deals are “virtually in place” for two “international” players to join the ranks at St James’ Park once survival is assured.

Both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr have said that the club are already out and about and are looking at deals, so hopefully that lends a bit of credence to the rumour for these unnamed players. The very fact that they are unnamed means that we can have a bit of fun and speculate as to just who they might be.

Whilst Ed’s deluded love affair with Seb Larsson continues, I’d like to offer reasons why it won’t be him. First off you can’t agree a deal with a player who plays in the same country until they have one month left on their contract. With overseas players you can sign a pre-contract agreement six months before their deal is due to end, but the rule is different when it comes to domestic players, although I’m sure that little rule won’t stop people from talking behind closed doors!

To me that would seem to suggest that these two “international” players are from an overseas league, and before anyone even mentions Stephen Ireland please be aware that he is not an international. Not any more anyway!

So who do you think these players could be? We’ve apparently been out and about in Europe, especially France, so could it be some of these players that we’ve heard about, like Gervinho or Kevin Gameiro for example? Or is this just a PR exercise from the club in a bid to boost season ticket renewals?

Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the first time would it? I mean does anyone remember Keegan talking about breaking transfer records? That ended up well. Call me cynical, but until the club demonstrate differently I’ll refuse to believe differently. There may well be no truth in this, or there could be some truth, who knows?

The proof of that pudding won’t arrive until the summer though.

About toonsy

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134 thoughts on “Two in and one out at Newcastle?

  1. If Barton leaves it’ll be a massive blow, i’ll be gutted. We need to do everything to try and keep him.

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  2. Barton can suck my clog.

    He more than any player owes us. 5 year contract, 3 years of prison and constant injury and then magically a year of quality when he is negotiating his new deal.

    He is someone I fully support Ashley’s no crap policy with. He owes us a new contract for £10 an hour nevermind £50k a week.

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  3. Sort of agree with funky I mean we stood by him when we had every right to get rid but now after 6 month of good football he’s calling all the shots.

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  4. ‘5 year contract, 3 years of prison and constant injury and then magically a year of quality when he is negotiating his new deal.’

    That kind of sticks in my mind aswell fj. He has picked a good season to do well for us and it will probably be what keeps us up but I’m still quite wary about him. I think he will put himself first before the club this time round aswell, all this ‘I want to end my career here’ talk. I think aye, only if it suits him.

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  5. Well if anybody renews or buys season tickets on the promise of signings then they deserve to be taken for mugs 😉

    DJG…all footballers put themselves first mate, every last one of them, just ask that f*ckin judas cnut over the NW.

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  6. Ice…I’m not renewing mesel 😉 😆
    still got one for sale for £60 for last 3 games of the season if anyones interested?, ya know it makes sense 😉

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  7. RICHIE you should sell nee bother m8,me-sel i wouldnt give two for a full season :grin:,had tickets given this year and passed them on for nowt

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  8. Despite the impression of my post, I am very much a fan of Barton. I was over the moon when we signed him and I would very much love to keep him.

    I just have strong doubts over the level of loyalty he has for the club, despite his claims.

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  9. Love him or hate him, Joey Barton has “the touch” when it comes to moving a ball around the pitch. THere are many more who are faster, stronger ot trickier, but Joey gets the ball to the place where it will do the most good. And to me, that is what wins games and why NUFC should make every effort to keep him.

    As far as rumored signings are concerned, I would only worry if there were none!

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  10. Of all the talk of JB leaving has he ever really said anything signaling that intention like Enrique has? I seem to remember there was talk about him rejecting a contract offer and then negotiaitons being put on hold until the end of the season. Then Pardew came out and said that is the case with all contract discussons. Did I miss something or is this simply negotiations and JB holding out for a better deal form the club?

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  11. On German text FC Bayern officially interested in Jose….

    Barton should stay, but I can understand Fat Man trying to negotiate a lesser deal… Loyalty doesn’t come into it I’m afraid…I think JB’s outahere.

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  12. Our youngster Adam Campbell has hit the post in the Charity Shield game on Sky Sports.

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  13. if tiote is worth 50 k a week so is joey ,he could of left in summer no probs if he had wanted too ,1 of our class players

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  14. How do people? What a manic day! It was so manic I’ve treayed myself to a night off :mrgreen:

    Ice, I sent that e mail to someone else by mistake. I’ll resend ti now 🙂

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  15. BATTY you ganning to watch the laddie,when he jumps in the ring,your not allowed to jump in mind 😀

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  16. Toonsy…why dya keep sending me naked pics of ya with a message saying “as requested Ice”? 😆

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  17. kna Batty i couldnt dee it m8,you still wont rest till you see later m8,best of luck to him mate,tell him just think of ashley 😀

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  18. im back from hosp , me lass seems ok , im plzd the bairn hasnt came yet as hes only 27 weeks , me lass was given steroid injections for the babys lungs , worrying times 🙁

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  19. Rich @ 27 – Took while to rpely. Having a tug were you? 😆

    I see Dan has gone all Andy Carroll on us. Turning his back this humble NUFC Blog to jump into bed with Caught Offside. Shame 😥

    😉

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  20. soz 2 put that on a football site as it has nowt 2 dee with footy lol , just thought i would share it with yous as i am home alone worrying about her lol

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  21. cheers toonsy bud , i hope its ok , the nurse said shes 60/40 chance she could have the bairn in the next 48 hrs

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  22. Army 69 – Well if that is the case then she is in the best place and they can keep an eye on her and the bab 🙂

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  23. army thats what were here for sharing your problems 😉 toonsy always tellin us his ,hes got the clap ya kna 😆

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  24. toonsy spot on m8 cos im crap at lukn afta her im useless lol and cheers icedog just tel is if i bore yous at anytime haha

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  25. Toonsy@35….no, as I said I was being sick 😉
    Aye Dan mentioned Carroll in his article too 👿 😆

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  26. evening all,

    army, hope evreything goes ok mate. Know what you’re going through as we had some scary moments along the way. For all the gripe people have about the NHS and that, the midwife units are spot on, she’s in good hands

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  27. lets tek me mind off things and talk aboot the toon army , do yous rekn bartons away in the sumer like , i defo think enrique is like if man ure are after him

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  28. The NHS is pipe man. Thy don’t even know I’m pregnant, although I did get accused of being a heroin addict earlier 👿

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  29. toonsy…you’re giving the NHS some welly at the moment…got that medical fettled yet ?

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  30. oops, didnt mean to say “Carroll” at 49, typo….should have said treacherous judas cnut, my apologies 👿

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  31. who rekns ranger should be given a chance instead of loven?? 10 – 20 mins a game for ranger isnt enough imo

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  32. what has loven got that ranger hasnt got?? mebees more goals but not by much but thats about it

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  33. That must have been a good one mate, how did you talk yourself out of a failed medical ?…

    Where#S THE NEW JOB; CLOSE TO HOME ?

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  34. Munich Mag
    Posted March 23, 2011 at 9:04 PM
    Fancy Ranger against Wolves, come on last 20 to snatch the winner
    so i take it you wouldnt start him infront of loven lol

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  35. Army69..at the moment Ranger seems to be an impact player…though I would start him in front of Loven cos he’s been really poor of late…totally ineffective…

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