Transfer Wrap – January 2015

Well here we go again, no new players in and a heap of fringe players out. These transfer windows are no longer a source of potential excitement as we wait for new players to be signed. Actually, they are less like a window and more like an exit door at the moment. Most of the younger players we have loaned out have been no where near the first team this season so if they get first team action at Rangers it can only be a good thing as far as I am concerned. The lack of incoming players has always been a source of frustration and anger and that is set to continue as the season enters it’s later stages. For the record here is what transpired for all clubs.

Newcastle Unitd

In – Sveet Fuchall

Hatem Ben Arfa Released
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma) Undisclosed
Davide Santon (Inter Milan)

Kevin Mbabu, Remie Street, Harris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson – (Rangers)



Krystian Bielik (Legia Warsaw)

Gabriel (Villarreal)

Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan) Loan
Matt Macey (Accrington Stanley) Loan

Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace) Loan
Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Undisclosed
Joel Campbell (Villarreal) Loan

Aston Villa

Carles Gil (Valencia) Undisclosed
Scott Sinclair (Man City) Loan

Darren Bent (Derby County) Loan
Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Undisclosed
Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest) Loan
Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) Undisclosed
Chris Herd (Wigan Athletic) Loan


Michael Keane (Manchester United) Undisclosed

Alex Cisak (Leyton Orient) Loan


Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina) Undisclosed

Fernando Torres (AC Milan) Undisclosed
Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City) Free
Lewis Baker (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest) Loan
John Swift (Swindon Town) Loan
Alex Kiwomya (Barnsley) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Marko Marin (Anderlecht) Loan
Nathan Chalobah (Reading) Loan
Mohamed Salah (Fiorentina) Loan
Stipe Perica (Udinese) Loan
Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg) Undisclosed

Crystal Palace

Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) Loan
Jordon Mutch (QPR) Undisclosed
Shola Ameobi (Unattached) Free
Pape Souare (Lille) Undisclosed (subject to work permit)
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne) Undisclosed
Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United) Undisclosed
Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers) Undisclosed

Andrew Johnson Released
Zeki Fryers (Rotherham United) Loan
Jake Gray (Cheltenham Town) Loan
Lewis Price (Crawley Town) Loan
Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) Loan


Aaron Lennon (Spurs) Loan

Hallam Hope (Bury) Undisclosed
Mason Springthorpe (Fleetwood Town) Loan
Chris Long (Brentford) Loan
Samuel Eto’o (Sampdoria) Undisclosed



Thomas Ince (Derby County) Loan

Leicester City

Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea) Free
Andrej Kramaric (HNK Rijeka) Undisclosed
Robert Huth (Stoke City) Loan

Jack Barmby (Rotherham United) Loan
Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) Loan
Callum Elder (Mansfield Town) Loan
Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers) Loan



Kevin Stewart (Cheltenham) Loan
Lloyd Jones (Cheltenham) Loan
Jack Dunn (Cheltenham) Loan
Oussama Assaidi (Al Ahli) Undisclosed
Suso (AC Milan) Undisclosed
Connor Randall (Shrewsbury Town) Loan
Sheyi Ojo (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Man City

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed

Sinan Bytyqi (SC Cambuur) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke 04) Loan
Devante Cole (MK Dons) Loan
Jordy Hiwula (Walsall) Loan
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) Loan

Man Utd

Victor Valdes (Unattached) Free
Sadiq El Fitouri (Unattached) Salford City

Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Sam Johnstone (Preston North End)
Michael Keane (Burnley) Undisclosed
Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) Undisclosed
Jesse Lingard (Derby County) Loan


Mauro Zarate (West Ham United) Loan
Ryan Manning (Galway United) Free

Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed


Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen) Loan
Filip Djuricic (Benfica) Loan
Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) Undisclosed

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) Loan extension
Jos Hooiveld (Millwall) Loan
Jack Cork (Swansea City) Undisclosed


Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) Loan

Ryan Shotton (Derby County) Undisclosed
George Waring (Barnsley) Loan
Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union) Undisclosed
Robert Huth (Leicester City) Loan


Jermain Defoe (Toronto) Undisclosed

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool) Undisclosed
Jozy Altidore (Toronto) Undisclosed
Charis Mavrias (Panathinaikos) Loan
Cabral Released


Nelson Oliveira (Benfica) Loan
Matt Grimes (Exeter City) Undisclosed
Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed
Jack Cork (Southampton) Undisclosed

Rory Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) Loan
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Undisclosed
Ryan Hedges (Leyton Orient) Loan



Milos Veljkovic (Charlton Athletic) Loan
Grant Hall (Blackpool) Loan
Dominic Ball (Cambridge United) Loan
Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) Undisclosed
Nathan Oduwa (Luton Town) Loan
Jordan Archer (Millwall) Loan
Benoit Assou-Ekotto Released
Aaron Lennon (Everton) Loan

West Brom

Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed

Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Loan
Luke Daniels (Scunthorpe United) Undisclosed

West Ham

Doneil Henry (Apollon Limassol) Undisclosed

Mauro Zarate (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Ricardo Vaz Te Released
Paul McCallum (Portsmouth) Loan
Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley) Loan
Blair Turgott Released
Matthias Fanimo Released


Well there it is.. One thing that stands out is that clubs seem to be shedding a lot of players to lower division English clubs and abroad. It’s interesting to see Spurs and Liverpool were also clubs not to open the cheque book this window. Maybe the financial fairplay rules are having an effect??

Anyway, it is as you were (minus a few players) for Newcastle and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. We can only hope that we are not hit with too many injuries over the last stretch of games. We have Abied, Aarons and DeJong on the cusp of being fit enough to get a start in the first team again so there is a sliver of light at the the end of the tunnel.



641 thoughts on “Transfer Wrap – January 2015

  1. Gotham. Didn’t think it would effect it but haven’t been able to update since getting new modem

    Cheers tho. I’ll ring them monday


  2. City fans leaving in droves apparently, see I don’t get that, a goal levels it, if that’s what PL success brings you then stuff it I say.


  3. MDS, exactly, feel sorry for Palace fans, they are in for some nerve wracking games. Should of gone for it against the bottom side, he got lucky today.


  4. Kim not sure if you watched it but wait til you see the highlights. Palace scored on a header and then did absolutely nothing. Made Leicester look like Barca


  5. That new Palace manager is doing well for someone out of his depth in the premier league. 😯


  6. I would always be happy to get wins away from home the way we did at Hull, Palace are getting results from what Ive seen, not too bad Pardew, just hope we beat them are then they can win all games they want.


  7. Well I’m going to the toon to watch the match on TV. I could have a cheap ticket but I refuse to enter the ground. I hope thousands of other regulars do the same. I’ve got a feeling the tide is turning with the fans.


  8. Psychs

    I’m not. Just most of the time. πŸ˜†

    I’ve always maintained that my posts should be ignored if you want to crack on with your own conversations.

    I enjoy reminding people how much dross they talk.

    Most predicted that Palace would be relegated with Pardew. They need reminding. πŸ˜‰


  9. Brett

    I’m even considering dressing down and wearing my UGG boots and skinny jeans instead of my cape and trunks.


  10. “I’ve always maintained that my posts should be ignored…..”

    The most intelligent thing you have ever posted.


  11. Well lads it’s definite now then. Percy is a football genius. Look at Palace fly! He’s doing it just to drive us mad. Grind your teeth Ashley. Still I’m glad he’s gone. I was sick of that face of his sticking out.


  12. Troysta: just wait with Palace. Pards goes on streaks. We will never agree on him so don’t need to rehash old arguments. I hope Carver wins tomorrow. I will then put him just below Kevin Friend and Pete Pothelstwaite in my ugliest man in Britain competition. The Hull win meant Steve Bruce and Alun Armstrong are joint third, with Carver a distant 5th but always capable of pipping them all at the post if he adds a few wrinkles in a Pardewesque death spiral.


  13. I wanted Palace to survive this season so we can witness Palace under a full season with Pardew, although its really pi$$ing me off how well theyre doing. πŸ‘Ώ


  14. Ashley’s going to love it if Palace finish above us! I will have to laugh a little bit as well. We may go either way. I don’t think we have the depth to stay 11th or above but we’ll wait and see. Injuries to key players will skewer us though as we have literally no decent backups now.


  15. @Troy. why dont you wear your uggs with your trunks? casual… pull the cape out of your trunks, (jonas-style) once ur half-cut.. I use to be a stylist you know… πŸ˜€


  16. Brett

    That was quite funny. I’m sitting here chortling. Then in the same breath howling at MDS and his ungentlemanly conduct. It’s a good job I wasn’t saying that or he would be having a go at me for being childish. πŸ˜›

    The thing is, MDS seems to be obsessed with me. I think he might have a secret crush now that I’ve mentioned my UGGs and trunks. πŸ˜†

    Bless him. πŸ˜‰


  17. Palace have only lost once since he took over. The Pardew haters are desperate for him to lose to save face.

    Don’t worry. He wont knock down walls by qualifying for Europe. Palace haven’t got the resources. Premier league survival is a result for them.

    Warnock couldn’t do what Pards has done and he’s an experienced manager. Swallow your pride boys and acknowledge the good job he’s doing.


  18. Let’s see what JC actually does with the rest of this season. I see us sliding slowly to about 14th. Will Mashers be happy with that? It’s the grey area. Pathetic is another word for it.


  19. Anyone going to the Berkeley Tavern whitley bay tonight? See you there if you are. I’m the one in the UGGs and skinnies. Snood tonight as well. Kinda chilly.


  20. @Troy

    He’s doing well at Palace. I’m pleased he had the balls (eventually) to walk away. I’m still happy he’s not here. Give it a year and palace will be complaining about their lack of attacking style..

    After seeing how well he’s doing, would I have him back…. would i f00k πŸ˜†


  21. G2

    JC doesn’t need to do much til the end of the season. I think Ashley will be satisfied with 14th.


  22. @G2

    tbh I’m not concerned where we finish, as long as we’re not relegated the seasons over for me. I’ll still watch it but If it gets worse..good! hopefully more anger and **** directed at Ashley πŸ‘Ώ


  23. Brett

    Pardew was a steady hand. No thrills but no disasters.

    Carver is a huge risk though I fancy he will do okay from what I’ve seen.


  24. It would be interesting to see JC explode live on the telly. He has head butt potential as well I believe. Let’s give him some rope and see what he does with it. We could all be wrong and he may take us to an 8th place finish. That’s West Ham right now. Six points above us. I don’t believe it either.


  25. @Troy

    A steady hand he was mate but another 5yrs? no thanks

    I’d rather take JC short-term and see where we are in the Summer.

    I agree, he’ll do ok. Probably concede more but I think we’ll enjoy our team playing again.

    It’ll be like Keegans teams… without the goals lol


  26. Troy mate stay out of trouble tonight. I can’t see JC getting us relegated either. But nothing exciting. He doesn’t have the players available to get us up the table.


  27. I liken Ashley attacking Rangers to ISIS attacking the Jordanians.

    The toon fans are like the West and play by the rule book and so far Ashley has had his own way. He’s picked on Rangers now and like the Jordanians they don’t play by the rule book. They will stay away and fight the take over.

    It’s funny how my mind works really. 😯

    I now expect the ninnies to criticise me for trivialising the ISIS terrorists with Rangers fans. πŸ˜›


  28. @G2

    Troy..Stay out of trouble?? 😯 what kind of trouble could a bloke wearing Uggs, skinny jeans and a snood cause? πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰


  29. So here is my ugliest man in Britain list:

    1. Center Forward: Pete Pothestwaite. I think he might be deed, in which case the decay may give him the palor of a young John Carver and move him down a bit.

    2. Kevin Friend. Should always be the Ref as when he is 4th official he scares the Children on the front rows of the JH Stand.

    3. Alun Armstrong. A good wine gets better with age. Alun just gets uglier. Proves that leprosy is still active in Britain.

    4. Center back: Steve Bruce. He was once an athlete you know? Now he is just a fat Bernard Cribbins and referred to occasionally as Mrs. Doubtfire or Bagpuss. He once scored 19 goals in a season.

    5. Bringing up the rear, as always, John Carver. I do wish him luck though. As Sharpy said, he is much better to listen to than the Gob****e.


  30. Psychs

    How good looking are you? Life is not about looks but it’s about who you are. What’s inside. Handsome is as handsome does. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    The only thing Carver needs is a hair stylist. Where is my mate Stuart anyway. πŸ˜†


  31. @troy “Life is not about looks” you would say that mate πŸ˜‰

    anyway, stop having fun! this blog is going downhill 😯


  32. Troysta: just having fun about Carver’s looks. As I said before, me Mam thought he was in his 60s. I am an oil painting meself like. Pity it is a Picasso.


  33. My view on Carver is he’s pretty weak as he is accepting everything the club is demanding and a bit more. Not sure how that will play with the players.


  34. Stuart man, JC would do the job for nowt, and Ashley has him in the palm of his hand. JC isn’t a yes man, he’s a yes sir no sir three bags full sir man.
    The players will suss him out soon enough too..


  35. Kim exactly. JC seems like a regular at your local. Pardew is like the guy who shows up occasionally and has been punched by every regular at least once.

    Not that that matters in terms of managing, but it helps in rooting for the guy


  36. Who is bothered whether a manager is likeable or not. I just don’t get that. I don’t give a toss if he is ugly angry or loveable. It’s the results that matter. Look at Fergie.

    Ridiculous way to view a manager imo


  37. Troy agree 100%, for me there is no difference between a good looking yes man, and an ugly yes man. It’s all the same at the end of the day, all down to results..


  38. Troy it matters to me cause every time I saw his face I wanted to punch it, I can’t explain why, he just got right on my ****.


  39. from the chron:

    United fans could be excused for asking what on earth has happened to Jamaal Lascelles, the bright young kid recognised by England Under-21s who was snapped up in the summer but loaned back to Nottingham Forest.

    Viewed as a key player in an inevitable promotion push, Lascelles has instead become a periphery figure which has thrown up doubts about his development.

    He has played in only nine of Forest’s 28 Championship matches and a mere 91 minutes of football in 2015. 😯


  40. So I’ve just seen Nigel Pearson grab a player around the throat while he was on the floor after he accidentally fell into him…where is the media hysteria and outrage, can we expect an 8 match ban as well? πŸ˜•


  41. Defoe signing seems to be working out for the Scum as well, shame that. Might have been expensive but Ellis has pissed away money on plenty worse, defo less expensive than relegation like!

    Will be happy enough with Villa going down, just a shame we wouldn’t get to send them down on the last day and repay their spite in kind!


  42. Fans are so fickle. I found the Liverpool fans astonishing, early in the season, jamming talksport radio, complaining that Rodgers was Clueless. Now they are all singing his praises.

    Football fans are pathetic really. That is in general. Some have foresight and understanding. That’s where I come in. Better knowledge of the game than the Clueless Crew who shout, stamp their feet and demand change to the problem without having a solution.

    I’m starting to think I should sell my advice. I would create a. confidential telephone line, so the likes of Begas, Aussie, MDS, ICE and the others could phone me in confidence, ensuring their shame was between me and them.

    I still cringe at the masses on here who hounded me for predicting Ashley would only produce mid table mediocrity. Check back on this blog, the term, regime amd mid table mediocrity was used by me before it even was mentioned in the local press. It’s now used all the time.

    I warned you about Pardew leaving. The list of managers who were prepared to walk over hot coals to manage us was fantasy. I will predict now that Carver will get the job if he has a half decent run to finish the season mid table.

    I’ve scoffed at fantasists who speculated about great signings, the club being in a great financial state. I keep at it because we aren’t. Ashley took over with a Β£70m debt which was managed by a mortgage. We now owe Ashley Β£130m because of relegation.

    I’m pleased everyone now understands that Ashley is bad for NUFC. It’s just such a shame it’s took you so long to catch on.

    You will in time understand that Pards was not such a bad manager as you all made out.

    You lot require the facts to hit you smack in the nose before you see it. I anticipate it and duck, so it’s not such a shock when the haymaker is thrown.

    When I say you. There are several who have the same foresight as me. It’s a gift.


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