Transfer window gathers pace

Closing in on Remy...Again!
Closing in on Remy…Again!
Having already welcomed Henri Saivet and Jon Jo Shelvey to the club this January, there are rumours that the business is not done yet – with Andros Townsend apparently on his way in a £12m deal. What else can we expect before the window slams shut?

Well it has tonight been confirmed that 24-year-old Shane Ferguson has been released and signed a n 18-month deal with Millwall, where be has featured over 25 times this season, scoring twice. A hard working player with a very good cross on him, his stamina is what seemed to let him down at the top level, which is a shame. On the bright side, our squad is carrying a lot of players that offer little to the squad – either in terms of ability, consistency or being injury prone – so it’s good to see spaces beginning to be freed up in order to allow players to come in that can offer Newcastle United genuine depth of quality and tactical flexibility.

Marveaux, Gouffran, Obertan, Williamson, Cisse, Heidara, Taylor and a few others fit that catagory – and most of them can be expected to be moved on either in the remainder of this window or during the summer. What we can expect during the next week is for the tough tackling, talented but not often available Cheick Tiote to complete his £5m move to China, whilst French Flop Florian Thauvin should go back to Marseille on loan – hopefully with a compulsory buy back clause…

Fans are split on whether Townsend is value for the quoted £12m fee being paid for him by virtue of his lack of recent first team football and tendency to cut in and shoot at goal – usually missing the target. That said, he is a natural left footed winger with searing pace and something to prove – who has Premier League experience, so he should definitely add quality and threat to our play, especially if deployed from the left wing in his stronger foot as opposed to the right like he was at Spurs. See an example of what he could bring below;

To round off this window and give ourselves a solid chance of survival, we need to sign a striker. With Pato said to have finalised his Chelsea move and Adebayor now a Crystal Palace player, our chances of re-signing Loic Remy have increased. He is proven in the Premiership and proven whilstcwearing our colours. He is keen to secure a move this January because he knows he won’t make the France squad for the Euro’s if he’s not playing regularly. Fingers crossed for this one because signing Remy is a no-brainer if we want a goalscorer capable of making an immediate impact. Here’s a reminder of what he could bring us;

There has been talk of Lacazette , which as impressive as it would be – would still be a gamble as he has not played inbtbis league before. Meanwhile, the £25m being quoted for Berahino is far too steep. Whilst Mitrovic has stuttered somewhat in front of goal this season, Berahino’s general stats this season are no better than Mitro’s. With a heavy price tag and questionable attitude, I’m not sure he is the right man for us. But you never know…

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516 thoughts on “Transfer window gathers pace

  1. Ffs just read we are activily talking too Gomis apparently we have met Swansea’s terms and the only thing is we have offerd him 2.5 year contract but hè wants 3.5 year . Hope this one does not go through .

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  2. Funky @375 😆 so true.

    I guess we’ll see how well Remy does at Leicester to know whether playing hard ball was the right choice for us….Even as it stands now this window has been a success, there’s no excuse for this side to be in the bottom 3 now or at the end of the season, but some proper reinforcements would have calmed the nerves 🙂

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  3. Not a success without a proven goal scorer newkie, it’s goals that win you games. Gomis is not the answer either sadly.

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  4. Kim ‘re: Siquera – I’m a bit downheartened by that. I want a LB that can defend. We have plenty of strength in the attacking winger and MF mould. If we want to stop shipping goals now, we need defenders that defend, not attack.

    Would rather have the Argentine from Valencia.

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  5. …I guess it’s reassuring that Balague says he will adapt quickly and of course I won’t write him off without seeing him play. Fingers crossed he helps the cause, would just rather we had a solid defensive full back for a change..

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  6. Kim – we had the same front line last year and we have far more goal scorers in midfield now. No excuses if Schteve can’t get them scoring.

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  7. Look even if it is Gomis, at least he will give us an option up front…. solid window to date… just need to cap it off..

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  8. Gomis record in England: 59 games, 16 goals, 3 assists. Contribution: 1 goal in 3.

    Remy record in England: 76 games, 32 goals, 6 assists. Contribution: 1 goal every 2 games…

    Not that Remy is coming, but his record is far superior and he is younger too.

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  9. CC how many apperances have they both had though? Remy Has hardly had a decent run of games since he Joined Chelsea . Looking at those stats Gomis certainly knows where the goal is though , double figures in every season.

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  10. Newks, well you are right about one thing, we will have to hope these midfield wonder signings will chip in enough to win us some games, cause the front guys are floundering.

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  11. Sham, ah, didn’t realise mate, doh. Gomis stats don’t look too bad but I have to wonder why they would sell to us.

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  12. Gomis is average. CCs stats are misleading because he is including the last 8 years in France. You can’t compare France to the PL.

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  13. Could be wrong but maybe Shelvey has had a input with SM over Gomis after all it was him that used to feed him,still I don’t fancy him one bit

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  14. Axel

    Gomis hasn’t been a constant starter either let’s not forget, He spent from August until January last season as a sub with Bony starting ahead of him & like Shelvey has struggled to fit into Swanseas tedious style but has still scored more than all of our strikers this season.

    Wouldn’t be my first choice by any means, but compared to someone like Doumbia who has played about 6 months in a half decent league…

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  15. Berahino: 101 games, 35 goals, 9 assists. Contribution: Almost 1 goal in 2 and 22 years old. Although his stats have not been great this season, he would still be head and shoulders our best striker.

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  16. Sham, he gives us another option.. got a better history of scoring than Mitro, who in all reality is still a very inexperienced striker.. would I like someone better..of course.. but if he is the one then…bang em in son..make yourself a toon legend!

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  17. Gomis has averaged 65 minute over 23 games this season. Not exactly a bit part player bit yes, less of a risk compared to Doumbia for sure.

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  18. CC, if you want me to agree that Gomis had better stats than Remy in France then go ahead- but it does not change the fact that French stats have sod all to do with the PL, where Remy has walked all over Gomis’ stats.

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  19. Gomis is total ****e. only looked good against us. was dropped last season for Bony and has been dropped this season despite them playing crap..

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  20. It makes you wonder about the mercenary nature of players now days, taking the big pay check over game time. So many players could really make a name for themselves at clubs and be a proud part of a clubs history. But, a two year stint is the norm for a good player before they chase glory elsewhere. Many a promising career has been squandered by jumping ship for greener pastures. Where are the future legends going to come from?

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  21. Kim – we’ve actually only scored two less than watford, which could be taken from their results against us. And we’ve also scored more than Palace and Stoke…Apparently Schteve was looking at the defence as his top priority. I assume he’ll still be looking at it by the end of the season, and he won’t even have got round to the scoring goals bit 😆

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  22. Still think 11.5 mil is a lot for Remy plus the wages he is getting is the same he’s getting at Chelsea,on the other hand cheap if he keeps you up,tough one to call but heh didn’t want to come so move on

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  23. Mitrovics and Gomis actually have pretty much identical stats this season in terms of game time, direct goal contribution, chances created etc etc. I would not say one is better than the other, but I’d say Mitro is brand new to this league so whilst he can be forgiven, Go-mis certainly can’t. What’s the point in bringing somebody in who is not an improvement in what we already have?

    My conclusion having properly looked at Gomis’ stats, is that we should be aiming higher – even if it costs over the odds. We need a goalscorer if we want to stay up. Simple as that.

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  24. Look If I was offered a choice between the two I’d take Remy; he’s an excellent versatile, player and did a good job for us but Gomis is not that bad.

    I honestly think it would take a bloody good striker (like Bony) to get anywhere near 20 goals at Swansea with their style. He’s obviously not the best we could do but I reckon he would get more goals than our current lot bar a fit Cisse.

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  25. Why isn’t Gomis getting a game at Swansea?

    Ultimately I won’t be a complete success if we don’t get a player who can put the ball in the net. Happy with who we’ve signed but if we still have the same problem after 1st Feb ie can’t score goals, then it won’t be a successful window at all really.

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  26. Can really see us getting no one for up front tbh. What can you do if Austin wanted to stay south, West Brom won’t sell, Lacazette ain’t interested and Remy turns us down yet again 🙄 it’s the worst case of unrequited love that one . Maybe Gomis is THE only viable option left. 😳

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  27. Well of Gomis comes in, at least we know we are maintaining status quo if Mitro gets injured. The thought of relying on Rivi in his absense is a concerning one.

    If he does come, we can’t expect fireworks up front and will have to hope Townsend et-al step up big time. No pressure…

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  28. I haven’t seen much on Gomis in the last few days, is he still a real possibility like?. I’ve only seen the lad on loan from Roma and us still flogging Berahino (dead) horse.

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  29. You don’t need to convince me Stu. I’ve only put those stats up because others have been comparing him to Remy and making excuses for him such as he has not been playing.

    Having looked closely at Berahinos record and despite his attitude and stats this season, he is still by far the best option availae for us who is available. We should pay more than we had wanted to in order to land him. Simple as that. There is nobody else out there that is viable or willing to come that would actually significant improve our front line.

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  30. Tough to convince a proven scorer to join us. If you were Berahino (and therefore not a Toon fan), would you rather join CL chasing Spurs or relegation battling NUFC? Would be one hell of a coup to get a player like him or Lazazette. Would be incredible, not just a good signing.

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  31. No Kim, I can totally understand why. Know its not going to happen, but when you are down the bottom and relegation is a possibility, you go and sign somebody who you know will keep you up. So yes, he’s getting on and Chealse wont go down, but want to save face and finish as high as possible. Worth it for prize/finishing place money alone.

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  32. Where did I say anything about Gomis not playing this season?

    I said he didn’t start much last season while Bony was there, I said that most would struggle to score in a team that creates as little as Swansea. We shall see with this new Italian striker

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  33. Valencia president has confirmed to Spanish media that they’re trying to sign the left back we want from Ath Madrid

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  34. Anyway why the **** I’m arguing over a player we won’t sign for a number of reasons I don’t know

    Same goes for Remy

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  35. Getting close to the end now. No more signings Lee? Feeling confident are we? Ready to explain what happened to the boss if we go down? How about you Graham?

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  36. CC you said Gomis has not been a constant starter before going in about the start of last season. The fact is though, he has been a constant starter for the sat year at least… Stu asked why he’s not getting games too. That’s why I put his record up so show he has been starting regularly for a long time….

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  37. We can’t even get players to come to us on loan. Do we destroy some players who come to us? The record seems to indicate it happens sometimes.

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  38. I’m getting a bit nervous now. We only have 19 midfielders on the books…. Is that enough? Is there such a thing as enough midfielders? I shouldn’t think so. Graham! Please go and scout some French midfielders for us before it’s too late…..

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  39. List of Lee Charnley’s excuses to Ashley if we go down:
    1. I had the sniffles for the whole season Mike.
    2. Also I had an ingrown toenail and a narsty rash in an awkward place.
    3. None of the other Managing Directors would answer the phone when I called them.
    4. My mother in law came to stay with us and kept calling me a tw@t.
    5. I lost Joe Kinnear’s phone number.

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  40. What’s a good experience level and average age for strikers in a relegation battle? Let’s see our fit strikers have an average age of 22 and a total Prem experience of 75 appearances with 19 goals. Ahhhh, excellent Lee. Why that’s 1 goal every 4 matches between the two of them Lee. No problem at all then……

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  41. What do our board discuss when they get together do you lot think? Where they’re going for their next holiday? What they’re going to tell Mike when we get relegated? How they all knew we should have signed a proper CB and striker but just couldn’t get them over the line? It’s a puzzle…..

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  42. There is a very pacy striker playing for Coventry. Has scored 17 in 24 appearances. Worth a punt. Perhaps a better bet than Gomis.

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  43. Groucho
    I don’t understand any person who has watched Armstrong playing for us in the premier league to now suggest we should give him a chance when the coaches and management aren’t prepared to.
    He was out of his depth when he played for us and we can only assume the coaches will be all over his performances at Coventry. If he was considered good enough he would be playing for us.
    Forget about Armstrong for now.

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  44. Armstrong is fine where he is. He’s getting experience and confidence and that will improve him immeasurably.

    Personally now I reckon we might end up with Gomis but I just don’t know how it will be structured. I doubt it would be a loan deal and if we buy him does that mean we don’t buy a better striker? Or maybe he replaces Cisse?

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  45. Being stuck with Gomis until he is 33 when he’s not prolific anyway sounds like a desperate move that will end badly.

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  46. I reckon we’ll pull a name from left field that nobody has heard of. It’s not just Berahino, Gomis and Remy in the world…

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  47. SHAM@447 I agree mate imo a loan for a striker is the way to go as I think they are set on Lyon c/f in the summer,I would like to see them go in with WBA cannot refuse in the long run it would be cheaper plus he can play more than just a c./f

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