Toon after Shikabala (+video). Big Sam after Nolan. Gervinho speaks.

Posted on June 8th, 2011 | 47 Comments |

Toon target Shikabala.
Shikabala: Toon target?
Newcastle United are supposedly interested in an Egyptian midfielder whilst Sam Allardyce wants our captain at West Ham.

Tomorrow might be a better day for transfer gossip as that’s when the French transfer window creaks open and allows a plethora of Gallic talent to enter the market. Given where our scouts seem to have been concentrating their investigations, the opening of the aforementioned window should be of particular interest to Newcastle.

In the meantime, it seems that West Ham are preparing a £3m bid for Kevin Nolan. Nolan apparently refused a two year extension to his Newcastle contract, preferring instead to get a five year extension, and is thus described as ‘unsettled’. Quite whether that means he’s actually looking to transfer is unclear. Alan Pardew is allegedly ‘battling’ to keep the player at Newcastle, although I have no idea how.

Rumour has it that Big Sam might also be interested in taking Alan Smith – who has recently been told he can leave Newcastle – to West Ham.

In terms of potential incoming personnel, reports (mainly from the foreign press) suggest we, along with Blackburn, are interested in Egyptian midfielder Mahmoud Shikabala. He currently plays at Zamalek in Egypt where he has bagged an astonishing 53 goals in 78 games for them. The 6ft, 25 year-old also has 1 goal in 11 games for the Egyptian national side.

Here’s a video of Shikabala in action:

The Gervinho situation still rumbles on and the press yesterday reported that Moneybags Manchester City are planning to hijack our (and Arsenal’s) move for Gervinho. Allegedly, a member of City’s negotiating team has already flown to France (well, got a plane to France to be precise) to get his beak in and try to secure a deal – no doubt involving immense wages – ahead of us.

In a recent interview in France’s L’Equipe Gervinho said:

Everything is still possible. Between leaving and staying, there is always a choice to make. I have a one year contract and we are still in discussions. What is certain is that I will stay [he actually said ‘I will be prolonged’] or I will leave.

So I’m glad that’s cleared things up!

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47 Responses

  1. very funny article, like the dry and black humor.. as to the transfer side of things.. well all that can be known is the everyone we have is for sale and we are in for every french player in the world, along with every ivory coast player along with anyone half decent in the championship and everyone is desperate to leave and we have dozens that we are closing in on..but of course we have signed no one as of yet and only the crap have left as well. its al lon a knife edge…

  2. Shikabala looks a bit like Jonas, but with a killer delivery. Don’t know how well he’d do in the EPL, but he looks decent enough. Worth a pop if the price is right.

  3. Shikabala…that reminds me of tshabalala…whatever happened to him. he looked good in the world cup, scoring one of its best goals. what would you guys say about him as a potential target?

  4. This really is going to be a new name linked everyday innit? Dont think I can handle this…

  5. jimbob,
    this is from a couple of days ago mate, not today, so still got todays to wait for & comment on.

  6. jimbob.
    me too mate, not on it & it pisses me off.

    tw@a would be a better name for it.

  7. Thump, I actually like the off or silly season. It seems to stimulate loads of daft rumours that can be very amusing and entertaining. You just know that 95% of the rumours (statistically proven) are a load of b*llocks and most of the players we are linked with will end up anywhere but here.
    I do love to see us being limked with Kaka, Messi et-al then see them going off to better teams such as Wigan.

    You have to admit it’s a bit of a laff though, innit!! :)

  8. Im 1ncr3da8ly L0n3ly And N33d Con7tant Att3ntion…. Thats what id call it :-)

  9. I’l just keep saying it. It’s what’s up front that counts” All the news is about mid-fielders, and strikers are what’s needed. Now NUFC have “Bad Ankle” Best, “Slo-mo Sho” and “Likable Loven”, No one knows about Ranger, but I’d offer an extension to Barton if he would take Ranger under his wings and pry him away from whatever off-field distractions are destroying his career.

  10. You would have barton take ranger under his wing??? Thats abit like letting a dog drive a bus


  11. I saw that last night clint, no way is he worth 20 million! I see bolton value cahill at 17 million! There not even that good, why english players have that kind of price is a joke.

  12. Is it just me, or is it getting really boring when the rags keep churning out the old line ” but the players prefers a move to…”
    You’re slaves, act like it & go where you’re sold to.

  13. :)

    english players prices are absurd, obscene & damned right stupid mate.

  14. Hey, if we get any more Taylor’s in, will that mean we eventually get a really good new strip?

  15. This guy looks top class, would definitly like to see him and possibly Shane Long join the Toon!!! Why arent other clubs aftr him though???

  16. Clint, refering to stevie wonder performing open heart surgery, its obviously risky as he is under qualified for the job, although he is good with his hands, im sure that organs, such as the heart, do not have braille.

    Right im off the the airport, I have made a twitter account so I can keep updated with everything.

  17. See Manure & L’pool have made moves in the market already & as usual we’ve done sweet FA

  18. witters,
    do you mean we haven’t bought anyone or we’re not doing anything?
    Haven’t we got Abeid in & are working on Cabaye & others?

  19. Abeid….isnt that the kid who will not even see first team action for around 400 years?
    We are meant to have this cabaye bloke…is he any good?

  20. english u and liverpool paying big money for average players…thats the way forward..what ever u say about ashley he has got this 1 wright..dont give in 2 english players who are not worth the money..they see pound signs and dont care shit about your club..

  21. phil jones from blackburn is having a medical…yes realy united u can compete with barca buying him…

  22. @Grumpy Old Toon: Aye, I like it for the rumours and anticipation but for somebody wanting to write, it gets a bit difficult. I don’t like publishing speculation and rumour :(

  23. we should get a sweepstake going for who goes and who comes in and amount spent. closest one takes the pot.

  24. Clint, nowhere yet mate, just went to pick a mate up. Still got plenty of saving to do before im off again :-)

  25. What the hell is up with Kevin Nolan, wont sign the new contract he has been offered? Was it only a couple of weeks ago he was waxing lyrical about how great Ashley was, blah, blah. Now because the club wont give him a 5year contract on the same inflated wages he gets at the moment, he’s unsettled?

    If that his attitude, sod off, I will respect him for his leadership over the last two seasons, but I will never forgive him for his role in the Andy Carroll transfer.

    Nobody is indispensable, that goes for Nolan, Barton and AC if it comes to it.

  26. toonie1949 says:
    June 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    “What the hell is up with Kevin Nolan, wont sign the new contract he has been offered?”

    What contract has he been offered Toonie?

  27. batty, you’re a forty odd year old man. Have a word with yourself, grow up and seek psychiatric help because you really do have mental health problems. Seriously.

  28. Like the look of the fella in the video seems to like to run at people to me might be right up our street if the price is right

  29. Hmmm he looks decent in that vid, tho i think hes seems to be playing against defenders that are allergic to tackling!!

    Looks an exciting player tho.

  30. ouch Worky, you and Mr Batty had another fall-out? :D

    …as for Shikabala, he has the name to inspire a thousand chants, as well as sounding like shish kebab. That’s good enough for me. We’d just need Pitta Crouch, Ashley Coleslaw and any player from Chile – job done.


  31. ….and yeah, he does look decent on the pitch too. A bit like our old chum Laurent Robehhhhrrrrrr, but with b0ll0cks.

  32. Worky – Re Kevin Nolan and contract, I think it was in The Guardian yesterday.

  33. Rodzilla says:
    June 8, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    “ouch Worky, you and Mr Batty had another fall-out?”

    Rod, for months he has been posting under various usernames saying that I like ‘ladyboys’ for some strange reason, calling me a ‘shitstabber’ and various other terms of homophobic abuse. In the end, I had to ban him as I’m not having that kind of crap on this ‘blog, especially from someone who is getting on for 50. He has also been abusing another contributor too.

  34. Toonie1949 says:
    June 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    “Worky – Re Kevin Nolan and contract, I think it was in The Guardian yesterday.”

    Toonie, was it Louise Taylor?