The NUFC Blog Live Transfer Window Countdown!

Posted on January 31st, 2012 | 32 Comments |

Watch the magic window and keep updated on all the Newcastle United deadline drama.

Ok, Here we go…

Just a few hours to go before we learn of any in and/or outs on the final day of this January’s transfer window.

As we’ve already signed Papiss Demba Rodney Cisse early in the window for a reported £9m, attention has swung violently towards the defensive side of things. I think it’s safe to say that most fans of Newcastle United would like to see some new blood in the centre back and fullback positions. It seems that the scouting team have been checking out many players that play these positions for what seems like years. It could actually be years!

We all know the players targeted (if the press are to be believed), so I won’t bore you with names and further speculation, but you never know with Newcastle these days. They have come up with the odd surprise in recent times, doing a lot of background work and attempting to make a lot of signings out of the usual glare of the press limelight and under the radar of other clubs.

Of course, the media thrive on anything Newcastle United (just look at the recent unpleasantness), and will seemingly leave no stone unturned in their quest to alert Spurs, Liverpool and the like to our supposed potential signings.

What or who do you want in?

Will we get the centre back that we need?

Will we be underwhelmed?

Will we lose anyone?

It’s looking like a relatively chaste transfer window so far, where Newcastle are, as I type this, still the biggest spenders this window, who’d a’thunk it?

So, without further ado, I give you the Toon transfer window watch.


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  1. I have it on a reliable source (Twitter) that in a bold and unseen move, Alan Pardwho and the Director of All Things Fat and Round, have made an audacious last-minute bid for the entire Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage).

    Yes, NUFC have lashed out umpteen and severally pounds in an attempt to buy the entire Tunisian football squad.

    In a brief, and slightly incoherent post-Watneys interview Alan Pardwho was heard to mumble:

    “Look, if we buy the lot, one of them has to be half decent. I didn’t come here just for the sun, sea, and sex.
    Though that helps.”

    Possibly the biggest last-day transfer headline since Andy Carroll confessed to hating the River Mersey, and that bloddy ferry and accompanying song, NUFC have again confounded all expectations by beating the January deadline, and picking up several teenage Tunisian boys for next to nothing.

    “Logic tells me”, continued Pardwho, “We’ll never make Europe, but we can take the African Cup of Nations. Mine’s a pint, Ashers.”

    Your reporter, on his radar, having heard a whisper, and all that tosh at this point made his excuses and left. And stopped hacking mobile phone calls. And intercepting emails.

    Which is what matters.

  2. Skysports must be gutted, this transfer window is a proper damp squib, doubt we’ll see any outgoings from toon and unlikely anyone in as Watford have priced Marippa out
    Still we got Cisse and despite everyone banging on as to how we were gonna lose Ba, Cabaye, Col, Tiote and Krul we’ve kept the lot ( well so far at least )
    funny everyone was moaning that we needed a striker and we got one, now everyone’s moaning about a CB, if we get one there’ll be nowt to moan about!!!

  3. stevep says:
    January 31, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    “and unlikely anyone in as Watford have priced Marippa out”

    They accepted a fee from Wigan though stevep, £2.5 million. It’s just that he won’t join them.

  4. Breaking News:
    Newcastle have opted against renewing their interest in Watford’s Adrian Mariappa in order to free up funding towards a new revolutionary process called Defender X. Defender X will require Newcastle’s existing centre-half pairing of Mike Williamson and Fabricio Collocini to have their skeleton’s entirely coated with the invulnerable metal Adamantium. It is hoped that this ground breaking process will give Newcastle the defensive ‘steel’ they require to carry them through the second half of the season. Reports that Collocini and Williamson would be assuming the codenames Colverine and Wilverine are unsubstantiated at present.

  5. Wouldn’t it be quite a story if Newcastle end up with the most expensive transfer of the window. Never in my wildest dreams…

  6. I must admit that none of my wildest dreams have included a footballer – now, if you want to talk about air hostesses ….

  7. well has been a very quite window good in a way as dont really want to see mariappa wait till the summer and do the business then of finding a defender. and no out going’s!! hour of the window left should be good

  8. So all those stories about big clubs preparing big swoops on Tiote, Ba etc were a total fiction.

    Munich Mag, there’s no need to vandalise Clint’s blogs just because you have some kind of vendetta against me. I knew I should have banned you in the first place.

  9. It seems very strange that the fa had games scheduled for today with it being the final day of the window ‘n’ all.

    They are off their heeds that lot.

  10. good to see nobody leave , but where was the defender we need and have targeted this window, a bit of a shame if pards only put his eggs in one basket.gota have plans in place, as that is what let us down last jan on the striker side of things! really dont wana see us with perch at the back ever!

  11. So, no new defender then, a very risky situation – we are now a couple of bookings and/or an injury away from a crisis which could cost millions in league position payments alone.
    Good management? I suppose with the Collo & Simpson contracts not sorted yet it would be difficult to go for a quality player (assuming one was available & willing) – and clearly they consider that stop gaps were over priced.
    What we need now is luck that the crisis does not occur before summer when the real market opens and we will have the cash to sort things out properly – but its a damn risky way to run any business.

  12. So, beat Blackburn & we’re 5th, beat Villa at home & we’re equal 4th on points! All the top teams are playing each other so we have a chance to barge in –


  13. Supermac says:
    February 1, 2012 at 12:54 am

    “So, no new defender then, a very risky situation”

    Well they said Mariappa turned down Wigan because he wanted to join Newcastle, but it looks like Ashley wasn’t willing to match Wigan’s offer Supermac.

    It was Best who turned down Celtic allegedly. If true that would mean the club were willing to let him go?

  14. I feel sorry for Mariappa. He had the opportunity to further his career in a top premiership club. I bet now he is not too pleased with his own club Watford, who now have I’m sure a very unhappy player.

    I’m glad we didn’t give in to Watford’s excessive demands (some say £4m) that were way over the top for a player unproven at the highest level, who was in all honesty only going to be 4th in the CB pecking order.

    Looks like Carr will have ‘CB at reasonable price’ top of his scouting to-do list.

    All in all, a good transfer window. We got a top striker, didn’t lose any of our key players, and Alan Smith eventually left. Not bad at all.

  15. Kamar says:
    February 1, 2012 at 7:12 am

    “I’m glad we didn’t give in to Watford’s excessive demands (some say £4m)”

    Kamar, they accepted £2.5 million from Wigan.

    Does that mean we in turn should also acquiesce whenever any “reasonable” offers come in for our players from better clubs?

  16. worky,

    maybe watford were playing hardball with us?

    £2.5m was absolutely top end for mariappa, for me like.
    I read some stuff where twatford fans were saying ‘get shot’ for £1-2m, so who knows?

  17. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    February 1, 2012 at 10:37 am

    “twatford fans”

    That’s not very nice Clint. I thought you were a big Elton John fan too, especially that one he did for Lady Di?

  18. Can’t I’m too dissapointed with the window. I half did expect a last minute gem from the Magic Transfer Hat along the lines of a Tiote or Cabaye but as already has been said, no outgoings that will hurt us.

    We have a bunch of good young players just gagging for first team places and no new players should enhance their prospects, which is no bad thing imo.

    A strike force of Ba and/or Cisse can’t be bad, just hope they improve on their ACON performances! Will they play tonight?

    Two wins in our next two games and our lounge lizard manager will be flavour of the fans yet again.

    No TV tonight not even highlight as far as I can see, unless Sky show bits of it.

  19. Can’t “Say”! I always check my comments before posting but errors somehow manage to creep in. Got to be an age thing. :)

  20. Grumpy Old-Toon says:
    February 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

    “No TV tonight not even highlight as far as I can see, unless Sky show bits of it.”

    It’s on foreign telly though Grumpy, so there should be a stream or two of the game somewhere.

  21. As far as I can see Mariappa could only be an over priced reserve – worth getting for peanuts but not more.

    Our first choice is –
    Danny Simpson – Fabricio Coloccini – Steven Taylor – Davide Santon

    Our reserves are –
    Mike Williamson – James Perch – Ryan Taylor – Tamas Kadar
    So where does £4m for Mariappa make sense?

    especialy as Kadar’s contract runs out in June so its time he was given a chance to earn a renewal.

    It Collo & Simpson don’t sign up soon then that’s 3 defenders we need to replace – this was not the time to try to do it. These 3 need to be given a deadline and a proper plan put into place – guys like Mariappa should have no place in that plan.

    Blackburn 0 NUFC 2


  22. Supermac says:
    February 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

    “So where does £4m for Mariappa make sense?”

    Supermac, our final bid for him was £2.25 million, we could have had him for £2.5 million (which is what they accepted from Wigan) but sadly, we just couldn’t match the fianancial muscle of the North West giants.

  23. worky,

    i have a few t’watford friends mate & they concur with my little handle for their humble abode.
    Good Lads btw & take it in good faith.