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Newcastle United should be rivalling QPR for Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker in action for Cardiff City in the Premier League

Caulker – Looks set for a move to newly promoted side Queens Park Rangers

There is no doubt that the valuation of young England players with minimal Premier League experience has become somewhat of a joke in recent years. Luke Shaw – a fantastic talent with a huge future ahead of him no doubt – left Southampton for Manchester United in a £34m move, after just one season of proper Premier League football. Adam Lallana’s £25m price-tag which saw him join Liverpool has also been questioned by others, and although another very talented player, their respective costs are at least double their true value in a fair transfer market. However, while the world has gone mad with excessive transfer fee, one Englishman, by the name of Steven Caulker, seems set for a £9m move to newly promoted outfit Queens Park Rangers following Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League.

This is one deal that I feel represents true value for money. He was one of Cardiff’s shining lights in a woeful season in Wales, and it surprises me, even disappoints me, to see that no other club seems to be challenging Harry Redknapp for the England capped defender.

Before the Premier League campaign ended last season I wrote of how I thought Newcastle should make a move for Caulker. Powerful in the air, dominant at the back and with real influence among a back four – Newcastle [Read on →]

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France’s World Cup exit will kick-start NUFC transfer activity

Mathieu Debuchy battles for possession with Germany's Mario Gotze

Debuchy – Likely to secure move away from Newcastle with Arsenal preparing offer

In a rather turgid affair, Germany secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over France to progress to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup courtesy of a first half header from Mats Hummels. The Borussia Dortmund defender rose above Rafael Varane to brilliantly nod home the opening goal of the game, as France showed little fighting spirit to force their way back into the game. In turn, France’s exit sees Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko return home to Newcastle, but for how long is the real question. Debuchy has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, and it seems as if he will make a decisive choice on his club for next season when he touches back down on Tyneside. Sissoko has also been linked with a move away, and will surely have impressed many with a solid performance at the competition which saw him net against the Swiss. While much of the talk has been dominated by Arsenal’s interest in Debuchy, the return home of Les Bleus will also, fingers crossed, well and truly kick-start Newcastle’s recruitment drive.

Rémy Cabella, a latecomer to the France setup, did not play one minute in Brazil, much to the disappointment of Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin who was hoping that any performances at the World Cup would boost his price tag by at least €5-10m. Thankfully, Cabella’s place on the bench throughout the tournament should mean Newcastle will be relatively unrivalled in their pursuit of the 23 year-old.

Newcastle’s next signing will likely come after Debuchy departs. While there hasn’t been anything concrete regards Mathieu’s move away, I [Read on →]

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Is this the ‘Spanish based’ goal-scorer Newcastle United are chasing?

Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring for Sevilla

Bacca – Linked with move to Premier League with NUFC and Everton interested

Ever since Newcastle United completed the ‘coup’ of Siem de Jong from Ajax, supporters are slowly but surely getting their hopes up for more signings in the very near future. Although the signing of de Jong cannot come as a major shock, the fashion in which the club sealed a 6 year-deal for the Dutch international did catch a lot of us by surprise as we did not assume that NUFC were in heavy discussions with that particular playmaker. With Siem in the door, all of us are hoping that at least four more first team players will sign the dotted line at St. James’ Park, and the latest name to be linked with a move is Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca. The local media up North have run a story for the past couple of weeks suggesting that the Magpies’ had a forward on their shopping list who is currently plying his trade in the Spanish leagues.

Having signed Ayoze Perez from Tenerife a month previous, such intent to lure talent from the La Liga/Segunda División is clear, and although the majority of our targets are of course French-based, it seems that our focus is slowly but surely shifting to different leagues across Europe.

For many of you who may not know Carlos Bacca by name – he is a 27 year-old Colombian striker who joined Sevilla just a year ago from [Read on →]

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Newcastle reportedly closing in on Debuchy replacement

Daryl Janmaat in action for the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup

Janmaat – Reported to be the preferred replacement for departing Debuchy

It seems almost inevitable that Mathieu Debuchy was going to leave Newcastle United in the very near future, but today there seems to have been concrete movement on part of Arsenal to bring the French international to the Emirates. Debuchy’s future at St. James’ Park had been under scrutiny since January following the departure of his best friend, and Newcastle’s best player, Yohan Cabaye, who left for Paris Saint Germain. While PSG are rumoured to be chasing Mathieu’s signature, Arsenal seem to be in pole position, and realistically represent a better deal for the 28 year-old who is currently preparing for the World Cup Quarter Final with France in Brazil. Such speculation has been further fueled by Debuchy’s decision to remove any reference to Newcastle United from his Twitter bio – a small issue, but arguably an enormous indicator of a player’s future in the 21st century. The biggest news however, is that Newcastle are lining up a replacement for Debuchy, and it looks like Daryl Janmaat is the preferred option.

Janmaat is also at the 2014 World Cup preparing for a quarter-final of his own with the Netherlands, and despite rumoured interest from Manchester United, there are a number of reports emerging from his motherland that Newcastle are close to sealing a deal with Feyenoord for the right-back.

The Dutch head-coach, Louis van Gaal, who is set to take over at Manchester United when the World Cup ends has naturally been [Read on →]

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