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Newcastle United Stars to be Sold

Updated on May 12, 2012

With the final game of the EPL season upon us the noise starts around the transfer window and which teams are buying and selling. Speculation also starts on which players are being targetted by other clubs.

I have already written about the Newcastle United success story but this article is more about how the team could be broken up in the off season now that the team will be Europe. Other teams are circling as they have seen 'budget' Newcastle buy and sell so well and now want a piece of the action - namely by buying some of the stars in the line up. But for the Toon fans the good news is that Mike Ashby is treating the club like a business and won't buy over priced replacements as well as not accepting small prices for his stars. If other clubs come...they better bring large chequebooks.

Let's look at the early rumour transfer targets from NUFC!

Yohan Cabaye

Cabaye was bought from Lille at the start of last season for just £4.3m. This is a steal in the EPL! He has flourished under Alan Pardew and the set up at Newcastle to beome one of the better players in the EPL as well as expecting a call up to represent France at the European Cup during the summer.

This bargain buy have the likes of Manchester United circling and there will be little that Newcastle could do if they offer him a fat salary, champions league football and a massive transfer cheque. While Cabaye would be a loss for Newcastle, especially as they enter Europe according to the Manager, Alan Pardew, there is a plan B:

"...we are trying to bring another player to the club who is close to Yohan Cabaye. That is another little connection and a bit of a clue for you."

Demba Ba

Striker Demba Ba has scored 17 goals for Newcastle this season in 39 appearances. He came to Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham at the end of last season and has turned into another bargain buy. There is also an argument that if Newcastle didn't have Ba, then maybe they wouldn't have Cisse as well, as both are from Senegal.

Ba does have a contract and there is a rumour that he can exit for as low as a £5m transfer fee. While most believe this is not entirely true, Newcastle are trying to sort out the contract right now.

What we do know is that the owner of NUFC, Mike Ashley, is a difficult seller. He is not going to let someone go for £7m, he is going to want top, top money.

So anyone coming to try and get Ba or any other of the stars better be ready to pay.

This Summer

Bookmark this hub as I continue to revisit what has occured during the summer and the transfer window.

There will be sales and there will be buys. As soon as the deal has been done I'll update the impacts and implications to the Toon as they return to Europe!

And remember - Mike Ashby (love him or hate him) is essentially a business man and he will be working deals to continue to make Newcastle profitable and successful both on and off the park. The Carroll transfer is an example of this attitude that continue to bring long term, sustainable success to the Toon. Cheers Michael


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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks mate and looking forward to the European games next year. In Australia the games come in around 5.00am so I get to watch the Toon live before work!

      Agree that Ba looks unhappy, especially with Cisse taking up the scoring work, but don't they look dangerous with two capable strikers.

      Going to be a very interesting off season. Cheers Michael

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      JBastow 5 years ago from Gateshead United Kingdom

      European football next season mike! Another great hub about the Toon and I think that Demba Ba will definitely go in the summer as they're are allot of rumours of it over here in Newcastle. I was in the sauna in the gym the other day and I was talking to some man who claims that he knows Steven Taylors dad and according to him Demba Ba is not happy at Newcastle and judging by recent performances it doesn't take a genius to work that out.

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Agree Chef-de-jour, Newcastle have been the suprise packet this year. When I previewed the year back in August I didn't think that Newcastle would be in the top 10 let alone ahead of the mackems! Next year will be the test playing in an extra competition that will bring stress to the list and if a couple do leave and those that come in aren't as good, then who knows what will be the outcome.

      Looks like another rollicking ahead for the Geordies. Cheers Michael

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      Andrew Spacey 5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Well, final EPL day here we are! Thanks Mike. Newcastle will have to strengthen their squad in the summer if they're to compete strongly in Europe, especially if they make the CL. I'd say they'll need two new defenders and a midfielder for cover and with the way things are moving they could attract quality.

      NUFC are the surprise package no doubt.Manager of the season, goal of the season? Can't be bad! Toon fans are in heaven at present but how long will it last I ask myself? I'll be watching with eagle eyes when the new season gets under way August. Good luck Mr Pardew.

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      Michael Kromwyk 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Apparently Newcastle are financially stable now JKenny, but Ashby has stated that he will run this like a business - buy low to sell high. So they will continue to sell the stars to buy new players that are just as capable to continue to build.

      I agree that they are mad to sell their stars, but I'm just a's not my business!

      Would love to see Leeds & Wednesday back in the EPL, but it may be long way off!

      Cheers Michael

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Interesting hub. If Newcastle finish in the top four, then they would be stark raving mad to get rid of players like Cabaye and Ba; even if the likes of Man City and Man United come calling.

      Are Newcastle still in financial difficulty? Or they have they stabilised now? If there are still financial concerns then it may best to offload the stars for the right price, it would be a shame though, because they have come so far in such a short space of time.

      I like seeing Newcastle near the top of the league, reminds me of the mid 90s when the Premier League was at its best. Just need the likes of Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday to get their act together and return to where they belong.