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Newcastle Transfer News: Magpies To Make January Bid For Alfreo Finnbogason

3 Nov

Alfreo Finnbogason

Newcastle United are set to make a January bid for Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason, according to The Journal.

The 24-year-old emerged as a target for the Magpies earlier in the summer but failed to arrive at St James’ Park after a frustrating transfer window of inactivity for manager Alan Pardew and director of football Joe Kinnear.

French striker Loic Remy, who has joined the club on loan from Queens Park Rangers, was the duo’s only signing after recruitment efforts at the North East club fell by the wayside.

Since the closure of the window last Monday, Pardew’s only public utterance has been a club-sanctioned statement last week while Kinnear is thought to be out of the country as the dust settles on a summer of frustration.

Both will be hoping for better luck when the window re-opens in January, with Newcastle expected to renew their interests in Finnbogason.

The striker was offered to the Magpies by Dutch outfit Heerenveen earlier this summer for a fee of around 5 million.

Instead, the Toon club opted to look elsewhere but, having missed out on their desired targets, are prepared to go back in for Finnbogason, who has something of a prolific strike rate.

The Icelandic international has hit 30 goals in 35 appearances for Heerenveen since signing from Lokeren last year.

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NUFC Transfer News: Yohan Cabaye Put Off Gunners Over “Reserve” Label

10 Oct

David Nelson

David Nelson

The reason why Arsenal’s potential deal for Newcastle’s French midfielder died has apparently been confirmed by former BBC Sport correspondent James Pearce.

Pearce left the BBC recently to concentrate on a freelance career, but he is still close to the game, and according to his source, the deal died when Mike Ashley allowed the Franch midfielder to listen in on a call between the two parties during negotiations for the player.

During that call, not only was Cabaye’s valuation confirmed as 25million – a lot more than the 10million that the Gunners reportedly bid for Cabaye – but even more importantly, the Arsenal side of the conversation rather disparagingly referred to the French national player as a reserve…

Cabaye Tweet

Having had his head turned by Arsenal’s interest – in the words of manager Alan Pardew at least, Cabaye was apparently put off the move when he heard that. And it’s not at all surprising, considering the Frenchman’s need to play first team football in a World Cup year (especially after national coach Didier Deschamps insisted he sort his future out before playing for France again.)

So, unless Paris Saint Germain, or another interested party, emerges with a 25million bid for Cabaye, in this context, it doesn’t seem that the former Lille captain will be leaving St James Park in this window. It remains to be seen what his next step will be however, with a mixed reaction at the Newcastle ground on Saturday suggesting that he has some way to go to convince a section of the Newcastle fans that he will be committed to the cause.

Perhaps an apology will come next?

Quite how true the story is remains to be seen, considering the assumption that Mike Ashley isn’t actually directly involved in transfers, but if it is true, it could have wider implications on how willing clubs are to deal with Newcastle, if they suspect similar conduct.

Are you happy with this news? Or would you have preferred an incoming transfer fee to allow Newcastle to reinvest after an infamously quiet summer saw only one incoming deal for Loic Remy? Share your thoughts below.

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