Newcastle were given some good news today as star striker Papiss Cisse reaffirmed his intention to stay at St James’ Park. The Sun have reported that despite growing interest from Europe’s elite, the Senegalese striker wants to stay in the North-East for ‘many years’ after coming so close to Champions League qualification last year.
It is no wonder teams like Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen to bring the 27-year-old to their respective clubs. After signing for £10-million in January, Cisse went on to score 13 goals in 14 games including a wonder volley at Stamford Bridge in May. The same hope cannot be kept for strike partner Demba Ba as a £7 million release clause attracts interest from around Europe.
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.
Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.
Manchester City are lining up a shock move for Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini. According to reports in the Metro and Daily Star, Roberto Mancini is looking at the 30-year-old to provide back-up to his current first team defenders, Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott. However it is extremely unlikely that Alan Pardew would be wiling to let the Argentine leave as is he a crucial part of the first eleven that helped Newcastle to their best league position in 8 years.
Coloccini had his strongest season in English football in the last campaign, playing 31 league games and earning himself a spot in the PFA team of the year. The Newcastle captain only signed a four-year deal recently so a move to the champions could be an expensive one.
Newcastle have earmarked Luuk De Jong as their insurance should they lose Demba Ba this summer. The Daily Mirror have reported that the Tyneside club have been watching the Dutch youngster for two years and are now thinking about an offer. They are expecting to lose Ba for £7 million, with Tottenham being the favourites to sign the Senegalese striker and believe that De Jong will be available for the same amount.
FC Twente won’t be too keen on selling the highly rated attacker after he netted 32 goals in 50 games for the Eredevisie side last season, although manager Steve McClaren has admitted it will be hard to keep him. The Dutch international has played seven games for his country, scoring once.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba’s much talked about release clause comes into effect on Thursday, with both Chelsea and Tottenham ready to pounce.
The Daily Mirror report that the release clause, thought to be in the region of £7million will only be active for two months, given the 27-year-old his own transfer window essentially and this has alerted Chelsea and Tottenham who will jump at the chance to sign Ba for as little as £7million.
The striker scored 16 goals for Newcastle last season as they qualified for the Europa League but its thought that the release clause was essential in securing Ba’s signature.
According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United’s sensational striker Papiss Cisse is wanted by both Man Utd and Man City as Alan Pardew desperately tries to hold on to his prize asset.
Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 games since joining from Freiburg in January and has rightly attracted the interest from the two Manchester clubs who could be preparing a summer bid for the Senegal captain and this will not be the last time the rivals go head to head for a player this summer.
Pardew’s Newcastle came 5th and sacrificed Champions League qualification which could see top players like Cisse leave, though any bid would have to be greater than the £9million Newcastle paid for him.
Demba Ba has been a revelation since he joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, but members of the Newcastle camp have always been concerned by the £7 million buy-out clause in his contract. The Guardian is today reporting that Ba has refused to renegotiate this contract, leaving the buy-out clause in, and making him a cheap target for top sides including Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea are another team linked with the Senegalese striker, as he could provide a back up option to Fernando Torres.
Ba netted an impressive 16 goals last season; however the majority of these were scored at the start of the season before the arrival of his fellow country-man Papiss Cisse. This dip in goals in the second half of the season may prove just enough to keep him at Newcastle for at least another season.
Reports from the North East are suggesting that Newcastle United are losing a battle to secure the signature of highly-rated Ajax defender Jan Verthongen.
The Belgian international has impressed throughout the Eredivisie season in the Netherlands, becoming a key figure in the championship heading to Amsterdam.
The Northern Echo report that Newcastle United face stiff competition from A.C. Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Redknapp’s North London outfit were believed to have agreed a substantial with Ajax. However, Verthongen is believed to want to play in the Uefa Champions League, which Spurs will now be unable to provide in the coming season.
NUFC boss Alan Pardew has been tracking the Belgian defender for sometime but is believed to be looking at other targets.