ARCHIVE NEWS - JUNE 2011
28th June 2011 - Neil Taylor Bid Rejected
Swansea City have rejected Newcastle's bid for Welsh full back Neil Taylor.
Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins: "We have rejected Newcastle's bid. We recognise Neil as a young talent that has an important role to play at this club. We have helped nurture his development. That is why I spoke to Neil's agent today and he understands the situation."
"My game is about working hard and scoring goals."
18th June 2011 - Sylvain Marveaux To Sign
Newcastle have won the race to sign Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux. The 25 year old has agreed terms with the club and will formally complete the move for an undisclosed fee on 1st July when he will sign a five year deal. Sylvain has now fully recovered from a groin injury which saw him frustrated at missing the final months of last season with Rennes.
Premier League rivals Liverpool had appeared to be favourites to sign the player who was keen to quickly dispel rumours that there had been a problem with a medical examination on Merseyside on Thursday.
Sylvain Marveaux: "Frankly, the rumours are nonsense. The medical at Liverpool went off smoothly. I'm in excellent health and ready to play. I returned to training with Rennes and could have played the last match of the season if the club wanted me to. I am disgusted to read rumours like that. It could affect the rest of my career."
"I am fine and I am ready to start pre-season in July with the rest of the Newcastle players. It has been tough to be out so long but now I have extra motivation over the summer because I want to be a big success at Newcastle and to make a big impact in England."
"I don't want to go into too much detail. I was a free agent and I didn’t want to extend at Rennes. I was close to joining Liverpool but didn't sign because there was a contractual disagreement among the concerned parties."
"In January, Newcastle were the first to contact me, then Liverpool and I gave them my consent but I never stated it was already done. Then last Thursday and Friday there were changes, things already established had to be negotiated again. So I decided to change my mind and sign with Newcastle, who never gave up. It was not a second choice."
"I have been talking to Newcastle for a long time. The club also has a lot of ambition. I am happy. Absolutely thrilled to be here. I just cannot wait to get started. It is a big club which can be one of the top clubs in Europe."
"People at the club have been very good with me. I want to repay their faith in me. My game is about working hard and scoring goals. I will do my best for the club and for the team and I look forward to making this move a success."
Alan Pardew: "It's a great coup to have signed Sylvain who has received interest from a number of other clubs. He may not be well known to many of our fans but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time. It's been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front."
John Carver: "He’s been a long time target of the club. We’re delighted to get him. We’re pleased to get a player who can play on the left or right side. We want players who can get fans on the edge of their seats. There have been question marks over his injuries but one reason he didn’t play towards the end of last season was that the club knew he was leaving."
"He has a great passion to play for Newcastle United."
17th June 2011 - Demba Ba Transfer Completed
Senegalese striker Demba Ba has joined Newcastle on a three year deal. Demba was able to leave Upton Park a free agent when the clubs relegation to the Championship triggered a release clause in his contract. The 26 year old will wear the number 19 shirt at St. James' Park.
Demba scored seven goals in twelve league outings for West Ham United last season after arriving from German side 1899 Hoffenheim in the January transfer window. The striker has scored three goals in ten appearances for his country since making his international debut back in 2007.

Demba Ba: "To sign here was an easy choice to make. I'm excited to be here. I'm really happy and I can't wait to start playing and scoring goals for Newcastle. I will work hard. I will do my best to win games for the club. This is a great club and a very good team."
"When I spoke to the manager I was happy with the ambition Newcastle are showing. We talked and they spoke about where they want this club to be, the players they want to sign and I was pleased to hear that they want the same things I want to achieve. I’m going to help the club get there."
"I came here because it is a massive club with a great history. It will be a pleasure to wear the shirt. I believe I will get better here. I feel the club can reach a higher level than where it is now. I believe this is a club that is going to improve and I wanted to be somewhere like that."
"The transfer has gone down well in Senegal. Newcastle are one of the clubs people follow back home so they are pleased I’ve signed for such a famous club. The national coach has spoken to me. He is very pleased I’ve managed to come to Newcastle."
Alan Pardew:
"Demba is a great signing. He has pace, excellent technical ability, is good in the air and has the ability to consistently find the back of the net. He's a player who has got a natural eye for a goal. Moreover he has a great passion to play for Newcastle United. I'm pretty relaxed that he's going to be a success."
17th June 2011 - 2011/12 Fixtures Released
Fixtures for the forthcoming league campaign were released at 9.00am this morning. A cracking start sees St. James' Park host a visit from Arsenal on 13th August followed by the short trip to Sunderland a week later for the first derby action of the season.
The festive period is equally exciting as we travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on 31st December and then see the might of Manchester United arrive at St. James' Park just two days later.
The home derby with Sunderland is scheduled for 3rd March. We travel to Goodison Park for the last game of the season to play Everton on 13th May.
Alan Pardew: "What a fantastic start for us, Arsenal at St. James' Park and then the Stadium of Light. Going to Sunderland so early in the season is terrific. Our fans will love that but myself and the players are equally excited."
16th June 2011 - Just Champion Lads
Manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Jose Enrique is hoping to leave the club this summer should he get the chance to sign for a side involved in the Champions league next season.
Alan Pardew: "He has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him. We offered him an excellent deal but he doesn't seem to be interested in signing it at the moment. We have tried as hard as we can."
Joey Barton has also made it known that he would be interested in any move that offered him the same opportunity.
Joey Barton: "Even if I'd signed a five or six year contract at Newcastle, if someone offers Champions League football, I'd have to consider it. But that's not the case at the minute. So unless someone can offer me the opportunity to play Champions League level I won't be leaving the club."
16th June 2011 - Kevin Is A Hammer
Kevin Nolan has completed a move to West Ham United for an undisclosed fee having agreed a five year deal at Upton Park. Kevin joined Newcastle from Bolton Wanderers in January 2009 and went on to score a total of 30 goals in 91 appearances for the club.
Kevin Nolan: "I'm very sad to leave Newcastle.The chance to link up with Sam again is a massive thing and the owners have given me a security of contract."
Alan Pardew: "The club made Kevin a good offer to stay but could not agree over the length of the contract offered. I would like to thank Kevin for his sterling efforts as a player and captain of this club. He displayed admirable leadership qualities and I wish him every success at West Ham."
"I will play until my contract runs out and I am no longer needed."
15th June 2011 - Joey Doesn't Want To Leave
When negotiations over a new contract for Joey Barton broke down recently, his agent was quoted as saying that the midfielder would likely see out his current deal which expires in June 2012 and then leave St. James' Park unless the club was under new ownership by then.
Speaking today, Joey has said that he doesn't want to leave the club and will stay until he is told his services are no longer required.
Joey Barton: "Everyone knows that I love the football club. I have a great working relationship with the manager and a lot of the players. I don't want to leave the club and I would love nothing more than to win a trophy at Newcastle. I'm trying to keep myself in shape and get myself ready for next season. I will report back for pre-season training and play until my contract runs out and they tell me I am no longer needed."
14th June 2011 - Striker Hunt
Manager Alan Pardew has confirmed his interest in Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erding after hopes of landing frontman Kevin Gameiro from Lorient were dashed when he opted to join the aforementioned Paris club himself.
Alan Pardew: "Erding has always been on our radar. He's a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment. We had disappointment with Kevin Gameiro. We made a fantastic offer to the club and to him but he has decided to go elsewhere. We have always had other people in mind. We are working extremely hard to make those deals happen."
The manager has also confirmed his interest in 26 year old Demba Ba of West Ham United. The Senegalese striker has a release clause in his contract which has been activated following the relegation of the Upton Park club from the Premier League. The clause allows the player to leave on a free transfer.
Alan Pardew: "Demba Ba has done very well since he came to England and he's a good player. I've known about him for a while. I know what he is capable of. We're not the only club who are interested but we are trying"
13th June 2011 - The Silent Treatment
Newcastle are on record as saying that they are willing to make left back Jose Enrique one of the highest earners on the playing staff with the offer of a lucrative new contract. To date efforts to have the player commit his future to the club have been met with a wall of silence. No response has been forthcoming from either the player or his agent.
Alan Pardew: "At the moment it looks like he doesn’t want to deal with us. We have been asked to make him an offer but there has been no progress since then. I still hope we can do something but at the moment we’re still waiting for Jose. I don’t think there’s anything I can add at this stage."
"I am glad this move has happened. This is fantastic for me."
10th June 2011 - Yohan Cabaye Transfer Finalised
Newcastle have completed the signing of midfielder Yohan Cabaye from French champions Lille. The French international has signed a five year contract at St. James' Park. The transfer was confirmed after the 25 year old successfully completed his medical this morning.
Yohan made over 250 first team appearances for Lille since making his first team debut in 2004. Last season he won the league and cup double with them. He has four international caps to date.
Yohan Cabaye: "I am very happy to be in Newcastle. It’s my first transfer and I am joining a legendary club. I heard of other interest but I didn’t hesitate for one second to join Newcastle because they have an ambitious project. I really like Alan Pardew’s strategy and how he told me he wants to play. I am glad this move has happened. This is fantastic for me."
"I spoke to Charles N’Zogbia and David Rozehnal before joining. They both said it was a good choice to come to Newcastle. They said I would have a great time. I have enjoyed great times with Lille but the time is right now to test myself against the best and playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League does just that. I’m happy, I’m really happy. My first impressions of the club and the city are that it is a lovely place and the stadium is magnificent."
"I like being on the ball. I’m not a big dribbler but I like unsettling the opposition with short or long passes. The rhythm here is a lot quicker. It is one of the best leagues in the world. I like going for goal but I am also a player who knows how to defend and make lots of effort to get the ball back."
"I am really excited to wear this new shirt."
"Now that I have signed I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the team, working with Alan Pardew and his staff, but most of all playing for Newcastle United and their supporters. I am really excited to wear this new shirt. Hopefully this season will go as well as possible for the team and for me. The people are really welcoming so it’s really great to be here."
"I am going to play in the best championship in the world for a club who want to get back into Europe within a year and one who are building an ambitious team. I am the first recruit. I have discussed things with manager Alan Pardew and I know others will follow. The directors have assured me on this point."
Alan Pardew:
"We are delighted to have signed Yohan on a five year contract. He has a first class pedigree having proved himself at the top level in France, both for his club and the national team. He will add great quality to our squad and I am really looking forward to working with him."
"He's a clever passer, he can put the pass in between centre halves and full backs and release strikers and wide players. He has a creative influence the Newcastle public will enjoy. He's a top lad and this is a sound purchase by us. Hopefully he can find his feet quickly."
Olivier Bernard: "I’ve seen him play a few times and I think he’s almost the complete midfield player. He’s a tidy player and a very neat passer of the ball. He rarely loses the ball and he’s great going forward. He’s a box to box player. He’ll organise the side. He’ll do a fantastic job."
Alan Smith is entering the final year of his contract
9th June 2011 - Alan Smith Can Leave
Alan Smith's agent has confirmed that the player has been told by Newcastle that he can leave St. James' Park. The midfielder was signed by Sam Allardyce in August 2007 from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee. Alan is about to enter the final year of a five year contract with the club.
Agent Alex Black: "Alan has been made aware that he is available for transfer. If there is nothing that appeals to him he will be returning to Newcastle United for pre-season training on July 4. Alan will only go somewhere if he wants to."
7th June 2011 - Bid In For Neil Taylor
Newcastle have made an undisclosed bid for Swansea left back Neil Taylor. The 22 year old made 30 league appearances last season as Swansea won promotion to the Premier League.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins: "We have received a proposal from Newcastle regarding Neil but it has not been accepted or rejected at this stage. We will talk it over with him when he returns from a break next week."
3rd June 2011 - Poor Little Rich Boy
If recent press reports are accurate it appears that Michael Owen doesn't have much regard for the four years he had at St. James' Park.
On agreeing a new twelve month deal at Old Trafford this week Michael said: "Prefer playing less often in a top team than every game in a poor team. Been there and didn’t enjoy it."
After a career roll call of Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United, even Newcastle fans would accept that we would be the poor relations in that group, making it obvious which team he is refering to.
Immediate reaction was forthcoming from present chairman Derek Llambias and former co-owner Freddy Shepherd.
Derek Llambias: "I’m disappointed with his comments. Michael is the most expensive signing Newcastle has ever made. He was on £133,000 a week. Under Kevin Keegan’s management he was offered an extension of his contract at £140,000 a week which he did not take. His time here cost the club some £40 million at something like £1.3 million per goal. Quite honestly, what did Newcastle United get out of it?"
Freddy Shepherd: "Poor? It’s disappointing to hear Michael Owen say that about Newcastle. There was nothing poor about what we paid him. More than £90,000 a week. We paid Real Madrid £16 million for him, his wages over four years cost approximately £20 million, add on such as National Insurance and Owen cost Newcastle £40 million over the four years he was there. Around £500,000 for every game in a Newcastle shirt. We might have been a poor team but we made him a rich man."
These latest comments follow another Owen Twitter posting back in April which many fans also deemed thoughtless and arrogant. Following a substitute appearance in our home league fixture with Manchester United he said: "Got a poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing. Knew I would get booed as that’s what a lot of fans do. Was desperate to score!"
Bob Moncur: "Owen has been disrespectful to the Newcastle fans with his comments. I am surprised he is wasting his time on Twitter. It is sour grapes because he was such a flop at St James’ Park. He didn’t do the shirt justice and he didn’t do himself any justice. He failed to do his job when he was at the club. He has to accept he wasn’t a success at Newcastle. If he does think we were a poor team he was a big part of it."
"We're confident we can move the club forward."
1st June 2011 - Huge Progress
Assistant manager John Carver has been speaking about the importance of the club building on the achievements of last season whilst giving an insight into the current transfer activity at St. James' Park as summer transfer targets are being hotly pursued.
John Carver: "There’s been huge progress here over the past couple of seasons. We set ourselves a target last season and achieved it. Everyone’s working towards continuing that next season. We're confident we can move the club forward. This club was playing Champions League football and attracting top players not so long ago. We can get back to that situation."
"We need to strengthen. There are a lot of negotiations going on and there has been progress. We’re waiting to hear back from clubs and players. This is a club which sells itself because of its fan base. We’re in a strong position."