NUFC Transfer Rumours #3

As I bring you the 3rd edition of this weekly transfer article, Newcastle United FC have this week released their away kit for the upcoming season, so keep an eye out for my forthcoming article on the new NUFC away kit. The Magpies have also appointed Fabricio Coloccini as the new club captain.

However, on the transfer front, nothing has been confirmed by NUFC. Top stories this week have included, Mevlut Erdinc’s agent Pierre Frelot telling the Journal:

He will not be going to Newcastle. The player decided not to move and he is staying in Paris for the next season.

So I expect the next week to be full of transfer speculation regarding the search for our next No.9.

Below are a few names that have been linked with a move to St. James’ Park this week.

Lewis McGuganName: Lewis McGugan

Age: 22

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Club: Nottingham Forest

Nationallity:  English

Caps: 14 caps in total for England U17 & U19 (2 Goals)

With Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge reportedly being approached by McGugan’s hometown club Nottingham Forest (this being reported from various sources including The Guardian), it was claimed Newcastle United had made a bid for the young Forest star. With a £1.5m figure touted to acquire the services of the talented Englishman, it would be an affordable purchase if we were to snap him up soon.

I myself believe Lewis McGugan is the kind of player we cureently need at the club. Without criticising the new NUFC signings, I really feel it is important for a British club to contain British talent. The normal response to that comment is “but look at the rest of the league”, we have a French and Spanish speaking squad, who I’m sure will shine under a 50,000 seater roof but I would like that extra sparkle of an English player, who I have seen lots of.

McGugan’s flair, pace and long range shooting ability are his main attributes, and at a reported £1.5m could be seen as a bargain. But do we really need more midfielders? Talent at this price doesn’t come available very often, if I influenced Alan Pardew, I’d pay more if it was needed. He is one for the future.

I rate Lewis McGugam’s current ability at 85/100 in the Championship, a step up into the Premier League could be seen as a gamble but I believe it would only boost his ability and he is definately a player with a bright future.

Signing Possibilty – If Wayne Routledge goes the other way and NUFC went into negotiations with Forest I expect NUFC to sign him for a price slightly higher than what has been reported.

Below is a video highlighting some of the standout moments of Lewis McGugan’s impressive 2010/2011 season with Nottingham Forest:

Shane LongName: Shane Long

Age: 24

Position: Striker

Club: Reading

Nationallity:  Irish

Caps: 26 caps for for the Republic of Ireland (6 Goals)

I am one of few who would like to see Shane Long in a Newcastle United shirt. His staggering (reported) £10m price tag recently set by the Reading board is simply another example of the inflated prices of British talent, E.G. Jordan Henderson, Andy Carroll, Connor Wickham and Phil Jones’ recent moves. I would like to see Long in an NUFC shirt because I see the Championship as a league where players will only develop and reach a certain level before having to move on to progress and I think Shane Long has reached that point. I do feel comments made about Connor Wickham and Shane Long, slating their high price tags in comparison to their ability is a little unfair. More is brought out of a player’s game when they play at the very top level and I feel that this would only improve Shane Long and Connor Whickham as players.

From what I have seen of Long, taking statistics into consideration, I give him a Championship rating of 79/100 – a player with a bright future if he gets the chance with a Premier League club.

Signing Possibilty - With Erdinc staying at PSG i belive a bid will be made for Shane Long, 7.5/10

Below is a video showing some of the highlights of Shane Long’s 2010/2011 season:

Nicklas Bendtner

Name: Nicklas Bendtner

Age: 23

Position: Striker

Club: Arsenal

Nationallity: Danish

Caps: 38 caps for Denmark (12 Goals)

With many Arsenal fans calling for the ‘confident’ young Dane’s head after unimpressing them in the 2010/2011 season, and with him seemingly not fitting into the future plans of Arsenal, the BBC reported on 9th July that Bendtner was in talks with a number of unnamed clubs. Following strong speculation over the season, and with NUFC’s failed attempts to sign Mevlut Erdinc from PSG. I have put two and two together, before people make that comment!

Bendtner’s strike rate is what is criticised, especially when people compare that with his remarkably high confidence, however if you look at the compettions of which he played a consistent part of last season, he plays well. Take the FA Cup last season for example, of which Bendtner played a big part in Arsenal’s route to the final, scoring 4 goals in 5 games (& 2 assists). In the League Cup, Bendtner played 5 and scored 3. My answer to having an in form Bendtner is to give him games.

A figure expected to be around £10m may not be the kind of money Alan Pardew will pay for a fairly unproven Premiership player (he has not had a chance to play week in week out for a consistent period of time) that is known for his self-confidence and for disrupting the harmony of a dressing room. However I still rate him at 78/100. If he was to be given a full season of matches and plays consistently, he could turn into quite a player, the video below gives you an idea of how capable he is.

Signing Possibility – also 7.5/10, I wouldn’t expect us to sign both Shane Long and Nicklas Bendtner however.

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About the Author: Josh Hannen

At the moment I find myself away from my home town Newcastle, getting a good education (not saying I wouldn't get a good one in Newcastle, it's just how things have worked out!), however my love for Newcastle United Football Club hasn't decreased in the slightest! At the age of 15 I have started my NUFC Blog, because I wish to venture into Journalism in the future, and also to write down my views on NUFC for everyone to read, discuss and comment on! I shall be writing here for The NUFC Blog as well! I follow NUFC through and through! Howay The Lads! Find me on Twitter - @JoshHannen

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • Long’s rumoured to be subject of a £3.5m bid from Crystal Palace!

  • Get the 3 of them in! mc Gugan instead of zog as hes cheap and british-and deffo Bentner! Longs good too!

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