Mega Newcastle United Transfer Rumors Update

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Below is an updated master list of all the transfer rumors affecting Newcastle United that have been mentioned by a major publication since February 1.  New information is listed in bold.  Please note that not all new information is actually news; in some cases I just missed it the first time around.

The list is intended to be comprehensive but there is little doubt that I have missed some rumors and have incomplete information on the ones I happened to catch.  Any help you can give me in the comments is more than appreciated.  I plan to update this list every 1-2 weeks or as needed. 

It should be stated repeatedly and strongly that these are only rumors and the information contained here may or may not be accurate.  Though I do strive for accuracy, mistakes and misinformation are an unavoidable side effect of undertaking this endeavor.

Follow the jump for a brief profile on each of the 25 strikers, 25 midfielders, 14 defenders, and 4 goalkeepers rumored to be transfer targets of Newcastle, as well as the 14 Newcastle players rumored to be departing.

Strikers

Kevin Gameiro (Lorient)

Striker, 24 yo, 5'7.5"

Speedy with an accurate shot

Reportedly wants to play in the Champions League or play in Spain

Lorient has reportedly accepted a £10 million bid from Newcastle, negotiations underway (only one source reporting)

Rumored price: £10-12 million

Also interested: Arsenal, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, Valencia, Seville, Paris-Saint Germain, Villareal, Fenerbahce, Schalke 04, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid

 

Gervinho (Lille)

Striker/Winger, 24 yo, 5'11"

Speedy with good finishing

Wants to play in Champions League, also wants to play in England.  Friends with Cheik Tiote (and other Ivorians)

Reportedly will announce his decision during the first week of June

Newcastle will ostensibly only sign Gameiro OR Gervinho (assuming they can land either)

Rumored price: £10-15 million, Newcastle offered £40 million for both Gervinho and Sow

Also interested: Aston Villa, Liverpool, Spurs, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Everton, Arsenal, Manchester City

 

Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)

Striker, 30 yo, 6'2"

Golden Boot winner

Newcastle are rumored to be in at £7.5 milion, but would they be able to handle his wages? Currently makes ~£80,000/week

Rumored price: £7.5-12 million

Also interested: Tottenham Hotspur, Sevilla, Juventus, Genoa

 

Danny Graham (Watford)

Striker, 25 yo, 6'1"

Geordie

2011 PFA Championship Team of the Year - Top Scorer in league

Newcastle reportedly out

Rumored price: £2.5-5 million

Also interested: Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion

 

Pierre Webo (Real Mallorca)

Striker, 29 yo, 5'11"

Nice shooting touch, decent dribbler as well

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland

 

Connor Wickham (Ipswich)

Striker, 18 yo, 6'3"

Rooney comps

Rumored price: £10 million+

Also interested: Liverpool (grew up cheering for the Reds), Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland, Juventus

 

Moussa Sow (Lille)

Striker, 25 yo, 5'11"

Top scorer in Ligue 1 in 2010-11

Lots of strength and pace, famous for doing bicycle kicks

Pardew offered £40 million for Sow and Gervinho

Rumored price: £7-10 million

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City)

Striker, 29 yo, 6'3"

Excellent control and vision, pacy

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Sunderland, Birmingham, Fulham, West Ham, Celtic, Everton, QPR

 

Shane Long (Reading)

Striker, 24 yo, 5'11"

Good finisher, possesses keen awareness

Rumored price: £4-6 million

Also interested: Liverpool, Everton, Celtic, Wolves, Stoke, Aston Villa, West Ham, Fulham, Wolves

 

Carlton Cole (West Ham)

Striker, 27 yo, 6'3"

Lacks durability and creativity, a decent shooter

Rumored price: £3.5-9 million

Also interested: WBA, Stoke City (Chairman denies reports), QPR

 

Demba Ba (West Ham)

Striker, 25 yo, 6'2"

Pacy, adequate finisher

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Sunderland, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Blackburn, Spurs, Everton, Lokomotiv Moscow (reports denied), Wigan Athletic, Fulham

 

Frederic Piquionne (West Ham United)

Striker, 32 yo, 6'2"

Decent shooter, injury prone

Rumored price: £1.5 million

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (AZ Alkmaar)

Striker, 21 yo, 6'1"

Excellent shooting, a "prolific goalscorer"

Rumored price: £2 million

Also interested: Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Arsenal

 

Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)

Striker, 23 yo, 6'3"

Strong in the air, notoriously self-assured

Said to prefer a move to Germany or Barca

Rumored price: £6-8 million (Bendtner's Dad believes he is worth £12 million)

Also interested: Bayern Munich, Fulham, Hamburg, Sunderland, Borussia Dortmund, Blackburn Rovers, Barcelona

 

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Striker, 28 yo, 5'7"

Good finisher, somewhat streaky. On-pitch discipline a problem

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Cheikh Diabate (Bordeaux)

Striker, 23 yo, 6'5"

A big, powerful presence with striking ability

Rumored price: Unknown (thought to be "substantial")

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham Hotspur)

Striker, 29 yo, 6'2"

Strong shooter, aerial target

Rumored price: £10 million

Also interested: Sunderland, Sevilla, Rubin Kazan, Spartak Moscow

 

Ji Dong-Won (Chunnam Dragons)

Striker, 19 yo, 6'2"

"The future of South Korean football"

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Fulham, Sunderland

 

Hulk (Porto)

Striker, 24 yo, 5'10"

Strong, possesses a powerful shot

Porto's President: "Hulk's is set at €100m and I won't let him go even if someone offered me €99m. You either pay that figure or nothing."

Rumored price: 100 million Euros

Also interested: Spurs, Liverpool, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United

 

Mevlut Erding (Paris St. Germain)

Striker, 24 yo, 5'11"

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Werder Bremen, Galatasaray

 

Jose Salomon Rondon (Malaga)

Striker/Attacking Midfielder, 21 yo, 6'1"

Raw skills, tons of pace

Malaga "would not stand in his way"

Rumored price: £5-8 million

Also interested: Arsenal

 

Robert Snodgrass (Leeds)

Winger/Striker, 23 yo, 5'11"

Possesses creativity and scoring proficiency

Rumored price: £5 million

Also interested: WBA, Stoke, AV, Birmingham, QPR, Norwich City

 

Teteh Bangura (AIK)

Midfielder/Striker, 21 yo, 6'

Drogba comps

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Jeremie Aliadiere (Unattached)

Striker/Winger, 28 yo, 6'1"

Durability concerns, NUFC passed up on him and got Shefki Kuqi instead

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Wolves

 

Jose Maria Callejon (Espanyol)

Signed with Real Madrid

 

Midfielders

Adel Taarabt (Queens Park Rangers)

Attacking Midfielder, 21 yo, 5'11"

Emerging playmaker, transfer became less likely when QPR was promoted

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Lazio, Dortmund, Chelsea, Liverpool

 

Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham)

Winger, 25 yo, 5'10"

Good vision, creativity

Newcastle reportedly out

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Sunderland, Bolton, Birmingham, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Atletico Madrid, Deportivo la Coruna, Stoke City

 

Diego Perotti (Sevilla)

Winger/Attacking Midfielder, 22 yo, 5'10"

Tons of pace, adept at dribbling through traffic, capable of shooting from distance. A right-footed Argentine that plays the left wing (sound familiar?)

Rumored price: £5-10 million

Also interested: Liverpool, Juventus

 

Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan)

Winger, 25 yo, 5'7"

Needs no introduction, said to prefer a return to Tyneside

Wigan reportedly turned down a £5 million offer from Newcastle

Roberto Martinez says he is only entertaining offers from Champions League clubs

Rumored price: £5-10 million

Also interested: Birmingham, Sunderland, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Juventus, Blackburn, Stoke

 

Jason Puncheon (Southampton)

Winger, 24 yo, 5'8"

Played for Pardew at Southampton

Rumored price: £1 million

Also interested: Blackpool, Rangers, Bolton, Everton, West Brom

 

Zoltan Gera (Fulham)

Attacking Midfielder, 32 yo, 6'

Prefers to leave England, considered a complete player by many

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Birmingham, Stoke, Manchester City, QPR, WBA

 

Jay Spearing (Liverpool)

Midfielder, 22 yo, 5'6"

Great work rate

Rumored price: Jose Enrique

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Nigel Reo-Coker (Aston Villa)

Midfielder, 27 yo, 5'9"

Strong in possession, sometimes reckless

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Galatasaray, Valencia, Sevilla, Roma, Juventus, Napoli, Sunderland

 

Scott Sinclair (Swansea City)

Winger, 22 yo, 5'10"

Powerful, good vision

Promotion seems to make his departure less likely

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Blackburn Rovers

 

Darren Pratley (Swansea City)

Midfielder, 26 yo, 6'1"

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Swansea, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United

 

Scott Parker (West Ham)

Midfielder, 30 yo, 5'9"

2011 Football Writers' Association Player of the Year, Intelligent, Great vision

Rumored price: £5-10 million

Also interested: Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City

 

Franck Tabanou (Toulouse)

Winger/Wing Back, 22 yo, 5'10"

Very skilled, prone to mental mistakes

Rumored price: £5 million

Also interested: Dortmund, Inter Milan, West Ham, Aston Villa, AC Milan

 

Jeremy Menez (AS Roma)

Winger, 24 yo, 5'11"

Pacy playmaker

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus, AC Milan, Marseilles, Napoli

 

David "Junior" Hoilett (Blackburn Rovers)

Winger, 20 yo, 5'8"

Toolsy, just needs to put everything together

Reportedly wants to stay at Blackburn

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Max Gradel (Leeds)

Winger, 23 yo, 5'9"

Scored 18 goals in the Championship this year

Rumored price: £2 million

Also interested: Hamburg

 

Achille Emana (Real Betis)

Attacking Midfielder, 28 yo, 5'11"

Creative, strong

Real Betis reportedly rejected 4.5 million Euro bid from Newcastle

Rumored price: £5-7 million

Also interested: Everton, Spurs, Birmingham City, West Ham United, Wigan Athletic

 

Victor Wanyama (Germinal Beerschot Antwerpen)

Defensive Midfielder, 19 yo, 6'2"

Favorable comparisons to brother McDonald; GBA reportedly having money problems

Rumored price: £1 million

Also interested: AV, Birmingham, Sunderland, Celtic, Rangers, Hannover, Werder Bremen, Standard Liege

 

Jamie O'Hara (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielder, 24 yo, 5'11"

Value is tied to his intangibles

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Wolves, QPR

 

Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielder, 26 yo, 5'10"

Good vision, proficient passer

Rumored price: £4 million

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Karl Henry (Wolves)

Midfielder, 28 yo, 6'1"

How can I put this generously?  He's a tough tackler.

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Nobody?

 

David Bentley (Tottenham Hotspur)

Winger, 26 yo, 5'8"

Has never lived up to his potential

Rumored price: £8 million

Also interested: Birmingham City

 

Wilson Palacios (Spurs)

Midfielder, 26 yo, 5'10"

Harry Redknapp thinks Newcastle is dumb enough to trade their treasure for his trash.  They probably are, but maybe don't be so arrogant about it?

Rumored price: Cheik Tiote

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa)

Midfielder, 24 yo, 5'8"

Pardew looking to make his loan permanent

Has reportedly asked for £50,000 a week

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Yohan Cabaye

Will officially sign after international friendlies

£4.3 million

 

Mehdi Abeid

Signed 5-year deal

 

Defenders

Cheikh M'Bengue (Toulouse)

Left Back, 22 yo, 6'0"

5 million euro bid rejected in April

Newcastle reportedly increased offer to £6 million

Rumored price: £5-6 million

Also interested: Lille, Lyon, Marseilles

 

Miguel Monteiro (Valencia)

Wing Back, 31 yo, 5'10"

Still speedy, decent crosser

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Aston Villa

 

John Arne Riise (AS Roma)

Left Back, 30 yo, 6'1"

Strong, great awareness, capable of quality crossing

Rumored price: £3 million

Also interested: Liverpool, Aston Villa, Marseilles

 

Jordan Spence (West Ham)

Center Back/Right Back, 21 yo, 6'3"

Mistake-prone, tends to fade as the match goes on

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Aston Villa

 

Stephen Warnock (Aston Villa)

Left Back, 29 yo, 5'10"

Inconsistent; Stock has dropped a ton in the last year

Rumored price: £2-4 million

Also interested: Liverpool, Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers

 

Matthew Upson (West Ham)

Defender, 32 yo, 6'1"

Strong, has lost a step

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Guy Demel (Hamburg)

Right Back/Midfielder, 29 yo, 6'2"

Keen awareness, strong tackler

Hamburg wants to trim wages, Demel "available at the right price"

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen)

Center Back, 21 yo, 6'3"

Danish "Talent of the Year" in 2008

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Spurs, Everton, Roma, Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Hoffenheim, Bolton Wanderers, Werder Bremen, Hamburg

 

Eliaquim Mangala (Standard Liege)

Center Back, 20 yo, 6'2"

Big strong presence capable of moving the ball

Mangala's agent: "I hope to have some offers from some English clubs"

Rumored price: £4 million

Also interested: AC Milan, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur

 

Raphael Varane (Lens)

Center Back, 18 yo, 6'3"

"Comfortable on both the tactical and technical level," pacy and strong

Recently signed new deal, but thought to be leaving following Lens' relegation

Rumored price: £3-10 million

Also interested: Manchester United, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Varane also claims interest from Spain

 

Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur)

Center Back, 24 yo

NUFC Player of the Season, 2008-09

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: QPR, Stoke City

 

Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Center Back, 26 yo, 6'

Incredibly durable and consistent, has received several accolades in the Championship

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Celtic

 

Abdou Kader Mangane (Rennes)

Defender/Defensive Midfielder, 28 yo, 6'3"

Calls playing in the Prem a "dream move," citizenship issues prevented prior moves to England

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Liverpool, Aston Villa

 

Paul Konchesky (Liverpool)

Left Back, 30 yo, 5'10"

Struggles at Anfield were well documented

Played for Pardew at West Ham

Rumored price: Jose Enrique

Also interested: Fulham

 


Goalkeepers

Keiran Westwood (Coventry City)

Goalkeeper, 26 yo, 6'2"

League One Team of the Year, 2008; Championship Team of the Year, 2009

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Celtic, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa

 

Robert Green (West Ham)

Goalkeeper, 31 yo, 6'3"

Famous for letting in Clint Dempsey's goal in the 2010 World Cup; still, a good shot-blocker who was unfortunate to play behind the worst defense in the Premier League this season

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Aston Villa

 

Thibaut Cortois (Racing Genk)

Goalkeeper, 19 yo, 6'6"

Rumored price: £3-6 million

Also interested: Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur

 

Silvio Proto (Anderlecht)

Goalkeeper, 28 yo, 6'

Recently broke his foot, out until at least July

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Arsenal

 


Newcastle Departures

Jose Enrique Sanchez

Long assumed to be gone this season, but Pardew is fighting for his services

Newcastle rejected £4 million bid from Liverpool; offered JE "fantastic" new contract

Interested: Liverpool, Manchester United, Lyon, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Arsenal, Aston Villa

Rumored price: £9-15 million

 

Joey Barton

Conflicting stories from player and club about whether or not a new contract has been offered

Interested: Everton, Birmingham, West Ham, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Hamburg

Rumored price: £1-5 million

 

Kevin Nolan

A contract extension has been rumored for some time - why hasn't he signed yet?

Interested: Bolton Wanderers

 

Jonás Gutiérrez

Wants to eventually play in Serie A

Liverpool to offer £20 million for both Jonás and Jose Enrique?

Interested: Lazio, Liverpool, Roma

 

Cheik Tiote

Seems genuine when he says that Newcastle is the place for him, but of course everybody has their price.  That price is not likely to be Wilson Palacios.

Interested: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea

Rumored price: £14-22 million

 

Wayne Routledge

Newcastle released him from his contract so QPR could make his loan permanent, but Routledge appears to be holding out for more

Interested: Queens Park Rangers

Rumored price: £1.5 million

 

Fraser Forster

Alan Pardew says Forster "was not challenged" in the SPL

Newcastle rejected £2 million bid from Celtic

Interested: Celtic, Norwich City

 

Tim Krul

Threatened to request a transfer if he's not the #1 keeper

 

Xisco

Has returned from loan; Pardew rumored to be shopping him, but unsurprisingly there's been little interest

 

Alan Smith

One of only three NUFC players making over £60,000 a week

Interested: Rangers FC

 

Nile Ranger

Interested: Blackpool

 

Danny Simpson

Interested: West Ham United

 

Shefki Kuqi

Released by Newcastle

 

Sol Campbell

Released by Newcastle

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