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£20m Serie A pair top Joe’s wish-list

Nov 21 2008 by Stuart Rayner, The Journal

 

 

JOE Kinnear’s ‘D-day’ talks with Mike Ashley will not take place tomorrow after all but when the pair do finally meet, the top priority for Newcastle United’s interim manager will be persuading the owner to bring £20m in talent to Tyneside.

 

Kinnear claims to have identified two Italian-based players valued in the £10m bracket who have indicated they would be willing to come to St James’s Park on six-month loans in January. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender claims the uncertainty regarding United’s sale means the “goalposts” keep moving on his future. But Kinnear is braced for the possibility he will be told at short notice he has the job for the start of January’s transfer window.

 

“I am one step ahead,” he confirmed. “I have already drawn up a hit-list. Whether I get to implement it, I’m not sure. There’s no point being here unless I make an effort to bring new players in.

 

“I recommended players I consider would enhance us in two areas of the pitch. Two top-class players that would stop us dropping from where we are.”

 

His preparatory work has gone beyond having them scouted. “I don’t think they will come here, I know they will,” he said, “on a loan basis from January to June, then hopefully on a permanent (deal). I have spoken to their agents. We would be 100 times better off if we got them. They are worth £10m each. They are not in their sides, but are top-range players.”

 

It is extremely hard for Kinnear to make even medium-term plans at present. Ashley is trying to sell United to one of two American consortia but until he does, no one knows when Kinnear’s time at St James’s will end, never mind what the January transfer budget would be. His contract becomes a rolling one after next week’s match at home to Middlesbrough. But whoever is in charge, the 61-year-old believes he will need cash.

 

“We have got to pay decent money for top-of-the-range loans,” he said. “A couple of million for someone very special until the end of the season to get us in to a better position. I have got to get that message across.”

 

Kinnear had talked previously about his future becoming clearer after tomorrow’s match at Chelsea, but that is no longer the case.

 

“I said it would be after the Chelsea game but the goalposts have moved since,” he said. “Day one when I walked in they said the club would be sold before the Chelsea game. It’s month to month, so the last game of the month is Middlesbrough. Then we start another month if it’s not sold. Who knows? They (the interested parties) have got to come up with the money, I suppose. I’m here until they sell it. Your guess is as good as mine.

 

“It’s not easy but I can’t say I didn’t know about the situation when I took the job. It’s frustrating at times. It’s the same line: ‘We’ve got people buying it but we haven’t seen the cash’.”

 

Steven Taylor will see a specialist about the groin problem which will keep him out of the Chelsea game and makes him an early doubt for the Tyne-Tees derby.

 

“He is in agony when he kicks a ball,” Kinnear revealed. “He’s all right when he’s running but when he goes to knock a long ball he pulls up with his groin.

 

“I think he’s going to see another specialist on Monday. At first they thought it was just a strain but I think it’s worse than that now.”

 

Kinnear was unhappy with comments from Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni that he recommended Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given to three Italian clubs.

 

“It is disrespectful to the club,” said former Irish international Kinnear. “Shay has two-and-a-half years here (on his existing contract) and he is very happy here.

 

“He is a big voice in the dressing room and a top-class goalkeeper. He is the last person we’d want to lose. It is a disappointment anyone would bring out a statement like that. Maybe he was trying to get on Shay Given’s good side.”

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

Stevie you shock me, I never thought you were ignorant of Italian Football.

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

Stevie you shock me, I never thought you were ignorant of Italian Football.

I've never understood why some English people are fascinated by Italian football. Even when it was good it was wank. I mean boring. Udinese are second top of the table? Seen them a few times of late, they're wank. OUTSIDE the big three who else is there? Don't get me started on Roma, Lazio's best player is the dwarf who was on loan at Birmingham, Genoa have Milito, I'm asking you who else is there? A league full of Bernardo Corradi's. You only have to see how shit the national side is.

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

Stevie you shock me, I never thought you were ignorant of Italian Football.

I've never understood why some English people are fascinated by Italian football. Even when it was good it was wank. I mean boring. Udinese are second top of the table? Seen them a few times of late, they're wank. OUTSIDE the big three who else is there? Don't get me started on Roma, Lazio's best player is the dwarf who was on loan at Birmingham, Genoa have Milito, I'm asking you who else is there? A league full of Bernardo Corradi's. You only have to see how shit the national side is.

Aye, those world champions are garbage like. Never mind the fact that Lippi has just broken the record for most consecutive games unbeaten as Italy manager, albeit in two different spells though.

 

It's got nothing to do with being fascinated with Italian football, as I haven't watched it anything like I used to back when I was growing up. But time and time again you make ignorant comments about Italian football.

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It was on Channel 5 last year at 2 o'clock every Sunday.

 

Co hosted by a fucking gorgeous Italian bird who could barely speak English but :lol:

 

Just googled - : Laura Esposto

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It was on Channel 5 last year at 2 o'clock every Sunday.

 

Co hosted by a fucking gorgeous Italian bird who could barely speak English but :lol:

 

Just googled - : Laura Esposto

I did know that Tom, but it'll come in handy for when they invent a time machine :D

There was some talk about Setanta bringing it back with James Richardson I think. Probably worked out too expensive I suppose.

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I did know that Tom, but it'll come in handy for when they invent a time machine :lol:

There was some talk about Setanta bringing it back with James Richardson I think. Probably worked out too expensive I suppose.

 

Football Italia on Channel 4 was always king anyway :D

 

I suppose these days if I want to watch it I will just get a stream but it's obviously better on television

 

My friend is a mad AC Milan fan so I always watch out for their results. :)

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

Stevie you shock me, I never thought you were ignorant of Italian Football.

I've never understood why some English people are fascinated by Italian football. Even when it was good it was wank. I mean boring. Udinese are second top of the table? Seen them a few times of late, they're wank. OUTSIDE the big three who else is there? Don't get me started on Roma, Lazio's best player is the dwarf who was on loan at Birmingham, Genoa have Milito, I'm asking you who else is there? A league full of Bernardo Corradi's. You only have to see how shit the national side is.

Aye, those world champions are garbage like. Never mind the fact that Lippi has just broken the record for most consecutive games unbeaten as Italy manager, albeit in two different spells though.

 

It's got nothing to do with being fascinated with Italian football, as I haven't watched it anything like I used to back when I was growing up. But time and time again you make ignorant comments about Italian football.

Absolutely. Easily the worst world champions in history. What is the ignorant comment? I find Italian football to be shite? I do. I wouldn't watch football if that was the only football available. I'm asking you who else is there of quality outside the people in the sides I have mentioned, so far you've mentioned no one.

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If they can't get a game for Serie A sides, unless they play for Inter, Milan or Juve they're likely to be shite...so I think that narrows it down.

Stevie you shock me, I never thought you were ignorant of Italian Football.

I've never understood why some English people are fascinated by Italian football. Even when it was good it was wank. I mean boring. Udinese are second top of the table? Seen them a few times of late, they're wank. OUTSIDE the big three who else is there? Don't get me started on Roma, Lazio's best player is the dwarf who was on loan at Birmingham, Genoa have Milito, I'm asking you who else is there? A league full of Bernardo Corradi's. You only have to see how shit the national side is.

Aye, those world champions are garbage like. Never mind the fact that Lippi has just broken the record for most consecutive games unbeaten as Italy manager, albeit in two different spells though.

 

It's got nothing to do with being fascinated with Italian football, as I haven't watched it anything like I used to back when I was growing up. But time and time again you make ignorant comments about Italian football.

Absolutely. Easily the worst world champions in history. What is the ignorant comment? I find Italian football to be shite? I do. I wouldn't watch football if that was the only football available. I'm asking you who else is there of quality outside the people in the sides I have mentioned, so far you've mentioned no one.

The ignorant comment is you spouting cliche after cliche time and time again about Italian football being boring when you don't even watch it. You never asked me anything of the sort. What sides? As your initial point was about Juve, Milan and Inter. So do you want me to name players just outside of these teams?

 

Given being better than Buffon a prime example of your ignorance towards Italian football.

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Is it on UK telly anymore btw? Setanta were on about bringing it back.

I was reading a piece a while of ago it costs something like £7m to put it on our screens, where as it's 1/10th of that to screen French and Bundesliga games and the projected audiences are the same. The 2pm Italian game will always clash with an English game, and 9 times out of 10 the late Spanish game would beat the Italian game so it's a waste of time for the channels and the advertisers.

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Is it on UK telly anymore btw? Setanta were on about bringing it back.

I was reading a piece a while of ago it costs something like £7m to put it on our screens, where as it's 1/10th of that to screen French and Bundesliga games and the projected audiences are the same. The 2pm Italian game will always clash with an English game, and 9 times out of 10 the late Spanish game would beat the Italian game so it's a waste of time for the channels and the advertisers.

La Liga is the best league out there for me.

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