With Yohan Cabaye making it 53 Premier League signings in the bag, one club stands alone.

Newcastle United rarely go with the flow under Mike Ashley and for the last 46 days since the season ended, United have looked up the Tyne without a paddle, with only endless speculation keeping us afloat as other clubs banked their new signings.

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However, now it hopefully looks more of a case of come in number 20 – your time has come.

Crystal Palace had been the last club left standing alongside Newcastle without any Premier League signings but the former NUFC playmaker moving from Palace has changed that.

Thankfully, this transfer has been closely followed by news of Georginio Wiljandum arriving on Tyneside today with a fee agreed and only personal terms to finalise, whilst elsewhere Aleksandar Mitrovic’ agent says he expects the striker to also complete with United today.

Hopefully reality has bitten Mike Ashley and he now accepts that only players of a certain quality can protect his asset (that’s a football club to the rest of us), with the likes of Wijnaldum and potentially Mitrovic only the start.

The Premier League summer transfer window officially opened on 1 July but clubs could sign players from the start of June, then have their registration transferred once July arrived.

Similarly, out of contract players generally move on 1 July, although deals could be confirmed before then.

The 53 Premier League signings so far:

Arsenal – Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Aston Villa – Micah Richards (Manchester City), Scott Sinclair (Manchester City), Mark Bunn (Norwich)

Bournemouth – Tyrone Mings (Ipswich), Sylvain Distin (Everton), Christian Atsu (Chelsea), Artur Boruc (Southampton), Joshua King (Blackburn), Adam Federici (Reading)

Chelsea – Nathan (Atletico PR), Radamel Falcao (Monaco)

Crystal Palace – Yohan Cabaye (PSG)


Yohan Cabaye Alan Pardew

Everton – Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United)

Leicester – Shinji Okazaki (Mainz), Robert Huth (Stoke), Christian Fuchs (Schalke)

Liverpool – Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Joe Gomez (Charlton), Adam Bogdan (Bolton), Danny Ings (Burnley), James Milner (Manchester City), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Manchester City – Enes Unal (Bursaspor)

Manchester United – Memphis Depay (PSV)

Newcastle United

Norwich – Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom), Graham Dorrans (West Brom)

Southampton – Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham), Cedric Soares (Sporting Lisbon), Juanmi (Malaga), Cuco Martina (FC Twente)

Stoke – Joselu (Hannover), Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland), Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen)

Sunderland – Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Adam Matthews (Celtic)

Swansea – Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen), Franck Tabanou (St Etienne), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Eder (Sporting Braga)

Tottenham – Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Kevin Wimmer (FC Koln), Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)

Watford – Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen), Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua), Matej Vydra (Udinese), Etienne Capoue (Tottenham), Jose Hoebas (AS Roma)

West Brom – James McLean (Wigan)

West Ham – Dimitri Payet (Marseille), Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria), Darren Randolph (Birmingham)

  • mrkgw

    Just how have Palace got their hands on Cabaye. This wont enhance his international prospects, surely. Ant what can be said of Pardew as after all, this player went on stike for him.

  • Kazie23

    What do you make of us getting Wijnaldum and Mitrovic???

  • RaySte

    mrkgw The game time he gets at Palace will definitely improve his chances of getting picked  for the national team next summer. Sissoko played at the World Cup after playing for us. So did Cabaye last time round.

  • wor monga

    Pardew now has to integrate the player into his ‘overachieving’
    hardworking team…he will be getting paid more than double what most of the
    others are on, and they will be expecting to see some superhuman abilities to
    go with it…he failed miserably to make it at the CL level…

    …the pressure was
    the one thing he failed to handle well, up here, and the screws will
    certainly be on him to produce better for Pardew’s lot than they did last season…methinks!!

  • Duke Fame

    These negative articles are just getting annoying now. Palace fans who have dropped in to this site this week have noted what a whining lot we have become, it’s started to tar the reputation of the fans and club as those palace fans have noted. 

    Things are clearly happening in the transfer market, let it happen and stop whining.

  • Wallsendstu

    Duke Fame  I think all the bad press Rob Lee is spouting at the moment doesn’t help either. For one who claims to love the club he is constantly putting it down. We know things aren’t great, we also know that they won’t change but it wont help in attracting any players from the premier league if it is negative all the time.

  • amacdee

    Duke Fame The “whining” as you put it is justified criticism of a club’s management who have failed, in the past three years, to significantly strengthen a squad while other teams have risen up the table and moved way beyond us. 

    Its not just the top four who have spent its the top ten which is why we struggle to avoid relegation each year. Stoke are now deemed a better bet than NUFC along with Saints, Swansea, Everton. Hammer and even Bournemouth have spent money that we havent matched as yet. So the Fatman needs to show us that investing in the squad will be a continuing process and not just for one transfer window.

  • wor monga

    Most of those players who moved quickly wouldn’t have interested
    us…they moved quickly due to  either
    contractual reasons or their clubs weren’t that bothered to lose them…

    others moved quickly because the clubs were ready to pay probably twice what
    they were worth…

    …the window is still open, and our club is ‘holding it’s nerve,
    and keeping it’s ‘financial’ powder dry’…

    …results are starting to show for it!!

  • wor monga

    amacdee Duke Fame     He’s right when he says whining, and you are a prime example
    of that art…

    …if you supported Harlepool…perhaps …or any club fixed permanently
    in the lower divisions it would be acceptable, perhaps, but they don’t whinge
    on, they either support their clubs…or give it away…

    …most writing on here say they gave it away long ago…but
    still feel the need to whinge on forever about it….

  • amacdee

    wor monga I’d rather be accused of whining about my clubs lack of ambition than blindly accepting the stuff that comes out of this club to spoonfeed the brainless muppets like you :-0

  • NottsToon

    Don’t worry mate, we’ll sign a couple of players and all the goldfish brains will forget the last 8 years. They’ll spout on about ambition and champions league like deluded halfwits.

  • 1957

    Rob Lee is one of the most negative and unoriginal pundits used by the Chronicle. I’m convinced he simply reads social media and puts his own spin on it, whatever happens he has a down on it. I’ve no doubt the potential new signings won’t impress him at all.

  • wor monga

    amacdee wor monga     I see from your ‘back patters’ that Snotts is still out
    there…probably saying his prayers that Wijnaldum doesn’t sign, and that
    Mitrovic was just ‘taking the piss’…or else he’ll have nowt to add on here for
    a while…

  • wor monga

    amacdee     Except for the usual juvenile insults…that is!!

  • 1957

    Reading articles like this you would think buying professional footballers is like picking teams in games at school. The best get signed first and players are of a worse quality from that point onwards. It isn’t Sam it doesn’t matter when you sign players just that you sign the right ones.
    Being negative for effect, simply another cheap shot at Mike Ashley despite impending additions to the squad

  • Demented_Man

    wor monga amacdee Duke Fame

  • Duke Fame

    amacdee Duke Fame Justified criticism is all well and good but there is more than a hint in some posts and articles that the club can do nothing right and moreover, there seems to be a will for it to fail. This is not the attitude that sits well with me and other fans.

    If you surround yourself with people who nod their heads at you, you will never get a full range of opinions. I can assure you, not everyone buys into the bed-sheet waving brigade. 

    There are things where valid criticism of the management is deserved, there are times when fans should conceded a well done and even get excited about our team.

  • Duke Fame

    Demented_Man wor monga amacdee Duke Fame You see, that is not clever.

  • wor monga

    Duke Fame Demented_Man wor monga amacdee
    Don’t worry about it Duke…’Demented Man’…is most probably a 15yr
    old masturbator…who’s never been near a football stadium in his life, but just
    wants to lend his keyboard support to the usual crowd of numpties who use some anti-toon foul mouthed insults…to drown out any different views.

  • AndrewCowley1

    Exactly right,some of the prices are a joke.liverpool doing there usual 100 mil spend for 5th