I hate the January transfer window. Ridiculous rumours, mental transfers, Redknapp describing other teams players as 'triffic, massively inflated fees and clubs like QPR madly scrambling for any over-rated player who might fancy a move down to London for a final healthy pay day. Not to mention the fact that new arrivals can disrupt - not because of personality but just because their new team mates have gone a whole pre-season and 22 games or so without having played alongside them!
The January transfer window in its present format was first introduced in January 2003 - we have been involved in some pretty amazing transfer dealings since then, not least last year when Andy Carroll left us to become the most expensive British footballer in history.....
We have endured a few up's and a lot of downs over the past nine January windows with surprisingly few players coming in and out - I expect this year to be much the same despite the ludicrous number of players we have been linked with. I would be happy of we brought one or two in. I would be even happier if we let no one go.
Let's take a look back at the January's in question (excluding players on loan who made their deals permanent, in or out):
2003 (Sir Bobby)
Jonny Woodgate Â£9m One of the best central defenders I have seen play for us. He slotted in straight away and was a class act. Shame he didn't stay too long!
2004 (Sir Bobby)
None Looking at his overall record, it is quite obvious that Sir Bob preferred doing his business in the summer months
Nobby Solano Â£1.5m
Carl Cort Â£2m
2005 (Graeme Souness)
Jean Alain Boumsong Â£8m Read what I wrote above for Woodgate and go to the polar opposite. Absolutely terrible. Graeme's old club Rangers needed the money though.
Celestine Babayaro Â£1m Even at only a million pounds he was a rip off
Amady Faye Â£2m To complete a disastrous window of incomings, Amady was shocking.
Olivier Bernard Â£400K
Craig Bellamy Loan
2006 (Graeme Souness)
None Hardly surprising after the managers signings the previous January
2007 (Glenn Roeder)
Oguchi Onyewu Loan An absolute giant of a fella, 'Gooch' only made 11 appearances. He looked OK, but nothing special
2008 (Kevin Keegan)
Matty Pattinson Â£500K
2009 (Joe Kinnear)
Peter Lovenkrands Free Well he is still here and does a reasonable job when he is called upon. Brought in to make up the numbers.
Kevin Nolan Â£4m Nolan went on to be a vital cog in our return to the Premier League - but he also came in to the side just before we were relegated and made little impact. Overall he made 85 appearances for us scoring 29 goals and we recouped our fee when he left last summer.
Ryan Taylor Part exchange Ryan was a make-weight in the deal that took Charles N'Zogbia to Wigan. Another decent squad addition.
Shay Given Â£8m Love or hate Shay, he was the best goalkeeper we have seen in the modern era
Charles N'Zogbia Â£6m A player who could have gone on to achieve some big things at NUFC though he was poorly handled throughout his spell on Tyneside. I'm not sure he was mature enough either.
2010 (Chris Hughton)
Patrick van Aanholt Loan Brought in after Enrique suffered an injury and did a good job. I would have brought him back again this season.
Wayne Routledge Â£1m We were his 8th club despite him being only 25 when we signed him. Always put in a bit of effort, but not good enough at the top level.
Mike Williamson Â£2m Big Mike has done a good job. He is a fairly limited, old fashioned sort of centre half, but he is more than adequate as a third choice option and Â£2m was a decent deal for us.
Fit Hall Loan Mainly served as cover during our promotion season. Only made 7 appearances.
Leon Best Â£1.5m Another player initially brought in to make up the numbers, Leon has proven to be a capable forward when called upon. His match winner vs QPR yesterday was something special! I hope he gets a squad place for Ireland in the up and coming Euro's. Oh, and that YouTube vid of the Japanese girl turning herself into Leon is one of the weirdest things I have ever seen.
Geremi Â£2m Good riddance.
2011 (Alan Pardew)
Stephen Ireland Loan Seen more on the lash than on the pitch. Pointless
Andy Carroll Â£35m Yes. Â£35,000,000. The most expensive British player ever. 12 months on I have a totally different perspective on this sale!
10 permanent signings
3 loans in
8 players sold
There isn't much to suggest that we will buy anyone this month. In fact past evidence would suggest that sales are more likely, but with 15 days remaining we are going to find out soon enough.
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