LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Jose Enrique of Newcastle United moves away from Dirk Kuyt of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United at Anfield on May 1, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
This is part three (well, part of it) of a four part series about the upcoming transfer window, perhaps the most anticipated summer in's recent history. Check out the other entries in this series:
Part 1: Identifying Areas of Need
Part 2: Purchasing Strategies
Part 3.1: Rumored Striker Targets
Part 3.2: Rumored Midfield Targets
Part 3.3: Rumored Defense/Goalkeeper Targets
Part 4: The Final Wishlist (future post)
Watching the papers for transfer rumors involving your own favorite team's players can be a stressful activity. In some cases (Xisco, Alan Smith), you're hopeful that somebody will take the player off your hands, and in others (Jose Enrique), August 31 can't arrive soon enough.
Below, I have included a short profile on each Newcastle player mentioned by a major publication to have ties to another club since February 1. 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 and the other lists 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 list of all the Newcastle players rumored to be headed elsewhere.
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
Rumored price: £9-15 million
Conflicting stories from player and club about whether or not a new contract has been offered
Rumored price: £1-5 million
A contract extension has been rumored for some time - why hasn't he signed yet?
Interested: Bolton Wanderers
Wants to eventually play in Serie A
Liverpool to offer £20 million for both Jonás and Jose Enrique?
Interested: Lazio, Liverpool, Roma
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
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
Alan Pardew says Forster "was not challenged" in the SPL
Newcastle rejected £2 million bid from Celtic
Interested: Celtic, Norwich City
Reportedly threatened to request a transfer if he's not the #1 keeper
Has returned from loan; Pardew rumored to be shopping him, but unsurprisingly there's been little interest
One of only three NUFC players making over £60,000 a week
Interested: Rangers FC
Interested: West Ham United
Released by Newcastle
Released by Newcastle