Newcastle’s 11 worst-ever deals including £14m flop and Football Manager icon

With under a week left in the January transfer window, Newcastle look set to be one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League over the next few days.

The mega-rich Magpies are desperate for new recruits to boost their survival bid and are willing to pay big bucks to get them.

But Newcastle haven't always had the greatest success when it comes to shelling out the cash in the transfer window.

The club have made their fair share of transfer disasters over the years – so many, in fact, that there's almost enough for a full team of Newcastle transfer flops.

As Newcastle hunt for ways to improve their squad, Daily Star Sport takes a look at 11 of the worst signings Newcastle have ever made…

Florian Thauvin

Thauvin arrived at St James Park in a £14million move from Marseille with a lot of hype, but, ultimately, the French winger was one of the biggest transfer flops in recent Toon history.

Despite being signed as a replacement for another uninspiring winger on this list, Thauvin could only muster one goal in 16 appearances and was swiftly shipped back to France.

Thauvin wound up back at Marseille on an 18-month loan before he rejoined on a permanent basis.

After lighting up Ligue 1 for the past few years, Thauvin is now plying his trade in Mexico with Tigres UANL.

Remy Cabella

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The other half of Newcastle's expensive £24m transfer mishap, Cabella was another Ligue 1 star who couldn't hack the Premier League after he was signed as a replacement for the prolific Hatem Ben Arfa.

Amazingly, Cabella had an enough worse time on Tyneside than Thauvin after somehow establishing himself as first-choice.

The Frenchman managed just one goal in 31 appearances following his £10m move, so it was no surprise when he too was sent packing to join Marseille. Unfortunately for Newcastle, they elected to replace him with Thauvin.

The 31-year-old has been playing in Russia for the last three years for Krasnodar.

Xisco

Xisco has to go down as one of the Premier League's worst-ever signings.

The Spanish striker spent five years at St James' Park after arriving in a £5m deal but only made a handful of appearances.

The early signs were promising after Xisco netted on his debut in a 2-1 win over Hull.

But that was about as good as it got for the 35-year-old, who didn't score again during his five-year stay with the club.

The flop is currently playing for AD Alcorcon in the Spanish second division.

Albert Luque

When it comes to signing strikers over the years, Newcastle have a pretty shocking record.

But the £9.5m deal to bring Luque to England takes some beating.

After a prolific spell in La Liga, Luque was supposed to fire the goals to take Newcastle to the next level.

Unfortunately, the Spanish international couldn't hit a barn door during his time as a Magpie.

He managed just 3 goals in 34 appearances before he was axed. He went on to have brief spells with Ajax and Malaga before hanging up his boots.

Marcelino

Marcelino arrived with a lot of hype on Tyneside but, ultimately, turned out to be made of glass.

The Spanish defender arrived in 1999 for £5.8m, which was a big fee back then.

But a seemingly never-ending string of injuries restricted him to just 17 starts over a staggering four years.

He went on to join Polideportivo Ejido in the Spanish second division, but he retired after just 18 months in Spain.

Yoshinori Muto

Muto is another in the long list of misfiring strikers who have donned the famous black and white stripes in recent years.

Rafa Benitez splashed out £9.5m on the Japanese hitman but he failed to fire at St James' Park.

He too managed just one goal across 25 appearances before he was promptly farmed out on loan to Eibar.

He's since returned to his native Japan to play for Vissel Kobe.

Emmanuel Riviere

Riviere was another misfiring striker who endured a nightmare stint in the Premier League with Newcastle.

In fairness, the 31-year-old was not signed to be first-choice, but a string of failed deals led to the goalscoring burden being placed directly on Riviere.

Like so many other strikers on this list, he scored just once in the Premier League and was offloaded after just two years at the club.

Jean-Alain Boumsong

One of the club's more memorable transfer disasters, Boumsong is a true Premier League cult hero; just don't tell Newcastle fans.

Rangers must have been laughing all the way to the bank after the Magpies shelled out £8m for Boumsong in 2005 – despite the fact the Frenchman was available for free just six months earlier.

After a solid start, Boumsong turned into a huge liability and was shipped out of St James' Park after just 18 months.

Amazingly, the Toon hierarchy managed to recoup £3.3m for the calamitous centre half – who somehow managed to blag a move to Juventus after leaving England.

Henri Saivet

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One of Newcastle's more subtle transfer disasters, Saivet – fondly regarded as a Football Manager legend – hasn't played a game since 2019

The Magpies snapped up Saivet for £5m back in 2016 and handed the Senegal international a bumper five-year contract, but he ended up making just five appearances for the club and spent the majority of that lucrative contract out on loan.

But Saivet failed to kickstart his career after spells in both France and Turkey and the 31-year-old is seemingly no longer playing.

Siem De Jong

Another unmitigated striking disaster, De Jong, the brother of Barcelona star Luuk, managed just three goals in 34 appearances for Newcastle.

Signed by Alan Pardew for £6m, De Jong was handed a bumper six-year deal – but, unsurprisingly, he didn't see that out.

After failing to impress in the Championship following relegation, De Jong eventually returned to Ajax to end his nightmare stint in the Premier League.

Michael Owen

While Owen might not be the worst striker on this list, he's certainly the most unpopular with Newcastle fans.

The club splashed out a then-record £16m to bring the England star to the club from Real Madrid, but the move was a total disaster.

Owen has since admitted that he yearned for a return to Liverpool and expressed his regret at moving to Newcastle – we're pretty sure the feeling is mutual among Newcastle fans, too.

Owen was hampered by injuries and managed 26 league goals across 71 appearances before Newcastle dropped out of the Premier League. Owen later admitted that he opted out of playing the Magpies' crunch final game against Aston Villa where relegation was confirmed.

It's estimated that with Owen's bloated salary he cost the club around £45m over the years before he wrapped up his infamous move to Manchester United.

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