Newcastle's Best-Ever Transfer Flips for Profit
Over the years, St James' Park has welcomed some huge signings to its ranks. Whether it be Mike Ashley or previous owner Sir John Hall, the Magpies have never been a stranger to splashing out millions to bring the very best players to its hallowed turf.
However, how have the Geordies done when it comes to selling players on for a major profit?
Over the next four slides, we take a look at some of the players who have moved on from life on Tyneside for more money than they signed for and left their former club with the funds to sign the next big stars.
The list has been compiled while taking into account the signing fee of the player in question, their sell-on fee and personal opinion in order to rank the list from No. 4 to No. 1.
We start the list with a modern-day legend at St James' Park.
Irish goalkeeper Shay Given made 462 appearances for Newcastle over the course of a 12-year stay on Tyneside.
Signed by Kenny Dalglish for a fee of just £1.5 million, Given finally left for Manchester City in 2009 for just under £6 million, a profit of over £4 million for a goalkeeper who had made himself a star at his former club.
Before getting a move to Newcastle from Blackburn, Given had spent a season on loan at Newcastle's bitter rivals, Sunderland, before signing permanently for the Magpies the next season.
Unfortunately for Given, the move to Manchester City didn't go as well as he hoped as Joe Hart quickly established himself as City's first-choice goalkeeper.
Given soon moved from Manchester as Aston Villa offered an escape route, and the Ireland international signed a five-year deal at Villa Park.
However, Villa boss Paul Lambert soon dropped Given from his first team and installed USA keeper Brad Guzan as his No. 1, leaving Given bench-warming once again.
Now 37, the Toon legend could look for another move to guarantee himself first-team football as his career comes to an end.
Next up is a man who is most famous for his time at another club.
Andrew Cole will mostly be fondly remembered for his time at Manchester United, where he became one of England's most lethal strikers.
However, Cole was equally dangerous before he made the switch to Old Trafford, as he proved with his free-scoring displays for Newcastle between 1993 and 1995.
Signing for Newcastle from Bristol City for a club-record £1.75 million, Cole netted 55 goals in just 70 games for the Magpies, including 41 in a single season. The record still remains today, such as Cole's feat.
When Manchester United came calling in 1995, Sir Alex Ferguson had to shell out £5 million for Cole, as well as including Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie in the deal.
Averaging almost a goal every other game for Man United, the money spent on Cole looked like the bargain of the century, as the Red Devils went on to claim numerous Premier League titles in Cole's time in Manchester, as well as the treble-winning 1999 season.
Nearing the summit of the list is French-born, Cameroon international centre-back Sebastien Bassong.
The 26-year-old will never go down as a Geordie legend, having only spent one year at the Magpies before quitting when they were relegated at the end of the 2008/09 season.
During that season, Bassong made 30 appearances for his side, becoming a regular in the heart of the Geordie defence and impressing many with his physical attributes. Strong and quick, Bassong—who was only 22 when he played for Newcastle—showed massive potential for the future.
And it was that potential that convinced Tottenham to pay £8 million for Bassong, just 12 months after Newcastle had signed him from French club Metz for £500,000.
After three years at White Hart Lane, Bassong eventually fell out of favour with his new club and made nine appearances while on loan at Wolves, which eventually resulted in him being relegated for the second time in his career.
Now plying his trade for Norwich City, it's safe to say Bassong hasn't quite lived up to his potential but has cemented his place on this list, having made such a substantial profit for Newcastle.
How could anyone else top this list?
The eighth-most expensive transfer in world football history, Andy Carroll's £35 million move to Liverpool confirmed a massive profit for Newcastle, who brought him through the youth system at St James' Park.
That means every penny of the transfer is profit, a record that will likely never be broken.
Perhaps if Carroll had stayed at Newcastle, he could have gone on to become a true legend, having grown up supporting the club and sharing a special bond with the fans that so many other players fail to do.
Instead, Carroll jumped ship and flopped spectacularly at Anfield, soon finding himself drastically out of favour when Brendan Rodgers took over.
Now plying his trade at West Ham, Carroll is hoping to rebuild his career to the promising level that he reached when he was at St James' Park just three years ago.
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