There hasn’t been one single official approach for either Moussa Sissoko or Gini Wijnaldum this summer.

Sky Sports say that their information is that contrary to numerous reports elsewhere, Newcastle United haven’t had one piece of direct contact on either player.

With every passing transfer window the transfer market appears to get that little bit more distorted, with fans left able to believe very little…

The reporting of potential transfers has always been a joke but with even more money now changing hands it is surely at an all time high, in terms of misleading information in the media.

It may well be that Newcastle United have not had any official approaches or offers but it doesn’t mean that nothing is happening.

With it increasingly the case that more and more ‘work’ is done by agents on deals both in the buying and selling of players, then no doubt clubs in many cases remain on the periphery until there is something of substance to talk about.

The figures of £35m and £27m that have respectively been attached to Sissoko and Wijnaldum…who knows what Newcastle would actually expect/take.

As Newcastle fans we are maybe a little too close to the action and our view of the pair of them weighted too heavily on the negative side of knowing their weaknesses all too well.  However, with the extra cash Premier League clubs have, we are already seeing some very average/mediocre players going for those kind of outrageous sums this summer.

One thing you can’t get away from is the value of getting transfer business done early.

A bit too much of a stretch to claim Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are ‘bargains’ at a combined £22m for the pair but who knows what kind of daft money will strange hands in the final stages of this transfer window, with so much more money chasing what is the same small pool of players.