Yoan Gouffran is still deliberating whether to stay at Newcastle United or not.
The local media on Friday morning says that Rafa Benitez remains in the dark after offering the 31 year old to respond to a contract extension offered two months ago, with a deadline set to end on Friday night for the midfielder/winger to give his decision.
This is possibly not where most Newcastle fans expected/hoped to be at this stage…
Thursday brought news that Liverpool had knocked back a loan offer for Sheyi Ojo, a winger who has played only a handful of first team games at Anfield and he didn’t even make a Premier League bench last season, plus at international level he has made only one start and a few sub appearances at Under 20s level – with both Adam Armstrong & Freddie Woodman far more established at that level.
It may not be time to panic but we can’t live in a bubble either, protected from and ignorant of what happens elsewhere.
As Newcastle wait for Gouffran, someone who has shown nothing in the past three years that he has anything to offer in the Premier League, both Bournemouth and Huddersfield have smashed their transfer records by some way. The pair of them on Friday morning concluding deals which see them commit £30m in transfer fees, before you get to the wages.
Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth for a widely reported £20m (now the 11th Premier League club to have paid £20m+ for a player), whilst Aaron Mooy has signed a permanent deal at Huddersfield for £8m plus £2m when he makes a certain number of appearances.
I have to say, both players would definitely have enhanced Newcastle’s team, Ake is a 22 year old Dutch international centre-back and looks a class act, whilst Aaron Mooy was named in pretty much everybody’s team of the Championship last season.
As for Yoan Gouffran, the fact he was offered a new contract is depressing enough in terms of indicating how limited Rafa’s budget may be BUT for the former Bordeaux player to then be still thinking about it some seven or eight weeks later, adds insult to injury.
Bournemouth also concluded the ‘free’ signing of Jermain Defoe on Thursday but have had to commit a reported £20m in signing on fees and wages to land the player.
Whilst a £10m deal for experienced keeper Asmir Begovic is also set to be formally announced by Bournemouth.
News of this transfer activity has seen local north east journalists question both Ake’s transfer fee and Defoe’s wages – but if Bournemouth hadn’t paid up, somebody else would have.
The total now stands at 21 Premier League transfers for this summer window that have been confirmed so far and around £300m in transfer fees.
These are the 21 Premier League transfers agreed (two of them announced as early as March, during the season) so far as confirmed by BBC Sport:
Elias Kachunga (Ingolstadt – Huddersfield) £1.1m
Tom Cleverley (Everton – Watford) Undisclosed
Pascal Gross (FC Ingolstadt 04 – Brighton) Undisclosed
Christian Atsu (Chelsea – Newcastle) Undisclosed
Bernardo Silva (Monaco – Manchester City) £43m
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City – West Ham) Free
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea – Liverpool) Compensation
Darren Fletcher (West Brom – Stoke) Free
Sead Kolasinac (Schalke – Arsenal) Free
Ederson Moraes (Benfica – Manchester City) £35m
Victor Lindelof (Benfica – Manchester United) £31m
Davy Klaassen (Ajax – Everton) £23.6m
Harry Maguire (Hull – Leicester) £17m
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland – Everton) £25m rising to £30m
Mathew Ryan (Valencia – Brighton) Undisclosed
Mohamed Salah (Roma – Liverpool) £34m
Laurent Depoitre (Porto – Huddersfield) Undisclosed
Will Hughes (Derby County – Watford) £8m
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland – Bournemouth) Free
Nathan Ake (Chelsea – Bournemouth) Undisclosed
Aaron Mooy (Manchester City – Huddersfield) £8m