Apparently Newcastle United are ‘interested in signing Salomon Kalou’, really?
In some ways (Newcastle United in a previous life) you can kind of make the story work.
Kalou is out of contract at Chelsea from the end of this month so zero transfer fee.
An international striker (17 goals in 48 matches for Ivory Coast) who has just been part of a team that has won both the FA Cup and Champions League.
Still only 26 and got a decent record as a supporting act at Chelsea (60 goals and 40 assists in 244 matches).
Chelsea paid £9m to Feyenoord and now available for nothing.
However, one small problem and I covered it last week in an article entitled ‘Newcastle United’s Transfer Policy Made Simple‘….
‘In recent days Newcastle have been linked with Manchester City’s Adam Johnson and Barcelona’s Dutch winger/midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.
Is a player going to take a drop in wages? Unlikely, so any British player who goes to somewhere like City or Chelsea is very unlikely to end up at St.James’ Park. The days of a Parker or Duff getting their Chelsea wages matches at Newcastle are long gone, for those names read the likes of Milner and Johnson at City’.
So Salomon Kalou, exactly how does he fit in with Newcastle’s wages policy?
Under Mike Ashley there is no way United will sign players with this kind of profile (first team regular at a club like Man.City or Chelsea – no matter what a ‘bargain’ the transfer fee appears).
Giving a player like Kalou a contract with a couple of million pounds a year premium won’t cost Newcastle/Ashley a couple of million, it would be six or seven times that as the agents of Cisse, Cabaye, Ben Arfa and so on would be queuing up at his door.