You must be excited at Newcastle United’s transfer activity so far. What do you mean we’ve only signed a free transfer (Romain Amalfitano) from the French Second Division, what about this little lot?!!
Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Luuk De Jong (FC Twente), Vernun Anita (Ajax), Ola Toivenen (PSV), Douglas (FC Twente), Toby Alderweireld (Ajax), Vertonghen (Ajax), Kalou (Chelsea), Ferreira (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Spurs), Victor Wanyama (Celtic), John Guidetti (Manchester City), Benjamin Corgnet (Dijon), Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim), Butterfield (Barnsley), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier), Adam Johnson (Manchester City), Nathanial Clyne (Crystal Palace), Rakish Bingham (Wigan), Emmanuel Mayuka (Young Boys), Kevin Mirallas (Olympiakos), Wilfried Saha (Crystal Palace), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield), Virgil Van Dijk (Groningen), Erik Pieters (PSV), Curtis Good (Melbourne Heart), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Diame (Wigan), Javi Marquez (Espanyol), Raul (Schalke), Serdar Tasci (Stuttgart), Christophe Lowinsky (Marseille), Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen), Mulumbu (West Brom), Dame NDoye (FC Copenhagen), Fryers (Manchester United), Afellay (Barcelona), Sebastian Boenisch (Werder Bremen), Gael Bigirimana (Coventry), Ally Cissokho (Lyon), Junior Hoillet (Blackburn), Mark Davies (Bolton), Das Bost (Heerenveen), Roberto Rosales (FC Twente), Modibo Maiga (Sochaux)
Believe it or not, Newcastle have been linked with every one of these players, often more than once, since the season finished.
I’m sure there are countless others but I was losing the will to live when researching this article (still not convinced that half of these players actually exist!), maybe you can fill in the gaps?
In part we are guilty for bringing this on top of ourselves because we all love a good rumour. However, what gets me is when you get somebody (and most of us will probably know at least one of them) who every time you see them ‘Has it on good authority we will sign xxxxxxxxx’, the good authority turning out to be The Sun, or in modern day money, somewhere on the tinternet.
Don’t worry, only another sixty five days before the transfer window closes…