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Should Newcastle United Pay The Asking price?

10 years ago

The news is out. Newcastle are no longer the mugs who pay out huge transfer fees and inflated wages. We have a hard working scouting network that our board and manager trust. We look into players’ contract situations, trying to exploit release clauses and focus primarily on players in the final two years of their contract.

It is no surprise that we have seen Lille and FC Twente both looking for more money out of deals for Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk De Jong and Douglas respectively. It is only two years since we pinched Cheik Tiote for £3.5M and just over twelve months since we plundered Yohan Cabaye for only £4.5M. Teams will be worried that we will get another one of their top players for next to nothing and instead will look to make us sweat on getting over the line. Similarly, Liverpool were made to look quite foolish over the Andy Carroll transfer, continuing to do so with Brendan Rodgers apparently in a constant state of flux on whether or not he actually wants the big man at Anfield.

In the case of Debuchy, Lille will be loathe to lose another one of their star men, having already seen Cabaye, Moussa Sow, Gervinho and Eden Hazard all leave since LOSC won Ligue 1 the season before last. Debuchy has however made it clear he wants to try his luck in another country, telling L’Equipe, “I am committed 100 per cent to the fact I want to leave Lille, I want to discover another championship.”, and that his, “priority”, was to join The Mags.

Lille have since signed Debuchy’s potential replacement with Rudi Garcia taking Djibril Sidibe from Troyes. It now should be up to the board to agree a fee for Debuchy, it could well be that both clubs will drag their feet over this one, making Debuchy wait until the very last minute of the transfer window before being allowing to leave. This is clearly starting to frustrate Pardew, who told The Chronicle,  “There’s no real progress. The two clubs need to make an agreement on the finance side about the players we’re talking about”.

Tuesday also brought quotes from Luuk De Jong’s agent who told Sky Sports that, “everything happens so quickly in football and in the end Gladbach showed the stronger desire to sign him whilst Newcastle were not able to come to an agreement with Twente”.

I don’t think for one minute that Pardew or the board will panic over this, we will have second and third choice transfer targets.

However, for supporters, and possibly even current members of Newcastle’s squad, it is proving to be a long summer without any further movement in the market following our first two acquisitions. Skipper Coloccini replied that he, “hoped so”, when asked by The Chronicle if there were going to be any more incoming transfers, I certainly hope so too.

With clubs recognising Newcastle’s creative transfer policy, the board has a decision to make. Do they pay the asking price for their top targets? Or play hardball and wait it out.

Graham Carr told The Chronicle back in June that “We’re not going to go stupid – we’ll stick to our plan”.

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27th July Newcastle play Olympiakos in the first of their two matches in a three-sided tournament at the Algarve Stadium near Faro, kick-off 7.45pm (UK Time). (Live On ESPN)

28th July Same venue as the night before but this time United face Braga with kick-off once again 7.45pm (UK time). (Live On ESPN)

18th August Premier League kicks-off – Newcastle v Spurs 5.30pm (Live On ESPN)

25th August First away match – Chelsea v Newcastle 5.30pm (Live On ESPN)


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