“A player’s valuation, not just by the club but also by the agent, is the big problem we have at the moment.
Apart from Chelsea, no one has really done any business. But I’m sure the ball will get rolling this week”.
Well that isn’t totally accurate with Arsenal bringing in 3 (Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla), Manchester United 2 (Powell, Kagawa), Liverpool 2 (Borini, Allen), Spurs 2 (Vertonghen, Sigurdsson), Everton 1 (Pienaar) and then Chelsea with 3 (Oscar, Marin, Hazard).
All of these are first team signings and for teams that we are looking to hopefully compete with this coming season, or at least attempt to cling on to the back of the pack.The tide is hopefully starting to turn with the expected completion of Vurnon Anita this week but clearly Newcastle’s squad needs a minimum of 2 or 3 more first team players, even if Anita signs in black & white.
Manchester City are the only club of those at the top not to make a major signing but when you have half the Premier League’s players on your books it’s hardly as much of a priority as for others!
I think it’s great that the likes of Krul, Cisse, Tiote and others are signed up on long contracts and any transfer fee would be at the top end. However, we can’t expect to walk into rival clubs and have them hand over key players for a fraction of what we value our top ones at, especially when these players will be expected to be at a level to play alongside our elite players.
The one player that most fans would guess Alan Pardew is talking about in particular, is Mathieu Debuchy and the Summer long chase for him. You have to take figures quoted in the press with a pinch of salt, up to a point, but looking at the picture overall it would appear any potential deal would still be a decent amount under £10m which with the French right-back’s profile still looks a very decent deal in the market these days.
Surely the message has to be that going in hard on the transfer front is the right thing to do but at times Newcastle United will have to bend towards market valuations.
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