Can Newcastle United Compete With Fulham & Aston Villa?
There are reports this morning that having met with the club’s new owner, Fulham manager Martin Jol has been given the green light to go after his transfer targets.
The Sunday People report that Jol’s number one strike target is Darren Bent and that now he has been given the go-ahead, he will look to try and do a deal this week to take the Villa striker back to London.
While we all know that it isn’t easy to get signings ‘over the line’ these days, the situation regarding Darren Bent is puzzling.
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If Newcastle have/had any intention of signing Bent, the fact he has been ostracised at Villa and forced to train with the kids makes clear he is definitely available. So if United had any intention to sign him then surely it would have been a no-brainer to get the deal done and take him off on the pre-season training/matches.
Yes we can all guess Mike Ashley will not want to match Bent’s wages but surely that would make it common sense to get in early, put a deal on the table and say take it or leave it to both club and player. Unless of course all the Bent speculation is just rubbish…
Living in the real world though, if it did end up as a ‘duel’ with Fulham for Bent’s signature, where would he go? Similarly, there has been speculation that we could be competing with Villa for a player or two.
The sad thing is that apart from saying to any player that Newcastle’s crowds are roughly the same as Fulham & Villa’s combined, what other hook is there?
Taking for granted that Villa & Fulham would at least match any wage offer by United, that rules that side of things out. So what is left? Well Newcastle finished below those two last season and while Newcastle have only managed to sell players and not buy any, unlike Villa & Fulham, what would you say?
I think you’re heading into the territory of whipping out that ‘Landmarks of Tyneside DVD’ and getting a prayer mat out.
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