Do Newcastle have To Revisit Planet Earth If They Want To Buy A Premier League Class Striker?
I find it strange that fans don’t bat an eyelid when Newcastle United/Mike Ashley bank £35m for Andy Carroll, or quote £20m/£25m for our elite players…
Yes when it comes to buying players, a lot of fans are quite happy to repeat the line of ‘ridiculous wage demands’ or ‘outrageous transfer fees’ quoted by other clubs.
With football finances only heading one way, especially in England, and strikers always carrying a premium in terms of price…
The latest information/speculation this morning is that the Lyon striker, Bafetimbi Gomis, is allegedly on £65,000 a week at the minute and that Lyon are looking for £10m while Newcastle have allegedly offered £5m.
There’s nothing wrong in driving a hard bargain and getting the best possible deal but you also have to live in the real world.
Newcastle desperately need another striker who would look to have every chance of delivering Premier League goals.
Never mind whatever happens to Suarez, clubs such as Crystal Palace, Swansea, West Ham, Norwich and so on have all paid out transfer fees of getting on for £10m or more for strikers.
Yes you might find an ‘out of date’ Darren Bent at the back of a shelf for £5m (even then though you’d be talking hefty wages) but if you want somebody who is still on the up or at their peak, then at some point you’ll have to pay the price tag.
Cisse himself cost around £10m nearly two years ago and I think he has been a massive bargain, so if we are looking for a player of similar ability or better then money has to be spent.
There is a reason why Newcastle haven’t been fighting off clubs wanting to buy Shola, strikers who don’t score goals aren’t exactly in demand..
When the season kicks off, if we are then being told how lucky we are to be able to still rely on Shola then be afraid, be very afraid.
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