Newcastle United – It’s The Hope I Can’t Stand
Eleven days into the ‘official’ transfer season and Newcastle United remain the only Premier League club not to have added a senior player to their squad.
Newcastle have in the past tried to keep their transfer targets and bidding activity out of the media – probably to try and avoid other clubs sweeping in at the last minute (undoing months/years of scouting). With the addition of JFK this media ‘blackout’ seems to have been put on hold.
Pardew has been relatively open about his admiration of Loic Remy and Darren Bent, both of who would be great additions to the squad. Loic has fantastic pace along with an eye for goal and would fit perfectly on the left of Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa in a 3 pronged attack.
Bent comes with a good goal scoring pedigree and could be available for as little as £5m-£6m, shouldering some of the scoring burden from no 9 Papiss Cisse.
With very few goals coming via the wings, former Swansea winger Scott Sinclair has been identified as a British target, again available at a cut price of around £6m.
The out of favour Manchester City player enjoyed a fantastic first season with Swansea in the Premier League but has since struggled to establish himself as a regular at City and would be a great replacement/ back up for either Jonas or Obertan (neither of which could cross a bridge never mind a football).
However, 11 days in and Newcastle have failed to make a bid for any of these players. Having missed out on Aubameyang, which was inevitable with the player commanding Champions League football, Newcastle have sat back and watched their main competitors (and I don’t mean the Top 5!) strengthen their squads early doors.
West Ham splashed out £17m in total for Andy Carroll (a former Newcastle target), Swansea have agreed a fee for Wilfried Bony (another Newcastle Target), Norwich have wrapped up Ricky Van Wolfswinkel (another alleged Newcastle Target) and Everton snapped up Wigan’s Arouna Kone (a deal which Newcastle themselves tried to ‘hijack’ at the 11th hour).
Amongst all of this, Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear is on holiday (for how long we don’t know) and it’s unlikely that we will sign any players until his return.
It’s reported that Wolfsburg have starting to circle around Darren Bent and that Loic Remy could yet join his compatriot Christopher Samba in Russia (opting to leave the best league in the world for a cold corner of Europe for 100,000 ‘footballing’ reasons), Newcastle may be the ones left out in the cold.
As a season ticket holder, the silence around these transfers is deafening. The only positive message to come out is that should anyone fancy one of our top players (Yohan Cabaye or Ben Arfa) the bid would ‘have to blow the doors off’. This should scare away the ‘Monacos and ‘PSGs’ who have looked longingly at our top pair – however that’s not to say they couldn’t put a £25m+ bid in for either. £20m profit on a player in 2 years would be hard to turn down for any club, but would also signify a huge lack of ambition for a team that was in a quarter final of the Europa League 2 months prior.
The need for a signature signing for the fans to get excited about cannot be underestimated in these parts. Newcastle have filled for a friendly giving the fans a chance to see their new stars in action for the first time. However, untill Mike’s right hand man is back off of his jollies it seems we’ll have to endure another couple of weeks of speculation – that’s unless he’s taken his Mobile with him.
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