A Deal That Would Go Against Everything Mike Ashley Stands For
A lot of things don’t make sense about Newcastle United but there again, that’s hardly a new thing.
This summer’s transfer policy/strategy is yet another to add to those ‘tales of the unexpected’, as there has been much use of smoke and mirrors and no action as yet.
The Chronicle is even claiming that a deal has already been agreed between the two clubs and all it needs is for Remy to say yes.
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They further claim that there are possible complications with the likes of Napoli, Spurs and Everton all interested but just for the moment let us go back to what Newcastle have actually agreed to do, if the French striker says yes, some seven months too late.
The deal that the Chronicle reports is that Newcastle have agreed to pay a one-off £2m to QPR for a year long loan and also meet Remy’s wages, widely reported to be around £80,000 a week when he decided he was more interested in the ‘project’ at QPR back in January.
So Mike Ashley, after making clear he sees loaning players as throwing money down the drain (Ben Arfa the exception with a massively attractive sale price agreed if the initial loan worked out), is suddenly going to commit £6m (£2m fee and £4m wages) for a player he would then have to hand back next May?
This for a player who took the mick out of Mike Ashley in January when he reneged on an agreement and almost helped Newcastle into the Championship, something which I believe would never have come close if we’d had his goals to call on. Remy scoring 6 times in only 14 matches for a shocking Rangers outfit, including the one that put them one up against Newcastle…
Throw in the possibility of an ongoing rape investigation/charges and exactly what more do you need to tell you that this is a signing that is never going to happen?
Going back pre-Ashley, for better or worse, this kind of signing would have been exactly the type you could have expected in the latter days of the Hall/Shepherd administration.
If the ‘pursuit’ of Loic Remy is seen as our best chance of bringing in much needed goals then it really is the time to start panicking.
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