Like most Toon fans I have been waiting all month to see which transfer targets we manage to sign this window and so far all we have is speculation in the media, with no information coming from the club other than a couple of garbled and ambiguous statements from messrs Kinnear and Pardew.
The transfer window amazes me, it’s as though everyone involved with the clubs, not just at Newcastle, suddenly wakes up on 1st January and and it hits them like a ton of bricks that the window is open.
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You would think logically that they would have been planning for months to identify their chosen targets, putting out feelers, consulting with the scouts, jockeying with the agents etc etc.
It’s not exactly a secret that we are in desperate need of another forward to complement Remy, and in the ideal world another one or two besides, yet here we are approaching the final week of the window and apparently we have not even made an offer yet!
My conclusion has to be that they have been waiting to see if any offers come in for our own players, in order to fund loans or purchases, but this seems to me very short-sighted.
The two names that have cropped up the most are De Jong and Cabella, the former possibly on loan. To my mind these deals should have been pushed through weeks ago, it’s fairly obvious that Graham Carr has scouted these players thoroughly and recommended them to the club.
I realise the financials are important in all of these deals but surely getting De Jong in as soon as possible would allow him to make an impact much earlier. I also suspect that Cisse would be sold at that point, once he realised he was 4th choice and unlikely to get a game.
As for Cabella, if he is a good as we are told and bearing in mind the silly money some clubs are prepared to pay for players ( Juan Mata for £37 million), then £15million for Cabella seems a snip. The fee could be offset by the sale of Cisse for maybe £8 million and even more importantly, with De Jong and Cabella in the team playing alongside Cabaye, that might just be enough to propel the team into the top 4 and the Champions League. If that was the case then Cabella’s fee would more than pay for itself.
Of course it could be that Joe Kinnear is working on working on these deals right now but I’m more inclined to think we will have to wait until the final day to see if we scrape over the line with at least one signing. I don’t expect Cabella will be that signing but we live in hope.
Looks like we’re in for a nervy few days this coming week.