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Mike Ashley Approves Renewed Loic Remy Transfer Move – Reports

7 years ago

Reports today that Ashley has sanctioned another move in the transfer market.

These reports seem, so far, to be restricted to the Chronicle and are not in the national papers, which is unusual and, to my mind, interesting.

Of course, as readers of The Mag will know, Ashley is apparently also [intlink id=”46551″ type=”post”]keen to fix his fences with the local papers[/intlink]. This new juicy titbit may well be a tangible attempt by Ashley, after sustained brown-nosing by some journalists on the Newcastle papers, to indicate his hate campaign is over.

I suspect he is also giving up on his genius idea to ‘monetize’ access to club staff as well.

If this analysis is correct, it would be important for the titbit to be true. The two players named are Loic Remy and Lacazette – we are apparently prepared to spend around £10m for one or other of them – and of course we have been interested in them for a long time. They have been tracked, and on our radar, and monitored, and run the rule over, ad nauseam.

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The main thing that is interesting (to me) about all these shifts and shuffles by Ashley is that he has at last faced up to the need to spend some real cash. I wrote in these columns recently about what exactly that would mean if, in the event, Ashley decided to loosen his purse strings.

It seems to me now, as it did then, that such a move would be born of fear. The owner has been persuaded that we are not going to score enough goals this season unless he spends an eight-figure sum. He has put it off and put it off, and only when the prospect of relegation is staring him in the face does he do the obvious, if painful, thing.

What has happened is that Ashley has reduced the club to the bare minimum, which the cub accountants hereabouts will no doubt cheer.

A single player, a good one, will make all the difference. Even Ashley acknowledges it.

It has taken the prospect of a season of struggle and an embarrassing display against Gillingham to produce this desirable outcome.


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