In recent seasons we’ve got used to Newcastle transfers that we’ve never heard of….but now Steve McClaren has claimed that there could be new potential credible signings who have gone under the radar.
Despite being linked with well over a hundred different players, the Newcastle Head coach insists that there are star players who fans haven’t got a clue that the club are working on.
“We are forever working and people are mentioning this and that, believe me though, we have a lot of names that people haven’t got hold of yet – we have been close with them.
“At the moment we have got two in and I’m sure that we are looking for other – but they have to be the right ones.”
If this is the case, then it will be a major departure from how the Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic signings have played out.
The same with the seemingly imminent Chancel Mbemba arrival.
You could write a book on all three of these very public deals, the alleged twists and turns as day after day they filled the newspaper column inches.
Clubs want as much money as possible for their star players, so it is very much in their interest to make known to other clubs that they are willing to sell a player, to try and get a price hike.
So the question remains, can Newcastle honestly buy players good enough for the Premier League, without the selling club or player(s) agents getting the word out to try and drive up transfer fees and/or wages?
I think it unlikely and even though I am happy to believe it when Steve McClaren says they are still working on other signings (which must be the case for pretty much every other club as well), is it realistic to think that apart from Chancel Mbemba there is any chance of other new signings arriving in time for Southampton in two weeks time?
Taking these three deals (Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Mbemba) you would think that was all but impossible, judging by the time it has/is taken to get these deals done.
Those three plus at least two other Steve McClaren (nice) surprises will bring my heart rate down a bit but it could well be a close call.