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Talks to make loan deal permanent shows problems Newcastle have shifting players

5 years ago

Newcastle loan players Adam Armstrong and Gael Bigirimana are both set to stay at Coventry City.

Instead of returning to St James Park this month, Steve McClaren has said that the 18 year old forward will see out the season at the Midlands club.

However, the Newcastle boss says that United have a recall option if they do end up needing him at any time.

Steve McClaren speaking to the Chronicle:

“I think it’s a season long loan but we still have a recall on that whenever we want, but we are leaving him at Coventry for now.”

As for Gael Bigirimana, Coventry want to sign the player permanently but manager Tony Mowbray has been explaining the big hurdles that need to be overcome.

Mowbray says he wants to make two of his current five loan players permanent and the Coventry Telegraph say that the players are Joe Cole and Gael Bigirimana.

Whilst Cole still has a few months left on his Villa deal, Bigirimana is still contracted to Newcastle for another 18 months.

Tony Mowbray says that there is no way they can afford the current wages of either player and so it will only be with the willingness of both Villa and Newcastle to bend financially, if the players are going to successfully be able to move to Coventry City on permanent deals.

It would appear that this is likely to involve the Premier League club paying up some of the wages that are due over the length of the remaining part of their contracts. The implication being that Newcastle and Villa would then save having to pay part of the wages still due, for players who have no chance of playing first team football for them.

This once again sums up the problems Newcastle constantly run into, signing players who they hope will improve once signed and paying them wages that are higher than their (lower than Premier League) ability.

It is why we still have Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Emmanuel Riviere, Yoan Gouffran and others still hanging around the club, not good enough for the Premier League but their wages making it very difficult/impossible to get rid of them.

Tony Mowbray speaking to the Coventry Telegraph:

“They are ongoing discussions that are happening now, in an ideal world we would try to get away from the five loans we have and try to firm two of them up if it’s financially right for our football club.

“That then gives us scope, potentially, moving forward if and when required to bring others in.”

“I think the players will help us but there’s a number of discussions to be had, not just with our football club and the clubs concerned.

“It’s to do with the players, the players’ agents and their football clubs.

“They are under contract footballers who are owed a lot of money from their clubs, money that there’s no way we could pay similar sorts of salary levels so they’ll have discussions with their parent clubs and after that we need to have discussions with their advisors. So there’s lots of stuff to be talked about.”


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