Here are two defenders who may be next in line to arrive at Newcastle as boss Allardyce says he is lining up some deals but nothing is imminent due to the demands of players on wages – and clubs on transfer fees. After the loss of Ben Haim yesterday we hope we will not lose out on Rosehnal – but that seems a distinct possibility.
There is little doubt we now have to concentrate on bringing defenders in during the next week or so – and Sam is looking for some additional height at the back. Sam yesterday talked about the lack of height in the squad and how he had to get taller players in â€“ which will be useful especially in set pieces during games.
This is what the Newcastle manager told the NUFC official web site on Thursday:
“We need to get more height in the team. Most games are won and lost on set-pieces in modern football.
“If you don’t have the height to compete at both ends then you won’t score as many and you’ll concede too many goals – it’s a big factor.”
After the disappointment of not signing Ben Haim we look at these two defenders who are supposedly on our list and assess the situation.
Before we look at the players here’s an assessment of the current transfer market Sam gave today:
“I’m spending a huge amount of time on the phone trying to get things in place.
“I’ve got my foot on the pedal trying to go at 90mph but only going 20mph at the moment.
“We’re finding out that inflation has hit. The new money has come in from Sky and all of a sudden it has inflated the salaries and the transfer fees, but we are having to compete.”
This one is probably the closest transfer we are involved with â€“ in terms of it completing. Our understanding is that we have offered â‚¤2M but PSG are looking for about â‚¤3.5M. The danger is that Borussia Dortmund are still involved in this deal and could pip us to David â€“ much like Chelsea did with Ben Haim.
Unfortunately when you read the latest press on this it looks like Dortmund are favorites and that Rosehnal even would prefer a move to the German club.
A week ago we would have thought Ben Haim and Rosehnal would be at Newcastle fairly quickly but now it may be that we miss out on both center backs.
We also donâ€™t understand how money can be a problem when Ashley is about to take over â€“ we would have thought that would have given us an advantage in the market. However, this increase in wages and transfer fees is not good â€“ heaven knows what itâ€™s going to be like in a couple of years â€“ these players are already way overpaid.
Rosehnal would add the much needed height at the back (6â€™3â€) and he is described as a quick, determined and skilled defender – who could do very well in the Premiership. We are not sure what the delay is here or why Dortmund are favorites.
We are reportedly keen to sign Reading and England left back Nicky Shorey to reinforce our defense for next season. West Ham and Tottenham are other teams said to be interested in Shorey – who could move if an offer of Â£5million was made.
Sam – make the offer.
The transfer fee to us seems fairly reasonable for a player who looked very comfortable playing for England against Brazil. We like Nicky a lot and we hope some of those calls that Sam is making are going to Reading about Shoreyâ€™s availability.
At the age of nine Nicky Shorey started playing for Leyton Orient (Nicky is now aged 26 – so it was 1990) and worked his way through their youth system. Whilst he was there he made 16 appearances for the first team. He was at Orient until February 2001 when he made the â‚¤25K transfer to Reading. He has played for Reading 231 times and scored 10 goals. Nicky is 5’9″ tall.
We’ll need to get some good strong defenders in during the next couple of weeks.
Other players mentioned today – that Sam may be interested in – are Sami Hyypia of Liverpool (6’5″) and Marseille’s Habib Beye (6′).
From yesterday’s story we ran it seems that quite a few of our readers are not too keen on Hyypia – but under Sam we’d think he would do well for a couple of years.
Let us know your ideas and comments on these potential signings.