Inevitably there are a number of transfer targets being linked with Newcastle today. That is to be expected and we will try to sort out what is real and what may be made-up stories.
We look at one of the more interesting ones today – Geremi from Chelsea.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is reported to be closing in on a deal to take Chelsea utility man Geremi to the Magpies. Newcastle are hopeful of securing the 28-year-old Cameroon international on a free transfer.
This sounds reasonably feasible because Geremi is the exact type of player Sam wants at Newcastle. An experienced no-nonsense defender that can help solidify what has been a very leaky defense over the last 10 years. Sam has already managed to secure mark Viduka on a free transfer and the capture of Geremi would be another coup for Sam. With Newcastle also going after Habib Beye who can play right back or center back – maybe Sam would play Geremi at left back â€“ although we expect a left back to be signed before the season opens. No doubt that Geremi’s versatility would add experience and skill to Sam’s defensive squad.
Geremi has been at Chelsea since 2003 and made 72 appearances for them â€“ scoring 4 goals. While at Middlesbrough in 2002-2003 season (on loan from Real Madrid) he played 33 games and scored 7 goals. While at Real Madrid from 1999 â€“ 2003 he appeared 45 times and didn’t score.
With Allardyce going after these bargain players â€“ it’s hard to see how he could spend Â£50M in the summer. Of course he doesn’t have to spendthat amount or anywhere near it â€“ the real key here is that Sam is not encumbered by any shortage of transfer money this summer. He therefore has a free role as to who he brings in. Sam is obviously not deserting his previous talent for getting real bargains â€“ and we’re all for that at Newcastle.
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