There is lots of news on Newcastle United this morning in the press as training begins at Little Benton and the players jet off tomorrow for Austria and their 10 day training camp.
We are linked with even more players this morning â€“ so let’s look at three of them and see what’s real and what’s not with all the press talk. We think all three of these players are on their way to Newcastle and the Geremi deal is already done and dusted.
We’d also like your opinion ion these deals â€“ and whether you think they are real or not. With Sam doing so well in the transfer market and bringing in good players for reasonable – and even small – fees.
It certainly looks like there’s a new dawn at Newcastle – but this time it’s not false – and the sun will really come up and shine.
We think he’ll sign for â‚¤2M this afternoon – this is a signing on fee for the player himself. . The only surprise here is the fee – but this was made clear this afternoon that it is indeed a signing on fee paid directly to Geremi himself – no wonder he was keen to come to Tyneside.Â Still a very good deal – said to be for 3 years for the 28 year old – and we saw off competition from Aston Villa and probably other clubs. At the very least Geremi will be a good utility player for the squad.
We know that a Newcastle delegation is in Barcelona today trying to tie this deal up – and although we know there’s competition from AC Milan we feel confident the Brazilian will sign for Newcastle. He was reportedly very impressed with the way Sam went about the transfer and Sam even took time out to discuss the move with Edmilson’s wife. We think Sam’s persuasive powers have already done the trick here. May sign immediately or there will be an agreement to sign in January – with only a small fee involved. Edmilson will add class and International experience to the squad – and will help the young defenders like Steven Taylor along. We suspect Edmilson will agree to join Newcastle on January 1st next year when he is fully fit – and that will lower the fee for Newcastle – another good bit of negotiation by Allardyce.
In passing we also expect Taylor to become a full England international in August based on his heroics in the Under-21 championships recently completed.
We think this may be a surprise signing for us. The reports have always been that we’ll sign him only if Martins or Owen leave the club â€“ but we feel that Sam wants him regardless of these strikers. The fee being quoted in some papers this morning is a low â‚¤4.5M but we think the delegation to Barcelona has the goal to tie up both Edmilson and Gudjohnsen deals as soon as they can. This is no more than a hunch on our part from reading all the reports going around.
But we don’t believe there is so much work going into this for only a possible signing â€“ we think it’s the real deal. Newcastle will be helped by Eidur’s admiration for the ex- Bolton manager – from Gudjohnsen’s two seasons at the Lancashire club in the late 1990s.
We belive there is a good chance that all three players will join Newcastle sooner rather than later.
That’s what we think – let us know your opinions and ideas on this – we certainly need to expand our squad and now seems a good time given training has just started.