Sam Allardyce spoke at length on Sky Sports News last night on a number of subjects related to Newcastle.
One of the topics was who was staying and going at Newcastle and from what Sam said last night it looks like Oba Martins is staying.
Also on the topic of who may be coming to Newcastle – Brazilian Edmilson is still a maybe – but only in January.
Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports news:
“I have not spoken to Oba himself, only his representatives, who assure me there is nothing in it.“
“But while the window is open and when somebody has a get-out clause like he does, there is always a chance you might lose him.
“You hope that is not going to be the case, but you have to just keep your fingers crossed and hope it does not happen.”
What seems a little strange with this comment is that Sam – the great communicator – has not spoken with Oba himself. We find that a little strange but don’t think it’s a problem. We expect Sam to be talking regularly with all his players. You don’t get the team spirit Sam engenders into his teams without good communications at all levels of the club.
Sam also talked about his pursuit of Edmilson â€“ the Brazilian center-back who is currently at Barcelona. Newcastle had been trying to set up a deal for Edmilson earlier in the summer, but Allardyce admits that bid is now on hold while the Barcelona center-back recovers from his right knee injury. The injury is estimated to be fully healed around the November time-frame.
“Edmilson is obviously not for now because the injury is a concern,”
“We may have to wait until January and it’s a great shame for a player of his ability and talent.
“But saying that I think we would’ve faced competition from the likes of AC Milan and Inter, although there still might be the opportunity to sign him.”
So there’s still a possibility on Edmilson but other clubs in Europe will also be after him come January. Since his Barcelona contract will be ending next June Sam may also be able to get the Brazilian at a reasonable price.
We have a suspicion that it’s a little more concrete than Sam says – and Edmilson will in fact be arriving at Newcastle in early January – but that’s just a hunch on our part.
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