Sam Allardcye has been talking to Sky Sports about the type of defenders he is trying to entice to Newcastle.
While he seems to have missed out on some of the targets he was after – Sam still feels fairly confident he can draft some good ones in before the season starts on August 11th.
The Newcastle boss wants to sign a couple of powerful stoppers capable of competing in the Premier League every week.
Here’s what Sam told Sky Sports News last night:
“What we need now particularly is defenders and quality defenders at that,”
That is my only key concern at the moment.”
“The players that are here are progressing nicely but the concern is that we must find some big, strong, experienced, good defenders.”
Allardyce revealed he has missed out on a number of his targets already this summer.
“Many targets are coming and going now and more and more people are actively moving into the transfer market,”
“Some of our targets have gone in this country already but there will be plenty more coming up between now and August.”
Potential targets that have popped up recently include Italian internationals Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Barzagli, but Allardyce has ruled out a number of these high profile players as he is appears as down to earth as ever:
“We are all hoping we can move in the transfer market and bring some good players to the football club.”
“I am not talking about the ‘galactico’ stars that are being mentioned – that is just a nonsense at the moment.”
“We need three or four solid, very, very good defenders from wherever it may be, and we will be a force this year.”
“But we need to get them first. If he wants to give me a little gift after with a galactico, I won’t say no.”
So it does look a little like Sam is struggling to bring in the types of players he needs at Newcastle. But Sam has already brought in four good players – and another four – mainly defenders – is what he is looking for between now and August 11th – when the season kicks off at his former club Bolton. The sooner we get these players in – the sooner they can settle in and start producing for the club.
Comments welcome – who do you think are good defensive targets for us now?