News today that we may be very close to signing two players. AtÂ the same time Kieron Dyer will at some timeÂ today or tomorrowÂ join West Ham United as we had expected – following his friend Lee Bowyer thereÂ Â 😀
The two players are Claudio Cacapo, the Brazilian center-back who was the Lyon captain for the last five years – andÂ Alan Smith may also join usÂ – as a fee of â‚¤6M has been agreed with Manchester United for his signature.
Smith and Cacapa are both at St. James’ Park today and are working on personal terms with Newcastle and their representatives. If we can alsoÂ get Serbian Ivica Dragutinovic of Seville to sign within next day or so – a single press conference to introduce allÂ three would go over very well with the Newcastle faithful. Maybe just before we take Sampdoria apart on Sunday.
That will be three players for a total cost of around â‚¤8M as Cacapa is a free agent and Drago is thought to cost around â‚¤2M.
If those three come in Sam will have brought in six players for about â‚¤13.8M and let two go for â‚¤13M – not bad business by Super Sam.
- We take a long hard look at the Daily Telegraph article today on the finances of Newcastle and just how much Mike Ashley is willing to invest in the transfer market and the club in general. We make our own judgements andÂ don’t feel the news of being limited to â‚¤10M has any truth in it whatsoever. We think it’s justÂ hype that helps to sell newspapers. We looked at everything Ashley and Chris Mort have done and to us it make perfect sense. The only question is if the debts are higher than they thought – which they are – does that mean the transfer funds will be dramatically reduced. It doesn’t follow they will – which is what some papers have assumed. We don’t think Chris and Mike are that naive andÂ wonder what the real problem is. Maybe the problem is that not enough newspapers are being soldÂ Â Â 😀
Chris Mort – Newcastle Chairman Will Run ClubÂ Professionally – nothing wrong with that
- News that Kieron Dyer will be moving to West Ham as finally Newcastle have agreed a fee for Kieron. Good piece of business by Sam gets us â‚¤6M for Kieron and we wish him all the best down south and the rest we say in the article.
Kieron Dyer – Will become a Hammer
- An excellent interview in the Newcastle Journal this morning with Luke Edwards getting a long and valuable interview with new Newcastle Chairman Chris Mort. After writing the article on Mike Ashley and Chris Mort above it was refreshing to see Chris talk someÂ plain sense and there is no hint in his commentsÂ that Sam is being restricted in any way. All Newcastle fans should read what Chris says – it makes a whole lot of sense and good news for manager Sam Allardcye.
Sam Allardyce -Â Transfer fee restrictions overblownÂ
- Great news in the transfer market is it looks like we’ve captured former Lyon captain and center-back Claudio Cacapa on a free transfer. We are also in talks with Alan Smith having agreed a price with Manchester United. We like the Cacapa deal better because he is sheer class and exactly what we need in the center of Newcastle’s’ defense. We’re still not sure why we want Smith because we’ll have to play him in midfield and we feel there are better midfielders out there – but if he’s signed we’ll trust Sam’s judgement.
Claudio Cacapa – great track record of success
- News from the Telegraph that we may be after Greta Steinsson of AZ Alkmaar and Iceland. We’re not convinced this would be a goodÂ deal Â for Newcastle at a fee of aboutÂ â‚¤4M – which is far too high. In fact we don’t think this deal will be completed because Greta is a wing back and we feel Sam is looking for a more defensive-minded full back. Greta plays on the right side as a winger or full back.
Greta Steinsson – not a good deal for Newcastle
- The game last night against Hull was very much an anti-climax once we saw the team sheet. Sam started about seven of the youngsters mainly because a lot of our top players had niggly little injuries which he puts down to them not being as fit as they should be. For those of you who missed the game here is the Hull City – Newcastle Highlight Video. Hull won 1-0.
- Finally here’s some funny football quotes – to lighten up the day 😀
“I think football would become an even better game if someone could invent a ball that kicks back.” – Eric Morecambe
“What a debut for the young goalkeeper, as a striker.” – Peter Drury
“If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” – Bob Paisley“The Italians are hoping for an Italian victory.” – David Coleman
“30 minutes to go, and it’s still 1-0 apiece.” – A confused commentator
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