Still no official word on the Ivaca Dragutinovic affair but something should be coming through today hopefully.
There was something in the Chronicle yesterday saying that Drago’s terms were too high for Newcastle but we’re not sure if there is any truth in that story.
However it looks like Sam Allardyce and Chris Mort may not be finished on the transfer front even if Drago decides to come.
Newcastle United chairman Chris Mort yesterday revealed that transfer plans were continuing with manager Sam Allardyce.
Mort told BBC Radio Five Live:
“Sam and I speak most days, if not every day.”
“This afternoon we sat down together for an hour or two and went through the squad and players we are looking to add.â€
â€œThat work is continuing and we will carry on going forward. Our relationship is absolutely fine.”
Speaking for the first time on the Dyer situation of last Friday Chris added:
“We got very uncomfortable with the way they were conducting negotiations and some of the things going on about the deal we wanted to change from our perspective.”
“They were (then) not prepared to match the valuation we put on him.”
It certainly is looking like their relationship, from a business sense at least is starting to blossom. We’ve had some good transfer successes lately and the investment Mort announced yesterday in the training facilities at Benton is very sensible. It’s refreshing, to say the least, that the club is starting to look well run from a business perspective and that augers well for the future.
On the Drago affair, a Newcastle source told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œWe were a bit taken back by Dragutinovicâ€™s demands.”
â€œIf we had given him what he was asking for, it would have made him the highest paid player at St Jamesâ€™ Park.”
â€œWe are not prepared to meet his demands.â€
We should stress that we would expect some official word coming from either Drago or Sevilla about the transfer. However, if this report is true, then it’s best we move on becauseÂ it looks like Drago has decided to stay at Sevilla and tested Newcastle with a ridiculous wage demand. Best to move on in that case.
But we’re not sureÂ who the other transfer targets may be if Drago does not come here.Â We still think we need at least another defender and another midfield player – a playmaker.
Who do you think is still needed to round out the squad?
Let us know â€“ comments always welcome?