Here’s what we believe to be the situation in the transfer market for Newcastle, as this transfer window now has a week to run.
Things certainly seem to be petering out and it appears that we will not be getting a new right back into the club so if that is the case we hope Nobby Solano stays, at least through January.
So far Sam says there have been no offers come in for the Peruvian International, who is well liked at the club.
Sam Allardyce – business almost finished in the transfer market?
We are still after Bolton’s Abdoulaye Faye but that deal is not looking too good and it would appear that if we cannot agree a deal with Bolton Wanderers by tomorrow and Faye plays for Bolton the deal will be difficult to complete. Sammy Lee, who has left Faye out of the last two games has said he will include Faye in the squad for their crucial home game against Reading at the Reebok tomorrow. The transfer fee is quoted at around â‚¤2M and Fay’s wages are said to be â‚¤30K/week. We believe if we are to do a deal then it has to come before tomorrow’s game, otherwise things will become very difficult.
We are trying to offload Albert Luque to Ajax. The Dutch club are said to have sent a delegation to Newcastle to try to complete a deal. This may be initially a loan deal or even a straight transfer but the big barrier to any deal is Luque’s wage demands. We think these are around â‚¤60K/week and we still think a deal may be difficult to close. We hope for the sake of both the player and the club a deal can be struck. That;’s a lot of wages to be playing a fringe player at the club and will significantly reduce the wage bill at Newcastle. Good business if we can do some deal to move Luque on and in that case maybe Sam could bring another player in. Don’t know but that’s possible from a business viewpoint.
The proposed transfer of Juliano Belletti must have been a dream because Chelsea stepped in on Wednesday and completed the deal within 24 hours for around â‚¤4M. We expect Belletti wanted European Champions league football and he certainly cannot be blamed for that. But in any case that was a transfer we had hoped would come through but it didn’t happen for whatever reason. Sam has still not signed a right back and the news is that if he can get Faye to the club that will probably be the end of his transfer business for this window.
Sam has indicated today that there have been no offers for Nobby Solano and if nothing transpires then Nobby will stay at the club. From the comments we’ve had on this site lots of supporters would like to see the great man stay. He is one of our most popular players ever, and there’s no doubt Nobby has served Newcastle extremely well in his time here.
We still hope we can capture Faye and one more player and it’s fine with us if that other player is a defender and a right back at that.
Comments are very welcome – who do you think we still need?