Sam Allardyce is ready to strengthen his defense again and met chairman Chris Mort yesterday to discuss additional funding.
Chelseaâ€™s Glen Johnson and Lassana Diara are both being mentioned in the press as possible targets, and we reported yesterday that Newcastle have also enquired about Atletico Madridâ€™s combative French midfielder Peter Luccin.
Sam Allardyce – has 3 days to bring in at least 2 players
Juliano Belletti, who Sam had been pursuing for a number of weeks finally signed for Chelsea last Thursday so he’s now out of the picture. We are also still waiting for Abdoulaye Faye to arrive although the news yesterday was that at least a fee has been agreed between Newcastle and Bolton for the player.
Allardyce admitted to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œThe injuries to Carr and Ramage are a problem to us. We have got to make sure we have enough cover and quality in the club to cover these particular injuries and that might force us into the transfer market.â€
â€œWe know Carr has a hamstring injury but we do not know what grade it is yet, and depending on this he will be out for between two and six weeks.â€
â€œRamage is in too much pain for us to examine and find out the extent of the knee damage, but it appears a bigger injury.â€
According to the Chronicle Allardyce is still not absolutely sure of signing Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton but he can always switch Geremi or Steven Taylor to right-back, and he knows that Nobby Solano can also play in that position.
Nobby’s family have now made the move to London and it’s anyone’s guess whether he gets his wish to join them in the next 3 days. From a selfish Newcastle viewpoint we hope he stays at Newcastle, but we don’t know the extent of the family difficulties Nobby is undergoing.
One thing that’s good for the fans is we’ll know who we’ve got into the squad within a short 3 days – as the transfer window closes at midnight this Friday.