Sam Allardyce is hoping the transfer of Abdoulaye Faye will finally go through in the next couple of days but his goal is now to bring in two players before the transfer window slams shut on Friday at midnight.
It probably doesn’t help that Newcastle are also preparing for a game tonight against Barnsley and one on Saturday against Wigan Athletic.
But there seems little choice with both Ramage and Carr injured on Sunday and Ramage looking to be on the sidelines for at least a few months.
Sam Allardyce – wants two more players in before Friday night’s transfer deadline
Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
â€œTo tell the truth, while I was looking to get in one more defender before Friday, I am now looking to get another in too.â€
â€œBecause of the injury situation, I do not feel as though I can let anyone go. Stephen Carr has a straight forward hamstring injury, but it will still keep him out for four to six weeks.â€
This is probably a reference to Nobby Solano and Sam can certainly use him at right back. He played there quite a few times last season, never let the team down, and in truth looked a lot better than Carr in that position. We’re hoping that Nobby can get a game in that position tonight so at least he gets a chance to show what he can do there.
Sam went on:
â€œAs far as Peter Ramage is concerned, we still donâ€™t know the extent of his injury â€“ but it is not looking good.â€
â€œIt could be a tear of the cruciate ligament or a cartilage injury, or even both, and it could be that he will need a trip to Dr Steadmanâ€™s clinic in America.â€
Sam also told Sky Sports yesterday that he was pursuing two targets, and outside of that, if they don’t work out there’s another two that he can move very quickly for. Sam brought up the fact that there are lots of things to accomplish now in a short time – will their club sell the players, what will they sell them for and can Newcastle reach agreement with the player on financial terms.
These are all tasks the Newcastle management will have to accomplish before the transfer deadline on Friday midnight. We’re hoping we can get that accomplished and have two new players in the squad by the time we line up against Wigan on Saturday â€“ and that will be nine players Big Sam has recruited during the summer transfer window. Almost a whole new team.