It is not too clear this morning, what situation Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is in, for the upcoming January transfer window.
Some papers, such as the Daily Mirror, are reporting that he can’t have transfer cash for signings in January when Newcastle lose four stars to the African Nations Cup.
Sam Allardyce – would like to bring in some players in January
But this is based on an interview Chris Mort gave to the Sunday Sun last weekend, when he said he didnâ€™t think bringing in one or two more defenders would help.
But we think if defenders such as Manchester Unitedâ€™s Wes Brown and even Tal Ben Haim came available, Sam would be allowed to bring them in. But Chairman Chris Mort is right to say this has to be meshed with whatever transfer business they expect to do in the summer.
The Newcastle manager has revealed he wants to bring in at least one new face, to ease the problem of losing Oba Martins, Abdoulaye Faye, Habib Beye and Geremi to the African Nations Cup.
Sam signed three of Newcastleâ€™s four Africans in the summer, and is calling for a two-week Premier League winter break to take the pressure off those clubs losing key stars during this busy period.
Sam said today:
“We’ve got four going and we’ve got to try and do something about it in January, to bring somebody in to help out the situation.â€“Losing players then is going to be a big problem for me and for everyone else in the Premier League.”
Mort said over the weekend:
“We had nine new signings in the summer. I think part of the difficulty we’ve had, particularly in defence, is getting those guys working together.â€ “I’m not convinced adding another two names in defense is necessarily going to be the solution this season.â€
“If I made any signings in January, they’d be young guys who I could see staying for a very long time – not immediate first-team regulars.â€ “Sam’s not pitched to me that we need to sign players because of that tournament.â€
“If I was going to sign anyone it would be with a much longer-term view than January and February.â€ “We’re looking to build a first-team squad capable of competing at the top level, but we are also looking to improve at youth level and make signings there.â€
“That’s an area which Newcastle United, historically, hasn’t worried too much about.â€ “But Arsenal are the classic club to look at, and see the value of making very smart young signings and developing players.”
Weâ€™ve been linked with some top young players in the last couple of months and expect 3-4 of these to be brought to the club in January. But we also expect at least a couple of experienced players to be brought in, and wouldnâ€™t be at all surprised if these are back four players.