Sam has talked about the January transfer window and it seems that Chairman Chris Mort and Sam have agreed that if suitable players are available in the positions they need to strengthen then money will be made available.
Chris and Sam – seem to be in agreement on January transfer window strategy
It looks like Wes Brown will be signed if Manchester United make him available next month, otherwise it seems that Sam will be after him in the summer, so Wes looks like a definite target for us.
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œThere is only one focus: the players have to be better than what we have already got,â€
â€œIf you sign a player with the purpose of covering for another player that generally means you rarely use them because they are not up to the required Premier League level. You have to be careful.â€â€œThis is the most difficult window to deal in and I keep saying this, it is a hugely flawed system. It stops me progressing the club, it stops me being more successful and it stops you at critical times overcoming injury problems in what can be crucial positions.â€
Sam has pointed out it is a harder transfer window to negotiate in, than the summer window. Sam also admits itâ€™s a bigger risk in bringing in players from abroad, who do not have the Premiership experience.
â€œIf you can find one in this country then they have Premier League experience so it is not going to be a mistake. The problems come if you go abroad.”
“If it is from another country, it is difficult for them to come in and make an immediate impact because they have not played in English football before.â€
With the African Cup of Nations coming up, Sam has said he will have only 15 outfield players available to him, once the four players leave for international duty, in early January.
â€œI do not have to sell to buy, we have no one to sell. We have four going to the African Nations, we have 19 outfield players in the first-team squad, that leaves us with 15 including Stephen Carr, Michael Owen and Damien Duff. I have no scope for moving players on.â€â€œIt depends on money being released, but it is about players being available before the money is released. That is the ultimate issue. Me and Chris (Mort) are working on that and those negotiations are confidential until a deal is cut.â€
â€œThere will be huge speculation on who is coming in or (going) out and another one has popped up which is an utter load of rubbish, which is Michael Owen.â€
â€œIâ€™m supposed to have been speaking to Sven-GÃ¶ran Eriksson about him. No, I have not spoken to Sven. There has been no contact from Manchester City to our football club and no conversation between me and Sven.â€
So we’ll not be selling anybody in January, but one player we have lost, if that is thr right word, is Celestine Babayaro, and it wouldn’t surprise us if we still manage to bring in a couple of good players in the January window. And if we have someone already lined up, we are obviously not going to tip our hand, at this stage.