Newcastle seem to be having no luck in the transfer market, as the verbal bid for 19 year-old Giles Barnes that we made yesterday, was turned down today by Derby County.
Giles Barnes – Newcastle bid rejected
There was a hint in what Derby manager Paul Jewell said, that a better bid would be entertained, so we don’t know if Newcastle will go back with an improved offer.
The highly-rated 19-year-old has previously been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, but Jewell revealed Newcastle are the only side who have made a bid for the player.
Paul Jewell said today:
“They (Newcastle) did come up with an offer yesterday, a verbal offer, but it was nowhere near our valuation.”“When I see other players leaving for Â£4million or Â£5million what we want for Giles Barnes is not unreasonable.â€
“He is not going to leave here on the cheap because he is a player we would like to keep.â€ “But if Giles wants to go and play somewhere else, he wants to play in the Premier League, we won’t stand in his way, as long as that is right for the club.”
There’s still time for Newcastle to do something with Barnes, but things are certainly looking to peter out in January. There’s still an opportunity of bringing in Czech 20 year-old midfielder Lubos Kalouda, who we feel would be a good buy for the club.
We are concerned that if we cannot bring players in during January, the same thing could happen this summer as last, and we could be getting 6-7 new players in, some with no Premiership experience. They will then need some time presumably to gel together into a stronger team.
Of course that wasn’t the case with Manchester City and Sven Eriksson this season, who brought in 8 players and nearly all of them have performed admirably for the club.
So maybe it has got something to do with the manager too.