Tony Jimenez, newly appointed as Vice President of Player Recruitment at Newcastle, was busy on the telephone to Derby County yesterday, trying to acquire the services of their 19 year-old midfielder Giles Barnes.
Chairman Chris Mort with Jimenez, Wise and Vetere
Jimenez offered Â£2M to Derby County and Manager Paul Jewell suggested 3M was closer to the value of their player.
There is still more than 24 hours of the January window left, so it may yet happen, as it is believed that Barnes himself is keen on moving to Newcastle United.
His signing would not be a surprise because you have to believe personal terms have already been discussed and would be acceptable to young Barnes. But it is Jimenez’s involvement that illustrates his new role at the club.
Jimenez, 42, has the new title of Vice President of Player Recruitment, and now essentially handles all the transfer dealings at Newcastle United. Jimenez is connected to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley via Paul Kemsley, the former Tottenham director.
We’ll see if Tony can land Barnes before tomorrow night’s deadline at midnight, but surely Barnes is worth Â£3M. Let’s get him in â€“ because we need one or two new faces to freshen things up at Newcastle, ready for the run-in to the league over the next 4 months.
We’ll need a few wins in the remaining 14 games to finish in a reasonable position in the league. And Barnes will get the necessary experience with the team, so he’s ready to go, for next season.