With a new Chairman, Owner and Manager in place from last season, we wonder if Newcastle are still considered a soft touch in the transfer market.
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What we mean by this is that in the past Newcastle have paid far too much for players, given them too high a wage package and then sold out players for less than they are worth.
Good examples of buying overpriced players recently are Luque (Â£9.5M) and Boumsong (Â£8.5M) and we expect we also paid these players far too high a wage. That was certainly true in Luqueâ€™s case by his own admission. Then if they donâ€™t work out of course, itâ€™s hard to get them to leave, because theyâ€™ll have to take a wage cut. Marcelino was a good example of that.
One the other hand we tend to let our own players go on the cheap. A good example of that is when we let Nobby Solano go to Aston Villa for around Â£1.5M in January, 2004. A ridiculous deal on the Newcastle side and one that then Villa manager David Oâ€™Leary still cannot believe he got.
Weâ€™ll be able to see better in the summer as we sign new players, but we may also need to let young Charles Nâ€™Zogbia go to London. Then the question is how much should we expect for Charles?
Amounts of Â£15M to us are way too high, and we would expect to get between Â£5-Â£10M for him. We think around Â£8-Â£10M would be a fair price.
So we will run two new polls on our site.
- Are Newcastle still a soft touch in the transfer market now we have new management?
- How much should we expect from Nâ€™Zogbia – Less than Â£5M, Â£5M, Â£10M, Â£15M, More than Â£15M
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