The Newcastle United manager has no fear of making a deal which would cost the club up to Â£25M for a single player and beat the Tyneside clubâ€™s transfer record.
Kevin Keegan – will pay Â£25M for a single player
Kevin Keegan spoke to the Sunday Sun today:
â€œSpending Â£25 million on one player doesnâ€™t frighten me one bit,â€
â€œYou have to target big players. If you have a budget, itâ€™s like any budget: if you have â€˜Xâ€™ million, you can divide it into one or two players, or four or five.â€
â€œWeâ€™ll be in there pitching for some very good players. If you donâ€™t bowl, you canâ€™t knock the wickets down. We might get hit for six, but we might get a wicket.â€
But we lost out on Modric, and that was presumably because we offered Â£20M, but Dinamo Zagreb wanted Â£25M, and if we had paid the extra Â£5M, Luka would have been a Newcastle player today.
But given what happened late Friday night Keegan sounded a note of caution.
â€œWe may end up on July 7 with no one because we donâ€™t offer them enough â€“ and I donâ€™t mean just financially.â€
â€œYou hear Thierry Henry say he wants to be back in London, and that is a well known fact with a lot of foreign players,â€
â€œIt helps Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal and works against us.â€ â€œBut we are where we are. Weâ€™re not going to move this franchise like they do in America.â€
â€œPlayers have to move here, they have to live here, they have to put up with the weather and they have to enjoy playing in this stadium.â€
But we have probed that that doesn’t put off players since Luka Modric was very keen to move to Newcastle, but the club wouldn’t budge past the Â£20M fee.
Being so near to capturing a fantastic player, there hopefully will be some explanation on what really happened, so at least Newcastle fans know what the situation is.