It should be a good summer for Newcastle in the transfer market, despite Kevin Keegan being a little despondent after our defeat against Chelsea yesterday.
Kevin Keegan – 7 players on way out of Newcastle?
But the lads had nothing to be ashamed of on Monday, and they were the better team in the first half. The second half was different as Chelsea turned on the after-burners, but even then the defense did really well until the first goal went in.
Kevin has started his clear-out for the summer and although he says he only wants 3-4 top players to come in, we think thereâ€™ll be quite a few on their way out of the door.
Heâ€™s already announced that Ramage, Carr and Troisi will not have their contracts renewed, and itâ€™s almost a certainty that Ameobi and Rozehnal will also leave â€“ simply because they have proved they are not good enough.
Itâ€™s hard to think that Diatta will have his contract extended, since heâ€™s been unable to force his way into the side so weâ€™d also expect him to be on his way out too.
Charles Nâ€™Zogbia is very likely to want to move to London, but weâ€™d be very happy for him to stay at the club.
If we assume that weâ€™ll lose all of Ramage, Carr, Troisi, Ameobi, Rozehnal, Nâ€™Zogbia and Diatta then thatâ€™s 7 out of the door, including three center-backs.
So we wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Kevin brings in two central defenders and we think Dunne (Â£5M) and Porto defender Bruno Alves (Â£?M) are the two at the top of the list.
Kevin may also want to replace Carr with a right back and Nelson Marcus of Benfica has been mentioned as a possible target.
As far as left-back goes weâ€™d really like to see Wayne Bridge of Chelsea (Â£4m) at the club but either Nicky Shorey or John Arne Riise would also be good for us.
As far as replacing Charles Nâ€™Zogbia Croatian international Ivaca Olic could be a great buy at Â£4M.
To replace Ameobi, there’s a number of potential strikers including Liverpool’s Peter Crouch, St Etienne’s powerful striker Bafetimbi Gomis, Darren Bent and even Marseille’s Djibril Cisse.
We may have to pay around Â£10M for one of these strikers, but they’d certainly improve our squad, and it’s got to be worrying that Viduka is injured so much.
We also hear that Joaquin is available from Valencia and he would be just great at Newcastle.
OUT IN Carr Nelson Marcus (Porto) or ... Rozehnal Richard Dunne (Man City) or ... Ramage Bruno Alves (Porto) or ... Diatta Not replaced N'Zogbia Ivaca Olic (Hamburg) or Mabrk Boussoufa (Anderlecht) or ... Troisi Joaquin (Valencia) or ... Ameobi Peter Crouch (Liverpool)or Darren Bent (Spurs) or Bafetimbi Gomis (St Etienne) or Djibril Cisse (Marseilles) or .....
We have not mentioned all the targets we may go after who include Le Mans defensive midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, and we hear that the great Gennaro Gattuso of AC Milan wants to play in England.
This is a made for Newcastle player if ever we saw one.
This is not meant to be a complete transfer review, and we haven’t tried to cover all players that may arrive during the summer.
However, if we look at who’s leaving and who could come in – there’s no doubt our squad will be vastly improved from this season. Maybe not top 4, but we could be good enough to make top 6 next season, which would be phenomenal.
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