Kevin Keegan has talked today to Sky Sports News on his summer recruitment plans for Newcastle United.
Kevin Keegan – on transfers – we’re in there pitching
Kevin sounded quite upbeat in his interview with Sky Sports News today and we have to think the meeting tomorrow with Mike Ashley will be a positive one.
We expect it will end up with all three participants (Kevin, Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise) agreeing on exactly which transfer targets we will aggressively pursue over the summer.
Keegan has made it very clear that his aim over the summer is to strengthen his squad, to meet the demands of the top flight football in the Premier league.
Kevin told Sky Sports News:
“You need to have a strong squad and you need to have a few replacements because injures do happen, suspensions do happen and players lose form,”
“That’s why you need a bigger squad and you have to try and think, not what’s going to go right, but what happens if something goes wrong.â€
“We’re still looking and still trying to assess what we need and what’s available out there.”
“Sometimes in football a player becomes available that you never thought and there might be a rush to get him and hopefully we would be in that rush.â€
“We lost out on one player recently (Luca Modric to Tottenham), but that’s not unusual, so we’re in there pitching and if you’re in there you might get them in.”
That last sentence suggests Newcastle are already pursuing other targets and we feel two targets they are after right now, are Miguel Veloso of Sporting Lisbon and Sol Campbell of Portsmouth.
We think those two players would be great signings for the club – for different reasons.
Sol will be great and add so much experience at the back, which other players can learn from, and he is expected to see out his career with a two year contract.
At the very least he is a great player who youngsters at the club can learn from – but we expect Campbell to play quite a few first team games next season, that’s for sure.
On the other hand young 21 year-old Veloso is a top class talent already, who will only get better, and Miguel will be offered a 5 year contract.
But whether we can attract him to Newcastle has to be a major question mark.
But we hope we can do it – fingers crossed.