There are reports from Spain today, that are suggesting Newcastle United are ready to bid Â£15M for Samuel Eto, the Barcelona and Cameroon striker.
Samuel Eto – will be leaving Barcelona in summer
Newcastle have done precious little in the transfer market so far this summer, and Kevin Keegan has said he may try for one or two big players this summer.
But we cannot see how we could make a good case for 27 year-old Eto to join Newcastle, unless he fancies the weather in the North-East of England.
We have to understand that we cannot give any top player, European Football at least next season, and the only other way we could attract them is via a massive wage package, but Mike Ashley, quite rightly, is trying to get the wage costs at the club under some kind of control.
It may be true that Newcastle will bid for Eto, and there’s also quite a few other good players at Barcelona we could do with at the Tyneside club, such as Eider Gudjohnsen and Deco, so maybe Newcastle are negotiating in some way with the Spanish Powerhouse for some of their players.
With a new manager coming in, it stands to reason there may be a clear-out this summer, and they have some very good players on the fringe of their team, that’s for sure.
Kevin Keegan is very impressed with the four African players who are currently at the club in Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins and Geremi, and maybe Geremi, who is with the Cameroon side right now, could persuade Samuel that joining Newcastle may not be as daft as it first appears.
But it’s a long shot, to say the least, and we’d rather get some decent players who are now available into the club, before they are all taken.
It looks like Richard Dunne will be moving to Tottenham and we really cannot understand why Newcastle haven’t been more aggressive in the transfer marker this season – like Tottenham for example, who are certainly not letting the grass grow under their feet.
The longer the transfer season goes on, the higher the transfer fees seem to be, so it means good business to move swiftly in the transfer market.
But then again we suppose patience is a virtue, well that’s what we’re told in any case.
Eto has played 108 times for Barcelona since 2004 and scored a phenomenal 77 goals. He’s also played 64 times for Cameron scoring 19 goals.
He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the African Cup of Nations, with sixteen goals; and Samuel is also the record holder in the number of appearances by an African in La Liga with 271 appeaqrances.