Now that it looks like the Emre deal will be tied up within the next day or two, Kevin Keegan is reported to be keen to bring in Liverpool left full-back John Arne Riise.
John Arne Riise – would be good acquisition for Newcastle
One thing about the Emre transfer we find disturbing, is that a fee of Â£3M is being mentioned a lot. That seems to us very low, and even less than the Â£3.8M we paid Inter Milan for the player three years ago.
Our information is that the fee is 7M euros which translates to about Â£5.5M, which would be decent.
However, Emre’s wages were one of the highest at the club and reported to be around Â£55K/week which is around Â£2.8M per year.
That’s the wage Fenerbahce are said to be paying him – which is around 3.5M euros/years. Our information says the fee Newcastle will get is twice his yearly wage.
Emre is being offered a 3 year deal.
Kevin Keegan wants to bring in players with Premier League experience, while Dennis Wise and the overall view at the club, is to bring in younger, cheaper players.
Obviously these will be unproved in the Premier League, and would be a bigger risk, so we would think there has to be a balance between the two types of players brought in during the summer.
But we think Riise would improve our squad, and he can battle it out for the left back spot with Jose Enrique, but of course he can also play in left mid-field in a 4-3-3 formation.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but there is news only today that Riise is interesting Roma and a Â£5M deal is in the works there.