With the good news today that Newcastle United have accepted a Â£3.5M bid from Ipswich Town for Shola Ameobi, all that is needed now is for Shola to agree terms with the East Anglia club and he’s on his way to Portman Road.
Kevin Keegan – 5 first teamers have now left
So if we assume Ameobi and Emre have left – they are still to agree terms with their respective new clubs – that is 6 players who have departed this summer from the first team squad and include Peter Ramage, James Troisi, Stephen Carr, Lamine Diatta, Emre and Ameobi.
Only 19 year-old James Troisi cannot be classed as a first-teamer among those players.
But that’s still six players in total, and we also expect David Rozehnal, Alan Smith and Damien Duff to be on their way before August.
It was good to see Rozehnal have a solid game for the Czech Republic in their 1-0 win against Switzerland on Saturday, and we think we’ll be able to get at least Â£3M for David.
He’s always looked good playing for his country, and he would be a good buy for clubs playing in Italy, Spain or even back in France.
However, as every Newcastle fan knows, we have not brought any new players in yet, and we think that may be because Newcastle want to clear the decks, so they know exactly where they stand on the wages bill.
The club seem determined to want to reduce the Â£72M wage bill by at least Â£10M in the summer, and that may be a reason for the delay in contract negotiations with key players Michael Owen and Steven Taylor.
Hopefully the club are waiting so they can offer those two players the best package they can afford.
We think Arda Turan could be the first player through the door, and if Turkey don’t qualify from their group, and Turan doesn’t play brilliantly in either of the next two games, we think he’s on his way to Tyneside.
He would be a good buy for the club.