We’d like to see 9 players of our first team squad leave the club in the summer.
Emre – still to agree terms with Fenerbahce
Newcastle United have said they wanted to reduce the wage bill, but we think fans will be surprised there have been so many of the squad move on, so early in the summer.
We’ve already lost six players with news today that we’ve recovered the fee we paid to PSG last June from Lazio, for center-back David Rozehnal.
But we don’t think the departures are anywhere near completed, and we expect 9 players to leave Newcastle this summer.
We’ve lost six and brought nobody in yet, so no doubt the club will be very busy before August 31st bringing in our new players.
We think it’s got to be more than the five players Kevin Keegan has mentioned, because we’ve lost so many players already, from what was a very small squad to begin with.
Here are the players we think will leave the club this summer:
Player Club Fee Status 1. Carr ? Free Done 2. Ramage QPR Free Done 3. Troisi ? Free Done 4. Diatta ? Free Done 5. Rozehnal Lazio 2.8 Done 6. Emre Fenerbahce 5.5 Pending 7. Ameobi Ipswich? 4.0 Nothing 8. Duff Sunderland? 5.0 Nothing 9. Smith ? 6.0 Nothing
We still expect Ameobi, Duff and Smith to leave the club before the end of August, and if those nine leave, the whole squad could look a lot different in August.
And of course right now we have no idea where Joey Barton will end up, but he could also be on his way out of the club this summer.
We expect the club could get around Â£23.3M from the outgoing players, and notice many of them are fringe players, and Emre, Duff, Smith, Rozehnal and Ameobi are all on very high wages, given their contribution to the team last year.
We would estimate that those 9 players make up a combined wage bill of around Â£16M per year for the club, as a best estimate.
So our view on this is that it’s good business by the club but we must start bringing in some new players and not leave things to the last minute.
If anything we’ve been pleased with the quality of players we’ve been linked with, who include Modric, Gomis, Gomez, Larsson, Turan, McGeady and others.
Of course we need to get some of these players in, because as we know we are not too attractive for the top players at least this summer.
That’s still a challenge of course, but we think the club wuill be quite successful in their summer transfer business.
We certainly seem to be well organized on the transfer front, that’s for sure.