It’s Kevin Keegan’s second day back at the office, but there’s nothing much going on in the Newcastle transfer market these last couple of days.
Â Kevin Keegan – will be in talks with Wise and Llambias
Of course, as we all know it takes a day or two to get back into the swing of things after a holiday, but with pre-training starting at Newcastle in only 13 days time, we will need to get moving on the transfer front.
We’re sure Kevin is deep in discussion with Dennis Wise and new Managing Director Derek Llambias, on the transfer targets.
Having already lost 6 players from the first team squad, plus Joey Barton landing himself in jail, we definitely expect players to be arriving within the next two weeks.
We also think Kevin wants his players in as early as possible, so they have the advantage of a full pre-season of training with the rest of the lads.
And although we’ve been linked with almost every player imaginable, it’s hard to really say who we’re really after.
We went after Luka Modric and Andrei Arshavin, both great players, but both of those are now out of reach.
And with Shay Given wanting to end his career on Tyneside, there’s no need wasting our time looking for a goalkeeper.
That’s an area we’re really strong in with two great experienced goalkeepers in Given and Harper, plus two excellent young 20 year olds in Forster and Krul, and also outstanding Swedish 17 year old, Ole Solderburg.
The players we think we can get and who we hope Newcastle will pursue areÂ the following:
Carlos Cuellar – Rangers – center-back
Nicky Shorey – Reading – left-back
Yuriy Zhirkov – CSKA Moscow – left wing back
Fabricio Collocini – Deportivo – center-back
Denis Kolodin – Dynamo Moscow – center-back
Pascal Chimbonda – Spurs – right-back – we still like himÂ 😀
Sebastian Larsson– Birmingham – right midfield
Pablo Aimar – Real Zaragoza – central midfield
Roman Pavlyuchenko – Spartak Moscow – striker
Aaron Lennon – Spurs – winger
Arda Turan – Galatasaray – winger
There’s 11 good players and any one of them would be a good quality acquisition for Newcastle.
But now that Modric and Arshavin are not available, we haven’t covered many central midfielders in the group above. Deco is too old and wouldn’t come in any case.
It may be that we can go after Rafael Van der Vaart from Hamburg, and FC Twente midfielder Orlando Engelaar.
We don’t know if we will have any chance for Van der Vaart if bigger clubs come in for him, and Orlando turns 29 in August, and is probably too old for what Newcastle are looking for this summer.
There are also a number of youngsters we will also bring in during the summer, but those are of secondary importance right now, with our current first team squad being so small.
What do you think – and who are the good players out there, we can still attract to Tyneside?