Harry Redknapp is making moves to sign Argentine international and reported Newcastle target, Pablo Aimar, this summer.
Â Pablo Aimar – what’s been holding Newcastle up?
Pablo is available for a reported cut-price Â£6m, after his club side Real Zaragoza were relegated last season to the Spanish Second Division. Real Zaragoza paid Â£10M for him a couple of years ago from Valencia, but now have to unload him to cut the wage bill.
The play-maker has also been linked with a move to Portuguese club Benfica, though itâ€™s been suggested he would prefer a more lucrative move to the Premier League, with Newcastle United initially having been in center frame for the player.
But Portsmouth seem to be moving fast with their summer purchases, as Harry Redknapp has always done, and the south coast club have almost completed the Peter Crouch move, and are also in for another two potential Newcastle targets, Nicky Shorey and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
However, Redknapp hopefully will face competition for the Argentinean still from Newcastle United, although Everton and Sunderland are also in for the skillful Argentinian, who has played over 50 times for his country.
Certainly Portsmouth will be a team competing with Newcastle, Tottenham, Manchester City, Aston Villa, West Ham and others next season for that top 6 position, there’s no doubt about that.
We’ve been linked with Aimar for weeks now, and the price quoted has been Â£6M or even less, so if we want him on Tyneside, what’s taking so long?
As Sam Allardyce said last year, if you wait in the transfer market two things happen, 1) the price goes up and 2) other clubs move in – and he was so right.
Sam always liked to get his transfers done early in the summer, before the market heated up, and there’s a lot to be said for that.
While we cannot and don’t want to criticize the club, because we just don’t know what’s really going on behind the scenes, it does look to the fans that Newcastle are dragging their feet on a lot of these transfer moves.
We’ll not even mention Arda and Arshavin, but we seem to be close to getting these good players – and then nothing happens. Of course it may also be that we’re just not interested in them, although that wasn’t the case with Arda and Arshavin,
We think the capture of Pablo would be great for us, and although he’s not the world class player he was a few years ago, we think Keegan could get the very best out of him, and he has the potential to be a great player for us – if we can land him.
In the Geordie vernacular – he could be a smashing little player for us.
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