Terry McDermott has moved to assure Newcastle United fans,Â that manager Kevin Keegan is working hard at signing new players.
Terry McDermott – with the Newcastle gaffer
Keegan is looking to bring in new reinforcements and is working hard with Director Of Football Dennis Wise right now, to do just that.
There are 33 days left in the transfer market, but we expect Newcastle to sign two new defenders this week.
Newcastle seem very close to signing 26 year-old Argentine and Deportivo defender Fabricio Coloccini, and terms have already been agreed between the Tyneside club and the player.
Deportivo are holding out for more money from Newcastle, but have already run foul of both Newcastle and Fabricio’s agent Marcelo Lombilla, because of this.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle announce, before the end of the week, they have taken up the option to bring in 22 year-old Frenchman, Sebastien Bassong, who played solidly, in central defense, for Newcastle at Doncaster last Saturday.
However, the Frenchman and Argentinian may not be the only new arrivals by the time Newcastle travel to Old Trafford on August 17th, according to right-hand man McDermott.
Speaking after the 1-0 loss against Doncaster at the weekend, he told the Evening Chronicle:
“I am sure there will be new arrivals – I’ve got no doubts about that.”
“But we’ve got to concentrate on what we’ve got here at the minute.” “The lads are training really well.”
“We were beaten at Doncaster, but at Hartlepool we finished strong and, until we handed Doncaster a goal, we did OK.”
“It was a bad mistake by Jose Enrique for the goal – but that’s football for you.” “It’s best to get these things out of the way.”
“It’s different when it means something in terms of points or progress in the cup.” “You’re devastated when it happens to you in that situation.”
“Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again in the season.”
There are also reports that we are fighting Arsenal, for 24 year-old Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler, although we’ll do well to beat off Arsenal, if they are indeed interested in the Udinese Calcio midfielder.
But if we can bring in Coloccini, Bassong and Inler, that would be a great start, and we’d need just a couple more players to be all set for the new season.