Argentinian defender Fabricio Coloccini has reportedly arrived in England, and will be undertaking his medical before signing for the club.
Fabricio Coloccini – due to sign any day now for Newcastle
But this transfer will have to go down as one of the slowest to actually happen for a long while.Â Exactly what the hold up has been, we’d love to find out, but we’ll probably never know.
Maybe it will happen today, and he could then be introduced to the Newcastle fans in the game against Valencia today, which now has a 5:00pm KO, due to the delayed arrival of the Valencia team on Tyneside. The delay was due to unforeseen aircraft technical problems.
With Fabricio, as always over the last 10 days or so, that’s another definite maybe.Â Â Â 😀
But on the other front, it looks like the deal with Everton for Alan Smith, thought to be around Â£3M, but reported in some sources to be just Â£2M, looks to go through sooner rather than later, and it may even be concluded this weekend.
A Â£3M fee would be OK but to take a Â£4M loss on Alan, in just one year would seem too much. And the report in the Journal today says it’s going through quickly so that Kevin has some transfer money to spend.
If that’s true give us a break.
We’ve brought in Â£4M for Emre, and around Â£3M for Rozehnal, and have paid out around Â£1.5M for Guthrie and maybe Â£2M at most for Gutierrez, and Â£1.5 M for Bassong, so right now we’re Â£2M up in the transfer dealings this summer. That’s before the Coloccini deal.
So if Kevin is waiting to use that money from Smith, it tells us the transfer fund is almost nothing.Â Yes we are paying our Â£10M for Coloccini, but perhaps Kebin has a transfer fund plus the money he gets for outgoing players – so that would make some sense.
But unless we are going to bring in at least one more top signing the transfer funds used this summer will be very small indeed
With the departure of Smith, that means we’ll definitely be bringing in another striker, and we hope it’s 20 year-old 6’3″ Eren Derdiyok, from FC Basel in Switzerland.
The Smith departure will also help the wage bill at the club, since Alan was on around Â£60K/week, and he just wasn’t worth that much on the field, however much of a great lad he was off the field, and in the dressing room.