Joe Kinnear has revealed that he’s been working closely with Dennis Wise on a list of possible targets for the January transfer window.
Joe Kinnear – will work with Dennis Wise on transfers
That’s good news and bad news. Good news because it may indicate we will participate in the January transfer window, and bad news because it means Ashley may still own the club at that time.
Apparently Joe, according to the Newcastle Journal, has added three French Under-21 internationals and two Bundesliga players to a list that also includes home-grown players recommended to Kinnear by his own scouting contacts.
Joe would like to bring in 4 players for the first team squad in January, to ensure we can survive the season and of course Joe would be just delighted if he was still here in January and involved with the transfers.
Joe said today:
“I’ve got a (transfer) hit-list. Whether I’m here or not, I’ve got to be prepared. I’ve compiled a list of players up and down the country who I would like to be here and if it is a case where Mike Ashley says: ‘Yeah, you’re here’, I want to be prepared,”
“Dennis is still a part of that too – he’s still here and he’s still involved. I’m here until 6pm every day, and mainly it’s about ringing round clubs saying, ‘I want a world class so and so’. ““I’ve got massive connections from my Wimbledon days – all the scouts are still working in the game and they’re advising me.”
Dennis Wise is also continuing his mission to bring in the best up-and-coming talent from the continent, and that’s one thing the club has been very good at since January, and seems to have been a big favorite with fans too.
“Me and Dennis have traded names. We saw the French Under-21s – we put three players down from that game – we put two players down at a German club. I think he’s shooting around looking at various teams,”
“We’re looking at it two-fold – he’s looking for ones for the future, although I’d like ones for the first team, because I’m selfish.”
It seems that if Mike cannot sell the club, he will provide funds to Joe, and look to Joe and Dennis to do the transfer work, with the help of Technical Coordinator, Jeff Vetere, who as far as we know is still at the club. It also would appear that Joe would be manager through the end of the season, if that happens.
That makes good business sense because it will help retain Mike’s investment in the club, which would plummet if we were relegated.
But we’ll just have to wait and see, because there’s still a reasonable chance the club will be sold before that.