It looks like Joe Kinnear is getting ready to wheel and deal in the January transfer market, as he gets his list of players ready for Dennis Wise.
Joe Kinnear – wheeling and dealing in January
Kinnear admits that he will probably need to sell players before buying new ones:
“I’ve got my eye on two or three players that we need,” “Dennis has the task of getting them, provided we get the finances.”
Kinnear will obviously be hoping that any transfer dealings in January will be based on his own recommendations to Dennis, but we don’t know how much truth there were in the rumors that players were bought and sold without then manager Kevin Keegan’s knowledge in August.
And we also expect that some players who were close to coming through the door at the end of August may also finally come to the club.
We understand Per Ciljan Skjelbred was all set to arrive on the last day of the transfer window, but after the uproar between Keegan and Llambias had erupted, that move was summarily halted by Keegan, to the dismay of the 21 year-old Norwegian.
But news is being reported that depending on some ownership issues, Newcastle may finally be bringing in the youngster – who of course is already an avid Newcastle United fan – which cannot be bad.
Joe mentioned about his length of stay and admits he thought the club would have been sold by now, but it seems as his time at the club lengthens, his enthusiasm also increases.
“I didn’t think when I first took the job that I would be here this long to be honest,” “At the time it was clear they had somebody who was going to buy the club within eight weeks, so we didn’t get down to talking about finances and stuff for players.”
“But now, because it seems the club won’t be sold until after Christmas, I’ve got my eye on two or three players that we need.”
“I’ve identified them and Dennis has been given the task of going out and getting them, provided we get the finance.” “Dennis has also been given the task of removing some of the players that I feel are not good enough for the club.”
“Mike has told me to keep the money I get for selling any players and invest it back into the team.” “I am to work on the assumption that if there is somebody I desperately want, then it is possible he would put his hand in his pocket, providing the sale of the club is not imminent at the time.”
Players Newcastle have been linked with up till now include John Arne Riise, Stephen Warnock, Denilson, German under-21 international striker Ashkan Dejagah, 20 year-old Watford midfielder John Joe O’Toole and Per Ciljan Skjelbred amongst others.
It seems Joe’s priorities are a left-back, center-back, a central midfielder and maybe a right winger.
Players who could be moved out include Claudio Cacapa, Alan Smith, Jose Enrique, David Edgar and Xisco.
Even Charles N’Zogbia may be sacrificed to fund new players coming in – although we hope not, and what the status of Michael Owen will be come February 1st, is anybody’s guess.
What do you think?