Joe Kinnear seems to be making no secret of his plans to sign John Arne Riise on loan from Roma in January, and he has admitted he only wants ready-made players in January, who can go straight into the first team. Sounds good to us.
John Arne Riise – back in Roma first team
Joe would seem to be the manager in charge of the club in January, although his current rolling contract runs out at the end of December.
But Joe, in his usual all-out style, is getting ready to improve the Newcastle squad once the January transfer window opens. And the Newcastle journal is reporting today that up to three enquiries have already been made, including a call to the Roma club about Riise.
However, Riise has just forced his way back into the Roma side, so it still remains up in the air whether Kinnear can entice Riise to Newcastle.
Joe said today:
“John’s name came up specifically because he’s not been in their team and he’s a good player. We made contact with their club and asked ‘Is there any chance of a loan?’ and that’s as far as it’s got at the moment,”
“And what happened after I’d made the call? He’s back in the team and playing well, which changes things. When you make the call you’re always aware that things can change.”
“We’ve made one or two other enquiries. I don’t want to go into names because it alerts other people but we want ready-made players who can improve us.”
“Of course, it all depends on whether I’m still here in January but I like to think I’m a manager who is comfortable wheeling and dealing for players.”
Joe is a good wheeler and dealer in the transfer market, as he continually proved while he was at Wimbledon, and two players we have been linked with are Christopher Samba and Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers.
But with Blackburn below Newcastle in the table, it would be surprising for Blackburn to sell two of their best players, and especially to Newcastle, who at least for now are relegation candidates with Blackburn.
It would be surprising (but good!) if either of these two players ended up at Newcastle in January.