The Sunday Express is reporting today that Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has been told he will not be given any transfer funds for the January transfer window.
Joe Kinnear – does he have transfer funds available?
The Express admits that Joe Kinnear has been saying that cash is available from Ashley, but they say today that they understand Mike Ashley doesn’t want to invest any more money in the club.
But the report in the Express says nothing about where they got that information from, only that they believe no transfer funds will be made available. Seems like they don’t believe what Joe says – strange indeed.
Joe seems to have indicated that if Newcastle can attract the right players – and that’s an “if” right now – that cash will be made available – so who are we to believe?
Mike Ashley could do himself some good by bringing in a few top players, if they are available, because that gets represented in the value of the club, so he will hardly be losing that money.
The club is also short on numbers, and we need to add to the squad in January, and that’s hard to do if you have to sell players before you can buy.
It’s true that Joe will be selling those players who he doesn’t believe are good enough to be at Newcastle, regardless of whether he gets additional transfer funds, and we think three of those are Geremi, Claudio Cacapa and Xisco. The first two of those were free transfers, so we’ll make a profit with any fee we get for them.
Selling Cacapa is just one reason we think Joe will be after another center-back in January.
A left back has to be the top priority at the club, which of course it was last summer too.
What do you think?
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