Joe Kinnear doesn’t need to sell any players in January, and the best course of action could be to just bring in a few top-class players, assuming he can get the requisite transfer funds from Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – how much money will he give Joe?
We probably need a couple of defenders, and a central midfielder, although that’s just our take on the situation.
We definitely need a left back and those we have been linked with, including Leighton Baines, Stephen Warnock, Urby Emanuelson, Kyle Naughton and John Arne Riise would all improve our squad, but of these our best bet as far as availability goes could well be Leighton Baines, if Everton would sell.
Maybe we can do a deal for Leighton by offering Alan Smith in part-exchange. They are both worth around £3M although Leighton was bought for £5M last summer and Smith for £6M the summer before that.
It also seems that Joe wants to bring in another center back, but with the improved form of Sebastien Bassong, and the fact we also have Coloccini and Taylor, not to mention 18 year-old defenders Tamas Kadar and Ben Tozer coming through, we should be OK in central defense in a couple of seasons.
That’s why if we can get Sol Campbell from Portsmouth for around £500K, with an 18 months contract, he would be an excellent buy, because not only would he be able to help the youngsters, but he’d also challenge for a first team position, and that would be worth the money on a few fronts.
The more difficult position to fill will be central midfield, because we need some creativity there, and those players usually are quite expensive, unless Kinnear is willing to go for somebody from the Championship.
We could always make a move for Watford’s Republic of Ireland under-21 midfielder John Joe O’Toole, although Joe says he wants only proven players, and John Joe will hardly go straight into the first team.
Not sure what kind of money Joe may be getting in January, but he could also go after Stephen Appiah, who is still available as a free agent, since he left his last club Fenerbahce, last August. Hopefully we have already made a move for him behind the scenes, because he would be a great acquisition for the club, at a very good price.
What positions do you think need strengthening in January, and which players would fit the bill?
Not sure if Joe will be given any more than £10M in January, if that, although Simon Jones of the Daily Mail is reporting that Joe asked for two players worth £6M each and Mike said it was OK, and leave it to him.
We’d love to believe that is true, but we’ll need to wait and see.
But if it is true, it also may mean Ashley will not sell the club, which has problems of its own with many of Newcastle’s supporters.
Let’s know what you think on the January transfer front. Comments very welcome.