Joe Kinnear has talked to the Times tay odand said that the bids Newcastle have made for four players, have been initially rejected.
Joe Kinnear – clubs want more money for our targets
Kinnear’s interview also has him talking again about Michael Owen and Joe says Owen is completely committed to the club, but there are some worrying signs that the players we have put in bids for, have not initially been accepted as the club have come back and said they want more.
They sound like Oliver Twist.
We have seemingly made a good fast start in the transfer window, but it’s probably not surprising that where we’ve bid £6M the clubs have come back and said they want more.
Kinnear told The Times today:
“We are miles apart on prices,” “We have offered around £5M or £6M and people are saying they want £10 or £12M.”
Well it’s going to be a roller-coaster in January, but the players they have gone after should be good quality, it’s just whether we can get good deals for them and if we cannot we should let Man City overpay for them – they seem to be good at that.
Hopefully at Newcastle, gone are the days we played daft transfer fees for ordinary players, and then give them wages that were way over the top, so when they didn’t perform we couldn’t offload them. There are lots of examples of players like this.
We’ve wasted so much money over the last 10 years, it’s ridiculous.
On Michael Owen Joe says he’s still committed to Newcastle, but wants to make doubly sure over the next 5 months.
“I’m pleased in some respects that we still have Owen.” “I don’t think it’s all doom and gloom. I’ve at least got until the end of the season to persuade him to stay.”
“I have discussed that with him. Any sort of success will strengthen the case, for sure. He has been up front with me and I have with him. He said it is a very important decision in his life and that he hoped I accepted that.”
“The contract terms weren’t even mentioned. He’s totally committed to the club, but has to get it clear in his head that he’s making the right decision.”
We’re not exactly convinced that Michael is totally committed to the club, but it would be a nice surprise if he does sign the Newcastle contract offered to him.
But waiting until summer, which is his right of course, is going to be very difficult for the Newcastle club.