With the state of the world economy so dire, it’s a little bit of a surprise that clubs have already asked for more money from Newcastle for the four players we have already bid for.
Gokhan Inlker - Swiss International available for around £10M?
But there again greed is always there, and that’s what has created this economic mess in the first place, and the clubs will at least try to get the most they can for their players.
It would appear that Newcastle have bid for Matthew Upson from West Ham, Leighton Baines of Everton and 18 year-old Mamadou Sakho of PSG. Maybe.
We will have also bid for a midfield player, and while that may be Fulham’s Jimmy Bullard, a target of ours in the summer from the Italian league is still available.
It appears Arsenal may also be after Gokhan Inler, the Udinese Calcio midfielder, who was the subject of much interest from Newcastle United this last summer. and the price is now quoted at around £10M, but probably only because Arsenal are also reported suitors.
Inler was linked with Arsenal in the summer and was supposed to have gone to North London to discuss the deal. However with Spanish International and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas now out for 4 months with a remedial ligament injury (same as what Joey Barton has), Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be forced to bring in another top midfielder.
With Joe Kinnear having bid around £6M each, for two players, one of them could well be Inler.
The 6′ 0″ central midfielder, who is Swiss but with Turkish descent, has played 23 times for Switzerland, and 43 times for Udinese in the Italian league, since his move there last year.
Inler would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, but if Arsenal are also in for the player, it may prove difficult to get him on Tyneside.