Joe Kinnear will have his all important meeting today with Kevin Llambias, as they plot their January transfer strategy, which is turning out to be a vital part of the Newcastle rebuilding under Joe Kinnear.
22 year old Michael Kightly is a Newcastle target
Mike Ashley is now under some searching scrutiny from Newcastle fans, who are still to be convinced that Ashley’s ambitions for the club are anywhere near their own.
Joe Kinnear however, seems upbeat that sufficient funds will be provided in Jnauary, that will allow him to bring in both the number and quality of players Newcastle desperately need.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that Joe will go after some young stars in the Championship including Wolves’ England Under-21 international 22 year-old Michael Kightly and Newcastle are also said to be considering bids for Reading’s 25 year-old striker Kevin Doyle and Cardiff’s Wales 21 year-old midfielder Joe Ledley, who has already played 178 times for Cardiff and 24 times for Wales.
Presumably the fourth player Newcastle have bid for is center-half Matthew Upson of West Ham.
Another option for Kinnear is to bring in some class players to the club on loan, but Kinnear may have to have a rethink on exactly which players to bring in, after he has had so many injuries to some of his key players now.
Kinnear said this morning:
“I’m talking to the chairman this morning about it and I should know more by the end of today,”
“January is not an easy time to buy anyone and clubs are not desperate to sell either but we have made enquiries about players already.”
” I won’t talk about other teams’ players but we’ve got ten players out – most of them won’t be back until the end of January – so we need extra bodies.”
“If we can’t bring in players permanently then we’ll get the class loan players in until the end of the season.”
“I’m sure that I will know more by the end of the day.”
It seems that Joe is inferring he’ll give some update to the press after his meeting today with Llambias, and that would be good.
We certainly like the look of Kightly and Ledley, but not sure if Kevin Doyle would improve our squad too much, given all the up and coming strikers we have at the club right now. But we certainly need to check on other strikers at least for the summer, when Michael Owen is likely to move on.
But it’s also going to be hard to get clubs like Wolves, Reading and Cardiff, who are all in the top four of the Championship currently, to part with any of their players in January, and some of these targets will probably not be available until the summer.
But somehow we have to get some good players to the club before February, that’s for sure.
What do you think?
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