Joe Kinnear is not too good at keeping secrets, and with any luck, within a couple of days we should know exactly who Newcastle are going after in January,
Barry Ferguson – Scotland captain is another Magpies target
Joe let it slip today that he’s after Scotland and Rangers captain, Barry Ferguson, as Joe is obviously committed to improving his squad before February rolls around.
30 year Ferguson has just 18 months left on his contract at the Scottish club, but Kinnear says he has made an approach for the Scotland international.
Ferguson, not one for the too distant future, was at Blackburn Rovers from 2003-2005, but then returned to Rangers, after a less than convincing stay in the Premier League, where he appeared only 36 times for Blackburn. He’s also had his fair of injuries in his career.
He’s appeared over 270 times for Glasgow Rangers and 44 times for Scotland.
Barry did not play until November last year after undergoing an ankle operation. However he seems to have recovered well enough this season and Joe Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I have enquired about Ferguson, but we will wait and see what the outcome of that is.” “We are finding it difficult to bring certain players from clubs.”
“Our bids haven’t been accepted so far. The problem is two or three clubs are in for the same players.” “At the moment, there could be teams bidding more than us.”
“It would help if I could move on some of the players here and get the finances in that way.” “But we’ve had no bids for them.” “There have been no bids for any of our players – no enquiries and no bids.”
“The January transfer window is hardly ideal,” “We have a lot of players missing at the moment who are out for six weeks or more.”
“That means it’s tough – if we pick up more injuries we are in trouble for West Ham next week.” “We really need to get some bodies in. We need versatile players who can play in a number of positions.”
“We’ve got injuries all over the pitch, but we have to grin and bare it.”
That’s not good news that other clubs have bid more than us, because that means they will not be coming to Newcastle.
Hopefully we’ll find out the calibre of players that Joe is after sooner rather than later, but we cannot just wait until the summer, because we just must get some good players in during January.
The very last thing we want is to get relegated, and we don’t subscribe to some Newcastle fans’ view that that would be the best thing.
Going down to the Championship cuts off so much money, it makes it difficult for clubs to build up their squads.