Joe Kinnear has talked today to the Sunday Sun about the transfer window, so let’s see what he says so we can better ascertain what our chances are of getting some good players into the club are by four weeks tomorrow, when the transfer window will close.
Xisco – to be sold in January – but he’s never had a chance?
It seems like one player Kinnear definitely wants to sell is 22 year-old Spanish Under-21 International Xisco, who we are told was brought to Newcastle against Keegan’s wishes, and was just one of the reasons for the volcano that erupted on the last day of the sumer transfer window.
When Xisco has appeared at Newcastle, he’s looked a decent player but hardly worth the £5.7M we are supposed to have paid Deportivo La Coruna for him. It appears that the sale of Xisco is the one that Kinnear hopes will bankroll his first signing with as Newcastle manager.
But whether we can find a buyer for Xisco, who is willing to pay anywhere near £5.7M, is a good question. Xisco has hardly covered himself in glory at St. James’ Park, since we’ve never played the boy, for one reason. Xisco now looks like on of our bad buys in the summer along with loan signing Ignacio Gonzalez, but only because the Uruguayan got injured.
Joe Kinnear told the Sunday Sun today:
“If we can get back somewhere near what we paid for the player we have in mind then I could go and get another player that I want for £5m,”
“One deal will automatically trigger the next one.?”
“So I’m banging on the door hoping that they (the buying club) will make a decision because the player that I want is wanted by other teams too.”
“The last thing I want is to let someone else get in there before we do.”
The Sunday Sun says that Kinnear is also eager to sell Enrique, after we signed the lad from Villarreal for £6.3m in the summer of 2007.
But we would question the validity of that, because Jose is again starting to play well at left-back and it seems he needs a good few games to get his form back, but he’s now playing quite solidly at left back. He’s good moving forward and has great left foot on him, and we like his attitude because he wants to stay and fight for his place at the club, and that can’t be too bad.
That doesn’t say we mustn’t get in another left-back during January, but he would then have to fight it out with Jose for the left back starting berth. Joe needs to fill out the squad which will add to the competition for places at Newcastle – and that’s what he’s trying to do, but with up front money not available, it will not be easy.
“I just hope it never comes down to Mike suggesting to me that I sell Shay Given in order to free up funds,” “I’d tell Mike that Shay must stay.”
“Shay is an untouchable as far as I’m concerned. Shay and Michael are untouchable in January and there’s no chance I’d sell.”
Kinnear’s bid to keep Given will be sorely tested if we cannot unload the players we want to sell, like Xisco and Geremi. That’s especially true if Manchester City come in with a huge bid, and then Mike would be challenged with an important decision to make.
It certainly promises to be a very interesting transfer window for Newcastle – watch this space.