The Sun is reporting today that Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear will try to sell a number of Newcastle players so he doesn’t have to sell his number one star goalkeeper Shay Given, in order to fund new players coming into the club.
Joe Kinnear – needs to sell before he can buy – why??
The Sun is reporting that Joe Kinnear will try to sell Spanish pair Xisco and Jose Enrique, who cost Newcastle a total of around £12M, and have hardly displayed that kind of class. although Xisco hasn’t even been given the opportunity.
But with owner Mike Ashley unwilling to fund any deals with up-front cash, Joe must sell some of the players he may not want, in order to get the players in he does want.
And in the January transfer window that has to be a very difficult task.
After all the hullabaloo that’s gone on at Newcastle since September, and with Mike Ashley announcing a week ago he will keep the club, we would have thought a good will gesture would have been to give Joe say £10M to £15M to get some new players in, and then he can could wheel and deal selling players after that.
It certainly doesn’t put the owner in a good light with Newcastle fans because Mike owes it to Newcastle and the club, which he almost decimated over the last few months.
£10M would allow Joe to get in 2-3 players quickly and at least we would have some momentum going, but as long as nobody comes in for the Magpie players on sale, presumably there will be no incoming transfers, and that has to be a possibility, unless Mike relents and gives Joe some money, which he may have to.
We would even be willing to give some cash, if that would help, but a quick look in the piggy bank shows we are around £10M short of the £10M required – oh well.
Two of the midfield players Joe is said to be keen on are include Rangers captain Barry Ferguson and Portsmouth’s 6’4″ powerhouse, Papa Diop.
“One deal will automatically trigger the next one. So I’m banging on the door hoping that the buying club will make a decision.”
“I just hope it never comes down to Mike suggesting I sell Shay Given.”
Mike – are you listening?
Presumably that means that at least some clubs are interested but if Joe really does sell Enrqiue he will need to bring in two lest backs in January, and we don’t see that happening.
And a couple of players he could try to sell, and this will change as January progresses, are Alan Smith and Charles N’Zogbia.
We getting a little tired of Charles always talking about wanting to leave Newcastle so perhaps that would be a way to get the cash but we shouldn’t let Charles go on the cheap either, and if we have to do that we had better make sure we have another winger coming in, and also that we are secure at left full back.
We’d be OK letting Alan Smith go, but the problem with Alan is that he hasn’t played since August, because of his Achilles injury, and it may be hard t0 sell him in January, and that may have to wait until the summer.
But one thing is for certain, and that is we’ll be doing quite a number of deals in the summer, and it will be for those players whose clubs wouldn’t release them in January.
As fas as players leaving Newcastle in the summer, they could include Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Claudia Cacapa, David Edgar, Steve Harper, Xisco, Jose Enrique, Ameobi and Butt. That’s 10 players right there.
It will depend on who we manage to unload in January, and who signs their new contracts this month, since Ameobi, Harper and Butt still haven’t signed their contracts, and are still mulling over the offers.
Owen, Viduka and Smith leaving in the summer will free up around £230K/week in wages – and the only one we’d miss would be Michael.