Joe Kinnear is in a difficult position in the transfer market because basically he needs to sell before he can buy – and nobody is buying from Newcastle – well not yet anyway.
Ignacio Gonzalez – will be sent back to Valencia
The Journal is reporting that 22 year-old Spanish Under-21 striker Xisco has been put up for sale, and that midfielder Nacho Gonzalez will be sent back to Valencia in the coming weeks, after being out injured with an Achilles injury for most of his time on Tyneside, and not expected to be fit until March.
That will both reduce the wage bill and allow Newcastle to bring in some good loan signings, which is looking the best way to go, if we cannot sell any of our players.
Newcastle will be hoping to recoup some of the £5.7M fee they paid for young Xisco, but getting a sizable fee for the youngster will be difficult, since he seems to have been a failure in English football.
Joe talked about the transfer situation today:
“We keep banging on those doors but I don’t want to get the supporters hopes up by saying that we’re going to sign someone by the end of the week or putting any time limit like that on it,”
“At the moment whatever we have tried to do hasn’t come off. Things are moving along but clubs are still deciding and we’re still waiting for someone to say yes to us”
“Everyone is trying to do the same as we are in January but clubs don’t want to sell players at this stage of the season and it is difficult.”
It’s not going to be easy to strengthen the squad in January, and maybe even more so because of the poor economic climate, but we’ve got to do something.
Kinnear and Wise are right to wait a week or two to see how things shape up, but if we don’t sell there must be a Plan B that says we can buy say one player, funded by Ashley, and bring in another two on loan.
An alternative to this is that Kinnear could be forced to sell players he doesn’t want to sell, like Charles N’Zogbia or even Shay Given, but he will resist that, at least in January.
“I’ve made a player available and his name will be circulated. We’re going to send Gonzalez back, I believe,”
This stalemate cannot go on for too long in January, but let’s hope we can sell some of the players we want to, so that Joe can then bring in some new players.
Wishing and hoping.