Newcastle have been told they can get Rangers captain Barry Ferguson for £3M, but it will cost £6M to get Portuguese midfielder Pedro Mendes.
Pedro Mendes – value has doubled in 6 months?
But this doesn’t seem a good deal for Newcastle since Mendes moved north of the border in August for just £3m from Portsmouth.
But there again we haven’t had too many good deal from Rangers, and after Jean-Alain Boumsong joined them as a free agent in the summer 2004 from Auxerre, and then we paid an amazing £8M for him, and he then showed he was hopeless, even though for some reason he kept being selected for the France senior squad, and he has played 24 times for France, which is amazing.
At that time of course our manager was Graeme Souness, and he was good friends with Rangers Chairman, David Murray. We heard they were even better friends after that deal. 😀
It is well known that David Murray has asked Rangers manager Walter Smith to trim his wage bill and is willing to listen to offers, but it is unlikely that Newcastle would agree to meet the £6M value, given that Mendes turns 30 next month, and assuming Newcastle are no longer a soft touch in the transfer market, as we used to be.
It seems that Rangers are determined to move on a couple of players this month but Rangers chairman Sir David Murray appeared to indicate that he was not about to offload even Barry Ferguson on the cheap:
“We have no intention of selling Allan McGregor, Barry Ferguson, Madjid Bougherra or anybody else,”
“There is no pressure to do so on me or the banks.”
“But Rangers have to be run on a sound fiscal basis. We did not budget for losing to FBK Kaunas (ending the club’s European push).”
“We have a squad of 28 players and we simply cannot sustain the level of outgoings compared to what is coming in.”
“We are paying between £5m and £7m in wages per year for players who are not required. You cannot choose who you may wish to put out the door because it is dependent on offers coming in.”
We think buying Barry Ferguson for a reasonable fee could well be on the cards for Newcastle, but we’re more worried right now about losing some of our better players in January – like Shay Given, Joey Barton or Charles N’Zogbia, and not being able to get enough new good players into the club to replace them adequately.
This is a trap we just cannot get into during January.