After last night’s rather humiliating result against a reserve Hull City side, Joe Kinnear has come out and said that he has been told that he does have money to spend during the January transfer window – and in fact has already made bids for two players.
Joe Kinnear – given around £10M to spend
The Newcastle manager is now waiting to find out if the two offers have been successful and says he expects to have a transfer fund of about £10M to spend before the deadline.
Joe said last night:
“We’ve made two serious offers for decent money,” “When I say decent money, two £4m offers for two players.”
“They’re considering them now. We made the bids today (Wednesday).
“”We’ll probably end up spending, at the moment, about £10m but the two players I’ve offered for are £4m each.”
“The players that go out would be extra. That would be extra on top of what I’ve got.”
We don’t think good news for fans is a coincidence that it comes after a rather embarrassing defeat last night, against Hull City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
And certainly the Newcastle faithful are rather fed up with what’s happened so far in the transfer market these last 15 days – not much.
But if this means we can bring in another 2-3 good players on top of the two loan signings plus Peter Lovenkrands, and then even more if Kinnear can do some wheeling and dealing – then that would be good.
But since we have lost three and drawn two of our last 5 games, we need new players in, and the quicker the better.
Joe had called a meeting yesterday with Mike Ashley to discuss the club’s transfer policy over the next few weeks and said he was pleased with the outcome.
“I identified the two players that we wanted, told them the price of the two players and (Mike Ashley) agreed to get them providing they accept the offers and whatever is on the outgoing players would add to that as well.
“So with the outgoing players I would hope to be nearer £10m than £8m. We’ll find out tomorrow on the two players coming in.
“I’m very optimistic about it. One of them is very crucial for us at the moment. He plays for Cameroon. He’s a decent player.”
“He’s 6ft 2ins, he’s pacy, he’s powerful and I just thought he would add something else to us.”
“I explained who it was to him (Ashley) and we got on the case and we’ve spoken to the club that he plays for. So we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that they accept it.”
The Cameroon player is obviously midfielder Stephane Mbia from the description, and that was reported in the Journal yesterday morning so perhaps the other player they identified, Albin Ebondo, is also true.
He’s a Frenchman, 24 years old who plays for Toulouse and we profiled both players yesterday .
Joe will need to get these players in quickly to help the fans get over what has to be a low point for the season right now – and that’s saying something.