Joe Kinnear is in a bit of a pickle because he now must know that if he cannot get some new players in during January, then Newcastle could well be in danger of playing in the Championship next season, and that is now a real threat to anybody who watched the last 30 minutes play against Blackburn yesterday.
Stephane Mbia – may bid close to £10M for Cameroon International
Joe was speaking to Sky Sports after the 3-0 defeat at Blackburn yesterday after the £5M earlier bid this week for Mbia was turned down by the Rennes club.
But Joe has also said Rennes want £10M for the player, whose agent said is keen to make the move to Newcastle, and Joe may go back and try to do a deal, as he will attend the Lille – Rennes match in France this afternoon, and presumably have negotiations with Rennes officials after the game.
Stephane Mbia didn’t want to talk about the Newcastle bid, although he obviously is aware of it and wants to move to the Premiership – and he told Sky Sports:
“I don’t have anything to say about any bid.”
“What I know most is that Premier League clubs are interested in me, I am at Rennes at the moment, so it is between the teams.”
Joe Kinnear thinks that Mbia is the perfect player for the Newcastle side, and is Kinnear’s first choice to bolster his midfield, but he may have to choose either Mbia or the two loan deals – but not both – unless Ashley can do one loan deals for just one of the two central midfielders in addition to Mbia, which would seem a good option.
Joe Kinnear told Sky Sports last night:
“I have never been a manager who has just blown money. Mbia is my first choice, he is something that we need,”
“If Geremi leaves I might put all my eggs in one basket, cancel the loan players I was considering and pay £10million for one player.”
We think Joe will be even more desperate to get Mbia now, following the terrible defeat yesterday when Newcastle fans at the game were justifiably less than happy with the Newcastle surrender during the last 30 minutes of that game.
It’s one of the first times we’ve seen some players give up the fight before the end of a game, under Joe Kinnear.
Things are heating up at Newcastle and Joe and the Board – who must support their manager right now – just have to bring in some new players in January.
If it means that Mike has to cough up more money than the £10M – so be it.
Mike and the Board got us into this mess, and they can definitely get us out of it, and it’s also in Mike’s best interests at Newcastle to do just that.