As we reported yesterday Joe Kinnear was in France watching the Lille Rennes game yesterday afternoon that Lille won 1-0, and he was said to be scouting both Rennes midfielder Stéphane Mbia, and Lille center-back Adil Rami.
Adil Rami – 6’2″ Lille center-back Newcastle seem interested in
It will remain to be seen if Newcastle will bid higher than the £5M they have already bid for Mbia, since the Rennes club apparently want twice that amount. But maybe a £7M – £8M bid would do it.
So it looks like Joe Kinnear will face a choice of whether he brings in a number of players or one or two really good ones.
What he does will depend a little on the injury situation, because Barton being back is a big help, but of course if some of the players get injured again, we’ll be in the same old pickle, so it’s not an easy decision for Joe.
Mike Ashley of course could solve it be giving Joe a little more money given the terrible situation the club is in – and given his immense unpopularity with fans, why wouldn’t he do that? We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Joe tries to squeeze that extra money out of the owner, and points to the Newcastle fans’ increasing annoyance at the owner, as just one reason for Mike to cough up the money.
Joe said today:
“I’m certainly going to spend the £10m I’ve got,” “I was trying to spread the money wisely and buy two £5m players. On each occasion, the (selling) club has said they want £10m.”
“ Whether I get that kind of money is debatable. The club’s hemorrhaging money and you know what’s happening in the economic climate.”
“The question now is do I go for one £10m player, or do I keep searching for two £5m signings?”
“I’m not going to take free transfers and I’m not going to take some of the players who have been offered to me this week. We’ve got to be in there getting top-class players because this is a top-class club.”
How is the club hemorrhaging money? That’s news to us. Presumably we have been told the club has no debts, so we’re not sure where that is coming from since the attendances, while not sell-outs are still better than an awful lot of other clubs. So we don’t understand that one – maybe the Board will explain – but there’s little chance of that of course – since they refuse to speak to fans.
Joe has difficult choices, but the pain of having to shell out more money than Mike wanted to in January – will be much better than finding ourselves in the Championship next season.