The Finland U21 starlet Jukka Raitala, who we reported on yesterday, is in great demand in the transfer market, and the tough Finnish defender is also interesting both Italian and Dutch clubs, who are interested in signing him.
Jukka Raitala – in great demand
The good news is that he’s at Newcastle for a trial this week – the bad news is that he is at Newcastle for a trial this week.
And we say that because Newcastle are getting a reputation of moving at a snail’s pace in the transfer market, and if they are to sign the tough young Finnish defender they will need to offer him something by this Friday, otherwise he is likely to be off to another club.
Asking Newcastle to make a quick decision on a player is like asking a snail to sprint 50 yards – it just will not happen.
The 20-year-old HJK Helsinki defender, who is 5’11” tall, very physical in his play, and can play anywhere along the back four but prefers left-back, has been on trial at Newcastle United for much of the week, and Joe Kinnear is said to be interested in signing him.
Jukka was said to have played in yesterday’s trial match, and the news on him was that he played well, and it’s not that the price quoted for the player is high – it’s reported to be around £500K, give or take £100K, and we assume even Mike Ashley can afford that.
As we reported yesterday West Bromwich Albion had tried to sign the highly-rated Finn, but Jukka didn’t even take up the invitation go to the Midlands club on trial, but preferred Newcastle instead.
But push will come to shove in the next couple of days, and Newcastle United will need to make a decision on the Finland Under-21 International – something the club seems unable or unwilling to to do these days.
That’s probably because the people handling our transfers are just inept, seemingly like the rest of the Newcastle Board – basically they are not up to the job – and that seems the truth.
We were told at IBM that in some cases in management – just making a decision is sometimes more important than whether the decision is right or wrong.
That’s often the case when you want to start moving things along, when things have got bogged down, or people are sitting on the fence, for whatever reason, and this could be one of those cases.
Make a decision Newcastle – please – in fact make a few. 😀