With just 10 days left in the transfer market, it’s time for us to see where we are in getting the requisite number of players through the door, so we have a decent chance of staying in the Premier league this season.
Stephane Mbia – this is the player we want through the door in January
Today we signed our first player in Peter Lovcenkrands, and as a free agent we think he’s a very good deal for the club, and since he has speed up front, he can add something to the team.
Joe Kinnear has again said he wants to sign a defender within the next couple of days, so that could well be Finland U21 left-back Jukka Raitala, who is currently on trial at Newcastle for this week. Sign Jukka this week and we may even have some momentum going for us.
There are various reports that we have been turned down for our striker targets today, but with Oba coming back in a week, Michael Owen fit, and young striker Andy Carroll showing some good form, and even Mark Viduka threatening to play again, then we hardly need reinforcements up front. Let’s leave that until the summer, when we’ll know if Michael Owen is leaving the club.
If we can get young Raitala into the club, by the way he’s said to be a very physical type player, then the very least we need is another defender and a central midfield player – and then we’ll be in decent shape, although we’d still like more players through the door.
We can still bring in two loan signings, and presumably we will return Ignacio Gonzalkes back to Valencia, since he’s injured until mid-March at the earliest.
We were told loan deals had been agreed for two loan signings, and that they were not cheap as both were around £500K, so we assume they are being held back to see what Kinnear can get into the club permanently for the £10M, that is currently burning a hole in his pocket.
We’d still like the club to go back for Stephane Mbia of Rennes, since he seems a great young player in the making, and even if he had a bad game with Joe watching, hey everybody has bad games.
He’s be worth getting in now for £7M to £8M, because lots of other clubs will be after him in the summer. Just today the Newcastle Journal is saying that Kinnear could still make a move for Mbia – let’s hope so because that would go down very well with most of the Newcastle faithful.
At least we’d like to see the £10M spent on some decent player(s), and then with the two loan signings – in addition to Lovenkrands and Raitala, we could still be in decent shape by a week come Monday.
We also think there’s still a chance of the club selling Shay Given to Manchester City and since time is running out, and we couldn’t buy new players with the money, we think Newcastle would do a swap deal with Given going for Michael Johnson and Nedum Onuoha in part exchange, and perhaps a little cash from City in addition. That would be a hard deal for the club to turn down, but whether City would offer the deal is debatable.
We seem to have done very well in our recruitment of younger players, which of course is Ashley’s strategy for bringing top class talent to the club, and not having to pay £100M for one player, as is the strategy at other clubs. 😀
We have so far captured 16 year-old youngster Haris Vuckic, from NK Domzale in Slovenia. Harris is the youngest player ever, at 16 years old, to play in the Slovenian First Division (SFD), and is an attacking midfielder.
Newcastle United are also said to have captured promising young Brazilian forward, Caio Ferreira, an 18 year-old, and the last we heard he was waiting for his Portuguese passport, before coming over to Newcastle to finally sign the deal.
And we still have a number of youngsters on trial at the club, including 18 year old Hungarian midfield starlet Andras Gosztonyi, from MTK Budapest, over for a week’s trial this week.
And today we hear that Newcastle have bid for Swedish starlet 17 year old winger Samuel Adjei, from Swedish club Jonkoping Sodra, and the lad is getting the attention of a number of bigger clubs including Newcastle United and Porto – but he is more than keen to come to Newcastle.
So all in all, if the club are thinking along the above lines, we could be fairly well off, but the Board must execute this time, and not leave things until the last couple of days, when all kinds of things can, and usually do go wrong.