There has been a lot of gloom and doom on Tyneside in this transfer window, but news today may be showing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, and just a glimmer of hope for Newcastle’s long suffering fans.
Joe Kinnear – still praying for players in January 😀
While we should hardly get carried away, from what we’ve heard today, it would not be inconceivable that we could get the following players through the door before next Monday at 5:00 pm local time, when the transfer window closes.
- Free agent winger and/or striker Peter Lovenkrands
- Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo £3.5M
- Celtic captain and center-back Stephen McManus £3.0M
- Finland Under-21 left-back Jukka Raitala £400K
- Rennes central midfieder Stephene Mbia £7M (guess)
We think we could also get two loan deals completed also, and those players could possibly include former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia, now at Atletico Madrid, and Manchester City youngsters Michael Johnson and/or Nedum Onouha.
Whatever happened to the Italian and Argentine we were supposed to be bringing in on loan?
That would be about £14M spent, but if Shay Given goes, we’d get some cash back and possibly two loan signings out of that deal, so it could all amount to around 10M or less, which is what Mike Ashley seems to have allocated Kinnear.
So that could be as many as 7 players in and we think we could lose Shay Given to Man City, although that’s no longer a certainty.
Joe Kinnear talked to the Newcastle Journal today to say the club is pushing ahead with their transfer plans, despite the obvious doom and gloom surrounding the Newcastle club over the last several weeks.
Joe said today:
“We were second from bottom when I came here and I said it was going to be tough then.”
“I didn’t realize we were going to have to cope with so many injuries and that has really hurt us.”
“But we are in a better position than we were in September and I’m not a doom and gloom merchant.”
“Other people can throw stones at us and criticize me, but it won’t get me down.”
“There is a lot of pressure in this part of the world, but we will get on with the job we have to do, and that’s keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League.”
Joe’s right that his number one job this season is to keep Newcastle United in the Premier league, and if he can do that we would expect more wheeling and dealing in the summer transfer market.
At that time some of our initial targets will more likely be available – with players such as Cardiff’s 22 year-old midfielder Joe Ledley, who looked very impressive in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
With that number of players seemingly coming into Newcastle be next Monday (fingers crossed) and with the quality being seemingly quite good, we could even be in good shape come next Monday.
But of course we will have played two more league games by then, and the mood of the Newcastle faithful will be dependent on how we have done in those games, including the Sunderland game next Sunday at St. James’ with a 1:30 pm kick off, which is being televised live around the world.
Let’s hope we can report most of these as done deals next Monday. 😀
What do you think?