There is some amazing news being reported by the Newcastle Journal today, that Albin Ebondo’s club Toulouse are still reluctant to let him move to Newcastle in January.
Albin Ebondo – Newcastle still talking with Toulouse?
We find this rather amazing, because why is the player in Newcastle now, if no agreement has been reached with his club, and we had even hoped last Monday he could have made his debut tonight at Eastlands.
A representative of Ebondo told The Newcastle Journal last night:
“Newcastle are still talking to Toulouse but they do not really want to sell Albin in the middle of the season when they do not have another right-back and do not have time to find a replacement.”
“It has happened late in the transfer window and that does not leave much time to get anything done.”
“I have spoken to Albin and he is aware of Newcastle’s interest, but he has been told by Toulouse they do not want to sell him. He is happy to stay with Toulouse for the time being.”
“He does not know if this is the right time for him to move to England because he does not know whether Newcastle really want him or they just want someone to play while Habib Beye is out injured.”
“He would have to have some sort of reassurance from Newcastle before he signed. It is a complicated situation, but a deal does not look likely unless there is a sudden change.”
This is amazing news, unless Ebondo has never been on Tyneside at all this week, but this will come as a major shock and surprise to Newcastle fans, since we had been told the deal is imminent.
And Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear started the week by suggesting the defender could be a Newcastle player before tonight’s trip to Manchester City.
What’s exactly is going on here?
It sounds awfully fishy to us, with just 5 days to go in the transfer market – Dennis Wise and company had better get a move on.