Joe Kinnear has been left more than frustrated with Newcastle’s failure to sign right-back, Albin Ebondo, from Toulouse, but it looks like the fault lies with the French club – shame on them.
Albin Ebondo – poor ethics from the Toulouse club
Joe had thought the deal had been tied up earlier in the week, but it looks like the Toulouse club have been left than forthcoming in their dealings over Ebondo..
Of course it’s Dennis Wise’s job to get the players in, and we seem to take an awful lot of time on some pof these moves, but in this case Dennis seems to have done everything right.
Executive Director Dennis Wise traveled to France to tie up the deal, but Newcastle pulled out of the deal after the Toulouse had hiked up the price for a sec ond time.
“I’m disappointed at how things went having had (secretary) Lee Charnley and Dennis Wise over there for two days.”
“We agreed the terms before he left, which were £2.5M. When we got there they upped it to £3m. We agreed to that, then they upped it again.”
“We thought it was done and dusted, and at the very last minute they moved the goalposts to £6M. Lee and Dennis said no, and got on the next plane home.”
“It was a wasted journey, to be honest. It wasn’t the best way to act considering the deal was done prior to them going over.”
You cannot deal with club s who do that kind of thing – and shame on them.
Newcastle were right to pull out, but we wonder if we have others now lined up before Monday?
But it’s good to hear these things because at least it gives Newcastle fans some idea of the frustrations the transfer market – but let’s still sign another two players. 😀