The news today that Manchester City will sign Shay Given for £8M, will give Newcastle some much needed cash to further strengthen their squad before tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm, so let’s hope we don’t blow this opportunity.
Ryan Taylor – already on his way for £1.5M – £2M
And there is every likelihood that Charles N’Zogbia will move to Wigan for £6M, maybe not his best choice of club, but there’s no room for him back at Newcastle, so we think he’ll sign today.
That will be £14M the club have brought into the coffers, and for the 3 players we’ve tied up so far we have paid just £6M, at most.
Peter Lovenkrands – free
Kevin Nolan £4M
Ryan Taylor £2M
So hopefully there are other players we could bring in.
If we now spend another £8M in January it will have cost Ashley nothing in transfer fees in January. If we also spend the £10M he allocated to Joe, then we have £18M to spend – with 29 hours left in the transfer window.
We’d like to see at least one new defender brought in, and those could possibly be 22 year-old left back Daniel Fox of Coventry, Kyle Naughton, the 20 year-old Sheffield United full-back, Nedum Onuoha of Man City, or even Lucas Neill of West Ham for just £2M.
Lucas can play anywhere along the back four, and has so much experience we could use in the relegation fight.
As far as midfielders go, there is Giles Barnes of Derby County, who is fit again and said to be moving to Fulham on loan, Michael Johnson from Man City, Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, or even Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon.
And we could try to get a striker in too, say Saviola on loan from Real Madrid, or even Kris Commons, Derby County’s exciting forward.
We’ll not go through all the players available here, suffice to say there are many that we could potentially bring in, and we would expect Dennis Wise to be off trying to do the deals, and not be at the game today.
He probably wasn’t going to make the trip up from London in any case, but we don’t want to see him there today – he should be working the deals. 😀
It will also be disappointing if we have been unable to get any players to go in the opposite direction from Manchester City.
But Newcastle now have an excellent chance of getting 3 more good players in and helping to ensure we’ll still be in the Premier League next season – don’t blow it.