Joe Kinnear was like many Newcastle fans yesterday, as he expressed disappointment at not being able to add any new players in yesterday, on the last day of the transfer window.
Joe Kinnear – disappointed yesterday – but we’re still better off than January 1st
This is what Joe Kinnear told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I’m a little bit disappointed to be honest because we haven’t managed to bring more in. It’s been a tough day and an annoying one in many respects.”
“We have tried really hard to get something done but it hasn’t come off.”
“We offered £8M for Michael Johnson, but Manchester City rejected it and we made another offer for another midfielder which was also turned down. It was frustrating.”
“Johnson was a player we had identified and we were excited about him coming because he is a talented young player, the right age, with an all-action style and a real box-to-box type.”
“We felt it was a good offer as well for him, but City turned us down late in the day. It’s not something we have given up on long term but obviously time has run out in terms of this window.”
“I’d left things in the hands of others. We had a list of four players at the end and we got two of them.”
“I know people have been working incredibly hard and we’ve had calls in all over the place this month.”
“We have tried and tried to persuade clubs to sell, but it’s very hard at this time of year because clubs are reluctant to lose anyone.”
We were a little surprised we weren’t able to bring in Daniel Fox from Coventry for a reported £1.6M, since the news was all over the Coventry web sites.
So we now don’t even know if that story is true. Certainly in the summer we already have our targets set, and maybe the good nerws is some deals can already be set up.
Since we didn’t bring in a center-back and we need an experienced one, why wouldn’t we try to get Liverpool’s Sami Hyypia tied up right now?
He can agree terms at Newcastle and sign a pre-contract agreement so the deal can then go through in the summer. But from the player’s viewpoint we suppose he wouldn’t want to sign yet in case Newcastle end up in the Championship.
But that could be put into the contract too. Sami would be great for a number of reasons, not least of which would be to mentor some of our up and coming central defenders like Bassong, Taylor and Tamas Kadar.
We are very disappointed at not getting more good players through the door, but on the other hand Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan are two tremendous signings for our club, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too down in the mouth.
And Peter Lovenkrands looked very decent at the end of the Sunderland game. It’s a pity his shot at the end was just over the bar, he could have been an immediate hero on Tyneside. 😀