Newcastle United once again promised much and delivered little on the final day of the January transfer window, which was very like last September 1st, the last day of the summer transfer window, and this is more disappointment for Newcastle fans.
Joe Kinnear – must be annoyed at Newcastle’s failures in transfer market
There was news that Newcastle launched an 8M bid for Michael Johnson, but in the protravted transfer of Shay Given why wasn’t Johnson incorporated into the deal.
Whoever did the negotiating, and we have to believe it was Dennis Wise, looks like he’s very naive as far as negotiations go. Manchester City got their man and we didn’t get ours.
So what have we achieved in the transfer market:
We seem to have received £14M plus Ryan Taylor for Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia moving out, and spent £4M on bringing Kevin Nolan in – so we made a net profit of £10M in the window, and we are still way short of players.
Peter Lovenkrands – Danish – free agent
Kevin Nolan – English – Bolton Wanderers – £4M
Ryan Taylor – English – Wigan Athletic – came free with N’Zogbia move
Incoming Transfers: £4M
Shay Given – Irish – Manchester City – $8M
Charles N’Zogbia – French – – Wigan Athletic – $6M
Outgoing Transfers: £14M
Net outlay from the club is -$10M – in other words we brought into the coffers $10M in the transfer window, when Ashley had promised to pay out $10M – a $20M swing we may add!
Net increase in size of the Newcastle squad – one player.
However, Shay Given shouldn’t really count since we haven’t found it necessary to replace him. We already have an excellent goalkeeper in local lad Steve Harper at the club and two more than promising 20 year-olds in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul waiting in the wings. However with a net income of $10M that suggests we have let class leave the club in January.
So it’s probably a net increase in the squad of 2 – but still not nearly enough!
There’s some explaining to do by the Newcastle Board, and it looks like they didn’t have the bottle to put anything out on the official site after the 5:00 pm window yesterday afternoon, when they must have known fans were awaiting news on the new players coming in.
This is not good news for our club, and we await some announcement or at least an explanation from them today.
It’s results or reasons, so we’ll wait for the reasons, also called excuses.