Derek Llambias has been talking again today to the Newcastle Journal this morning, and has revealed that Dennis Wise was responsible for bringing both Jonas Gutierrez and Sebastien Bassong to the club last summer.
Sebastien Bassong – this player cost just £500K
But there’s no doubt that Newcastle have made some good signings in the last 8 months or so, and apparently we paid less than £500K for Sebastien Bassong, from Metz, and he has probably been our best signing, along with Jonas Gutierrez.
Although Danny Guthrie was also a more than decent acquisition.
The Journal is sayiung we paid £4M for Gutiérrez, which is a little more than we thought, but that would have been to buy out his contract presumably, at Real Mallorca.
Llambias today has said both of these buys are good players, and he’s right there, and both were brought in by the much maligned Dennis Wise:
“We’re excited about both players. What a star Bassong has been.”
“That was one of Dennis Wise’s signings, he was our cheapest signing.”
“You have to be brave to put him into the team but he’s matured. Jonás is exciting too.”
The three we got in January are also good buys for just £5.5M, so we’ve definitely done quite well in the transfer market these last two times, but we still don’t have enough players in the squad.
It will be very interesting to see who we bring in during the summer, and even who the manager is by then, although we expect Joe to still be here for the next couple of years.