Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias has said that on the last day of the transfer window the club put in a number of bids, but in the end were unsuccessful, even though they bid the fees the clubs had requested for their players.
Derek Llambias – we were in there bidding
Derek told the Evening Chronicle:
“All I can tell you on this window is we said no to nobody.”
“We asked ‘who do you want?’ We were given two players. One was Michael Johnson, and we asked how much.”
“It was £8m, and we waited two and half hours before we heard back from Manchester City.”
“So then we asked ‘who else?’ We went for Kieran Richardson, that bid went straight in.”
“We had already agreed Kevin Nolan and Peter Lovenkrands as back-up, and Ryan Taylor.”
“We really wanted another midfielder because of what had happened to Danny Guthrie and Joey Barton.”
“It did not happen – but we never said no to any requests. We are happy to spend the money.”
One thing we do like about the transfer window is that Newcastle are looking to bring in some good players, and those we didn’t get last month will be targets again in the summer.
Derek has already said that will happen, and there”s even news today we will pursue Middlebrough’s David Wheater, who is a very good England U-21 center-back, who has already been included in the full England squad.
There is news that Manchester City’s Michael Johnson is keen to come to Tyneside, so we are hopeful we can still get the youngster in the summer, and he has looked very good when playing for Manchester City.
There also may be a chance for Kieran Richardson, but it will be up to the player, because we think Sunderland will resist letting him go big time.
However, Newcastle have let it be known that Kieran can double his wages at Newcastle, not a bad thing to leak to a player you really want.
But it seems to be shaping up to be a very busy summer for the club, and that’s good news.