If Newcastle play their transfer cards well this summer, we could still recuperate quiet a bit of money from selling some of our high wage earners.
Oba Martins – Everton, Arsenal and Aston Villa interest?
We will have some difficulty with most of them, like Xisco and Coloccini for example, because the reasoning will be they cannot be that good if they helped Newcastle be relegated.
But some of the players were still good last year, and Oba Martins with 8 goals, and some spirited performances in the last few games was one of them.
And it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Premier League clubs are in for him this summer.
The 24 year-old Nigerian international striker is expected to leave St James Park this summer, following the Magpies relegation from the Premier League this season.
His agent has told Sky Sports there is quite a demand for his client with at least three top Premier Clubs interested in taking him. Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton are the three and Arsene Wenger has always been interested in the player, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if he ends up at Aston Villa.
The main thing Newcastle fans would like to see is to recuperate the £10M we paid Inter-Milan for him 3 years ago. Oba is one of the few players Newcastle could get their money back on – so we just have to hope there is even more interest for Oba from other clubs.
Next season we should have some decent players up front, because Alan will bring one or two new strikers in, and we already have Carroll, Lovenkrands (hopefully), Ameobi and Nile Ranger, who will all be ready to fight it out for a first team striker position.
Owen, Viduka, Smith and Martins will all leave the club this summer, and will save the club £310K/week – that’s around £16M over a year – WOW. Those players were not worth those wages – that’s for sure.
Ameobi may also be moved out to a Premier League side in the summer, because we have both Ranger and Carroll available, who are similar players to Shola, but a lot younger, on lower wages – and now coming through strongly.
That also is why Martins will leave, simply because we cannot afford him and his £65K/week wages, and £10M would be very nice to be able to buy other players with.
If Shearer takes over the club, the only high wage-earners we think he’ll keep around are Butt, Nolan, Beye, Guthrie, Harper, the two Taylors, Duff and Bassong.
Of course we will have a fight on our hands to keep Sebastien Bassong, and we’ll only have a chance of keeping him if Alan Sheraer takes over as manager, and very soon at that.