If the sale of the Newcastle club doesn’t go through this week, it will likely start to hurt our moves in the transfer market, and we could miss out on some of our top summer transfer targets.
Alan Shearer – has list of transfer targets
Even against the backdrop of uncertainty that exists at the club right now, the Newcastle Journal is reporting that moves are being made on Newcastle’s behalf in the transfer market.
Alan Shearer has a list of targets that he could sign relatively quickly if he got the green light, and once he does become manager he will move quickly to get in those targets who have been waiting for the Newcastle club to sort themselves out, over the last four weeks or so. Those players could well include Per Ciljen Sjkelbred (Rosenborg), Jermaine Beckford (Leeds), Bradley Orr (Bristol City) and Andy Griffin (Stoke) – amongst others.
The Journal is reporting also that former Reading striker and England U21 International Leroy Lita, who is now a free agent, is also on Shearer’s list.
And Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford remains a viable target for the club too, and reports over the weekend that he was about to sign for Sheffield United are way off the mark.
There’s little doubt that Jermaine is excited by the prospect of working with Shearer, one of the best strikers England has ever produced, and if an offer was tabled for the player it looks like Newcastle would be his first choice.
A source close to the player told The Journal this morning:
“The Sheffield United report is jumping the gun. There have been a couple of bids for Jermaine but it is unlikely that anything is going to happen before the end of this week.”
“Newcastle are a big club and Jermaine is intrigued that they’re interested in him” ” If something could be sorted out there, he’d certainly talk to them.”
So there is still time for Newcastle to get some of their top targets into the club, before the the first game on August 8th, but that is now dependent on the sale of the club going through some time this week.
Any more time spent without an owner and a manager will really start to negatively impact our preparation for what is one of our most important seasons at the club, for some time.