The local Sunday Sun is reporting today that Galatasaray are set to make a firm bid for Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.
Fabricio Coloccini – had a solid game yesterday
And there are also reports that Real Zaragoza are looking at Jose Enrique as Newcastle need to offload more of their top wage earners.
Turkish side Galatasaray are said to have sent sent a two-man delegation to Newcastle last week for talks with the club about Coloccini.
Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard is still keen for a deal to be struck, but the question likely is how much we can get back for the £10M we paid Deportivo for the player last summer.
We have to be very careful in these next two weeks that we don’t sell too many players without bringing in replacements, but with Ashley still as owner, anything is possible, and that has to be major worry for the club.
Selling Coloccini would leave Newcastle seriously short in defense, although there was some news we may want to bring in Andy O’Brien of Bolton to increase the numbers, but we have no back up to Enrique, and haven’t has since he’s been at the club these last two seasons.
Watford’s Mike Williamson has also been mentioned as potentially an adequate replacement for the Argentine.
Williamson is now valued at around £1M although Watford paid just £100K for him from Wycombe Wanderers last January, but he has improved an awful lot at Watford.
Zaragoza are keen on Jose Enrique, after missing out on another left-back target, but the Spanish club may have difficulty coming up with the money for Enrique, who cost Newcastle £6M two years ago.
These are worrying times at Newcastle, but if we can bring in adequate replacements we will have brought in some transfer money to the club, and reduced the enormous wage bill.
We’ll be in much better financial health, but we must also ensure we have the squad that can get us out of the Championship at the first attempt, which on yesterday’s showing, suggests we may have right now.
Certainly it seems like their are some decent players out there for reasonable transfer fees.