This is deja vu all over again (just like last year), as we await news of the players Newcastle have signed in this transfer window, but it may be that Lovenkrands is the only signing. 🙁
We are short at center-back, full back and winger, and it seems like striker is the only deal we have made to strengthen the squad.
News that Portsmouth have signed reported Newcastle target Mike Williamson from Watford. The 25-year-old center-back put pen to paper on a four-year deal.
But presumably we can still make loan signings through November, but we had to sign Peter today – so trying to be positive Newcastle they’ve done the deal they need to today.
And maybe other loan signings are being lined up for when the window opens again for the Coca Cola Championship in 2 weeks time. We understand that in the Championship you can only play a maximum of 5 loan signings in one game.
The Sun was reporting that Newcastle United had signed Manchester United’s Northern Ireland 20 year-old center-back Craig Cathcart, on a season-long loan and also there were rumblings we may be interested in his colleague, 21 year-old midfielder Darron Gibson.
But no official confirmation (yet?) of these loan moves, if indeed they have been done (yet).
If the deals are to be done in 2 weeks, we’ll have to get Danny Simpson on his cell phone to convince these lads at the Red Devils to join Newcastle on loan. 😀
Despite today’s transfer deadline passing, the Evening Chronicle reports that Newcastle United can still sign players, on loan, up until the end of November.
But free agents, who haven’t found a club yet had to be signed before the transfer ends tonight, and we’ve done that with Lovenkrands.
But the bottom line is that we’ve unloaded 11 players in the summer, and brought one in, and if were told that would happen after w e were relegated in May, we would have thought that to be just crazy.
Our calculations say that the wage bill has gone from £74M to £46M, and that includes Xisco leaving on loan yesterday to Racing Santandar.
That’s not too bad because that’s 62% of last year.s wage bill, although it may be a litle high if our revebues decrease by 50% – btu if the lads continue the way they’ve started it’s very likely he gates will higher than expected – so0 we’re in pretty good financual sgape therew.
And we took in £23 M in transfer fees to help reduce the overdraft.