Chris Hughton is currently drawing up a list of targets, but if the players come in, it will have to be on a loan deal – at least initially.
Per Ciljan Skelbred – a Newcastle supporter since a boy
If these players are good, a loan deal is fine because it does have advantages for the club – we can see how the player performs, he will be motivated to do well to secure a permanent deal, and we can then sign him full time in the summer, if he’s proved his worth.
And hopefully by the summer the club will have noney to spend if we can make it back to the Premier League.
So as long as the loan players come to Newcastle with a pre-arranged transfer fee (negotiated low because we are still a Championship side), that might not be a bad way forward after all – and we have to think that’s what Derek LLambias was probably talking about earlier today.
If we can bring 4 good loan players in during January – it wouldn’t cost the club too much – their wages plus a loan fee – but we wouldn’t need to splash out on transfer fees until the summer.
That even sounds like a good business plan -hey, what’s going on here? 😀
However, the arrival of Rosenborg’s Skjelbred could be on an initial loan deal, with a view to a permanent move.
The 22-year-old has been a Newcastle target for 18 months, and we nearly brought the play in last September, before the Keegan Wise LLambias earthquake erupted.
Since then Newcastle’s scout Norman Wooster has been keeping tabs on the Scandinavian star, and our Norwegian readers habve been high on theis central midfgiled youngster.
He’;s creative which is what we are missing when wqe plkay Butt and Smith together in Newcastle midfield.
And with Norway’s Tippeligaen season due to end for the winter break, Skjelbred is apparently available for a loan deal.
A Rosenborg source told the Evening Chronicle today from Norway:
“We’ve been told that the Skjelbred transfer situation will continue, with a potential loan move for the midfielder now in the works during the Norwegian off-season (November to March).”
“That’s with a view to a permanent transfer should there be a possibility for it.”
And we know Skjelbred would just jump at the chance to join Newcastle, and the rumor is he’s offered to swim across the North Sea to play for the club – but isn’t it cold this time of year ?
Hughton must soon decide whether to extend the loan deal for Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood, but Marlon is the only loan player that Hughton has brought in that hasn’t been a success with Danny Simpson and Zurab Khizanishvili both looking good, and we probably want to sing both of them.
But with money tight maybe we’ll see their loan spells extended to the end of the season – but it would be a mistake not to keep them at the club this season.
We don’t expect the loan deal to be extended – Marlon hadn’t been good enough to start for the team, so why extend his contract when our very own Shola is back in 4 weeks?
That’s what we think – let’s know your opinions and ideas on this – comments always welcome.