As we half expected Chris Hughton wants to keep every player he currently has when January 31st rolls around, and the transfer window slams shut.
Jonas Gutierrez – his agent made it all up
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I am confident we will not lose anybody. All I am thinking of is adding to the squad, not taking away from it.” “I also have to appreciate we have quite a tight squad.”
“What you do is build up a spirit and a team ethic, and we must make sure whoever we add are the right numbers and the right personnel.”
And Hughton dismissed the news in the press that there is some kind of clause in Jonas Gutierrez’ contact that he could leave in January.
This news was created by who else but his agent, Pedro Jimenez Bravo, who was recently quoted in The People as saying:
“We have held meetings with Newcastle, but there is an option for the player to leave, although it must be a good offer.”
Sometimes there is a clause that says if some club comes along with a bid for a certain amount, then Newcastle would have to accept it – but Hughton has dismissed the whole thing as he said today:
“That is not the case. I am not looking at anybody leaving.”
Agents will say almost anything to draw interest to their player, and it may be that if a big club comes in, then Jonas would be interested – and it certainly seems that Argentine manager Diego Maradona would be happier.
Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Real Zaragoza are three Spanish clubs who may be interested and Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Everton, may also be interested but it’s obviousd Chris does not want to lose the Argentine.
However, any offer over £6M would be very tempting, because think of the players in different positions that would fund – but we’d need to bring in a couple of wingers.
But January is lining up to be very interesting for Newcastle fans, and Chris wants to ensure the club is at or near the top by then.
And the obvious reason for that is that if we are say 4 points clear at the top of the table come January 1st, there is a much better chance our targets will want to join the club, as they would see the possibility of playing in the Premiership next season.