Chris Hughton doesn’t know how much money will be available in the transfer market in Jnauary, but he really doesn’t need to.
Chris Hughton – cheer up Chris – we’re top of the league!
We have a suspicion the amount available for transfers is actually zero, or very close to it.
But that may not be all bad news, because an an attempt will be made to bring in 4-5 good players on loan, with options struck to make them permanent signings in the summer.
And with the club currently being in the second division with a cash flow problem, that sounds like a good plan to get several good players in at minimal cost to boost the squad.
That’s until we are in the Premier League again (hopefully) in the summer, and we can then bring 4-5 players in permanently via transfers, and maybe a couple more on season long loan deals.
Chris was queried today about the transfer money available:
“If you are asking if I have been told figures, then no,” “What I have been told is it’s my responsibility to determine what I need to bring in. If I need to strengthen, they (the board) would support me in that.”
“In my endeavors to get where we want to be in January, the board will support me in terms of tackling what needs to be tackled.”
“I need to determine what areas I need to bring players into. If we have injuries we are stretched so I will target the areas and players needed.”
“And I have been told I will be supported. There might be a loan signing, a fee signing, but that is to be worked on.”
We are very hopeful that the club will be able to do some good business in January, and maybe get 4-5 good players in, who we can gauge for the rest of the season, and then decide if we should make their moves permanent.
It’s also an advantage to Newcastle, as we’ve mentioned before, to set the transfer price when the loan deal is struck, because we’ll have some leverage to make it low, because we’re a Championship club right now.
So what we seem to be doing in January – if this is indeed it – makes a lot of financial and football sense, and has advantages for the club in the long term.