We’re now half way through the transfer window and no successes yet for Newcastle United in this window.
Jermaine Beckford – could still arrive on Tyneside
It seems like the Tyneside club did everything right initially by getting in their bids for Matthew Kilgallon and Jermaine Beckford as soon as the new year came in.
Chris Hughton wanted the targets in quickly but after agreeing a fee with Sheffield United for center-back Kilgallon, it looks like personal terms could not be agreed, and Matthew stated he would stay at the Blades until the end of the season.
It looks like Everton have gone in and almost made a deal with Kilgallon, and we would expect them to make the capture in the summer.
Kilgallon would have been an excellent capture, but wih Tamas Kadar looking better and better as time goes by, a more experienced center-back on loan through the end of the season could be the ticket.
Hughton seems to like Leon Cort of Stoke City, but we’d like to see Andy O’Brien come in on loan from Bolton, with a possibility of signing the former Newcastle player in the summer. Andy is now 30 years old, and has good experience in the Premier League.
Taylor, Coloccini, Kadar and O’Brien would be a good central defense quartet for next season, should we get promoted.
As far as a striker goes, we think Beckford would be a decent acquisiton, but for no more than the £1.5M offered, and with Peter Lovenkrands’ tremendous display last Monday night, maybe we don’t need another striker.
However, we think Chris wants a striker who can simply put home the easy chances. Peter did that on Monday night, but Andy Carroll missed at least two simple chances, and young Nile Ranger has also missed his fair share of chances this season.
We think Chris believes Jermaine will be able to put home these chances. One thing that does worry us however, about the 26 year-old, is that he seems to have some character issues, and the very last thing we want is for someone to come in and upset the tremendous spirit in the side.
If we cannot get Jermaine before the end of the month, a fall-back would be to bring back Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa on loan, who we are sure can do a decent job.
A negative is that it appears the loan would be a little expensive, but Marlon got better and better the more he played, and he can come in and do a job for us through May.
As far as full back goes, we hope that Danny Simpson can be signed, and that the two sides can settle on compensation, preferably before Monday night’s game.
But if Danny doesn’t sign, we’re not sure who is next on Chris’ list for full-back.
Maybe he would look to bring back Zurab Khizanishvili, who could also provide cover in central defense. He has ample experience and would be good defensive cover, and he loves it at Newcastle, as does Marlon Harewood.
So not much progress yet in the transfer window, but we live in hope.