It now looks like Chris Hughton’s Plan A for January was to add three players permanently to the Newcastle squad, but we’ve lost out on two, and could lose out on all three if we don’t sign Danny Simpson soon.
Danny Simpson – the only initial transfer target we could still sign
With today’s announcement that Jermaine Beckford will stay at Leeds United to finish his contract with the Yorkshire club, the only player we can still capture of the original three is Danny Simpson, otherwise his last game will be tomorrow night against 3rd placed WBA at St. James’ Park.
We were not too disappointed in Beckford not coming, since paying more than £1.5M for somebody who is untested even at the Championship level, was just not worth the risk, in our opinion. That’s especially true with Peter Lovenkrands showing he can put a chance away, with a great hat-trick against Plymouth last Monday evening.
Once Peter has recovered from the pain of losing his father last week, we think he’ll start putting those goals in for the Magpies – but we don’t expect him to be available for at least another couple of games, at a minimum.
And Peter has already said he has a good understanding with Marlon Harewood, so should Marlon arrive for a new loan spell through the end of the season, we wouldn’t mind that at all.
It looks like the club did almost everything right in the case of Matthew Kilgallon, agreeing a fee with the Blades, but it seems like we again couldn’t agree terms with the player, and so he decided to wait until the summer.
But unless we can go in there after promotion, and offer him a deal that competes with Everton, we will not be successful in bringing this more than decent player to Tyneside.
The one signing we should have already wrapped up is Danny Simpson, and in our poill, which is still active, 94% of readers think we should do a deal to sign him on permanently. But the poll has only 310 votes currently, so if you haven’t yet voted please do so on our home page.
It looks like we’ve agreed a fee, probably around £500K with Manchester United for Danny, but cannot agree personal terms with his agent.
So if we lose out on Danny, we suppose we could try to get him on loan until the end of the season, hope we get promoted, and then offer him a better deal in the summer.
If reports are to be believed, we’ve only offered him around 10K/week, which would make him one of the lowest paid players in the squad, but that’s assuming the reports are accurate.
But it would have been much better to have tied up both Kilgallon and Simpson in January, and then we wouldn’t have so much buying to do in the summer, if we can get promoted.
As it stands now we will need at least 5 good players added to our squad in the summer, if we are to avoid a relegation struggle next season. This assumes we’ll be promoted of course, which is by no means a certainty.
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