With the surprise signing of Wayne Routledge yesterday, Chris Hughton seems confident the club will soon have Mike Williamson on board, although those rather delicate negotiations are being handled behind the scenes by Managing Director Derek Llambias.
Mike Williamson – waiting patiently as things get sorted
While the expectation was that Mike Williamson would have been signed yesterday – he wasn’t – but despite the delay, the club is confident they can confirm the transfer before tonight’s vital Championship game with Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park.
Hughton said this morning:
“I am very, very confident on that one. It’s just a case of crossing the Ts and dotting the Is I believe and that will be done.”
We believe Mike has stayed on Tyneside since last Friday, waiting patiently for the three clubs, Newcastle, Portsmouth and Watford, to sort out the deal, but we understand Mike is very excited to be joining a club of Newcastle’s stature.
And The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that talks are also at an advanced stage for another player – and they say that could possibly be Everton striker James Vaughan – who could arrive on loan from Everton.
That would be good, but one disturbing thing against James is that he has a history of injuries, so let’s hope if he does come on loan, Chris Hughton can keep him fit, because there’s no doubt he’s a good player and has looked very good recently for the Everton first team.
Chris Hughton has confirmed this morning that things have been moving quickly behind the scenes, in the last day or two:
“We have been very busy over the last couple of days and there is a lot going on. All I can say at the moment is we are still looking to bring in another couple of players before the window closes.”
The club yesterday was reported by Sky Sports News to be confident they can complete their January transfer business by the weekend.
And if we can bring in Williamson and Vaughan, this will have been quite a successful transfer window for a change, even though we lost out on Beckford and Kilgallon, our top two choices.
But we still expect Beckford to arrive at Newcastle in the summer – for nothing.