At the risk of jumping the gun and that Newcastle may still bring somebody in during the next 90 minutes, that’s in addition to Leon Best, Newcastle have now brought in 6 players in this transfer window, including four permanent signings.
Mike Williamson – looks great acquisition for Newcastle
Up until the January transfer window we had three players on loan at the Newcastle club.
Marlon Harewood from Aston Villa
Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn Rovers
Danny Simpson from Manchester United
In the January transfer window Newcastle have signed the following four players:
Player Fee Former Club Danny Simpson £0.5M Manchester United Mike Williamson £1.2M Portsmouth Wayne Routledge £1.0M QPR Leon Best £0.6M Coventry City
No fees have been disclosed, and the fees shown above are estimates that have been published in the press. In total it looks like Newcastle have paid around £3.2M for the four players – if that.
In addition the club has brought in two players on loan.
Fitz Hall from QPR on a season long loan, and Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea on a one month loan, essentially to stand in for the injured Jose Enrique.
It says something for our new players that all three new players in the side last Saturday were voted to be Newcastle’s best players by our readers.
van Aanholt got 39% of votes, Williamson 33% and Routledge 10% – the poll is still open by the way.
So that at least suggests that Newcastle have improved the squad, which we think is true.
And we shouldn’t forget that Fabrice Pancrate was signed on a deal through the end of the season in late November, as a free agent.
Four more than decent players – all at good prices – and two good loan players is good business by the Newcastle club.
And Newcastle finally had Geremi leave the club – so that saves £60K/week in wages – and around £1.5M through June, when the Cameroon’s contract would have run out.
We think Newcastle have got the job done this transfer window – and we say – well done!
The one disappointment was not getting 19 year-old Victor Moses into the club – who would have been a great capture – but it’s time to get over that now – he didn’t come – and we have to look forward to hopefully a successful conclusion to the season.
It’s certainly the best transfer window under Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – that’s clear.
Howay The Lads!!