Chris Hughton wants to bring in new players this summer, and it seems he will do exactly that, as he has now started the process of identifying his transfer targets.
Chris Hughton – identifying his targets
But Chris does not expect any early signings and says it may be late June or early July when the first new players arrive at the club.
That is very consistent with signing free agents or bringing in loan signings.
Players’ contracts run through June 30th – so they then become free to sign new contracts, and with loan signings you have to believe the clubs want to look at their squads in pre-season before finally deciding who to send out on loan, just like Newcastle will do this summer.
Chris said today:
“I have been talking to other coaches and managers and I have been taking a lot of calls from agents,”
“I don’t think anything will happen until late June or maybe even July but we are doing a lot of work behind the scenes.”
We can imagine he’s receiving calls from agents as there seems to be a lot of players contracts running out at the end of June, and of course their agents want to get their clients fixed up.
One good thing we’ve noticed is more and more players are letting their contracts expire – so they can get better deals from their new clubs.
And that means there will always be a number of good free agents available each summer, but of course lots of competition to sign them too, which is when wages come into the equation.
It seems that most things are tilted in the direction of the richer clubs – but what’s new?