Chris has given his daily interview to the local Newcastle players today, and he says today he doesn’t expect the transfer market to get really busy until possibly July.
Chris Hughton – transfer market will not pick up until July
Hughton expects the transfer market to be slow until after the end of the World Cup – the World Cup final is on July 11th – and he could well be right about that.
But with any free agents, clubs will be able to talk to them since last January, so if Newcastle are indeed after free agents then now’s the time to talk to players like Joe Ledley and Albin Ebondo – if they are Newcastle targets.
With Newcastle also interested in loan signings, those will probably not be tied up until early August, as most clubs will want to check on their squads before deciding which players can go out on loan for next season.
This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I really can’t see there being a lot of business done in the market early in the summer this time,”
“It will be June or even July before teams start to make firm offers.” “I think most managers are assessing what they have and of course the play-offs haven’t even finished yet.”
It would be great if Newcastle can announce some early free agent signings, and either Joe Ledley or Albin Ebondo, who we have been linked with again today – would certainly be excellent acquisitions for the Tyneside club.