With the World Cup beginning in South Africa a week on Friday, it seems like not too much will happen in the transfer market until at least after the World Cup completes on July 11th.
Chris Hughton – difficult summer ahead?
In fact the Journal today is reporting today that it could even be in the very last week of the transfer season before loan signings are made at Newcastle.
That sounds a little scary.
This is what Newcastle manager told the Journal this morning:
“With the World Cup this summer I really can’t see any significant movements until quite late in the transfer window, and of course there isn’t a lot of money out there in the market,”
“We’re no different from a lot of clubs. It could be June or even later in July after the players have come back from pre-season before we see anything happening in the market.”
“We will be aware of what is going on, but what usually happens is that one player signs for a club and that may mean another player becomes available.”
“The loan market is open to us and if it is the right player then it is something that we will do. However, managers will want to assess things when they get back after the summer.”
“We’re busy working on things – but I don’t see anything happening imminently.”
There is also a feeling this season that the loaning clubs will put immediate recall clauses into any loan deals they negotiate.
That will prevent cases like happened at Manchester City in April, when Shay Given was injured and Joe Hart was out on loan to Birmingham City for the full season and couldn’t be recalled.
The Eastlands club were forced to make an emergency loan signing – Hungarian International goalkeeper Marton Fulop – for the last few games of the season.
With Jermaine Beckford yesterday being snapped up by Everton, we have to question whether Newcastle are interested in many free agents.
Striker Kris Boyd is available from Rangers, and even wants to join Newcastle, but perhaps when Chris Hughton said a couple of weeks ago he wasn’t interested in the player – that’s exactly what he meant.
But it will be very slow this transfer season on Tyneside this summer, that seems to be abundantly clear.