Chris Hughton has told the Newcastle Journal this morning something that all Newcastle fans know only too well – the transfer market has been very slow.
Chris Hughton – transfer season is slow
Hughton has refused to discuss anything about the amount of money he may or may not be getting this summer, and that’s sensible inasmuch as the club will be able to get some decent deals – hopefully.
Manchester City have said they have £150M available to spend this summer which is why Martin O’Neill already has them bidding a ridiculous £27M for former Newcastle player James Milner – you see what we mean.
This is what Chris said today:
“It’s slow at the moment and that is to be expected,”“There isn’t going to be the same amount of money knocking around and I think everyone is trying to be that little bit wiser at the moment, because the market has changed.”
“We don’t want to leave things until the last minute, and I don’t think that will happen, but we are also mindful of the fact everybody is waiting at the moment and assessing what they need. I don’t expect anything to happen in the next couple of weeks.”
“The fact this is a World Cup year has not helped things move quickly because everybody is waiting to see what happens there as well. The situation is constantly changing though. It’s slow, but things are moving the whole time.”
“There are players out there who are available who we never expected to be available, so that changes your thinking as well.”
That’s an extremely interesting last paragraph, and it probably needs some Sherlock Holmes work done on it.
Who are the players that are available that the club didn’t expect to be available?
Maybe it’s a number of players at Manchester City who will either be sold or sent out on loan as Roberto Mancini brings new players in and builds his own team.
But there’s no doubt that’s an interesting comment from Chris this morning, and seems like a positive development for Newcastle.
If only we had a list of Hughton’s targets – that’s what we need – can anybody sneak into Chrios’ office and see what’s on his blackboard?
Just kidding – but it would be very illuminating for us all to know Chris’ real targets this summer.
We’ll take that last paragraph as potentially good news for Newcastle – whatever it really means. 😀