Hughton – Players Are Available That We Never Expected


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. 😀

Comments welcome.



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7 comments so far

  • premier

    Jun 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    being available is fine but being able to afford to land them is something entirely different!!

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  • Sav

    Jun 8, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Sadly I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there, Premier.
    By the way, talking of Sherlock Holmes, following after the recent comments of Watto regarding Wallsend Boy’s Club production line, is it not elementary that NUFC academy, with all its facilities and connections xould not learn something from the remarkable success of this local institution which has a far better record at producing star players.
    Whatever blueprint the academy is adopting, given that Joe Joyce is there on his own, now would seem a good time to tear it up and just adopt the lessons to be learned from WBC?

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  • nuttyward

    Jun 8, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    i read them quates this morning ED and i wreckon the toon army might be in for a surprise regarding transfer activity . i prefer to look at the possitives rather than the negatives, if only to get me through the summer. KEEP THE FAITH

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  • jarnytoon

    Jun 8, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m excited at the prospectof new signings! even more so 1’s that will blend with our current squad n play with pride!
    we are always gonna be linked with players n there’s gonna be hundreds on names thrown in!
    now no-one has said this guy n it’s not a rumour lol! but i like the look of alexis sanchez of udinese!
    pacy young chilian winger who’s a fans favourite coz of his trickery! check him out n see what ya think!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 8, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #5

    This Is What Chris Meant to Say today

    “It’s slow at the moment and that is to be expected when I have no money to spend,”“There isn’t going to be the same amount of money knocking around according to Mick..so we will be mainly chilling this summer and looking busy”.

    “We don’t want to leave things until the last minute like we always have done in the past, but I do think that will happen, but we are also mindful that players cost money so we will spend the summer watching other clubs strengthen and maybe do some window shopping if we find the time”.

    “The fact this is a World Cup year we are going to watch some matches round Mick’s house and are considering basing the next 5 year plan on an international side as the other models we have tried to follow recently don’t seem to be working”.

    “There are players out there who are available who we never expected to be available, but when we have enquired we are normally quoted a sum of money…so Mike tells me to put the phone down and mow his lawn and stuff”.

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  • nuttyward

    Jun 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #6

    @sirjasontoon why all the doom and gloom bud how do you know 100% CH has no money, do you have sources in the game? there are no other clubs at this moment except a couple ( MANCITY) maybe who are strenghtening there teams KEEP THE FAITH MAN do you rate routledge and williamson 1 on a free and the other 2 million a crafty CH and who knows

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  • bro56

    Jun 8, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #7

    There are players out there who are available who we never expected to be available, so that changes your thinking as well…

    That to me reads the total opposite to Man City players being available as we would still have to pay their wages.. its probably more like there are some Hull players thats are shite but on canny wages that need off-loading…

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