Things have picked up significantly this week, with most Premier league clubs starting their pre-season training and the World Cup in South Africa, which has been some tournament winds down and will end with the final this Sunday.
Tom Cleverley – expected at Newcastle on season long loan deal
Newcastle have been interested in Tom Cleverly the Manchester United winger for some time now and there has been persistent news over the last few days that Chris Hughton is going the get the deal done, and get Tom on Tyneside for the coming season.
That could happen even any day now with Alex Ferguson already deciding he will send the youngster out on loan and what club better then Newcastle United? Yes, there’s a little bit of bias there.
Chris will bring in at least one more player and over the summer the other two loan signings that have featured in the news prominently have been Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and Danny Welbeck of Manchester United.
But in the last week we have been linked with other top youngsters, including 19 year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury of Arsenal, Kyle Naughton, the 21 year-old Tottenham full-back, and 20 year-old Danny Rose, the very promising winger also at Spurs.
We think Tom will arrive from the Red devils so then the question is who will be the second loan signing.
Take you pick between the above – but it will probably come down to which position Chris wants strengthening, and which players he will be bringing in via transfer fees – but we’d just love to see jack Wilshere arriving for a season long loan deal.
And it looks like Jack may even get a call-up to the full England squad next month, as the England team tries to recover from their rather sever embarrassments in South Africa.
As one of my American friends told me yesterday, every country in this World Cup have shown spirit and fight – with one notable exception – England.
And there is persistent news that Newcastle are still after Toulouse forward Fode Mansare, and at £1.5M Chris may also be bringing him to Tyneside this summer, but at 28 years old he seems a little old.
And it’s looking like Chris could sign as many as 5 players this summer, and he will no doubt want to get them in as soon as possible, so they have time to gel with the squad, and be on the upcoming week in Dublin, but the lads will be travelling to Ireland tomorrow.
It seems unlikely now that Hughton will now be signing any free agents this summer, with their contracts having ran out a week ago, and they will be being fixed up at other clubs, but we suppose there’s still a little time to sing these – if Chris is indeed interested in any of them.
With Chris having just signed cover at full back in James Perch – and he seems a good catch (sorry) – that would seem to rule out bringing in Kyle Naughton.
But it seems a little bit of a chess game for Hughton to play, but we do expect Tom Cleverley to be one of the loan signings and that could be announced even this week.