It’s obvious to most observers after yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Ibrox, that Newcastle must strengthen in midfield and up front before the end of the transfer window.
Chris Hughton – wants at least two more players in before end of August
And it’s not surprising there are rumors today linking us again with Hatem Ben Arfa, the French 23 year-old winger who was called into the full French squad last week.
Chris talked yesterday about the transfer market:
“Regarding anything definite from our side, that would not be the case at the moment.”
“We are aware of the rumours and other things at this time of year, but until we have players playing for us then they remain that – rumors.”
In the Sunday Sun today one report is Newcastle must increase their loan offer to close to £1M to secure the player’s services for the full season.
That’s about how much we paid for Nacho Gonzalez, the Uruguayan International – who played in the first game in South Africa, but never appeared again.
That was two years ago, and Nacho arrived on the last day of the transfer market with Xisco, and was brought in by Dennis Wise, but without manager Kevin Keegan’s knowledge or approval.
But of course Nacho ended up making just two appearances for Newcastle, via short sub appearances, before sustaining an Achilles tendon injury and we have to hope if loan deals are arranged this summer, Newcastle put some clause in the contract to return the player if he sustains a long term injury.
Chris apparently wants to add at least two more players to his squad before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month and continued:
“We are always hoping – it is not a case of us not working on it.” “We are in the same boat as a lot of other teams in that we are trying to bring in the right players at the right price.”
“I expect activity from most clubs in this next few weeks but everyone is vying for time a little bit.”
Things should start to move big time in the transfer market with just 23 days to go – and it would be nice if Newcastle can get a player through the door this week – that would be very good.