Things have been frustrating in the transfer market for Chris Hughton these last several weeks, but Chris has a message this morning for Newcastle fans.
Chris Hughton – loan signings a good option
Chris Hughton’s message to Newcastle fans, who are getting a little anxious now that time is getting short in the transfer market, was this today via the Evening Chronicle:
“I just want to get the players that I need, whether it’s short-term or long-term, by August 31.”
“By that time I want to have a squad in place that will see us through, certainly until the Christmas period.”
And should Newcastle win the race to sign the 24-year-old Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, the FC Twente star would give Hughton a lot more options in his central midfield positions.
Tiote is a powerful tackling defensive midfielder who would provide significant competition to Alan Smith, and would be a replacement for Nicky Butt, who left the club in the summer.
Talks are taking place over the weekend in an attempt to secure the player’s signature, with the Journal saying that Newcastle have offered £3.5M but the FC Twente club value their player at £4.5M.
So while there’s still a small gap there in the two valuations – that wouldn’t appear to be a big problem.
And of course Newcastle cans till sign a couple of players on loan, and we have to hope that’s exactly what Newcastle can do in the next 10 days of the transfer window.