No players will be leaving Newcastle United in this last week of the transfer window, except Fraser Forster potentially going out on loan to Glasgow Celtic.
Alan Smith - good start to the season
Fraser underwent a medical at Celtic yesterday, and may complete a loan move, but only if Shay Given doesn’t arrive at Parkhead over the next week. Chris wants Fraser to get games at Celtic and he will pull the plug on the move if Shay is going to Celtic on loan this season.
Alan Smith has had a very good start to the season, just like he did 12 months ago, and is playing very well in that defensive midfield position.
But he’s one of the few players who can play in that position in the Newcastle squad, which is why manager Chris Hughton has brought in a replacement – essentially for Nicky Butt – in Ivory Coast International and former FC Twente player, Cheick Tiote.
Cheick will give Alan some competition in that position, and from what we can find out about the player, he seems very useful, to say the least. But nobody will be leaving the squad this week, which is still a little paper-thin, and we would hope at least another two players will be drafted in.
News in Manchester last night was that Newcastle could be getting some City players this week, and even Shawn Wright-Phillips was mentioned as a possibility.
Leon Best has been linked with Blackpool over the weekend, but the news is that he will be going nowhere, although Hughton must still decide which of our youngsters will go out on loan this season.
And it may even turn out that 19 year-old Nile Ranger, who has shown good form in training and has been linked with Blackpool as well as with Leeds United, will be kept at Newcastle, at least through January.
We look forward to two good players being drafted in over the next 7 days to further strengthen the squad, and add to James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell and Cheick Tiote.
If the club can do that, it will have been another very good transfer window for the club.