With Newcastle having completed the permanent signing of Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote yesterday, and French International Ben Arfa today on a season-long loan deal, we wonder if there are more players to come through the door at Newcastle before Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 pm, when this summer’s transfer season closes.
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Newcastle have signed free agents Dan Gosling and Sol Campbell, and have brought in James Perch ( £1.5M) from Nottingham Forest and Cheick Tiote ( £3.5M) from FC Twente, in addition for Ben Arfa on a season long loan deal from Marseilles.
So even if nobody else is signed this summer, Newcastle have done some very decent transfer business.
Now it seems that Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton is hoping to pull off another transfer coup, with the loan capture of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, whom he knows well from his coaching days at Spurs and Ireland.
It seems that Newcastle officials have already received a positive response to their initial inquiries about taking the Tottenham striker on loan – from both the player himself and the Tottenham club, who are keen to get Robbie’s wages off their books this season.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is hoping to bring in Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano, before the transfer window closes, but not for £25M, which is what he was initially quoted for the strong Brazilian striker from the Spanish club.
And Newcastle are only one of around six other clubs interested in signing the Irish captain, and have already held talks with the Spurs club about the possibility.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy will want a decent loan fee before he will allow Keane to leave, although it is almost certain that Keane will not be at Spurs come Wednesday morning.
And with Hughton apparently preferring not to move for Portsmouth player John Utaka yesterday, his comments on Keane would suggest he is much more keen (sorry about the pun) to bring the Irishman to Tyneside.
We have to hope so, because the acquisition of Keane would complete a great transfer window for the Tyneside club, who have 4 points from their first 3 Premier League games – not too bad at all – and with lowly Blackpool next up at St James’ Park in two weeks time.
If we can win that game we’ll be in very good shape indeed, and that’s a pleasant surprise to most of us.