It would appear that the only player on Newcastle’s radar screen in the last two days of the transfer market is Robbie Keane.
Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias – another good transfer window
Chris Hughton told the Sunday Sun this morning that he has ended Newcastle’s interest in Manchester City players Dedryck Boyota, Roque Santa Cruz and Ecuador striker Felipe Caceido.
And the Newcastle manager seems have been pleased with the business he has done in the transfer market to date, culminating in the capture of French International Hatem Ben Arfa on loan and Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, in the last few days.
There has been some financial tightening at Newcastle this summer, but that was long overdue, as Premier League clubs get ready to balance their books, and await the introduction of UEFA Present Michel Platini’s new financial restrictions.
Several of Hughton’s targets were not captured because they were just too expensive, but he was able to bring in a good number of his targets and some surprises too. Who would have thought Ben Arfa would arrive at the club, and even hold out for a move for two weeks to his first choice – Newcastle United?
James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa all for around £5.5M, including loan feee seems like very good business to us.
Football clubs that spend money they don’t have, like Newcastle used to do, are a thing of the past, and will themselves be a thing of the past, as bankruptcy has already befallen clubs like Portsmouth and others.
And it seems that Newcastle have even been sensible, that if a player that fits into their recruitment strategy became available, they were after them – and one case like that was Dan Gosling.
Hughton, who has seen Newcastle off to a steady start this season, seems happy with the approach, and he is ready for the odd player that Newcastle will just not be able to capture, because of money demands.
Chris told the Sunday Sun today:
“We know that every club and it’s supporters want to see new players coming in and get frustrated when they don’t,”
“But I have 100 per cent been backed by the board and Mike and Derek. I was never worried that I was going to be short-changed and I said all along that the market would be the way it has.”
“No one has spent millions and millions but we’ve been competitive.” “From day one they have been very conscious of the fact we need to strengthen and they’ve supported me in that.”
And after a decent draw yesterday at Wolves, which perhaps should have been the full 3 points, Newcastle have made a decent start to the season and in each of the four games so far they have shown the same good football, team spirit and camaraderie that seems to exist at the club under Chris Hughton.
They may not have won yesterday but there was one team playing good football yesterday – and it wasn’t Wolves – but the Staffordshire team ended up with 8 yellow cards and could well be in trouble with the PL.
“We’re not far off from being where we want to be,” “Whether that changes in the next few days, that depends on circumstances but we’re not far away at all.”
It would seem that Newcastle have one more target – loan signing Robbie Keane, but Newcastle could still surprise us – and not for the first time this summer.