There was new news yesterday, that Newcastle may be willing to bid £8M for 21 year-old Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Robbie Keane – on way to Newcastle?
We’re not sure how solid that story is but we cannot believe Newcastle would bring in both 30 year Ireland captain Robbie Keane and Ricky before Tuesday afternoon.
After all, we have a few good strikers like Carroll, Lovenkrands and Ameobi already at the club, not to mention young Nile Ranger.
One of the two would seem to be in order, and the betting seems to be on Robbie Keane coming for a season long loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer for £6M, if he does well.
And this morning the Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said the club will continue trying to strengthen their squad, right up to tomorrow afternoon’s transfer deadline at 5:00 pm.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s season-long loan deal from Marseilles was finally completed on Saturday and announced to the public, and the Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote finally got his work permit on Friday, and both players waxed lyrical about joining such a great and famous club as Newcastle.
And even last night the Newcastle hierarchy were working on another deal to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker and Ireland captain Robbie Keane to Tyneside.
Hughton is still said to be looking for cover at left-back, and we were linked with Manchester City’s 19 year-old Irishman Greg Cunningham yesterday.
But even if nobody comes through the door in the next 30 hours or so, Chris thinks the squad of players the club has got right now on Tyneside, will be good enough to see the club through to the next transfer window in January.
Chris said today:
“We’re always pushing to add to the squad,” “There are still a couple of days to go, but if I was left with the squad I’ve got now, I would be happy. We’re most definitely still looking at left-back, but James Perch can play at left-back as well.”
“It’s perhaps not naturally left-footed cover, but we certainly have cover there.” “At this moment, the only player I can see going out is Kazenga LuaLua. He’ll join Brighton on loan until Christmas.”
After Kazenga played so well on Wednesday night most Newcastle fans were a little disappointed the Nigerian midfielder was not on the bench for Saturday’s game, but that’s now been explained by the fact he will now get more first team games at Brighton, like he did late last season.
We wish the youngster all the best.