Reports in Holland suggested yesterday that Newcastle were pursuing £8m-rated Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Utrecht, and apparently the loan move for Robbie Keane is still moving ahead.
Rip van Winkle – no – Rick van Wolfswinkel
There has also been news that Newcastle may make a last minute effort to go after Northern Ireland center-back Marc Wilson from cash-strapped Portsmouth, but other clubs such as Stoke are also in for that player, although it seems like Portsmouth, who are now rock bottom of the Championship after 3 games, are willing to sell.
The 23-year-old former Manchester United youth player, who has been at Portsmouth since he was 17, may even be a replacement for Steven Taylor if there is no progress on the local lad’s contract negotiations.
Marc Wilson of Portsmouth
Hughton was hopeful of new players still coming through the door:
“I’m still hopeful.” “We’re still open to things happening.” “If they don’t, then of course we know what we’re going with.” “We’ve got a good squad.”
And Newcastle will soon get a chance to see if they’ve improved from their experience at Old Trafford on the first day of the season, because Newcastle were drawn at Stamford Bridge in the Carling Cup 3rd round tie on Saturday.
Hughton talked about the draw this morning and thinks Chelsea will play a strong side against Newcastle:
“I expect them to play a strong side.” “They’ve showed in recent years they want to win cup competitions, and I can see them going strong for this one.”
The tie is due to be played in about three weeks time, so time for our new lads to get bedded down at Newcastle.