There are some players Newcastle for one reason or another, were not able to bring to Tyneside during the summer.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred – Newcastle target in January?
Some of that could have been due to financial concerns, because one thing Mike Ashley is keen to do at Newcastle is to balance the books – and boy, that will be a change, after the reckless and sometimes extravagant spending of previous regimes.
The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United may revive their interest in 21-year-old Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, once the transfer window re-opens on January 1st of next year.
But the other news is that Liverpool are also after the striker, and will provide stiff competition to Newcastle.
As we would expect, Chris Hughton remained noncommittal on any potential future signings, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“In January we will re-assess what we have, and I think I’ll get the backing of the owner again like last time, if we need to strengthen the team at that stage.”
Another target presumably that Newcastle would have gone after, if they hadn’t captured Ben Arfa, was Norwegian International and Newcastle supporter Per Ciljan Skjelbred, a central midfielder or winger, who has been on the Newcastle radar screen for a few years now.
But the Newcastle scouts have done their job well, in both of the last two transfer windows, and it was interesting to see that 9 of the 23 players named in Newcastle’s first team PL squad on Wednesday afternoon, had been signed this year.
And of course signing players in January is not just for this season, but for the future success of the club, and if the following transfer windows are as successful as the last two have been, we’ll have a good team very soon – maybe even sooner than a lot of us were expecting.
That’s an interesting thought.