News today that Alan Pardew wants to sign 26 year-old Southampton defender Jose Fonte for his new club Newcastle United.
Jose Fonte – are Newcastle interested in this Portuguese defender?
We have some concerns about bringing in untested Southampton players to Newcastle, however well they are playing in League One, because there’s just a huge jump in class to be playing in the Premier League.
We heard yesterday that Alan could be interested in former Southampton loan player Papa Waigo, but our sources in Southampton say he was a decent enough player for Southampton, but wonder if he could make the grade in the Premier League.
Pardew reckons he can land the 26-year-old Fonte for as little as £1.5M, but will he be another James Perch, and will struggle to make the grade in the Premier League at Newcastle?
And that could turn out to be a waste of £1.5M in the transfer market if the player is not good enough once he arrives on Tyneside. He’s never played for the full Portuguese side.
Fonte still has three years left on his contract, but the first question would be – is this player good enough to play for Newcastle?
It’s not obvious to us that the answer to the question is yes.
What do you think?