The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Alan Pardew will hold transfer talks with the Newcastle hierarchy today, and it looks like Spurs’ winger David Bentley is top of his wanted list.
Niko Kranjcar – maybe this players is Newcastle’s best bet?
The only problems we see with getting Spurs’ players in the January window is two-fold – one is that they want to sell the players outright, and Newcastle will hardly have the ready cash available, and the London club are also asking ridiculously high prices for their players.
David Bentley could well be what Alan Pardew sees as Newcastle’s best option, but there’s no way Newcastle can pay anywhere near the £16M Spurs paid Blackburn for the player four years ago.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“Occasionally there does come a time, especially in the first year after promotion, when you sometimes need a guiding hand. Somebody that makes sure you just don’t get yourself in trouble, which can happen easily at this level.”
“You can go on a run of six games without a win and suddenly you’re in trouble. My argument against that particular policy of only signing youngsters for this window is that we have to make sure we’re open on all levels here, because we’re only halfway through the season and we’re vulnerable.”
“Andy Carroll’s injury proves how vulnerable all that can be. No, the policy hasn’t changed. The other thing you can argue is that perhaps one of the reasons why I’m sitting here is because I know that young player market, particularly in England, as well as any other Premier League manager and that’s something I’m looking at in this window too.
“The most important thing for me, looking at this group, is that it doesn’t get destabilized as well. I don’t know what the impact of a senior player like a Robbie Keane or a David Beckham might have on this group.”
“I have to be very careful that it’s the right impact and that’s something else I’ll discuss with my staff and the people in power who are here.”
That seems an odd statement from Alan, but Newcastle need established Premier League players that can come into the first team in January and help the side through the end of the season.
We can also sign some youngsters, but they will be more for the future.
Maybe the best buy for Newcastle could be 26 year-old Niko Kranjcar, who cost Spurs no more than £2M from Portsmouth a short 16 months ago, but the last we saw a report on him, they were asking £6M for the Croatian International.
How can a player gain £4M in his value, when he’s hardly had a look-in at Spurs?
But as we said, that’s one of the problems with trying to sign Spurs players this month, although we must say that Keane, Kranjcar and Bentley would all improve the Newcastle squad.
And then of course there’s always midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, who could really do a job for Newcastle, so we’ll look for Jamie to be mentioned shortly as a Newcastle target – whether he is one or not. 😀