News in the Sunday Sun today, that Newcastle have already turned down some substantial offers for some of their star players.
Andy Carroll – Newcastle have received big bid from Tottenham?
And we have to think that two of them are Andy Carroll and Joey Barton.
Alan Pardew is having a hard time bringing in left sided players to the club, but is pleased that Mike Ashley is keeping his promise of keeping Newcastle’s best players on Tyneside.
That’s really good to hear, and we hope Mike keeps that up and sells nobody this month.
Apparently, Spurs have indeed been in touch with Newcastle over Andy Carroll, while West Ham have made an approach for Joey Barton – and maybe for Kevin Nolan too.
Hey, we’re sure Joey and Kevin would just love to join West Ham, who are rock bottom of the league right now, and looked completely hopeless against Arsenal yesterday, when they were well beaten 3-0.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“It’s very important that the crux of our team stays and we’ve had some offers for our players and we’ve done very, very well so far to kill them off.”
“An introduction of a new player next week – on the back of a good result – would be a big fillip. The world works in a weird, mysterious way.” “You get muted offers like ‘Would you do this if this was the offer?’. It’s all smoke and mirrors and it’s ridiculous.”
“When you’re not a Champions League team and you’ve got good players, teams that are struggling will look to the middle of the table to try and get something out of it.” “So far we’ve said to them all ‘Put your money on the table’ and no-one has.”
“If they did they’re going to find it very, very difficult. That shows our ambition.”
We haven’t really seen too much ambition from Mike Ashley since we were promoted, but we suppose if the club can keep doing some of the great deals we’ve done in the past – certainly the squad will keep improving.
It’s so different from when Freddy Shepherd was running the club, when we would think a single £10M signing (Oba Martins is an example) was the thing to do, yet we’ve picked up players like Gosling, Tiote, Ben Arfa and Williamson for peanuts (and less than £10M), compared to the money we used to pay out.
Pardew has also said one of his main targets this January is for some left handed players:
“It is a problem – its been highlighted when Jose Enrique hasn’t been involved,”
“In the Stevenage game we looked like we had against Spurs – unbalanced. Jose Enrique is very important and cover for that position is something I’m looking at.”
That’s another reason Newcatsle will need to get Jose Enrique signed up to a new long term contract on Tyneside, but he’s a little different to Joey Barton’s case, because Newcastle may even be able to offer Jose an increase in wages to stay on Tyneside.
We think Jose is on around £40K/week at Newcastle right now.
There’s no doubt that if Alan can get Joey and Jose signed up to long term contracts at Newcastle, he will have done an awful lot of right things since he arrived a short six weeks ago.