There’s no doubt that before Alan Pardew came to Tyneside, he was in deep talks with the Newcastle hierarchy.
Mike Ashley – rather grim looking in this shot
That was so that he fully understood what the deal would be, but more importantly, how he would be supported by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
And we have to believe that one of those items of discussion involved signing up the core of good players already at Newcastle to new extended contracts.
And news today that Joey Barton will be signing a new long term deal to sty at Newcastle, suggests Mike Ashley is keeping his word on that one.
And Alan Pardew, who has said he’s just hating this transfer window, still hopes to make a breakthrough before their next match at Fulham.
If there is to be some transfer dealings, it will have to be before the Fulham game, because that game is on Wednesday, 2nd February, and the transfer window will be over.
It seems Stephen Ireland is still the target, but as we reported earlier today, that deal seems bogged down over his £65K/week wages,
It may be that Newcastle will need to wait until nearer the end of the transfer window to see if some clubs want to fish or cut bait.
Pardew talked about his meeting with Mike Ashley last week:
“I had a good meeting with Mike and we talked about a lot of things.”
“I keep stressing to him the importance of the group that we’ve got, and we’re very close to securing another key player and that has been my focus.”
“But over the next 10 days before Fulham, my focus will be on bringing in a player who can help us.”
A long term target at Newcastle is 26 year-old Wolves central midfielder Dave Jones, whose contract runs out in the summer.
But since the Southport-born player is having difficulty getting into the Wolves side, who are only not bottom of the league because of goal difference, we have to wonder if he would now be a good signing for the Magpies.
And it’s hardly surprising if Newcastle now move quickly to renegotiate Andy Carroll’s contract at the club (currently around £25K/week), after the interest shown in the striker in this transfer window.
Any Newcastle player who is said to be valued at around £30M, probably deserves more than £25K/week on Tyneside.
But since Andy will not be at any Newcastle night clubs now, how’s he going to spend all that money? 😀