Alan Pardew has been just a little more revealing today on the transfer front, and he has said Newcastle have put in two offers for players this week.
Alan Pardew – a lot of deals are already doneAnd Alan says a lot of the deals are already done, but will be struck late on Monday night, as clubs wait to see if they can get better offers elsewhere.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today:
“We’ve lost Wayne Routledge from the squad so I at least want to replace him. I’m not saying we are going to sign a winger necessarily, but we do want somebody to come in and fill that gap in the squad.”
“I’m not anxious. I think this window has been quite normal. Everyone is waiting until the last moment. A lot of the deals are basically done, but people are waiting to see whether they get a better offer at the last minute.”
“We’ve put a couple of offers in this week and we’re hopeful we’ll get something done. The way it’s looking at the moment that probably won’t happen until Monday, and we hope there are no last-minute hitches.”
One rumor as to why Chris Hughton was replaced, was that the Newcastle club wanted to have somebody who had more experience in the transfer market, and certainly Alan has been around the block a few times.
Alan is only interested in good deals for the club, and is unwilling to pay over the odds, like the Newcastle club were famous for in the old days.
“I want to sign players, but I will only do it if the deal is right. I’m not going to be held to ransom. The deal has to be right for the right player.”
“We had the news about Andy Carroll, and he’s still out. We’re going to be sweating on him for Arsenal, so that’s disappointing, but it doesn’t change my thinking in the transfer window.
“Maybe it would have if Shola, Besty, Nile and Peter hadn’t done so well, but we’re not going to be bringing in a panic buy. This won’t change the course of events in the next few days.”
We’ll have to tune in on Monday night, and just hope we get two good players into the club by 11:00pm.
We remember in the summer window of 2007, when we thought we had missed out when the window closed, only for the club to announce 15 minutes later, that they had signed both Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye just before the deadline.
If we can do that again, with two good players, then most Newcastle fans will probably be quite happy.
Next up will be a good win at Fulham next Wednesday evening, and then it’s Arsenal at home a week today – another sell-out at St. James’ Park we think – and another win?