It seems that Newcastle are desperately trying to replace striker Andy Carroll, with just 10 minutes of the transfer window left.
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So why did they let him go if it leaves Newcastle in the ditch?
The answer is the money – and also that apparently Andy wanted to leave his home town club, after saying multiple times the only thing he wanted to do was play for Newcastle – wearing the number 9 shirt.
We really feel for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who seems to have been put in a terrible position by Newcastle being willing to sell their 22 year-old striker Andy Carroll, on the very last day of this transfer window.
And news that Arsenal have just rejected a loan bid for their Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, and Pardew seems desperate to bring in a new striker at the club.
And news that Wigan Athletic have turned down an £8M bid for Charles N’Zogbia – but we’re pleased with that one, because we don’t want the Frenchman back on Tyneside. And later news suggest Newcastle raised their offer to £12M for the former Newcastle winger.
But it shows the panic that seems to be going on at Newcastle to bring some new players in.
We don’t want to be too simplistic here – but this is just suicidal management at Newcastle United – to let a key player go, when you have no replacement lined up and only 7 hours to get somebody in.
And we thought Freddy Shepherd was bad.
Newcastle will have some explaining to do to their fans, if Andy Carroll joins Liverpool (see below – it’s now official), and no replacement is brought in for him at Newcastle. We’d hate to have to explain that one.
And we have to be honest – if nobody comes in at Newcastle before the window closes – we’ll be a laughing stock again.
Sorry, you can’t put money on the pitch – only players.
And the official news is that Andy Carroll has duly completed his move to Liverpool.