It seems that the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and his scouting team, led by Graham Carr, have already started to identify potential transfer targets for the summer transfer window.
Jose Enrique – in great form for Newcastle
Pardew wants to get all his homework done now, so that he can have a successful summer of bringing in up to five good players to strengthen the squad, which should be challenging for a Europa League place over next season.
Doubts on the future of Barton and Enrique currently exist at the club, although Alan yesterday said he expected Joey to stay at Newcastle but probably wouldn’t sign his extension until the summer.
But he said nothing about Jose Enrique, who has been linked with moving to either AC Milan or Liverpool in the summer in a cut price deal, since his contract will have just 12 months to run at that time.
Jose has said he does not want to discuss a new contract until Newcastle are safe in the league, and that will probably take at least another two wins, which we hope we can get just as soon as possible, so presumably negotiations can get under way, but we wonder if it’s a move by the Spaniard to delay the talks until the summer.
It seems that Alan Pardew has already had a number of meetings in preparation for the summer transfer window and is identifying the Newcastle summer targets:
“The Newcastle public need to know we are on the case of looking for next year,” “We have had two or three meetings about targets and that scouting process is going to continue – even before the window opens.”
“We will be looking at the financial side and making sure we have the numbers right or as close as we can be.” “We have sat down and discussed briefly what the plans are, of course.” “It’s very important to have a strategic plan of what you are doing.” “We don’t want to be doing everything at the last minute.”
“The process has started now and we are throwing a lot of time, attention and money at it to make sure we don’t make errors which have been made in the past here.” “It is difficult for a Premier League manager to see other games sometimes, but there are a couple of free weekends this month. That’s what me and my team are doing.”
“I don’t think they can take place immediately after the window opens or within two weeks because there are usually four or five clubs involved and players want to think about things,” “Some could happen really late in the window, but don’t think process started two days before.”
Both Alan Pardew and the scouting staff will be out in force next weekend, which is a free weekend for the team, and will be watching games and potential transfer targets across Europe.
We would like to think that we can keep all our good players in the summer, and certainly with Jose Enrique it will be a case of whether he wants to go or stay, because with just one year left on his contract, a huge fee for him is unlikely to come in for over the summer like it did for big Andy, unless of course he has signed a new deal.
We hope Jose signs on to stay at Newcastle, but we must say we have our doubts, but maybe a couple of wins by Newcastle and negotiations to keep Jose on Tyneside can at least start.
We hope so, in any case.
For the record 25 year-old Jose was signed by big Sam Allardyce from Vilarreal back in August of 2007 for around £6.2M, and has played 120 times for Newcastle with one great goal. He’s turned into an excellent left-back and certainly one of the best in the Premier League this season.
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