We reported yesterday that Newcastle were linked with Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.
Edinson Cavani – while playing at Palermo
And you would notice that we didn’t quote any transfer fee for the player in that article, but in later reports he’s being valued at anywhere between £30M and £35M, although that seems a bit high for the player.
But there’s just no way Newcastle are going to spend even £20M on one player this summer, because there are several positions at Newcastle that need to be strengthened, and they will hardly blow most of the Carroll cash on just one player.
Yes, we know the club used to do that in the past, and spend a lot of money on one player, but in truth most of those buys turned out to be hopeless.
Newcastle spent almost £20M on Jean Alain Boumsong and Albert Luque, when Graeme Souness was managing Newcastle, as just two examples, and neither one of them was good enough for the first team.
The other thing that happened when those players left Tyneside, was the club was still paying the installments on the transfer fees to Rangers and Deportivo respectively.
And the other daft thing the club did, was give them long term contracts immediately, they gave Boumsong a five and a half year deal and Luque a five year deal at ridiculously high wages – before they had even kicked a ball in anger for Newcastle.
We know the wages were ridiculous because that’s what Albert said just before he left Newcastle for Ajax, that Newcastle had offered him amazingly high wages.
And Newcastle did the same thing recently with Xisco, and are now having big trouble unloading the player, who has every right to see out his five year deal at close to £50K/week.
As Pete Seeger used to sing in the old days – when there were no flowers around – when will they ever learn?
Some Newcastle fans may look back at those times when the club spent big money on players as the good old days, but those deals were nearly always poor ones.
And we’re not even going to mention the Michael Owen deal, other than to say it cost Newcastle a total of £40M over four years with wages and transfer fee, and he scored just 30 goals for us.
We’re quite happy to get players like Cheick Tiote, Danny Simpson and Mike Williamson into Newcastle for a total sum of around £5M, and you don’t always have to pay out big money to get some very good players.
It helps to have a good scouting network.
If it’s true that Cavani is priced at £30M or so, forget Newcastle being one of the bidders. We’d be quite happy at getting say three good players in for a total of around £25M, and at least one good player on a free transfer.
Add to that one or two lesser known but still good players at around £3M each or less – like we bought Cheick Tiote for last summer. – and we’d be very happy come September.