With the news last week that Newcastle had a £5M deal turned down for Toulouse’s French U21 Intensional left back M’Benque, it’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle are already active in the transfer market.
Pardew – offers made for under-contract players and free agents alike
In fact Alan has come out today and said Newcastle have already put in transfer bids for players under contract, and have also been negotiating with a number of free agents.
And Newcastle will indeed return to Toulouse with an improved offer for Cheikh M’Bengue, even though the Newcastle Journal last week said that was unlikely.
The Sunday Sun is also reporting that some contracts have been lined up for negotiation at Newcastle, specifically a new deal for Danny Simpson, but no news on Enrique and Barton.
15 months ago Danny Simpson was offered a rather unattractive deal, with the club still being in the second division of English football, so it’s good Newcastle will offer Danny better terms now.
It is to Simpson’s credit that even though he didn’t get the offer he was looking for, he still signed on at Newcastle in January last year.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We’ve had two or three meetings, we’ve contacted some players who are out of contract in the summer. We’re allowed to do that.”
“We’ve contacted a couple of clubs about players who are under contract to see their situation. We’re very much down the road in signing the sort of players we think can add to the club.”
“All of the players that we’ve contacted have good experience,” “It’s more about having 150 games under your belt than a 19-year-old with potential.”
“They need to have played at a very high level for us to be interested in them and to warrant coming here, in my view.” “There may be one we take a fancy to, but most are established players.”
It would be a good time to try to guess which players Newcastle are really after – and to give you a start here are three free agents Newcastle could sign, and four players who would cost a total of £30M.
It would be great to know exactly who Newcastle have bid for, but one certainly seems to be Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue, and it seems Alan is going after experienced players rather than youngsters with great potential.
In other words, they need to have shown they can play at the top level, and that seems good.