Alan Pardew has given quite a few interviews today, and in one of them he talks about the upcoming summer transfer window.
Mike Ashley – will have final say on all transfers
It’s obvious that one of the major priorities at Newcastle in the summer is to bring in at least one top striker to replace Andy Carroll, who left his home town club in January for pastures anew.
And from what we can tell, the Newcastle scouting staff under Chief Scout Graham Carr, have done a lot of work this year in tracking down potential Newcastle transfer targets, and the transfer list will now be complete.
The only job now is to bring them into the Newcastle club , and of course that’s never particularly easy.
Pardew said today:
“Our pool of strikers needs boosting – there is no doubt about that.” “That will be high on the agenda.”“You go about it like you do any other time, there’s always a situation where a club needs a new striker.”
“You just find the best possible striker for your football club and that’s what we’ll do.” “I don’t want to talk too much because we have four games left.”
“The players here have been brilliant, so I’m concentrating on them at the moment.” “Derek Llambias and our scouting team are concentrating on bringing players in.”
“Getting signings over the line is one of the toughest parts of the game.” “We want to be convincing players that the future is bright here, which I think it is.”
“Attracting players should not be a problem.” “Hopefully the financial side of it we can find. We’re competing against Champions League sides and foreign teams and it won’t be done quickly.”
“But hopefully they will be done.” “Myself and Derek are under the guidance of Mike. He is the owner of the club and he says yes or no.” “We’d like to think we can bring a few very good players here.”
We suppose it’s not that surprising that the owner has the last say on all transfers, and Alan Pardew and Derek LLambias will have to present their case to Mike Ashley for each player.
We also expect it could take a little time to get going once the season ends, and of course most transfers occur in August, and late August at that.
However we would hope that Newcastle can get one or two free transfers into the club, quite early after the season ends.
We are still hoping that as many as six new players are drafted into the club, because we need to increase the size, as well as the quality of the squad.