Newcastle have apparently made a move for at least two of their transfer targets.
Alan Pardew – we are already active in transfer market
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that moves have been made for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro and France Under-21 Toulouse left-back Cheikh M’Bengue.
But Gameiro is said to prefer a move to Spain, so that doesn’t look too promising, and Newcastle’s initial bid of £5M for M’Bengue has been turned down by Toulouse, and it’s not clear if Newcastle have yet gone back with an improved offer for the 22 year-old.
After the rather poor display last Sunday at Anfield, it’s obvious to all and sundry, that Newcastle must strengthen in the summer, and it seems the Tyneside club have made a good early start in the transfer window.
The other difficulty Newcastle will have next season is that in January it’s the 2012 African Nations Cup, and Cheick Tiote will be involved in that for the Ivory Coast.
It seems that Newcastle are after two full backs and are said to be pursuing a right back too, presumably to give some serious competition to Danny Simpson.
But Newcastle are hardly strong anywhere except goalkeeper, so the players coming in could be in various positions.
Striker and winger seems to be an area for big improvement.
Alan Pardew said this today:
“Yes we have made approaches. We’ve made contact with a few clubs about the availability of players, I think that’s important.”
Alan would not be drawn on the number of players he would bring in, because he rightly says he still needs to tie up some players already at the club with new long term contracts, and of course those players include Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, who gave an interview to the BBC yesterday, and Kevin Nolan.
The Newcastle manager continued:
“I haven’t put a figure on it yet because it depends on the re-negotiations of players we have,”
“Joey, Enríque and Nolan are still outstanding and maybe others I won’t mention are there that we still need to secure.”
“There’s a lot to be done, but the process has started, I can assure you of that.” “We’re looking, Graham Carr and the scouting team are looking.”
“We’re very much on the ball and understand exactly where the European market is and the targets we have.”
Although the Newcastle squad is at the moment weak with so many players missing through injury, it seems Alan will look to bring in a few quality players, but on the other hand the Newcastle squad is still too small and surely needs top be bigger next season.
There is also word that Stephen Ireland may arrive in the summer, but Newcastle now want a much better deal than the £8M that was quoted to them as part of the January loan agreement.
As we all know Stephen was dogged with injury throughout his time on Tyneside this year, and managed only two substitute appearances for Newcastle.
Newcastle have also talked with some free agents and it would be a great start to this summer’s transfer window, if Newcastle can announce a couple of loan signings once the season is complete two weeks come Sunday.
But Newcastle do seem to be very busy in their recruitment drive, and that’s good news.