Alan Pardew was reported to be in France earlier this week, doing some transfer business, but what that was we have no idea.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle better off than last year
But it looks like Newcastle will do most of their business with French clubs this summer, and it seems Newcastle have a great name right now because of the way in which they delicately handled Hatem Ben Arfa, and his horrific double leg fracture over the last seven months or so.
Alan Pardew has said today that Newcastle are ahead of the game in the transfer market, but the question is how far down the list will they need to go with their targets.
It seems that Lille’s Gervinho, Lorient’s Gameiro and even Toulouse’ M’Benque will not be arriving on Tyneside this summer.
Alan Pardew has today given an update on the transfer work going on in full swing at Newcastle:
“I can report there is nothing imminent in terms of contract talks,” “In terms of transfers, it’s gone ok so far.”“We’ve got a good handle on the players who are going to become available. I like to think we’re definitely in a better position than last year.”
“Forget about the finance, just in terms of the preparation work we have put in – we know the players who are going to be available. We’ve got more information, we’re better off than last year.”
“It’s all our scouting team and our coaching team, who feed into Graham Carr and ultimately to me. I then go to Derek Llambias and ask for the financial side of the deal and whether it is going to work.”
“You can target good players, but unless you can pay for them, there is no point. We have to get that part right as well.” “There is better value abroad, our market is over-priced. Are they more talented? In some cases.”
“You have to decide whether you want to enter the market here or abroad, but it depends on the players more than anything.” “You want a round peg for a round hole.”
We’re a little worried about that statement about targeting good players but you have to pay for them.
It seems to us Newcastle may only bring in a player this summer, if they can get a good deal for them, and that’s not always possible with the very best players.
That’s because other clubs will also be in for them, and will be willing to pay what they’re worth, and it seems clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool are willing to pay over the odds to land their specific targets.
We just have to hope that Graham Carr, the Newcastle Chief Scout, who got Newcastle Cheick Tiote last summer, can come up with a couple more outstanding buys this summer.
There’s also quite a few very good free agents out there, and we’re hoping Newcastle will be able to get two of them, and and even announce the signings shortly after the final game of the season against WBA on 22nd May, which is a week tomorrow.