Newcastle will now turn to the transfer window and trying to secure key players already at the club, to long term contracts.
Alan Pardew – after quality players
Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique will all be players Newcastle want to sign along the dotted line soon, and that order of the names is indicative of how likely each one is to sign on at Newcastle.
Kevin Nolan is almost certain to sign, Joey Barton is likely to sign, and we have no idea about Jose.
We have no idea about Jose because we don’t know if all his talk about waiting until Newcastle were safe before he talked about a new contract, was just a ruse to put off negotiating with Newcastle, and he will now sign for Liverpool, Bayern Munich or even Manchester United.
But the bottom line on Jose is that if he wants to leave – so be it – we only want players at Newcastle who want to be here.
But Jose must now come clean with Newcastle and quickly too, so Newcastle know exactly where they stand.
Alan Pardew is naturally upbeat about Kevin Nolan signing a new deal shortly:
“We want to secure Kevin – I certainly do.”
“They are difficult deals, but that’s the process you face in the Premier League.”
“Every contract at this level is difficult and Kevin’s will be no less difficult than anybody else.”
Kevin was supposed to sign last week or the week before, but it seems player’s contracts these days are so complex they take some time to work through.
The sooner Kevin signs the better, and maybe Newcastle can bring in a couple of players in the next couple of weeks to demonstrate they mean business this summer in the transfer market
We hope so.