We thought this summer’s transfer market could be an exciting one for Newcastle fans.
Alan Pardew – wants some bargains this summer
And from what’s happened so far, that could turn out to be very true, with Newcastle already bagging Johan Cabaye from Lille for a low price of just £4.3M.
And there seems little doubt that Newcastle have done a tremendous amount of work this year, in getting fully prepared for the upcoming transfer market.
The club have already put in bids for a least 5 players, and presumably have had two already accepted – for Cabaye and a £10M offer accepted by Lorient for French International striker Kevin Gameiro.
The news is the club are not talking to Kevin Gameiro and his agent and trying to persuade the lad to come to Tyneside.
The Newcastle Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are also planning moves for some of European football’s top up-and-coming young stars.
It would be good to bring in some top young players, because they are usually very good value for money, but there is also news today that Newcastle are after some established stars like Dimitar Berbatov and Demba Ba.
Newcastle may think that £7.5M for the Bulgarian star striker is just too good a deal to turn down for a world class striker, and the news is they have met that Red Devils valuation of the player, which Newcastle can also pay in cool cash.
We are hoping these reports are true- but the truth is you never really know.
One reason Mike Ashley has insisted on Newcastle being in good financial shape, is that he wants to be able to pay cash up front for all transfers, and of course the £35M Newcastle got for Andy Carroll – £30M in cash – will help with that effort big time this summer.
Mike rightly gets criticized for some of the things he does on Tyneside, but this paying cash up front for transfers will see every club in Europe wanting to do business with the Magpies.
That has to be good for the club.
And Pardew is looking for some top bargains this summer too:
“There are bargains out there,” “Look at Javier Hernandez at Manchester United, he was their player of the year. Six million pounds.”
“You’ve got to be clever, and on the transfer front, I think we’ve got enough going on to suggest another Cheick could arrive.”
“Hopefully it will because they’re very, very rare, to get a player who can make that sort of impact in his first year.”
A combination of mature talent plus some top young players would be a great mix for Newcastle to bring in this summer, but from the level of activity in the market so far from the club, we could well see five top players arrive this summer.