It’s probably a good time to assess which players could still be arriving at Newcastle, before the summer transfer window ends.
Moussa Sissoko – Toulouse central midfielder
Newcastle have made a very decent start to the transfer season, and for no capital outlay so far, they have brought in Yohan Cabaye (£4.5M), Demba Ba (free) and Sylvain Marveaux (free), and let captain Kevin Nolan (£4.5M) leave for West Ham.
It seems that Neil Taylor will soon arrive from Swansea City, once the Welsh club comes to their senses regarding his buy-out or release clause, which is for £1M.
If we are to believe some reports in the Sunday papers today, Newcastle are closing in on Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc of PSG, and Newcastle’s most recent offer is around £6.5M, and the Magpies could even be close to a deal with the Paris club.
And it could be that Newcastle will bring in a third striker this summer, and if they do it could mean the end of the road for either Shola Ameobi or Peter Lovenkrands, and one of them will probably have to leave Newcastle before September rolls around.
We’d just love that striker to be Chelsea’s 21 year-old Daniel Sturridge, and you have to think the 21 year-old is still a decent buy at up to £10M.
There are reports over the weekend that Stoke City have made the first formal bid of £6M for the player, but once a bid is accepted by the London club, look for a number of clubs to match the bid, and then try to convince the young striker to join them – and we hope the winner will be Newcastle.
The news that we were interested in the new Didier Drogba, – 21 year-old Sierra Leone striker Teteh Bangura, who plays for AIK Solna in Sweden – is apparently not true, according to the local Newcastle papers, so he may not be coming.
Newcastle seem to be preparing for the loss of Joey Barton this summer too, with interest in Manchester United’s Darron Gibson, and Toulouse’s wonderful young French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who Newcastle have been tracking for three years now.
Moussa would be expensive at around £13M, and Liverpool are said to be fighting it out with Newcastle for his signature, and the French International is an excellent young player, often compared to a young Patrick Vierra, and we think he would be just a terrific buy for the club.
With Kevin Nolan already having left the club we would look for one of these to be brought in – and it could well be Darron Gibson for a decent £5M, but we’d prefer Moussa.
We also like Craig Gardner, the Birmingham City midfielder, because he plays very much in the same style as Kevin Nolan, and he can score goals too, with 10 goals in 35 appearances last season for The Blues.
And more news today on Charles N’Zogbia, and the new news today are that Liverpool are said to be in the driver’s seat, because he could be becoming too expensive in terms of a fee (£9M) and £60K/week wages for both Newcastle and Sunderland.
That’s probably why there is news this weekend that Newcastle may be after a cheaper alternative in Irish International winger Keith Treacy, who is at Preston North End, and could be brought in for around £1.5M and lower wages too.
And if Jose Enrique leaves this summer, look for Newcastle to bring in another experienced left back – maybe Toulouse left back Cheikh M’Bengue or even Aston Villa’s Stephen Warnock or our choice – Celtic’s Honduran left-back Emilio Izaguirre, but he is saying today that Manchester United are after him – and that would be a pity.
There are obviously more players Newcastle will be interested in – let us know the many we have missed out – and some that we just don’t know about right now, but this is what we could half expect to be happening over the coming weeks at Newcastle:
- Neil Taylor signed for £1M from Swansea
- Mevlut Erdinc signs for around £7M from PSG
- Daniel Sturridge or some other young striker coming in – for up to £10M and either Lovenkrands or Ameobi then leaving Newcastle
- One of Gibson, Gardner or Sissoko signs as a central midfielder – fee anywhere from £1M – £13M – and Joey Barton leaving Newcastle
- N’Zogbia, Treacy or some other winger signs on at Newcastle – again for around £9M or just peanuts
- If Jose Enrique leaves then look for Toulouse’ Cheikh M’Bengue, Stephen Warner or Emilio Izaguirre coming through the door – fee around £5M with Warner the cheap option at £1M
This has been a quick review of what Newcastle have done so far this transfer window – we feel so far so good – and who the club may still be after, and who could even be arriving (maybe) over the next couple of months.
If Newcastle can get one or two of the top players listed above, and of course they are the more expensive options, then Newcastle’s squad could be improved dramatically come September.
Comments always welcome.