We still expect a lot of activity in the transfer market by Newcastle this summer.
Nile Ranger – can leave Newcastle this summer
As we have already seen with captain Kevin Nolan moving out, Kevin could be followed by Jose Enrique, and even Joey Barton could be on his way before September.
Pardew will move out as many fringe players as he can, and try to keep the top players like Jose and Joey at the club.
Hopefully Newcastle can agree a transfer fee with Deportivo, so that Xisco leaves the club.
The Spanish U21 striker still has two years left on a five year deal at around £50K/week – money that Newcastle are paying out even though Xisco is nowhere near first team material on Tyneside.
20 year-old striker Nile Ranger seems to be surplus to requirements, and is on the transfer list at £1M, and a few Premier League clubs are said to be interested, including Bolton Wanderers.
And 24 year-old striker Leon Best is also on the transfer list at around £4M, even though he scored a good 6 goals in 12 appearances for the club this year.
We’re surprised that Leon will not be given next season to prove himself at Newcastle, since he seemed to be improving this year.
A loan move for Alan Smith to his home town club Leeds United, will hopefully be arranged, but one barrier to that move is Alan’s massive £60K/week he is getting at Newcastle.
This is what Alan Pardew said last night about fringe players:
“We have a strong squad and some at the fringes will have to leave,” “They will not get to the first team.”
“I will make it clear to some to either stay and be a squad player of go elsewhere if they want to be first team players.”
Another player likely to move on is 20 year-old winger Kazenga LuaLua and Brighton look like his likely destination, and Wayne Routledge will also follow him out of the club before September.
The Newcastle squad will certainly look lot different form the one that ended the season last May.