When was the last time Newcatsle signed four new players by 18th June?
LuaLua – could make permanent move to Brighton
That’s what Newcastle did this summer, with signings of Yohan Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid, and then Newcatsle signed Demba Ba on Friday 17th June followed by Sylvain Marveaux at 2:00 am on the following day – not too shabby.
So Newcastle have moved faster in this summer’s transfer window than for many many years.
And yes, it’s also true that we seem to have been stalled a little, in tr ying to get Kevin Gameiro, Mevlut Erdinc and Charles N’Zogbia though the door recently.
But there are still 53 days left in the transfer window – and that’s plenty of time to get more players though the door, and move some players out too.
And remember some clubs like Blackburn Rovers haven’t signed any players yet.
Newcastle would like to move out Wayne Routledge, Nile Ranger, Leon Best, Alan Smith and possibly Joey Barton, and those players could be used in part exchange deals too.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Routledge is a Nottingham Forest player before the weekend is out, and that £2M fee looks a good one, and it will be a great move for Wayne too.
With Nile Ranger, it could depend on the form he shows in early pre-season, because this lad has skills galore, and could still turn out to be a good player, but the first club in with the £1M asking price will get him.
Alan Smith could move to Leeds, but his huge wages are a problem, and Newcastle could even move out Jonas Gutierrez, but we hope not.
Kazenga LuaLua could also move to Brighton this summer, so there are still lots of moves to take place, and over seven weeks in the transfer market still to go.
And only yesterday Alan Pardew made a very popular choice in selecting Fabricio Coloccini, which has met with overwhelming praise form our readers with 93% approving of Fab as the new Newcastle captain.
Yes, there have been some disappointment this summer, as usual, but Newcastle have also moved ahead aggressively too.
So we all probably need to be just a little patient – difficult though that is for a lot of us.