There will be no Newcastle signings at least for the next week or two.
Alan Pardew – some activity in early August
After getting a great early start in the transfer market, Newcastle have not signed anybody since June 18th, and seem to have got bogged down in trying to get three of their targets, Kevin Gameiro, Mevlut Erdinc and Neil Taylor.
We assume the top target is another striker, but it looks like nothing will be happening too soon on the transfer front.
Alan was talking before tonight’s game against Sporting Kansas, and he had this to say to the Evening Chronicle:
“I think that a lot of business will happen but not just yet.” “There are a lot of teams away at the moment on tour like ourselves. And I don’t think anything will happen while we are away.”
“Like at every club, there are things going on behind the scenes. I think, though, that the first week in August may see a bit of a flurry in transfer activity.”
“There are also some players that will be moved on and that will also affect things.”
Newcastle trained twice yesterday at Swope Park in Kansas, and the lads will have to be extremely careful with the temperatures as high as 100ºF.
And one of the sessions was said to be intense, so we hope Newcastle know the extreme dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion which is so easy to get, with such high temperatures, and we’ll not even mention the extremely high humidity.
As we said earlier today there have already been 13 heat related deaths in the mid-west over this last week.
It’s not surprising that Newcastle have been welcomed big time in Kansas, because the mid-west people are so down to earth, with good basic values, and are extremely friendly.
Not unlike people in the north in England – in fact not unlike Geordies come to think of it.
And of course you have to remember that Premier League games are televised over here, and quite a few Kansans will have watched Newcastle on the TV over the last season or so – wonder if they saw the home game aganst Arsenal?
Alan talked about the warm welcome the squad has received:
“We have had an excellent welcome in Kansas.” “The facilities have been first class and the players are enjoying the experience of being out here.”
It should be a tough test for Newcastle tonight, with the Sporting Kansas team in full flow in their MLS season, so they at least should be fitter than the Newcastle lads.