Gabriel Obertan said yesterday that he knew Newcastle were interested in him at the end of last season.
Jose Enrique – could leave next summer for nothing
It was good to watch all the interviews Gabriel gave yesterday, and he comes over as somebody who has something to prove, and he wants to be a big success at Newcastle, which he made clear is a big club with a great history.
Pardew had been watching him since he’s been at the Red Devils, where he didn’t have much success of course, but Alan was pleased to get the lad on Tyneside yesterday:
“I’m very happy to get Obertan in this week, before the season kicks off. He’s a player I’ve watched for the last couple of seasons since he arrived at Manchester United.”
And there have been no new developments with Jose Enrique, and it seems that Jose will not sign his new contract at Newcastle, and he could well do what Joey Barton will do, and that is see out the last year of his contract on Tyneside, and become a free agent next summer.
This is what Pardew said today about the current transfer situation:
“We still need another striker and we’re still pursuing that, and if we lose a player we’re going to replace him.”
“Within the squad at the minute there’s one place available for a striker and that search is ongoing until such time as we get the right player in.”
“I’d be surprised if it goes down to the wire, I will be, but it might do.”
That first sentence suggests Newcastle will only bring in Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters from PSV, if Jose does leave.
But it’s still a tricky situation for the club, because it could well be that Liverpool, or some other club, will come in for Jose in the last few days of the transfer market, or even on the very last day.
That’s what famously happened with Andy Carroll in January , and Newcastle must be able to replace the Spaniard with an experienced left-back before the transfer deadline.
That’s the rather difficult position Newcastle find themselves in with Jose, and of course they could lose him for nothing next summer too.
We’ll know the situation exactly three weeks today, when the transfer window slams shut.