The good news for Newcastle fans is that manager Alan Pardew has said there is still hope the club can sign a left back before Saturday’s noon time kick-off game with old enemy Sunderland.
Alan Pardew – player could come in before Sunderland game
We hope that’s the case, because then Newcastle fans will have a double celebration at 2:00 pm local time Saturday, a new left back and all 3 points against Sunderland.
The three left backs Newcastle are reported to be interested in are Erik Pieters of PSV, Aly Cissokho of Lyon and Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, so either of those first two would be great.
Wayne Bridge would be okay but he would be a loan signing for the season, and an expensive one at that, and Erik Pieters or Aly Cissokho would be young classy players signed permanently.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about the left back talks:
“Everybody knows we need a left-back and it’s being made difficult, not by us, but by other clubs and we have to get over that.”
“It could be that something gets done before the game, but I don’t think I would include him even if it did because this game is a game you need to know about and you need to be prepared for.”
The difficulty with other clubs that Alan refers to, is likely that they are asking too much in transfer fees for Mike Ashley’s liking.
It would be too late to have any new player play against Sunderland, and it will be very interesting to see if Alan keeps with Ryan Taylor at left back, since he was playing way out of position.
Pardew can also bring in 20 year-old Shane Ferguson, whom Alan watched in the Reserves 5-0 win over Gateshead Reserves yesterday afternoon, and it will largely depend on how Shane played in that game.
And it’s good to see Newcastle and Gateshead working together to get that practice game arranged for yesterday, and we have to wonder which Newcastle youngster will have a loan spell at Gateshead soon?
Newcastle are also after a striker, and are linked with Modibo Maiga of Souchaux, who unfortunately has gone on strike at his French club, to try to get the move he wants to Newcastle United, but that could well backfire on him.
Pardew talked about Maiga today:
“There’s a lot of stuff coming out about him being on strike and we can’t condone that.”
“But in terms of us, we have put a bid in for the player and he is a player that we want to bring to the club.”
“That’s where that is and negotiations are still ongoing.”
If Newcastle sign Aly Cissokho and Maiga from their French clubs, they should get Chief Scout Graham Carr an apartment in Paris, so it’s convenient for him, as he scouts players in the French League.
Graham still lives in Northampton but has an apartment in Newcastle, as he comes up often to talk about players with Alan Pardew and Newcastle Secretary Lee Charnley, and certainly Graham is an important cog in the Newcastle wheel these days.
We may also see a French Cafe open up in the Bigg Market too.