It seems that Newcastle have identified Lyon left back Aly Cissokho, Dutch left-back Erik Pieters and former England International Wayne Bridge, as priority targets to replace the departed Jose Enrique.
Aly Cissokho – Lyon left-back
However, it would appear that Mike Ashley’s well known thriftiness is preventing any deals from being made.
Apparently Newcastle are not only unwilling to pay £6M for PSV’s Erik Pieters, but are also balking at the £32K/week the Dutchman is requesting in wages.
When you think that Erik would be replacing Jose Enrique, who was sold for £6M last week to Liverpool, and was on £45K/week for four years at Newcastle, that’s disappointing – and it’s a little hard to figure that one out.
And Lyon’s Aly Cissokho would cost between £7M and £8M, and Newcastle think that’s an inflated fee for the French International.
With the Pieters deal in trouble, they could turn again to 23 year-old left-back Cheikh M’Bengue of Toulouse, but the word is that Newcastle don’t want to pay out £6M for that player either.
Any other cheaper alternatives around?
While former Chairman Freddy Shepherd paid way over the odds in both transfer fees and wages for very ordinary players, Mike Ashley seems almost the polar opposite.
He will not pay out decent fees and wages for good players.
There now seems no chance to bring in a quality left back before the derby game at Sunderland on Saturday, and it’s a little disappointing when you look at the apparent reasons, if the news is to be believed.
It doesn’t help matters that Newcastle have brought in almost £48M in transfer fees this year for players who have left Newcastle like Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Wayne Routledge.
It could make some sense to bring in Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, since the player has ample experience in the Premier League.
But the loan move for one season would be very expensive, and Newcastle would need to pay a loan fee and some portion of his massive £80K/week wages, and we just don’t think that will happen, however much Alan Pardew may want Bridge at Newcastle.
We can understand that one, and it would not be a good deal for the club.
And you’ve got to think that Alan Pardew is getting just a little frustrated with the Newcastle hierarchy’s unwillingness to pay out the money to get good new players in.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to get good deals, nothing at all, but you can also overdo it, and the result is that no deals get done at all.
Newcastle’s main priority this week was to have a new left back in before the Sunderland game, but that will not happen now.