Newcastle have been unsuccessful in their drive this week to get a new left back into the club.
Aly Cissokho – new Newcastle top target
And now with just 12 days left in the transfer window, Newcastle fans are getting just a little bit worried.
The news in the Newcastle Journal this morning is that interest in Holland left-back Erik Pieters has waned, and Lyon’s Aly Cissokho is now the top priority for left back.
And the 23 year old would be an excellent buy and he’s yet another Frenchman, but we don’t care too much about that, as long as he’s good, which he seems to be when we’ve watched him play for Lyon.
And Pardew has hinted today that the club may be prepared to lodge an improved offer for the 5’11” Frenchman, who’s been at Lyon since 2009, but of course that’s not Pardew’s call.
It’s up to Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias how much Newcastle bid for a player and how much wages they will offer him.
And even with the money in the bank from the sales of Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Routledge, Ashley seems to be keeping a very tight hold of the purse strings.
And while Newcastle don’t seem to be offering enough money to get their men, Pardew says it’s the other clubs that keep moving the goal-posts on the transfer fees:
“I can only reassure people that not only have we tried to secure players but we are trying to secure two players we have in the building.”
“That process is very, very important as well. We are trying to make sure this club going forward is stronger than it was last year.”
“It is like where Arsenal are as well and a number of other clubs – like Spurs – you have to get the deal which is right for the football club.”
“The left-back situation is a week down the line and the plan we had went straight into action, and everybody knows we need a left-back and it is being made difficult not by us but by other clubs.”
“We have to get over that. We have to make sure we reach an agreement with the other club which is right for them and right for us.”
Once of those players Newcastle are trying to sign up to a new contract would be Danny Simpson, but we’re not too sure who the other player is.
And there’s little doubt that Pardew is frustrated by Newcastle’s transfer efforts of late, and of course the club knew it was highly likely that Jose Enrique would be moving in the summer.
And therefore it should not have been a standing start for the club to bring in a new left-back this week, but it’s looking that way.
And the news the fans keep getting, suggests Newcastle are simply not willing to pay out the going rate in both the transfer fees and wages to get good players to the Tyneside club, and that is very worrying for most of us.
If we can get Aly Cissokho into the club, he would seem to be an excellent acquisition.
What do you think about this situation?