Newcastle supporters are getting to be convinced that Newcastle are simply dragging their feet in their recruitment for a new left back to replace Jose Enrique and another top striker.
Modibo Maiga – Newcastle have lodged bid
Newcastle have not had any success since early this summer in bringing in a second striker and spent lots of time in trying to bring in Mevlut Erdinç and Kevin Gameiro to Newcastle and were also unsuccessful in their attempts to get winger Gervinho from Lille.
And their latest target is Modibo Maiga and his club Souchaux, have said all summer they will not sell him, so there is a worry that this pursuit will laos turn out to be unsuccessful and a waste of time, with only 12 days left in the transfer window.
And Newcastle’s unwillingness to do deals, is after the club got a big windfall for Andy Carroll, and the club have also sold Kevin Nolan, Routledge and Enrique this summer, so the money is there.
Alan Pardew was asked directly today why Newcastle have failed to land their targets and it was suggested to him that Newcastle should just pay the little but more to get their men:
“We might have to do that and we might be at the stage where we are doing that.” “So that question might be talking out of turn there.”
“I have sat in another press conference as I have done quite often here with nobody across the line, but at some point we will.”
You get the feeling with those words that Alan is as frustrated as anybody that Newcastle are continuing to play Scrooge.
And you have to remember the club has big money in the bank, because we were told that £30M of the £35M fee Newcastle received for Andy Carroll from Liverpool in January, was paid in cool cash.
To end on a brighter note, Pardew indicated that the move for 23 year-old Souchaux striker Modibo Maiga is still ongoing:
“He is a player we want to bring to the club. That is where that is. Negotiations are still ongoing.”
We have to hope that one day the Newcastle hierarchy will wake up, smell the coffee (and drink a few strong cups of it), and get some deals done for the good of the club and for the good of the fans.
They have 12 days to do that.