It looks like even though Newcastle beat Sunderland on Saturday, Mike Ashley will still not pay our decent money for good players.
Erik Pieters – Ashley offering only £4M
Newcastle got around £6M for Jose Enrique from Liverpool 10 days ago, and Jose was on £45K/week at Newcastle so you would think that Newcastle could afford £6M and around £30K/week for the current Dutch International, Erik Pieters.
By all accounts, Pieters was also PSV’s best player yesterday, when he played in front of the watching Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew.
These are the situations with Mike Ashley that we don’t fully understand, but if these reports are true, he’s making Scrooge look like Andrew Carnegie, who started to give all his money late in his life.
The reports coming out of Holland are that Newcastle are not willing to play more than around £4M for Pieters, and we don’t know what Newcastle will be offering in terms of wages to Erik.
But even if Newcastle eventually do agree a fee with PSV, then they could have difficulty agreeing personal terms with the player.
As we’ve said before, there’s nothing wrong with trying to get a good deal, but there is something wrong when you are unwilling to pay a decent fee for a good player, and that’s what Newcastle – make that Mike Ashley – seem to be doing with the Dutch International full-back.
Newcastle have taken in around £47.5M in player sales this year, and have paid out £7.5M for Yohan Cabaye and Gabriel Obertan, so they are up in the transfer market around £40M, and still will not pay another £2M to seal the Pieters deal?
We don’t understand Ashley when he gets this tight about paying out transfer fees, especially when the club has money to spend, and said they would spend it too.
If the news is to be believed, we may have to kiss goodbye to getting a very decent player in to replace Jose Enrique, and a player who having just turned 23, can still improve, as Jose did himself while at Newcastle after joining four years ago from Villareal.
Come on Ashley pay out the club’s money to get some decent players in – you have 9 days left to do that.