The details of yesterday’s terrible transfer attemopts is coming out, and if anything it’s even worse than we thought.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s version of Scrooge?
It seems that Newcastle almost lost Danny Simpson to Aston Villa, and there have been runmors that Danny is not too happy at Newcastle, and is questioning the club’s ambitions.
And Newcastle didn’t even sign the very promising 20 year-old French defender Danny Situ, as he ended up at Swansea for an initial £250K, plus add-ons, so why we didn’t sign Situ we have no idea – was he too expensive too?
Newcastle did go after Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham very late in the window, and apparently Nile Ranger was part of that deal, but as we all know it all collaped late last night.
And Newcastle, as we had expected and reported yesterday, put in bids for Papiss Demba Cisse of SC Frieburg and Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, but the bids were all short of the asking prices, so most of them didn’t get too far.
Newcastle refused to pay the £8M asking price for Maiga, and were well short of the £15M price tag for Cisse.
And when they did agree a deal late in the day for Bryan Ruiz of FC Twente, they then balked at the wages being asked by the Costa Rican.
“Now look at the mess you got us into Stanley” seems to be the appropriate words today for a futile and rather incompetent attempt to get good players into Newcastle yesterday.
It’s not good, but of course we’ll keep supporting the players and the manager, and try to forget about Ashley and LLambias, much like we did two years ago, and that seemed to work well.
And the Newcastle Journal is reporting that the club will say there is a war chest of funds available in January – yeah right!
And we’re not even going to mention that Newcastle failed to bid high enough for Mevlut Erdinc, Erik Pieters or Aly Cissokho.
It’s strange, but this regime is almost the exact polar opposite of Freddy Shepherd in the transfer market.
For frustrated Newcastle fans today – this is deju va – all over again.