The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Mike Ashley will spend some money in January, and that Newcastle expect to bring in three players during the next transfer window.
Modibo Maiga – to arrive in January
There was some similar news a few days ago, and the news continues to say that Modibo Maiga will be arriving on Tyneside early in January, and we we’ve suggested the deal could already have been struck.
Indeed the local newspaper is reporting the deal has been agreed to at a fee of £6M, which is on the low end of estimates (that’s a surprise), and that terms have also been agreed with the 24 times capped Mali International.
Everything seems agreed and Newcastle are hoping no big club comes in over the next couple of months for the talented striker, who was in big demand early last summer.
Maiga is quick, tall and left footed, which fit Newcastle’s requirement for the striker they want to bring in, and the wages Newcastle will be paying Modibo triple his current wages at Sochaux, and the contract is said to last through the summer of 2016.
Alan Pardew will travel to watch Sochaux a few times in the coming weeks to watch him play, and understand how best to integrate the player into the current Newcastle side.
We know that Alan Pardew wants to bring in an experienced center-back to shore up central defense, since Newcastle only have Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.
Newcastle went after Lian Ridgewell on the last day of the transfer window in the summer, and he may still be a target, but we do expect a center-half to arrive in January.
We thought Erik Pieters could also possibly arrive in January, but the local report today suggests that Newcastle are after another central midfielder, which is a bit of a surprise.
Newcastle are said to have a list of six players whose contracts run out next summer, and Newcastle may move for one of them in January, if a suitable deal with their club can be arranged.
We have to hope that’s not a sign the club are willing to sell Cheick Tiote in January to Manchester United or another top club.