We were hoping that Newcastle will bring in three new players in the January transfer window.
Alan Pardew – will bring a couple of players in January
But that doesn’t seem to be what will happen, as Alan Pardew today says he will bring in a maximum of two new players during the next transfer window:
“We have looked at the African Nations Cup and we have looked at the next window.”
“I think the maximum we would do is two players in. That would be our maximum. Then if anyone left, it would be a third.”
Alan Oliver in the People today, is again reporting that Newcastle will bring in 24 year-old Mali striker Mobido Maiga from French club Sochaux.
Oliver reports it’s already a done deal at £7M, and that jibes with recent reports from the local Newcastle papers too.
Of course Mobido will not be able to play much for Newcastle in January or even the early part of February, as he will be away playing for Mali in the African Cup of Nations.
Interestingly, the People is reporting that reports that Newcastle alos plan to sign France striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier, and Auxerre’s star midfielder Alain Traore, which were the reports last weekend, are just not true.
The statement by Pardew that if anybody did leave they’d bring in another player, reminds us that the Sunday Mirror are reporting today that Newcastle will sell Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, if Chelsea come in with a massive offer.
That would be much like Liverpool did for Andy Carroll last January.
The fee the Mirror is saying Chelsea will initially offer Newcastle is £20M, but we don’t know if that will force Mike Ashley to sell, and we know every single player at Newcastle has their price.
We didn’t like that story one little bit, and we think Newcastle fans would really object if the very popular Tiote is sold to any club in January – Manchester United are also continually linked with the player.
One way to end competition in the Premier League is that the top four or give clubs with all the money, always buy the other PL club’s top players.
That will not bode well for competition in the Premier League, but we worry that the Financial Fair Play Rules will have minimal effect on teams like Manchester City and Chelsea.
And when did logic like that ever get in the way of the Premier League trying to restrict top clubs’ massive spending?
The answer is never.
We had high hopes that Michel Platini’s new Financial fair Play rules would start having the desired effect, as they are introduced gradually over the next three or four years, but our expectations have been reduced significantly.
Manchester City spent big bucks in the summer, and for their last financial year they lost £194.9 and we don’t see them stopping the way they spend big money.
And we wonder if EUFA will have the guts to ban these clubs in the future from participating in European competition, if they break the rules, like it seems Manchester City already are.
We don’t think so, but we could be wrong, and we hope we are, because this will further ruin football as we know it.