The January window is terrible for most clubs, since it’s half through the season, and yet clubs like Newcastle may lose some of their top players before February 1st.
Cheick Tiote – top target in January for Chelsea and Liverpool?
That’s even though they don’t want to sell, but given what happened with Andy Carroll last January, Alan Pardew this time around is wisely not making any promises to Newcastle fans.
It may be out of Alan’s control to keep players like Cheick Tiote and Tim Krul at the club.
If ridiculous bids comes in for some of our players, then Mike Ashley may sell, as he did on the last day of the January window last year with Andy Carroll.
The sooner the Premier League puts restrictions in on what top clubs can do in the transfer market, the sooner competition will be restored in the Premier League.
That’s because it’s simply ludicrous when four clubs in England can get all the top talent that’s available.
And to allow any club to spend over spend £800M in three years on their players is simply ridiculous, and shouldn’t be allowed.
Some of the top clubs with money are looking at both Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote, and we’ll simply have to brace ourselves and hope that neither player will be sold before February 1st rolls around.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun today about the situation:
”You never know – you just don’t know. You can’t predict it,” “We certainly haven’t done a deal yet. We’ve approached a couple of clubs for prices and that’s it.”
“Every manager hates January. It unsettles the group, the media have to sell papers so they speculate and players take it as read if they’re not wanted, they’re off or somebody else exciting wants them. ”
“The grass isn’t always greener, though.” “Well have to wait and see what happens in that two months around January – it’s a very difficult period for us in terms of 2012. “
Newcastle are not said to be in any detailed negotiations for any defender yet and the news is that the club will hold a summit meeting this week to discuss transfers, once Derek LLambias returns from his vacation.
But just like last year, it seems it’s as important for Newcastle to keep the players they already have, than bringing in some new ones, with a defender being the top priority this month.