In his last two press conferences Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been asked about what’s happening in the transfer market.
Alan Pardew – we are there looking at the market
In the press conference on Tuesday afternoon, before the Manchester United game, Alan was asked whether Newcastle had made any progress in the transfer market at all.
And especially with their top target – a center-back – and this is how Alan responded to the question:
“I think for us it’s like all clubs and managers we have to be very careful how we negotiate and discuss things”
“On the media side we are not saying anything much at all during this window and I’ll apologize to you for that”
“We’ll keep our cards close to our chest but we are busy out there looking at the market”
It seems that Newcastle have just had a bid turned down for West Ham’s James Tomkins, after they presumably raised their bid to £4M for the 22 year-old center-back, and whether Newcastle will further increase their bid we don’t know.
But our guess is that they will not, and could turn their attention to other center-backs, like 22 year-old Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa , as we put out in an article earlier today.
He would be available for around £4M or £5M and for that money he could be a better buy than Tomkins, and of course he will add to the burgeoning French contingent on Tyneside.
And only yesterday we are said to have bid £4.5M for Dijon’s central midfielder Benjamin Corgnet, but the bid had been turned down.
So it seems Newcastle are indeed doing the work behind closed doors, and we’ll just have to hope we get some new sin the press because nothing will come form Alan Pardew.
That’s a big difference from the way former manager Graeme Souness used to do Newcastle’s transfer business few years ago, when Graeme used to use his press conferences to negotiate for players.
The Scot would talk openly about wanting a specific player from a certain club, and it would be big headlines in the newspapers, but we like Alan’s way of doing business.
Keep it all under the radar screen and then surprise us on the upside with a couple of good signings this month.
In yesterday’s press conference Alan was asked if he could comment on the rumor that Newcastle were bidding for James Tomkins and this is how he responded:
Meaning that he wouldn’t comment on it, and then he was pressed as to whether Newcastle had made any progress at all in the transfer market so far, and he said:
“I’m not going to answer that”
So we’ll have to rely on papers like the Sun and the Daily Mirror for rumors, but as we have found out in the past, most of the stories on transfers are simply not true.
And we are seeing various transfer stories such as we are after Chris Samba as just one example – but they are not true.
We have to hope that Newcastle can bring in a top center-back and one more players in January, because we still have an excellent chance of finishing high up in the Premier League and surprising ourselves this season.
Howay The Lads!!