Newcastle are still after a central defender, and as we reported yesterday, Newcastle are busy working hard to bring a young center-back into the club in the next 11 days.
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West Ham’s 22 year-old James Tomkins is still a player Newcastle would like to get, but whether West Ham will sell him in January, when they are on a promotion drive, is debatable.
And Newcastle will bring in some other young players in January, if they can find the right ones, and get a decent deal too.
Ravel Morrison of Manchester United remains a target, but it would appear the Manchester club doesn’t want to sell him to an English club, and he may end up at Roma, who are said to be bidding £500K for the youngster.
Pardew talked to the local press today about who Newcastle still need:
“We still need a defender.” “Don’t forget that – I haven’t lost sight on that.” “We’re working hard on that to bring one in.”
“But we still have to be on guard to protect our top players too.”
The transfer window runs out a week come Tuesday, which is the last day of the window, so we hope we can bring in a center-back and a youngster by then.
And of course we have to hope we can keep all our best players through February 1st, although the news is that while Manchester United have cooled their interest in Cheick Tiote, both Chelsea and Manchester City stay more than interested in the Ivorian.
We have to keep our best players so we can mount a challenge in the last 17 league games of the season, and we could even surprise ourselves at how high up in the league we can finish, with a good run through the end of the season.
We got 25 points in our first 11 games (7 wins – 4 draws), and if we can get say 27 points from our last 17 games – say 7 wins and 6 draws and 4 defeats – which is possible – we would have 63 points which was good enough for 5th place last season and just 5 points out of 4th place and the European Champions league.
And there comes a time when being successful with a good team is more important than making money from selling a top player, and we think that time has almost come on Tyneside.
We certainly hope it has.