Newcastle try to conduct their transfer business quietly and as quickly as possible.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle try to do their transfers quickly and quietly
So when it gets out in the open who they are after and bids are turned down, and other clubs become interested in the same player, that’s not good news for Newcastle.
That’s what seems to have happened with their bid to sign Adrian Mariappa of Watford.
The interest in the player was first reveled in the Sunday Sun three days ago, and it seems Newcastle have now made a couple of bids for the 25 year-old – £750K and £2M – and that may be as high as Newcastle will go, with Swansea City also said to be in for the player.
It’s thought by Newcastle that the 5’11” center-back is like Mike Williamson, and could make the step up to the Premier League, although he is being brought in only as cover for Coloccini and Williamson, at least initially.
Pardew spoke yesterday to the BBC from the Newcastle training base in Tenerife, Canary Islands:
“We’ve tried to be as honest as possible. Certainly my philosophy in terms of the media and fans is to get the message out there of what’s going on. I don’t like there to be surprises.”
“Unfortunately in the transfer market it’s very difficult because people then come in at the 11th hour. We’ve had big success in the transfer market just recently and other teams have noticed, it isn’t lost on them.”
“So when we come in for a player suddenly another club gets interested and the prices start going up … Suddenly we get into a bidding war. That’s something we try to avoid.”
Alan is responding to the news yesterday that Watford manager Sean Dyche is upset at what he has called an insulting first offer from Newcastle for Mariappa of £750K, and it’s now being discussed openly in the press.
It’s a situation Newcastle obviously try to avoid, and quite honestly we’d now be surprised if Newcastle can now get this player into the club.
We have no real idea who else is on the list, but Newcastle need a center-back in before next Wednesday.
And the news is they will bring a top defender in during the summer, and that could be when we see either James Tomkins, Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa or one of the other top targets that seem not to be available in January.
Six days to go to get the job done.