A lot of transfer business goes on during the last day of the transfer window.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Bolton
That’s next Tuesday in this particular window, and that’s when Sky Sports seems to go crazy as they report the details of deals being closed amid all of the excitement – that they say exists.
Certainly during the last of January last year two deals totaling £85M were closed – Fernando Torres to Chelsea from Liverpool and Andy Carroll to Liverpool from Newcastle.
And for all that money paid out and their sky high wages, neither player has seen success at their new clubs, and there have not been many goals from these two strikers last year.
Andy has managed 6 in 31 appearances for the Reds and Fernando Torres has scored 5 in 42 games for the Blues.
So 11 goals in 73 appearances between them is not what the big money was paid out for, that’s for sure.
It seems that Alan Pardew is still worried about the last week of the window, as he talked yesterday to the BBC about the remaining days of the transfer window:
“It’s seven days too long as far as I’m concerned! We’ve got a great side and some outstanding players. They’ve been marvellous this season.”
“They really have and I just hope we can keep it all together because the way the league is structured at moment – with one or two of the bigger clubs having a few problems – it’s an opportunity for us.”
“We’re a young side, we haven’t been together long and if we can maintain our form and keep getting the wins we need we might surprise ourselves.”
It’s still clear that Alan Pardew is worried about losing some of Newcastle’s top players during the last week of the transfer market – there are now 6 days left.
The nightmare scenario is that a big bid from a big club comes in for somebody like Cheick Tiote next Tuesday, and it’s just too big (and daft) to turn down, but then Newcastle have no time to bring in a replacement.
That was the Liverpool strategy of getting Andy Carroll last January, when they came in on the very last day of the window and ended up paying £35M in cool cash.
That may be more difficult this year if the bid is for Tiote or Demba Ba, who are both out playing in the African Cup of Nations at the moment which hopefully will complicate things.
The big clubs who have money to spend this year are Manchester City (who else), Chelsea, PSG and perhaps Liverpool, although the latter may not be too keen to overspend at Newcastle this year, after the poor deal they got for Carroll.
And to be fair to Andy, they don’t play to the lad’s strengths at all – he’s on his own up front.
We’re not surprised Alan Pardew is still worried about losing a top player, and Tuesday could be a stressful day for the Newcastle club – and for the fans.
We’ll be keeping out fingers crossed, and if the window passes and we haven’t lost any of our top players that will be a huge relief.