In Alan Pardew’s press conference for the Brighton game this afternoon, he would not be drawn on which specific players Newcastle were after before the end of the month.
Alan Pardew – contracts next up once transfer window ends
There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but Alan did say that once next Wednesday and February rolls around, the club will then concentrate on signing some of their players to new contracts.
The three main players involved will be captain Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Simpson and Danny Guthrie.
Guthrie’s four year contract runs out in June, and he will be a high priority and Alan has already quite rightly sang the praises of the Shrewsbury-born player, and we hope there’s no problems with signing Danny up to a new deal, since he seems very happy to stay on Tyneside.
The other two players have contracts that run out in June of next year.
Indeed Fabricio’s agent will be flying in from Argentina next week to meet with the Newcastle hierarchy, in an effort to thrash out Fabricio’s contract.
And sources at Newcastle seem confident they can sign the Argentine to a new five and a half year deal at Newcastle.
Pardew had this to say about the ongoing contract negotiations:
“We haven’t broken down with anybody. We are just waiting for the window to shut, really, before we focus on the guys whose contracts we need to really analyse.”
“There are a couple out of contract and a couple the year after, so we need to keep an eye on that.”
Danny Simpson also seems to want to stay on Tyneside, but if you believe all the paper talk, the former Manchester United player has already turned down two contract offers from the Tyneside club.
Both deals offered were for around five years, although we assume if he signs one soon that will be for four and a half years.
If Simpson doesn’t sign a new deal before the summer then watch for him to be sold and a new right back brought in, over the summer.
We hope Coloccini can play on Saturday afternoon, after he took a slight knock in training this morning, but if he doesn’t play you can bet your life the conspiracy theories will be out in full force that he doesn’t want to be cup-tied.
We’d like to see all three players signed up – and the sooner the better.
Peter Lovenkrand’s three year contract runs out in June, as does the four and a half year contract of 21 year-old forgotten center-back Tamas Kadar, but we don’ think either player will get a new offer.
And Alan Smith’s five year deal at £60K/week ends in June, and he’ll move on to some other club – maybe even back to Leeds United, his home town club.
Alan has never been able to get many games since Newcastle were promoted in May of 2010, and he’s only made 16 appearances over the last two seasons and only two appearances this season.
He’s appeared in total 94 times for Newcastle United and of course has still to score his first goal for the club.
And don’t be surprised if Newcastle sign six or more new players in the summer, even more if the lads qualify for Europe, and the club seem to have done a lot of work in January in getting their summer targets lined up.