Newcastle have made another official bid for Watford center-back Adrian Mariappa.
Adrian Mariappa – last bid made by Newcastle
Alan Pardew has told Sky Sports that Newcastle have now made their final offer today for the 25 year-old center-back, and if Watford turn that down, which is likely, Newcastle may not get another center-back through the door today.
We don’t know if Newcastle have a Plan B in case the Mariappa bid is turned down, but Watford want £4M for the player, and Newcastle are unlikely to pay that much, for an unproven player in the Premier League.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We have made our last bid now and it’s a final bid so if he doesn’t come today then he probably won’t come to this football club because in the summer we will probably look elsewhere.”
Maybe the best deal Newcastle could offer Watford would be to pay say £2M up front, but then pay the other £2M (or less) in installments, based on the number of first-team appearances Mariappa makes at Newcastle.
Since Newcastle pay their transfer fees up front in cash, Watford would still get more money up front than any other clubs said to be bidding for the player, which includes Wigan Athletic.
Of course we’d be a lot happier if we get some cover in for Coloccini or Williamson today, otherwise we will have only James Perch and/or Tamas Kadar available in case the two first choices are injured or get suspended before the end of the season.
It’s important Newcastle do well in the remaining 16 league games, because we have a decent chance of finishing in the top seven in the league, and even qualifying for the Europa Cup for next season.
Since that could mean big bucks for Newcastle, we would have thought that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias would be keen to get cover in, with Steven Taylor being out for the rest of the season.
But it’s all been very quiet at Newcastle so far today, and that’s more good news than bad, since at least it looks like we will not be losing any of our top players, like we lost Andy Carroll last January.
That’s got to be good news, even if we don’t manage to bring in another center-back.
The latest on the transfer front is Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham is undergoing a medical at West Brom, and we tried to bring him in last August 31st, but were unsuccessful, so he’s not coming to Tyneside.
And 31 year-old Wayne Bridge of Manchester City, who was a target of Newcastle back in 2002 when he was at Southampton and Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager, is going on loan to Sunderland until the end of the season.