Newcastle have done very well in the last two transfer windows, but like everything, that’s because of good and thorough planning.
Graham Carr - Newcastle Chief Scout
Mike Ashley was at the Benton training grounds on Thursday and one of meetings he held, the top priority meeting according to today’s Sunday Sun, was on transfers.
And it seems Mike wants to concentrate on this summer’s and next January’s window together.
As usual he has asked that a list of players be drawn up that are either out of contract or available in the summer, and Blackburn’s Canadian Junior Hoilett is apparently one of the names on the list.
Although the news last week was that the 21 year-old was being linked heavily with Bayern Munich, whom he would join as a free agent in the summer.
The Newcastle scouts have been in full swing on targets for the last six months, and that seemed obvious when Newcastle held a meeting in Paris last month with a number of top agents, and it wasn’t related to the January transfer window either.
There has already been a lot of planing and work done for the upcoming summer window, when Newcastle hope to bring in the following – according to the Sunday Sun:
- A new central defender
- A central midfielder
- A new goalkeeper
- A young striker
It’s clear we need a new central defender, and yesterday showed that we are short of another good central midfield player to back up Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Danny Guthrie.
We also hope the club can bring in another full-back, and of course they may be forced to do that in any case, if Simpson refuses to sign a new deal.
We are almost certain that Steve Harper will leave Newcastle this summer, after 19 years at the club, because he doesn’t even get a place on the bench these days, with Rob Elliot the one backing up Tim Krul.
And it also seems clear that Fraser Forster will be sold in the summer.
And Newcastle will be on the look-out for a young striker, as it seems that Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger will be leaving in the summer.
And we think Newcastle will in addition bring in a number of young players (like Mehdi Abeid as the example), who will not immediately be first team starters, but will be top young players anywhere from 19 to 21 years of age.
And in addition to all that, it seems that Alan Pardew’s initiative of improving the Newcastle Youth Academy has been backed by Ashley to the tune of £15M.
The club will concentrate on getting better young players into the Academy, and we’ll also see some of them coming in during the summer months.
As many as 12 of the Newcastle youngsters will be allowed to leave in the summer, and they are already looking around to get new clubs.
So it’s clear that a lot of good planning is going on at Newcastle, and Chief Scout Graham Carr and his staff have already been checking on summer targets.
We feel that the summer transfer window will be a good one again for Newcastle, as the club strives to improve the playing staff across the board.
That sounds good.
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