There will be comings and goings at Newcastle this summer, and the goal is to end up with a much better squad come September.
Douglas – Newcastle target this summer
That will allow Newcastle to go all out next season to finish in the top six, which we know will be very difficult.
Newcastle will continue with their rather frugal approach to transfers, but it’s not how much money you spend, it’s what type of players you get through the door.
Just ask Liverpool about that, as they paid out £60M for two strikers 14 months ago, and they are having difficult scoring goals this season, although captain Gerrard helped them out last night with a hat-trick against a weak Everton side at Anfield.
And the Magpies have shown they are very savvy in the transfer market, and already have targets identified and lined up for the summer transfer market.
Mike Ashley has been meeting regularly over the last few months with Alan Pardew, Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charnley, who along with Chief Scout Graham Carr make up the Brains Trust on transfers at Newcastle.
One of the top targets in the summer is a top center-back, and we have no real expert cover at center-back if either Williamson or Coloccini are injured, although James Perch has shown a couple of times he can get the job done there, and he did well at Brighton.
Newcastle have been linked with Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen, who wants to move to a top club, and FC Twente’s Douglas is another player Newcatsle have been after.
We think Douglas could be the more realistic target, but the 6’4″ Brazilian could become a target of Ajax if Vertonghen leaves, and that complicate things a bit.
Ajax manager Frank de Boer admitted he was interested inn the Brazilian:
“It is correct that we are keeping tabs on Douglas as a potential replacement for Vertonghen.”
And Vertonghen has said he knows Ajax will let him go and they are looking around for a replacement:
“My agent knows what clubs I’m willing to go to. Arsenal are obviously one of them. Ajax are busy trying to find solutions to replace me.”
We think Newcastle will be a much more attractive club than Ajax at the moment for Douglas, and the Dutch powerhouse is having financial problems at the moment.
There are other center-backs that Newcastle could go after, and one we like is 22 year-old Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who can play anywhere across the back four and that flexibility would be good.
And Newcastle could probably get the player for around £4M.
Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith will not have their contracts renewed this summer, and the club will also try to sell Dan Gosling, who surprisingly hasn’t been able to make it on Tyneside.
The fact that Newcastle got Dan in on a free transfer will mean they will make a profit on the player.
Newcastle will again try to unload Xisco – if anybody will take him, but he’s likely to remain on Newcastle’s books until a year come June, when his five year deal runs out.
Fraser Forster, Tamas Kadar and Nile Ranger will likely leave Newcastle this summer, and if Danny Simpson still holds out on his contract, he’ll be sold too.
Who do you think should be sold – and who should Newcastle bring in this summer?