Alan Pardew has already said that Newcastle will need four or five new signings (make it five Alan), if Newcastle are in Europe next season.
Mathieu Debuchy – Lille right back a Newcastle target
The current plan was to bring in two top players in the summer, probably a center-back and a left-footed left-back, but that plan is now likely to change with Newcastle almost certain to qualify for at least the Europa League next season.
6th place in the league will now qualify for the Europa League next season, after Liverpool beat Everton to reach the FA Cup Final yesterday, with Andy Carroll getting the winner on 86 minutes.
Newcastle will now likely bring in five new players this summer, and even more if Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson leave, although there is more reason for both to stay, once Newcastle officially qualify for the Europa League next season.
Asked about whether European qualification would require more players being brought in over the summer, this is what Alan said today in the Sunday Sun:
“It will possibly change us a little bit.” “I think we would need a bigger squad, therefore where we might only bring in two or three we might need four or five to bolster the numbers.”
“We’ll have to see because obviously we’ve got contracts up here as well, whether we all agree to stay or they go as well. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Newcastle are 12 points ahead of Everton with only 15 points to play for so points won by Newcastle or lost by Everton will soon see Newcastle be in at least 6th place in the league.
Of course at the moment Newcastle are actually in 5th place two points above Chelsea and only one point behind 4th laced Tottenham so Champions league qualification is not impossible.
Transfer targets that have been listed by Newcastle seem to be Holland and PSV left-back Erik Pieters, France and Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy – Yohan Cabaye’s best friend - and FC Twente center-back Douglas.
It promises to be an excellent and exciting summer for Newcastle fans, as Newcastle bring in new players, and it will be even better if the lads can make the Champions league next season.
We wouldn’t put it past them!