Newcastle held another transfer summit yesterday with Derek Llambias, Alan Pardew and Chief Scout Graham Carr all in attendance.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Arsenal earlier in the season
With Chelsea surprisingly making the Champions League final last night, when they beat Barcelona in the semi-finals, it could be that Newcastle don’t know what competition they will be playing in until the final takes place on May 19th in Munich.
That will further complicate Newcastle’s summer tour plans, but it’s unlikely to impact the club’s summer transfer moves.
It seems almost certain that when the season is over Newcastle will announce their first signing as 22 year-old Reims midfielder, Romain Amalfitano, as we reported yesterday.
Stade Reims are in League two of the French League and not in the top French league as we reported yesterday – sorry about the error – we were getting mixed up with Stade Rennes.
Romain will be one brought in who can improve in the Premier League, but there will also be at least three top signings coming through the door over the summer months, and most of those are likely to be defenders.
And with Newcastle in Europe and surging over the last six games with a magnificent six wins in a row, most Newcastle players want to stay on Tyneside – and who can blame them?
Cheick Tiote is one of those and he’s making noises to Newcastle he doesn’t want to leave, just in case a massive bid comes in for him, as he has taken to Newcastle like a duck to water and he is huge favorite with the Newcastle fans.
Tiote has said today that he can achieve his football ambitions at Newcastle, and Cheick has seen Newcastle become one of the best teams in England in his almost two years on Tyneside, and Newcastle are currently 4th top of the Premier League – which is usually a Champions League place.
This is what the 29 times capped Ivorian had to say today:
“Yes, I can achieve what I want to here,” “I don’t know about the speculation. I have four games to play, I think I have to focus on the games because they are important games for the club and for everybody. After the season, we will see.”
Mike Ashley will sell Newcastle players these days only if somebody comes in with a very high offer, but with Newcastle in Europe next season, with the added revenue that will bring and full houses again at St. James’ Park, Newcastle do not need the money as they did when Andy Carroll was sold 16 months ago.
We don’t expect to see any top players leaving this summer, but there will be a clear-out with players like Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Fraser Forster and Tamas Kadar all leaving the club this summer, along with up to 12 youngsters.
Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson could also be leaving Newcastle in the summer.
And as usual Newcastle have been linked with a host of players – and take your pick from the following list of players we have already been linked with – in no particular order:
Virgil van Dijk – FC Groningen’s young 19 year-old Dutch defender
Romain Amalfitano – Stade Reims 22 year-old attacking midfielder
Douglas Franco Teixeira – known as Douglas – 24 – FC Twente
James Tomkins 23 – West Ham central defender – defensive midfielder
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – captain of French club Montpelier 22
Jan Vertonghen – 23 – played for Belgium 35 times and he stands 6’3″ tall
Benjamin Corgnet – French attacking midfielder – 24 – Dijon – £4.5M?
Cheikh M’Bengue – 23 – Toulouse and Senegal left back
Erik Pieters – 23 year-old defender PSV – Holland left back
Jacob Butterfield – 21 year-old Barnsley central midfielder
Adam Maher – 18-year-old AZ Alkmaar midfielder
John Guidetti – 19-year-old Man City striker – on loan to Feyenoord
Mathieu Debuchy – Lille 26 year-old right back
Juan Pablo Pino – 25 – Columbian winger/striker – Galatasaray
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Hoffenheim attacking midfielder – loan at Swansea
Anthony Knockaert – Guingamp 20 year-old midfielder
Aidan White – Leeds 20 year old left sided player
Aurelien Chedjou – Lille – 26 year-old Cameroon center-back
It seems almost certain that Newcastle will have a much stronger squad next season, and it will be interesting to see what the official targets for next season are, with Newcastle over-achieving so much this season.
The Newcastle players have been simply magnificent and Alan Pardew has been simply unbelievable as manager.
Long may that continue.
Howay The Lads!!