The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that the club already have a couple of players signed up for the summer, once the transfer window opens up for two months on July 1st.
Benjamin Corgnet – is this player in the bag for Newcastle?
The transfer window lasts for only two months officially, but we will here of players signed up in June, but the contracts will start on July 1st, which is the start of the financial year for football clubs in England.
But of course Newcastle will not even mention who they may be after in the transfer market – but one player is almost certain to be 22 year-old attacking midfielder Romain Amalfitano
The 22-year-old is almost an unknown, and has been playing in the French second division for Reims, but he’s been scouted by Graham Carr, the Newcastle Chief Scout, and we remember Cheick Tiote was almost unknown too, when he arrived on Tyneside just less than two years ago.
We’re not sure who the other player is, but we think it could be a defender and either Erik Pieters of PSV, the Dutch International, or FC Twente’s Brazilian center-back Douglas, whose contract runs out at the end of June.
It could also be Jacob Butterfield, the 21 year-old Barnsley central midfielder or Benjamin Corgnet, the French attacking midfielder, who is 24, plays for Dijon and could cost around £4.5M.
Of course we are expecting Newcastle to surprise us in the summer, with players that have not even been linked with Newcastle so far, and that’s one of the good things about Newcastle these days – they do very well in the transfer market and get some real bargains, and keep under the radar.
But it may be harder this summer, with lots of clubs noticing that Newcastle are 5th top of the league and have created a very good side, but have spent very little money in the transfer market.
Liverpool for one have told manager Kenny Dalglish that he will have very little money to spend in the summer, after he spent (wasted?) £116M since he took over at the Reds around 16 months ago – but that’s another article.