We’ll be holding our breath just a little bit int he summer as Alan Pardew keeps hinting that one or two top players could leave Newcastle.
Romain Amalfitano – Reims 22 year-old midfielder will be first signing
The favorite to leave seems to be Demba Ba, who has been linked with a move away from Newcastle in the last week, but the news that he is unhappy at Newcastle came as a surprise to us, and we think that’s just made up coldswallop – so to speak.
Newcastle want to bring in at least three new top players, and anybody who leaves unexpectedly will also need to be replaced.
Jonas Gutierrez is on the interview circuit today, and he had this to say about the summer transfer window, and his point is you just never know what may happen:
“Now the last game is out of the way, we will have the summer to start getting excited about next season,” “But a lot of things can happen in the summer, as you saw last season.”
“It will probably not be until the August 31st when we know exactly where we are for next season.” “You have to wait until then before you can say what is going on.”
“You never know in football. It’s not just at this club, it is in football in general where all kinds of different things can happen.” “You never know when a player can go – we had that the other January with Andy Carroll.”
“You never know, but I think the club did great things this year with their signings and I have confidence they will do great things again. It is a good position for us to be in.”
A top summit will take place, probably late this week, between the top four of the transfer business – Derek Llambias, Ray Charnley, Graham Carr and Alan Pardew, but of course the transfer targets are already in place, so it’s a case of who Newcastle can get in over the summer months, and how much they will cost.
But Newcastle will also need to decide what to do with some of the players’ contracts, and two of those are with Danny Simpson and Demba Ba, and we are just a little worried in case Ba leaves on the cheap – via that £7M release clause in his contract.
Danny Simpson is widely reported to have turned down the latest offer from the club, yet again, and he could well be on his way, and Danny Guthrie will leave as a free agent, to get first team football at some other Premier League club.
It seems that apart from 22 year-old Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano and one other player, there has not been too much progress talking to other clubs about Newcastle’s other targets.
And most of the transfer business could well be delayed until the European Championship are completed on July 1st (with an England win?), but it could become a worrying time for Newcastle fans.
But there again, what’s new?