There has been lots of talk about Newcastle losing some of their top players this summer.
Graham Carr – one of the top football scouts around
That’s hardly surprising, with Newcastle playing so well last season and finishing 5th place in the league, one place and one point above European Champions Chelsea.
And therefore it makes sense for some top clubs to look at the players, who have made Newcastle so successful over the last season.
Chief Scout Graham Carr has just held face to face meetings with the owner Mike Ashley, and Graham says that Ashley wants to keep all the top players on Tyneside, and keep moving the club forward.
While every player has their price at Newcastle, the prices for some of our top players will have gone up significantly over the last year, and that could put the pursuing clubs off.
We hope that’s the case, and it seems to have been true with Manchester United’s pursuit of Cheick Tiote, as they were stopped in their tracks when £20M was mentioned as the transfer fee.
This is what Graham told the local press today:
“He doesn’t want to sell players.” “He wants to try to keep taking the club forward.” “He wants us to stay where we are on a regular basis.”
“I do it the reverse way. We find the player then look for the agent. We already have our players earmarked for the start of this season.” “It’s a continued process. It is a never-ending job.”
As Graham says above, the way Newcastle go about their scouting business is to first find the players they want, and then to talk with their agents, along with their club, on a possible deal.
Usually it’s the other way around, but it’s been successful doing it that way over the past couple of years for Newcastle.
The hope is that we can keep all our best players at the club over the summer, and maybe bring in four top players, in addition to a fairly high number of development players, to replace the nine or so who have not been offered new contracts to stay at Newcastle.