Newcastle had signed four good players before June 18th rolled around last year.
Romain Amalfitano – one player through the door so far
The Magpies had brought in Yohan Cabaye in early June, and then on June 17th there was news of Newcastle signing both Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, and the club had already brought in young Mehdi Abeid from Lens on a free transfer earlier in the summer.
Newcastle have so far brought in 22 year-old Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer from French second division club Reims, but he’s the only one through the door at the moment.
And Newcastle have let Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Guthrie and Tamas Kadar leave on free transfers, and so Newcastle will need to bring in up to four top players to replace them, as well as to bolster the squad for the upcoming Europa League games.
We have been linked with Ajax midfielder/defender Anita this weekend, and were first linked with the Dutch International only three weeks ago, according to our records.
All we really know about Anita is what his agent Harry Lulofs has said, which is what he told the NUFCfans web-site:
“Newcastle have made an offer between £5-£10 million. I cannot give you the accurate figure, but Ajax have received a written offer.” “They are very satisfied with the guy and want to keep him. Newcastle have been watching him for a long time and really want to sign him.”
“This is the first offer Ajax have received for Vurnon and we’ll soon see how they react.” “The only other Premier League club to get in touch was Norwich.” “Paul Lambert called me to ask about him Anita. Now he has moved to Aston Villa, so maybe they will be in touch. I don’t know.”
That started the news going on the player, but we have no idea how far along Newcastle really are in the negotiations, although this lad would look to be a decent buy, and he can play in a number of different positions, which has to be good.
It could be the transfers are delayed this year, because of the Euro 2012 Championships, which continue until July 1st, but there seems no reason why that should interfere with the transfer of Anita.
The 5’6″ Ajax player made the provisional Dutch squad for Euro 2012, but was not included in the final Dutch squad of 23.
Newcastle are likely to bring in one center-back and a full back, but we’d be surprised if Anita is the only full-back that Newcastle bring in over the summer, especially if Danny Simpson leaves the club.
It would be nice to get another good player through the door soon, but it’s hard to know whether the Magpies are close to bringing Anita to the club.
What do you think?