Alan Pardew wrote column for a major newspaper yesterday, in which he mentioned that most Premier League clubs will be taking a big interest in the Euro 2012 Championships.
Alan Pardew – watching one particular player at Euro 2012
Today is the big day for England fans, with England kicking off against France in about seven hours time, and most of the games so far have been fairly close.
Italy did well yesterday to draw the game with Spain 1-1, after going ahead with the first goal, and Germany were a mite lucky in beating Portugal on Saturday by 1-0, with a good headed goal from Mario Gomez after 73 minutes.
But Ireland came up short last night, when they were well beaten by Croatia 3-1, and Shay Given didn’t look as good as he usually does in goal, and he may be a bit rusty, having just recovered from injury.
Alan Pardew is hoping at least the Newcastle target at Euro 2012 – thought to be France’s Mathieu Debuchy, who is a pal of Yohan Cabaye, doesn’t play too well for France in the tournament, otherwise his price could go up, and Newcastle would probably walk away from any deal.
This is what Alan wrote yesterday:
“Just about every Premier League club will have scouts in Poland and Ukraine.” “From Newcastle’s perspective there are obviously players we know very well, there is one in particular I’m keen to look at.”
“The worry is that if they do too well the agents and the player are suddenly in a stronger position and the cost goes up. As a manager you hope they do OK – but not too well.”
It seems that Debuchy would be a popular choice among Newcastle fans, but we don’t think Newcastle would pay £8M for this player.
The Magpies’ valuation for Debuchy is said to be closer to £6M for the five times capped Frenchman, who has played 288 times for Lille with 17 goals since 2004.
What do you think?