Newcastle have signed one senior player so far this season, and that’s Romain Amalfitano, who was a free agent from Reims.
Mathieu Debuchy – Newcastle bid rejected
And that’s a slower pace then last year at this time when we had signed Mehdi Abeid, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, and those players cost Newcastle all of €5M, which we had to shell out for French International Yohan Cabaye, via the release clause in his contract at Lille.
And we wonder how much Yohan is worth now in the transfer market – any thoughts on that?
It may become harder for Newcastle to get good deals now, simply because our cover had been blown, and other top clubs have seen the bargains that Newcastle have been able to make in the transfer market, since a certain Graham Carr came on board as Chief Scout.
Not much seems to be happening today on the transfer front, and we are all still waiting to hear new news concerning 21 year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.
Our understanding of the situation is that FC Twente want £15M for him, and Newcastle have had two bids of £8M and £10M rejected, although the actual fees seem to differ in the different reports.
While news on Luuk may be coming in at any time we don’t expect much to be happening on Mathieu Debuchy, until France are eliminated from the Euro 2012 tournament, which could of course be tonight, when they play Spain in the quarter finals.
But it does look like Chelsea are now in the running, and Newcastle may not pay the fee for the right back that Chelsea will be willing to pay, and that could cause the cub to lose out.
It does seem like Mathieu would be very willing to join Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside, but Newcastle must first agree a fee with Lille before that is possible.
The latest on Debuchy is that Newcastle bid €5M (£4M) for him and that was rejected, and depending on which press reports you believe, French club want anywhere from £6M to £10M for their French International.
The situation with de Jong and Debuchy is that Newcastle have (unfortunately?) done business with both their clubs in the last couple of years, and got really stellar deals.
Newcastle got Yohan Cabaye for €5M (£4M) and Cheick Tiote for £3.5M, and their former clubs now want more money (a lot more money) from Newcastle for their top players, this time around.
Or that’s what it seems like, and we cannot really blame them we suppose.
Wonder what’s happening with our center-half targets?