We expect the transfer market in general and the dealings that Newcastle make in particular, to pick up steam significantly, now that the Euro 2012 tournament will be over on Sunday night.
Wilfried Zaha – too expensive?
And it may be a good time to take a step back and see where Newcastle are in their transfer dealings – with news today that the major targets seem to be Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong, Vurnon Anita and 19 year-old Australian center-back Curtis Good.
And despite reports to the contrary, Newcastle will only bring in one new striker this season, unless Demba Ba moves on and then they will need to replace him.
But the news we saw yesterday in one report, that Newcastle would be bringing in both Luuk de Jong and Ola Toivonen for £16.5M, is unlikely to happen, unless Ba leaves Toon.
Newcastle have cooled their interest in several players this summer, and they include Ajax center-backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, Douglas of FC Twente and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (that’s a pity).
And news today in the Evening Chronicle that Newcastle interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has cooled a little and he has slipped down the priority list.
Newcastle tracked Wilfried all last season, along with his England U21 International colleague Nathaniel Clyne, who was impressive at right back.
And it could be that one reason Newcastle have cooled their interest in the player, is that English based players are so expensive these days, and Crystal Palace may be looking for big fees for both their young stars, and it’s quite clear that Newcastle will look elsewhere, if that’s the case.
Newcastle’s best bet for good value in the transfer market still appears to be France, where Newcastle can pick up youngsters who seem to have enormous skills, and bring them to Newcastle for a low fee and low wages too.
We’ve had a number of emails saying Newcastle need to sign more English players, but that’s one strong financial reason that it may not happen too many times at Newcastle – they are just too expensive in both transfer fees and wages.
It seems that two lads at Crystal Palace, who are both young and very good – Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne – will not be arriving on Tyneside, because they are simply not a good enough value for Newcastle.
Newcastle are almost the polar opposite in the transfer market, than they were under Freddy Shepherd, but we have to say we like the new approach, and we like the fact that Newcastle are getting so many good deals in the transfer market these days.
And let’s hope Newcastle are rewarding those who make it all possible – including Chief Scout Graham Carr.