There’s no good news on Newcastle’s pursuit if Luuk de Jong or Douglas this morning, and Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley left Holland yesterday with no deals signed for Newcastle.
Mathieu Debuchy – wants to join Newcastle – that’s a good start
But there could be better news this week, with one of our other top targets Matthieu Debuchy, because there is news he is expected to tell Lille he wants to join Newcastle, and he’s expected to do that before the end of the week.
Newcastle lodged an increased bid of £6M for the French International last Friday, and we’ve heard precious little about that since then.
That’s because the next day, there was news that Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley were in Holland trying to wrap up the deals for both de Jong and Douglas, and unfortunately that’s come up short.
Getting Debuchy to Newcastle may also prove difficult, because Lille will remember getting only €5M for Yohan Cabaye, who has become a top French International since coming to Tyneside last June, and the French club will want to make sure they get their moneys worth for Debuchy.
That’s also what’s causing Twente to want more money for their players, because we got Cheick Tiote from them only two summers ago for £3.5M, and how much is he worth today?
So Newcastle’s past successes in the transfer market are making it more difficult these days to get good deals, but that’s also to be expected, and we think Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias will still want top deals.
But it may be that the top deals of the future are bringing in some top class younger players, when they are still under the radar screen of top clubs.
We are hopeful of getting Mathieu Debuchy to Tyneside, and he will return form his holiday later this week, and has a meeting arranged with Lille officials.
But again the problem could be the fee, and we don’t think Lille will simply accept the new and improved £6M bid – they will want more, and they will probably hope that other clubs like Chelsea will come into the action, and create a public auction.
And that’s the last thing Newcastle will want – but we are still hopeful that Mathieu will arrive, because he seems very keen to come to Tyneside.
However, The Journal is reporting today that since Debuchy has been such a good servant of the club, having played for the first team since 2004, they will not make it difficult, and if that’s true Newcastle may even have an easy passage with Debuchy.
We certainly hope so, because he would be a fantastic acquisition for Newcastle United.
What do you think?