We really like the way Newcastle United go about their business in the transfer market, and stick to their guns, and will not pay over the odds for any player.
Alan Pardew – back to pre-season this morning
And yes, we know that can be really frustrating for fans when maybe another £1M or £2M could get the deal done, but by Newcastle sticking to their guns and not caving in, they will be building a reputation that their final offer for players is exactly that, and that should be good for the club long term.
Alan will be back to pre-season this morning with most of the players due back at Benton, and Newcastle have only one new face in their ranks – French 22 year-old winger Romain Amalfitano.
That compares to last year at this time when we had Mehdi Abeid, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba as the news faces.
Newcastle have offers in for Luuk de Jong, Douglas and Mathieu Debuchy, and Newcastle are expected to get the last two, with seemingly little hope of getting the 21 year-old Dutch striker, although Newcastle’s latest bid of around £11M, has neither been accepted nor rejected by FC Twente.
That’s because the Dutch club are waiting for better offers coming in, which may or may not happen.
Alan Pardew appeared calm and collected as usual this morning, as he said this to the local Newcastle press corps:
“We’re working on a few things.” “I know this time last year we’d brought in a couple of players, but we’re very much in the market at the moment.” “We’re planning to bring in a couple of players, for sure.”
And Demba Ba is back at the training center, and we expect Alan Pardew to take the 27 year-old striker to one side today, and ask him what he wants to do, and if he wants to stay at Newcastle, or whether he’s looking to move via the £7M release clause in his contract, that’s active through this month.
Newcastle’s other known target is 23 year-old Vurnon Anita, whose club Ajax turned down the Magpies’ first offer of £5M for him, but that deal could still happen, and it seems Ajax are even anxious that Newcastle come back in with a better offer.
Although there was news yesterday that Sunderland are also interested in the player.