Alan Pardew mentioned yesterday to the local press that Newcastle were close to signing a couple of players, and we know one of them is Gael Bigirimana, the 18 year-old whiz kid from Coventry, who will be undergoing a medical today at Newcastle.
Curtis Good – top young center-back
And the other player Newcastle are working hard to bring in is thought to be 19 year-old Australian center-back Curtis Good.
The Newcastle manager hinted at the first day of pre-season training yesterday, that Newcastle were close to two new signings as Alan Pardew had this to say:
“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.”
We had reported last week that Newcastle were very close to agreeing a deal for the Melbourne Heart defender, with news in Melbourne suggesting that an agreement had already been reached with Newcastle.
And the Evening Chronicle reported last night that the deal is in the offing, but may take a few days to complete, but there seems little doubt that the Australian will be coming to Newcastle, and of course he impressed big time in a 10 day trial he had at Newcastle in April.
And like Gail Bigirimana, he will probably initially be part of the Development squad, and the fee that’s being reported is £400K.
As many as nine players left the Development squad last Sunday, when their contracts ran out, and Newcastle will be bolstering the squad with quite a few good younger players this summer, with the emphasis on making sure the new lads are top quality.
Curtis could be a very pleasant surprise when he finally arrives at Newcastle, because he is highly regarded down under, and he has even been compared to former Manchester United, PSV and Milan center-back Japp Stam, who played for Holland 67 times.
With Newcastle finding it more difficult to bring in their top senior targets this summer, it will be very important that Newcastle keep tracking these top youngsters around the world, and bring them to Newcastle, where they can be developed into first team players on Tyneside – that’s the goal.
Certainly both Gail Bigirimana and Curtis Good seem to be top class youngsters.
And of course there’s always a chance that Newcastle could surprise us all, and bring in Lionel Messi from Barcelona, but the latest on that one we hear, is that the Spanish club turned down Newcastle’s up-front cash offer of £80M – you win some you lose some we suppose.