Last Sunday at this time we were hoping by now that Newcastle could have brought one of their top three targets – Mathieu Debuchy, Luuk de Jong and Douglas – to Tyneside, but the only real successes last week was selling Leon Best and Fraser Forster, to Blackburn and Celtic respectively for a total of £5M, bringing in top 18 year old Gael Bigirimana from Coventry City for around £1M, and getting James Tavernier to sign a new three year deal.
Mathieu Debuchy – Newcastle number one target now
And we didn’t really expect too much last week on Mathieu Debuchy, since he was on holiday and only returned in the last couple of days, and the next step is that he’s expected to tell his club Lille that he wants to join the Magpies.
But it could be that Lille will not sell the 26 year-old until they have brought in a suitable replacement, and Newcastle still have to agree a fee with Lille, which is always step one in any transfer deal.
But it seems Newcastle will now turn their attention in trying to get a major success in the transfer market in the coming week, with no major success in the transfer market to date.
And probably the next step to get Debuchy is to increase the previous offer of £4M up to around £6M - something we were supposed to have done about a week ago.
But the news is that no agreement has yet been reached with Lille on a fee, and surely Newcastle will now try to get that agreement, before other clubs said to be interested - like Inter-Milan for example – come into the fray.
Alan Pardew will want to try to get as many players as possible in this month, so they have time to settle in and be part of the side that starts the season on August 18th, in what will be a vital first three weeks of the season.
Newcastle will be playing Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the first two Premier League games, and we also have to play the two play-off games, to qualify for the Europa League group stages.
It would be a tragedy if Newcastle don’t get through that tie – and since Luuk de Jong seems to want to join Borrusia Monchengladbach, and Douglas is not available to play at Newcastle until the end of August – even if we sign him, Mathieu Debuchy seems to be the number one target right now.
Maybe we can get him signed this week – and if we don’t – it should not be for the want of trying.