Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has admitted that the club have discussed a contract with Blackburn Rover’s winger Junior Hoilett, and that talks are ongoing with the Canadian winger/striker.
Junior Hoilett – Magpies in contract talks with 22 year-old
We reported the news yesterday that Newcastle had indeed opened talks with Hoilett on a new contract and the 22 year-old has been a free agent since his contract ran out on July 1st, but the Canadian-born player will still cost Newcastle money in terms of compensation to Blackburn Rovers, because he’s under 24.
Last week there was news in one of the local papers that Junior wanted £50K/week in wages, and that kind of poured cold water on the possibility of a deal, but we hope that’s not true.
We have to hope the winger is sensible with his wage demands, and of course Newcastle have been tracking this lad for over a year now, and maybe they will surprise us and sign him up.
Alan Pardew talked directly about Hoilett this morning in the local press:
“It looks like there is an imminence to him moving, wherever he ends up. So we are keeping a close eye on that because he is a good player.”
Newcastle may have trouble bringing in a new striker this season, and Alan also says he doesn’t expect too many players to be brought in over the summer, as Newcastle have some outstanding youngsters coming through like Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi.
And it seems that some of those are getting close to the time when they will have to either sink or swim at Newcastle.
And there was news yesterday that Barcelona were interested in Newcastle’s midfielder Yohan Cabaye and that they would bid an incredible £8M, but that’s peanuts for a player as good as Yohan has become at Newcastle, and it would take a lot more than that to persuage newcastel to part with omen of their crown jewels.
This is what Alan said yesterday about Yohan at his press conference:
“We’re saying to clubs you will have to pay inflated fees for all our players because we are one of the few clubs in a strong financial position.” ”We will be strong in that. We’ve had no bids, we’ve had a few inquiries to see if those players are available and we’ve said no.”
That’s the way we’d like to keep it, with none of our top players leaving this summer, and that includes Yohan Cabaye and also Demba Ba, who seems happy enough to stay at Newcastle, as long as he’s deployed as a striker up front, and that’s hardly an outrageous demand from the big man.