Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle have money this summer to bring in three top players, and if they lose any one of their marquee players, the club feels confident they can bring in an equivalent player.
Mike Ashley – has given manager at least £20M to spend this summer
Certainly Newcastle are a much richer club then they were only last summer, and as time goes by, and the powers that be keep balancing the books, Newcastle will become a richer club.
That’s not an opinion – that’s a fact.
But with Newcastle’s terrific fifth place finish last season and a return to European competition for the first time in six seasons, things are looking up on Tyneside, and Alan Pardew says the club’s transfer plans this summer are not dependent on any player leaving to fund the deals – they have the money – reckoned to be at least £20M to spend.
This is what Alan Pardew said to the Daily Mirror:
“I know we can sign two or three players and keep all those we have. I know we can do that. I think we will be stronger.”
“And if we do lose a marquee player to a really inflated price – an Andy Carroll price – then we have got to trust our judgment and go into the market place and bring in an equivalent, and I think Mike is quite comfortable with that.”
“The big job this summer is keeping players, as well as signing them. I think that is the key.” “We still have a window wide open and everyone is analyzing and looking at what they did over the last year and at what other teams did.”
“A lot of people will look at us, so I’m not out of the woods on that for sure.” “I don’t fear a big offer coming in, I expect it. I expect a bid for one of our marquee players.”
“Whether it’s enough money to take the player away, we will have to wait and see, but it would have to be a lot of money.” “I would be very surprised if the spirit and camaraderie we built up last season was broken up, unless we lost four or five players – and I cannot see that in a million years.”
“We finished fifth, but that was last season.” “It is important that the message gets through to the players here that, while it is a good finish, it isn’t winning the league.
“There are still four places to aim at above us and, if you want to be a winner, then you have to be better than you were last season.”
Newcastle could lose any one of their star players including Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Fab Coloccini, Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote, with Newcastle being able to ask massive money for all but Demba Ba.
That release clause in Demba’s contract is for £7M, however, it only has 17 days left to run, and then he will be available at his market price, or we should say Newcastle’s price, which will be a lot more than £7M.
But nearly all Newcastle’s stars have already said they don’t want to leave the Toon, and when you think how well our lads did last season, that’s not too surprising.
Newcastle will hope to sign both Mathieu Debuchy and Douglas within the next week, and both those players will be stellar signings for the club.
While we are keeping our feet firmly on the ground, things are definitely looking up at Newcastle these days, and on many different fronts.
Howay the Lads!!