There is a report in the Newcastle Journal, that while the team is in the Algarve Stadium, Faro, Portugal playing Olympiacos and FC Braga on Friday night and Saturday night respectively, Newcastle will kick-start their moves for three players, in an effort to strengthen Alan Pardew’s squad for next season.
Andy Carroll – Ashley working the deal himself
And the news is that Mike Ashley has taken control of the deal to get Andy Carroll back to Tyneside, and it seems that Mike likes Andy and wants him back, because he was the one who opposed the move eighteen months ago, unless Liverpool offered silly money up front – which they did – thanks Kenny.
And while there’s been some positive news about Andy from new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, that’s just PR and sources close to the player have said the Geordie lad has been told there is no future for him at Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers as manager.
And only today Liverpool owner John Henry has said they will not overpay for players like they did under Dalglish, and then the news is they have bid £12.5M for Swansea midfielder Joe Allen, who’s been at the Welsh club since he was nine years old.
Is it just me or is that overpaying for a young although fairly mediocre player – maybe it’s me – but heavens above we only paid £9M for Papiss Cisse, who set the Premier League alight earlier this year.
The news is that Newcastle will push hard to get Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita and Andy Carroll to Newcastle, but no news about Marseilles striker Loic Remy, who we are supposed to be after and even close to signing, if you believe some recent reports.
It depends on what the fee is for Remy and we think £10M would be a decent price, but it seems that Mike Ashley really wants Carroll back on Tyneside.
And if he can bring him back say, on a season long loan deal and then say £13M for the option of a permanent transfer next May, that would be good bussiness (again) by the Newcastle owner.
Andy will want to prove himself if he returns to Newcastle on an initial loan deal, and that would be best for Newcastle, who can then judge his form and whether it is worth signing the lad – we think it will be, and Andy could be a big player again at Newcastle.
The promising thing in all of these three deals, is that Andy, Mathieu Debuchy and Vurnon Anita have all expressed a wish to come to Newcastle, and that cannot be bad.
Howay The Lads!!