It seems that Newcastle could well bring in Mathieu Debuchy before next weekend and also 19 year-old Aussie defender Curtis Good, and the week could be even better if Demba Ba is still a Newcastle player in two days time, after that £7M release clause in his contract finally runs out.
Curtis Good – should arrive this week on Tyneside
We’ve said before that we expect Curtis Good to be much better than people think when he finally gets to Newcastle, and it would be really good if the Australian U20 International can get a game at Den Haag next Saturday, and we’re sure that’s what Newcastle are hoping will be possible.
Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana have looked good for Newcastle in pre-season, and it’s small wonder that one slogan for Newcastle fans right now is “In Carr We Trust” – as the Newcastle Chief Scout has again done an outstanding job of scouting some top talent for the club.
By the way this shirt was designed by one of our readers – Steve Jenkin – better known as TorqToon, we think it looks great and you can buy the shirt here. We are not involved in the production of this shirt and we get nothing for it – we just think it looks great and that we are recognizing Graham Carr. And one thing I didn’t realize, you have a choice of colors for the T shirt and the photograph.
And the news over the weekend was that one of Newcastle’s other targets – Vurnon Anita – looked very good playing for Ajax in a friendly game against Southampton on Saturday, but he must be good if Graham has picked him out for Newcastle.
The Evening Chronicle is now reporting that a transfer fee and personal terms have been agreed for Debuchy – and if that’s true then the transfer should be wrapped up some time this week – but we stress – if that’s true.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle from the Algarve today:
“I am hoping by the end of the week somebody will be through the door.” “There is a good chance of that.”
We hope he’s not just talking about Curtis Good there, and if we can get Debuchy and Curtis in that would be good, and keeping Demba Ba would add up to a very good week for Newcastle, and if Mathieu does arrive on Tyneside, then Danny Simpson could be saying goodbye to Newcastle, and he’ll likely sign for Reading for at least £2M.
But we think if that happens Danny will look back on this as a mistake in the long term, because he could have stayed and been a part of the continuing Newcastle revolution under Alan Pardew, and apparently his wages at Reading of £30K/week are not much better than Newcastle have offered him.