We haven’t heard too much from Newcastle manager this week, and until now it’s been another week of little success in the transfer market for bringing senior players through the door, and we’re hoping that will change fairly soon, but Alan still seems to be relaxed and confident of new signings before September rolls around.
Alan Pardew – I’m pretty relaxed about transfers
Alan Pardew thinks Newcastle will be able to bring in two or three players before the summer transfer window closes, although if we are to believe the reports coming out every day, almost every Newcastle transfer is deadlocked, mainly because Newcastle have not met the valuation of the other club for their player.
Newcastle have bid £6M for Debuchy, and apparently that fee was agreed between the two clubs last week, but it seems Lille have now backtracked on that, and want more money for their French International, and if that’s true, it’s hardly surprising that Mathieu is a little peeved at Lille.
Pardew still favors Debuchy over other possible right-backs, such as Ajax’s 24 year-old Dutch International Gregory van der Weil, whom we featured yesterday in an article.
Alan Pardew talked to the Newcastle Journal today, and seems fairly relaxed about things, but he wouldn’t go into any details on the Debuchy deal:
“I’m pretty relaxed about the transfers, it’s out of my hands now to a degree.” “Myself, Graham Carr and the team have put together what we think is a shortlist and it’s about Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley getting a deal that they think is right for the club.”
“If I have to run for the first game or the first week of the season with this squad I’m pretty relaxed about that. Having said that, I’m still pretty hopeful there’ll be a body or two in before then. But lets wait and see.” “I don’t like to think we have a ‘B’ list.”
“It’s an ‘A’ list and sometimes it’s just whether all the ingredients are there.” “If that isn’t working, you just go to another name on the ‘A’ list. There’s not many names on it – there’s two or three in each position. All of those players would take us forward.”
The Journal is also reporting that Newcastle are readying an increased offer for Ajax’s Vurnon Anita, which we reported on earlier today, and his club have also offered him a new lucrative contract through 2016, to try to keep him at the Dutch club.
However, it seems Anita is very keen to join Newcastle, but we’ll have to see if the club can agree a transfer fee with Ajax, which has been the stumbling block for most of our transfer deals so far this summer.
Vurnon Anita would be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle, although Sunderland are still said to be interested.