This summer has been a lot different than last summer, when we brought Yohan Cabaye, Mahdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba into the club before Saturday 18th June, a day I remember very well for various reasons.
Mathieu Debuchy – Newcastle still interested?
This year we have so far signed three young players in Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimnana and Curtis Good, but they all look like they will turn out to be excellent signings for the club, and they cost only £1.4M for all three.
Good business by Newcastle, but it seems that other clubs are becoming wise to Newcastle in the transfer market and are demanding higher fees for their players.
That’s maybe because the transfer people at Newcastle – Alan Pardew, Graham Carr, Derek LLambias, Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – are so good, that when they go after any player they must be good, even better than their clubs think – so they raise the price.
With deals we got for Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and others over the last few years, it’s small wonder that other clubs will try to get more money off a surprisingly successful Newcastle club, considering where we were a short three years ago.
In case you had forgotten – we were down and out, and wondering whether we could survive in the Championship in the upcoming season – but thanks to Chris Hughton, Alan Pardew and others, Newcastle are flying high.
Newcastle have done fantastically well these last three seasons, but we haven’t come up trumps with any of our top targets this summer so far, and there’s also very little news around, about where we are in our pursuit of Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Douglas and Andy Carroll.
We think Newcastle will be willing to go with what we have at center-back with James Perch – the great Perchinho – and Curtis Good backing up Colo, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson, and if Douglas sees out the last year of his contract at FC Twente, expect Newcastle to try to get him in as a free agent next summer.
Or even pay out a nominal fee in January to ensure they get him.
Vernon Anita – he’ll join Newcastle or Milan or stay put at Ajax
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That would not be unlike our pursuit of the great Papiss Cisse, and that turned out very well, even though Newcastle fans were frustrated we didn’t bring in a top striker last summer for a fee – to replace big Andy.
Where we are on the Debuchy saga we have no idea, but we think Newcastle are still interested, and the next week should decide where Vurnon Anita ends up, with Newcastle in with a decent chance, but it seems that AC Milan are also interested.
And then Andy Carroll seems to be settling in at Anfield, so we don’t know what could happen there, but don’t be surprised if Newcastle go in for him on the very last day of the transfer market – Monday 2nd September – to try to get him on a loan deal, with the option to get him permanently next May.
Nothing seems to be happening with Marseilles striker Loic Remy, but it’s when things are quiet that Newcastle will announce something big, and we trust they are working hard behind the scenes to try to get two or three new players through the door.
So things can still work out well for Newcastle this summer, but trying to be patient when nothing seems to be happening can be difficult – at least for me it is.