Newcastle fans have had a tough time of it in the transfer window so far this summer, with Newcastle still having to make their first signing of one of their major transfer targets, and it must have been tough on manager Alan Pardew too.
Vurnon Anita – considering his options …..
But Alan is a very professional man, and bought in immediately to the way Newcastle are run rather frugally by owner Mike Ashley, but we’ve also been rather successful over the last three seasons or so, and have made some stellar signings in Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and the like in that time.
Alan Pardew will be involved at the moment in trying to persuade Vurnon Anita to sign from Ajax, and it’s dragging on a bit, but the next step is for Vurnon to talk to Alan Pardew about what his role will be in the side, and that’s fair enough.
With the Dutch International able to play as a holding midfielder or left back, he will have competition from Cheick Tiote and Davide Santon, and he cannot expect to be guaranteed a starting place in the first team, and if he does, then maybe he’s not the right man for Newcastle.
We don’t even know if the lad is on Tyneside at the moment, and we suppose most of it can be done over the phone, but usually in these cases he would visit Newcastle, and everything could be tied up rather quickly if all goes well.
That’s including the discussion with Alan, the wage negotiations and then the medical, and yes I made a big bloomer when I said he had asked for wages above Newcastle’s ceiling and that’s simply not true.
And a number of readers have rather forcibly communicated that fact to me over the last couple of days – hey - I try my best and sometimes it’s not good enough.
But back to the important stuff, and with Vurnon being a top player in multiple positions, it makes him even more important to Newcastle, and he would get lots of playing time on Tyneside, but it may be that he wants assurances he would be a starter.
It seems he is still considering his options at the moment, and the good news could break at any time that he has signed for Newcastle,and that would be simply terrific news for the club, and since I’m taking my daughter Elaine into Raleigh down town today – that may help the good news break.
If Vurnon walks away from the deal, that would not be good, but we’d be surprised if at this stage he turns down what is a wonderful opportunity to further his career at a great club like Newcastle United.
Yes, okay, so I’m just a little biased there.
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