There is growing concern among Newcastle fans that the club will not sign enough new players in the summer to sufficiently fortify the squad, but it seems Newcastle are very near to announcing the first singing of one of their top targets today, as Vurnon Anita arrived on Tyneside yesterday afternoon, and he will undergo the last step of any transfer – a medical today on Tyneside.
Vurnon Anita – announcement expected very soon
The 23-year-old Dutch International made the short trip to Newcastle yesterday afternoon from Amsterdam, to tie up his transfer to Newcastle, but he also wanted to have a talk, one-on-one with Alan Pardew, to better understand his role in the side, and that would appear to have gone well.
Newcastle finally agreed a decent fee with Ajax of €8.5M, which translates to around £6.6M, and it would appear that Vurnon’s wages for his five year deal have been agreed too, otherwise he wouldn’t be having his medical.
We are expecting Vurnon to be unveiled sometime this morning, so he can then join his team mates in a training session, because he is very likely to be at least on the bench on Saturday, and could even make his debut in that game.
And it’s almost certain he will play next Thursday night against Atromitos FC in Athens in the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, so he will strengthen that Newcastle side for sure.
We don’t expect Yohan Cabaye to start on Saturday because he is short of match practice, and we don’t know whether Cheick Tiote will be fit, but we think he will be.
So we are simply waiting for the news to be announced on the Newcastle web-site that Vurnon is now a Newcastle player, and it will be a great first signing for Newcastle, because he seems like another bargain buy.
But we still expect at least one new player and probably two, to come through the door before Friday, 31st August, and we still have high hopes that Mathieu Debuchy can still be signed.
And that will allow Newcastle to get £2M for Danny Simpson, who will be moved out because he will not sign his new contract, and he would become a free agent next summer – he’s a silly lad.
And we really need another striker through the door too, but who that could be is a very good question.
It could even be Andy Carroll, but considering other younger players who could be brought into the club, Andy may prove to be an expensive option.
And of course Adam Campbell looked tremendous in his cameo role last Saturday at Cardiff City, and he scored for the Reserves earlier this week too, and it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Campbell can break through to the first team squad this season – in fact that’s what we are expecting will happen.
And what a smashing youngster he is – if you have an nufcTV subscription, you must see his interview after the Cardiff game, he’s a Newcastle fan first and foremost, and then a great up and coming 17 year-old player on Newcastle’s books.
Oh to be 17 again. 😀
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