We see that Martin O’Neill is starting to spend the cash at Sunderland, with two new signings in Wolves’ Steven Fletcher and Manchester City’s Adam Johnson for what are said to be fees of £15M and £10M – and they certainly didn’t come as bargain buys.
Mathieu Debuchy – could still arrive on Tyneside?
We didn’t expect Newcastle to go after Adam Johnson, who has been a Newcastle fan all his life in spite of being born in Sunderland, and there’s at least a couple of reasons why we think Newcastle were not interested.
£10M is a lot of money for Newcastle to spend these days, and Johnson wouldn’t have been a bargain buy at all, and we already have lots of wingers at the club like Jonas, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Romain Amalfitano.
And who would have thought that Steven Fletcher would go for between £12M and £15M according to reports – is he really worth that much – we don’t think he’s worth half of that.
Newcastle are still interested in the Brazilian Douglas of FC Twente, but there seem to be endless frustrations for Newcastle with the Telegraaf newspaper in Holland reporting that two of his agents and the player himself are due cuts of the transfer fee, which means only qbout60% if the fee with go to his club FC Twente, so that;’s one reason they are trying to drive up the price.
But if the news is to be believed the fee is at or over £4M, and that’s a lot to pay for a player who would be a free agent next summer.
Of course the other way to look at it is that if Fulham come in with a decent offer this summer, he will not be available next summer because he will be a Newcastle player.
We really don’t know if Newcastle consider center-back a priority any more with James Perch looking good in central defense, and youngster Curtis Good likely to come through this season.
And the fact that FC Twente have just signed Manchester City’s Dedryck Boyata,on a season long loan deal, may suggest they are ready to let Douglas go.
We still think there’s a chance that Newcastle will go in one more time for Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, but certainly the dealings for Douglas and Debuchy have been like soap operas this summer.
We really don’t know if Newcastle will bring in any players before next Saturday, but our guess is that Debuchy will be a Newcastle player come September, especially if Lille do not qualify for the European Champions League group stages.
And if we do manage to sign him we hope Newcastle keep Danny Simpson on the books, and get him to sign a new deal and stay on Tyneside.
If Debuchy comes Danny may not be a starter any longer, but he’s a more than decent player and has been loyal to Newcastle over the last three seasons, and can still do a job for the club.
And we suppose that Newcastle could still try to bring in Andy Carroll from Liverpool late in the transfer window, but that’s starting to look like an expensive option.
What do you think?
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