There seems to be truth in the reports that Newcastle are still bracing themselves for some bids coming in this week for some of their top players.
Yohan Cabaye – top player – in action against Spurs
We are hoping that the valuation that Mike Ashley puts on players like Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini will scare off any would-be suitors this week, but of course what Newcastle are worried about is that a club will come in with silly money – like Liverpool did for Andy Carroll in January of 2011 – and then we could be in trouble.
Alan Pardew has been concerned all summer that he may lose one of his star players, and he’ll not be happy until the transfer window slams shut on Friday night at 11:00pm. Newcastle fans wont be either.
There seems some truth in the rumors that both are central midfield players – Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye – are attracting interest, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle have drawn up contingency plans, in case they lose one of those two.
We understand these contingency plans have been in place all summer, and Newcastle have identified targets they would go after if they lose specific top players, but time is now running out to do that, should a daft offer come in for one of the Newcastle stars, that the Magpies just cannot refuse.
Newcastle’s first line of defense this week will be the valuation put on players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, and it’s understood Mike Ashley will ask for £25M for each player, and that should do the trick.
Newcastle would make over £20M profit on each player if a club is willing to pay the asking price, and it’s only if some club is daft enough to pay out that amount, that Newcastle could be in difficulties.
Liverpool were daft enough to fork out £35M in cash for Andy Carroll, but clubs are a lot more sensible in the transfer market these days.
Here’s hoping we can keep all our best players this week, and maybe have a little celebration at 11:00 pm on Friday night – yes, that’s a good idea - where’s that bottle (the big one) of chardonnay?
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