The news in the Newcastle Journal this morning is that Newcastle will only try to bring in another striker before 11:00pm Friday night, when the summer transfer window closes.
Luuk de Jong – preferred to play in Germany
They report that Newcastle will not go back in with an improved bid for Mathieu Debuchy, and if the news is accurate that Real Madrid have launched a €10M bid for the player, we wouldn’t have got him anyway.
But it seems when we look back on this transfer window in retrospect, Newcastle had four top targets in Luuk de Jong, Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas and Vurnon Anita.
Newcastle met the asking price for Luuk de Jong of around £11M, but the lad preferred to join Borussia Monchengladbach instead of Newcastle, so there’s not much you can do about that.
It seems Newcastle were unwilling to pay the asking price for Mathieu Debuchy, even though he was keen to join his big pal Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside.
FC Twente center-back Douglas has finally decided to stay at the Dutch club for the last year of his contract, and it’s difficult to know if Newcastle even put in a bid, although we may be after him in January or next summer, when he’s available as a free agent.
And Newcastle brought in Vurnion Anita for £6.6M from Ajax, and we think this lad will be a good (perhaps great) player for Newcastle once he has a chance to settle into the English way of playing the game.
If Newcastle could have brought in de Jong, Debuchy and Douglas this summer, our ambitions for the season would be much higher than they are are at the moment.
It gives another chance to Danny Simpson at right back, whose always been a decent player, but we must get him to sign a new improved deal before next summer, when he could leave for nothing.
Gael Bigirimana looks like a top player in the making, and Romain Amalfitano looks sprightly out on the wing, and Curtis Good comes with a big reputation as a potential future star.
But we still think Newcastle’s Achilles heel is the defense, and we haven’t fixed that this summer.
What do you think?
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