Alan Pardew held his news conference yesterday afternoon for tonight’s second leg qualifying tie with Greek side Atromitos, but he was peppered with questions on the transfer front, and the Newcastle manager did his best to answer the questions.
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Asked if he was worried about still losing players in the last two days of this summer transfer window, this is what Alan Pardew said yesterday:
“I lost Andy Carroll on the last day of the January window so no, I can never rest easy, but I want to keep the great players we’ve got, who we worked very hard to bring to the football club.”
“Not just on the scouting side, but selling the club to the players, players like Vurnon Anita coming here from Ajax, a team in the Champions League, to come to Newcastle.”
“This isn’t an easy thing to do. We want to keep our best players and we’re trying very hard to make sure that we do that.”
It will be a shock this late in the transfer window if we lose any of our top players, but of course that’s what we said on January 30th of last year, after we had turned down two bids from Tottenham for Andy Carroll, but then Liverpool came in for him the next day, and although Mike Ashley turned down their first two offers, he took the £35M in cool cash and Andy was gone.
The players who could leave before Saturday include Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote and captain Fab Coloccini, but obviously we hope we can keep our best players, but it doesn’t look like any players are coming through the door before tomorrow night.
There was some disturbing news earlier today that Real Madrid have agreed a €7M fee for Mathieu Debuchy of Lille, and that’s just €1M more than we offered – but Lille have accepted Madrid’s offer – according to reports.
Even though Debuchy wanted to come to Newcastle, when a club like Real Madrid comes in for you, it’s hard to turn them down, and not only are Real Madrid always in the Champions League, but they are one of the favorites to win it this season.
But to miss out on a top player for just €1M after being after him for many months is hard to take, and Newcastle are left in a difficult situation with our current right-back Danny Simpson, who now looks to be staying on Tyneside, even though he will become a free agent next summer, and can leave for nothing.
And that’s inconsistent with what Alan Pardew had been saying earlier this year, that if Danny didn’t sign a new deal this summer he would be sold – so why didn’t we cough up the money for Mathieu Debuchy and sell Simpson?
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