When you look back on this transfer window this summer, Newcastle had five top players lined up to move to Newcastle, but it seems we will be successful in getting only one of those over the line, and there are various different reasons for that.
Alan Pardew – seems happy enough with the transfer window
Here are five players we tried to get into the club this summer.
Luuk de Jong
This was the first player Newcastle went after in the summer, and we even bid the amount request by his club FC Twente – £11M – but the lad preferred to play his football in the Bundesliga, and the 21 year-old striker chose Borussia Monchengladbach over Newcastle – so it’s hard to fault Newcastle on that one.
The saga of the season, and it seems like it’s been going on a long time, but Newcastle stood their ground and bid only about €6M for the 27 year-old and cited his age as the reason we were not prepared to go any higher, and that produced a deadlock which seems to have existed over the last few weeks.
It could be we go back in for the player today, but in this case we think Newcastle should have paid the extra €1M for the Frenchman, because he would have strengthened our defense – you can over do the stubbornness sometimes – and we think that’s what happened with Mathieu.
It’s hard to know what happened with this guy, who put out different and conflicting statements during the summer about wanting to stay at FC Twente and see out the last year of his contract, and then saying it was time to move on.
With South Americans they are often owned by several agents, so we think it must have been difficult for the club to negotiate for him, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle go back in for him in January or next summer, or even today after Ryan Taylor seems to have sustained a serious injury.
It was always going to be difficult to get Andy Carroll back from Liverpool, because of the money Liverpool were trying to recoup from the disastrous deal Kenny Dalglish did with Newcastle on the last day of the transfer window on January 31st of last year.
It’s clear Andy has no future at the club now, and he has joined West Ham and rejoined his former manager Sam Allardyce, and his best friend captain Kevin Nolan, so he should fit in well in London, and Sam plays completely to Andy’s strengths, with high balls into the box.
But for West Ham to pay a £1M loan fee – plus Andy’s wages for the year – which are anywhere from £75K/week to £100K/week is not a good deal, and we don’t blame Newcastle for not doing the deal to bring Andy home.
However, it does leave us short of at least one senior striker, after Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best both left in the summer and have not been replaced.
We got this lad through the door, and he could become another great acquisition by the club, once he’s given a little time to get used to the Premier League. Vurnon can also play at full-back too, and with Ryan Taylor being injured he may see duty at one of the full back positions for Newcastle this season. He was recalled yesterday to the Dutch squad for the two World Cup qualifying games early next month, along with his new team-mate Tim Krul.
Newcastle may still make a move today for a defender, now that Ryan Taylor has been injured, so we’ll see if we can bring a new player through the door before 11:00 pm tonight. That could prove difficult.
But here’s hoping.
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