Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that in the last few weeks of the transfer window, Newcastle had clubs come in for players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, but the offers made for them were all turned down by owner Mike Ashley.
Mike Ashley – turned down offers for top stars
We’ll probably never know just how big the offers were, but it wouldn’t surprise us if £15M was the figure for either one of those three, although if clubs were interested in Demba Ba, you would have thought they would have moved in before August 1st, when the release clause of £7M in his contract ran out.
And this seems to be consistent with Alan Pardew saying last week that some of his players’ heads were turned by the offers, which may have affected the form of Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye early in the season – maybe.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“The fans should realise that we have not done too badly in the transfer window as we have kept our players, added some a few more and head into the campaign with a stronger squad than we had last season.”
“We have had to fend off a few offers in the last few weeks and all credit to my board for turning them away. Now we can concentrate on football, rather than speculation over players and I welcome that.”
“I’m not alone in believing the transfer window should be shut before we start the Premier League season. The current set-up only benefits the top sides, as they have the power to unsettle players and get what they want in the final few days of the window.”
“We will use all of our squad for the European matches and right so because everyone in my squad should be ready to play when called upon.”
“I make no excuses for saying the Premier League has to be our priority if we want to move this club forward in the right manner, but there can be space for Europa League football in our agenda, as well as the domestic cup competitions.”
If Alan wants the transfer window to stop before the season starts, presumably he would also argue there shouldn’t be any January transfer window, which is right in the middle of the season.
It’s good Newcastle kept all their players this summer, and the reports were that clubs would have to go as high as £25M for Newcastle’s top stars, and since Mike Ashley held out until it got to £35M for Andy Carroll, you have to think there’s some truth in that £25M figure.
Mike Ashley is easy to read – when he’s buying he thinks low, sometimes very low, and when he’s selling he thinks high, and sometimes very high.
But it remains to be seen if Newcastle have brought in enough players in the summer, to maintain a position in the top six this season.
We certainly hope so.
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