Its’ not very often that Derek Llambias talks about what happened in the transfer window but he has done that, and he talked about Mathieu Debuchy and Douglas yesterday, and it seems they were just too expensive, and Newcastle weren’t prepared to pay over the odds for two of their transfer targets this summer.
Derek Llambias - Debuchy and Douglas were too expensive
Derek was speaking after he had announced the eight year contract deal for Alan Pardew and his staff, and he had this to say about Mathieu Debuchy and then Douglas:
“Debuchy was a target. We were led to believe it would be in the region of 6 million euros and that was never the case – it was a lot bigger than that, but it was pounds.” “We worked really hard on it and we were keen to do that deal, but if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it.”
“You can’t keep going down the road of saying, ‘Oh, well, it’s only another two or three million!’ “We went for several targets, one of those was Douglas, and they were just too pricey. We were nearly there, but you can’t keep going back to get the price you want if there’s no appetite from the other side.”
“There was no appetite from Ajax to sell Vurnon Anita – their appetite was to sell Gregory van der Wiel. We were looking at both, as a pair, but we went off Van der Wiel because we couldn’t afford it.” “But Anita is the future, the quality we’ve been looking for.”
It could be that Newcastle were as much as £2M short of the Lille asking price for Debuchy, which is bigger than we thought, and there has been some news that Newcastle may go back for the player in January.
As far as Douglas goes, his contract runs out next summer at FC Twente, so it would be that Newcastle will go back in for him in January or wait for him becoming a free agent and try to fix up a deal next summer.
Both could still potentially arrive at Newcastle, but they will only come through the door if their transfer fees have been decreased.
Newcastle fans find it hard to understand why we don’t pay a little over th odds to get our targets – just a little – because we were so used to Freddy Shepherd doing that.
But let’s be honest, Freddy didn’t pay just a little over the odds – he paid way over the odds in both transfer fees and wages for players that he brought in.
We have far too many examples of bad buys under Freddy Shepherd to even think about it, and we suppose we are getting used to Newcastle not giving in on the transfer price to other clubs.
But it can be frustrating too. :d
What do you think?
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