We reported on Newcastle’s efforts to bring in Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate to Newcastle in January a couple of days ago, and there have been additional reports that Newcastle are indeed interested in this 22 year-old, who was born in Dakar, Senegal.
Cheikhou Kouyate – £7M rated Anderlect Defender
The lad has played 5 times for the Senegal National side, so we expect that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has already checked with his two Senegal strikers on just how good this defender is.
Cheickhou can play center-back and also in defensive midfield – so his versatility will be a plus for Newcastle – as we need to bring in players who can play in a number of positions, so they provide more cover – in case we have lots of injuries – the position we are in at the moment.
The 6’4″ defender joined Brussels FC in 2006, from his home town club ASC Yego Dakar, and he then was signed by Anderlecht in 2008, after rumors that several top clubs – one being Arsenal – had been scouting the player that summer.
Anderlecht are said to want around £7M for their defender, and that may be too much for Newcastle to pay, although we don’t know how much owner Mike Ashley will be willing to give Alan Pardew in January, to save Newcastle from a potential relegation – if our results don’t start to improve quickly.
We think this lad is a good player – but £7M may not be good value for Newcastle, and that has to be the problem with signing this lad.
However, given that we’ll lose millions and millions if we are relegated from the Premier League in May, giving Alan Pardew say £20M in January would seem like a good investment by the Newcastle owner – if only to to keep Newcastle in England’s top flight.
Next season is when the new TV deal takes effect and there’s a 70% increase on what it cost over the previous three seasons, so the PL clubs will see a big increase in the money they get from the local TV broadcasting rights next season – and surely Mike Ashley wants Newcastle to be in that kind of money?
We don’t know – because Mike never says anything about what he thinks or what he does.
We’ll put a bit more out on the new TV deal and what it could mean to Newcastle in another article – but Newcastle must stay in the PL this season, and that’s almost a good target – given where we stand at the moment with all the injuries we have picked up with the extra European games.
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