Alan Pardew is remaining tight lipped about the January transfer window, and we wouldn’t expect him to talk openly about our targets as a certain Graeme Souness used to do when he was manager at Newcastle.
Graeme Souness when Magpies manager – conducted transfer business in the press
Part of Newcastle’s strategy on transfers is to quietly sign the targets, and it’s best if nobody even knows we are after a player, in case that draws other clubs to bid, and increases the price.
This is what Alan said about the transfer window coming up in 27 days (approximately):
“I know I have given an overview of where our season may go, but I am not going to talk about the window because that is unfair, looking at where we are right now.”
“We have ten top players in that treatment room, and the players I have playing I need to get the best out of them.” “You won’t get anything about January from me.”
“There will be discussions between myself and Derek and Mike about the plan for January”.
With only Vurnon Anita being brought in during the summer, and the 23 year-old now starting to shine for Newcastle, that was simply not enough new players to strengthen the squad to play in Europe for the first time in six seasons.
So we are hoping Newcastle will bring in say three top players in January, and not only will that help us in the Premier League, and we’re still only 6 points off 6th place – but it could also allow us to play decent sides in the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
Who knows we may even do well in the Europa league if we can strengthen the squad in January, and we also have to remember that Cheick Tiote and maybe Shola Ameobi will be off to the African Cup of Nations in South Africa next month.
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