There’s no doubt that January is going to be an important month for Newcastle, and we have to hope that several new players come through the door to strengthen our very small squad – which we’ve had since we were relegated almost four years ago.
Loic Remy – could arrive in January
We expect Alan Pardew to be given anywhere between £10M and £20M to spend this summer, although more funds could be made available if Newcastle sell one of their players.
Demba Ba has his release clause active again next month, and any club coming in with £7M can talk to the player, and if they can reach a wages deal with his agents, then he’s gone.
And while that would be catastrophic for Newcastle, it would also allow Papiss Cisse more freedom up front, so he could possibly hit the goals trail again in the new year.
If Demba Ba leaves and Shola Ameobi insists on going to the African Cup of Nations to play for Nigeria and miss up to six weeks playing for Newcastle, then we need to bring in another striker, and Marseilles Loic Remy could be the one to come in – even though he could cost us £10M.
And there is even a report today in the Journal this morning that Newcastle could sell Cisse in January, but that will not happen, until Demba Ba signs a new deal to stay at Newcastle, and that seems unlikely.
Newcastle may surprise us, but two players who could make an immediate impact on the Newcastle defense are Mathieu Debuchy of Lille and FC Twente center-back Douglas.
They were keenly pursued by Newcastle in the summer, but the price put Newcastle off, and rather than overpay for players we decided not to bring any of those players in – and that’s caused the Newcastle squad to be weaker than ever, because of all the injuries we’ve had.
It was a terrible mistake in retrospect.
Remy (£10M), Debuchy (£6M) and Douglas (£2M) would be three good players for Newcastle, and they would cost around £18M and would help us climb up that league table, since the chances are that we’ll be near or in the relegation zone come January.
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