We’ve seen Newcastle lose out in the transfer market more than once because we have been unwilling to pay the fee requested by the selling club, but in his news conference yesterday Alan Pardew said Newcastle would not be outbid on the fee, or the wages in January for their top targets.
Alan Pardew – we will not be outbid in transfer market
When asked if Newcastle could be outbid for their targets, this is what the manager said:
“I don’t think that will happen.” “Not a lot of clubs are more flexible, there are only a handful. I would suggest we are being as aggressive in this window as anyone.” “We’re aggressive in the field we are in.”
“I still think senior players coming here on large salaries is not our area, but we are being aggressive in the area we are in.” “We’ve done our homework. You can’t force someone to agree a contract, you can only put your best case forward and your best offer forward and go from there.”
“If you put yourself in the position of the agent and you have a player that is desirable, and a really good club comes in and a lesser side comes in as well, you sometimes have the impression, because of the interest and the media coverage, that an even bigger one will come in for your player.”
“So why sign early? Even if terms have been agreed, they are waiting to see if a more attractive project becomes available. No matter what finance you throw at the deal, sometimes everybody just wants to sit and wait.”
The field Newcastle are in is the pack of clubs chasing the top six clubs in the Premier League – who are the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
So presumably we can compete with any of those clubs in our group, but not with the top six.
That’s where we stand today, and after finishing 5th last season we were hoping we could again finish in the top six again – but not this season.
But if we can avoid relegation, we should have a much stronger squad for next season, as long as we can hold onto our top players in the summer, and there’s no reason why we cannot be very successful again then.
What do you think?
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