There were reports yesterday that Newcastle have bid £2.5M for 20 year-old left-back Massadio Haidara of Nancy, and it seems Newcastle are now talking terms with the player and his agent.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – could be arriving on Tyneside
There’s not much time left in this transfer window with just over two weeks to go, and Newcastle need a striker and some defensive reinforcements, but we wonder if Newcastle are after Moussa Sissoko, and it would be a surprise if we’re not, since he’s available for £3.5M from Toulouse – a bargain buy.
The news is that Newcastle are going after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Saint Etienne, and he is the second choice striker to Loic Remy, who passed a medical yesterday at QPR and is expected to sign for the London club today.
But it could be that Saint Etienne don’t want to sell until the summer, so it will be interesting to see if Newcastle can get the 23 year-old over the line before February, because we desperately need a striker and we have only Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi as experienced strikers at the club, after Demba Ba left on January 4th.
And there must also be some doubt as to whether Newcastle can bring in 23 year-old Siem de Jong, the Ajax captain, as we don’t think the Dutch Champions will want to sell him in January, although there was news yesterday that Newcastle had launched a £9M bid fro the Dutch International.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the Montpelier captain would be a great buy and he can play anywhere across the back line, and Graham Carr has watched the player for Newcastle for over a year now, and it could be he is coming to Newcastle, but Arsenal are also keen on the French International defender.
We find it hard to believe that Newcastle can get Siem de Jong to the club in January, and in fact we think there is no chance of that, but Newcastle may go after Yanga-Mbiwa if the club agrees to let Coloccini go back to Argentina this month to San Lorenzo, but why they would let Colo go back to South America – we have no idea.
Of these players the likelihood is that we we’ll struggle to pry away these players from their clubs in Jnauary.
And of course we are still reeling from QPR gazumping our pursuit of Loic Remy at the very last moment, and the FA really have to bring in some limits on what clubs can pay these players – a salary cap or something – since QPR simply don’t have the money and are simply relying on Tony Fernandez pouring money into the small London club, with the smallest ground in the Premier League.
So of these five players we think it’s reasonable that we could bring in Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and maybe Moussa Sissoko, but that will not be enough after we have already lost Demba Ba and could lose Fab Coloccini tomorrow.
If we only get two through the door it will be a fight to stave off relegation in May.
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com