Some good information in the Evening Chronicle today that in the last eleven days of the transfer window, Newcastle could be bringing in up to five new players, in a last ditch attempt to strengthen a squad that should have been strengthened last summer – but wasn’t – and we are paying the price of that huge mistake by being embroiled in a relegation battle.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – signing tomorrow?
And it’s very painful for the fans – to say the least.
Newcastle are supposed to unveil Montpelier star and captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tomorrow – given that Arsenal (or even QPR) don’t make a last minute move for the player – and two other squad players should be recruited.
We think one of those is Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara and maybe Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko – although his agents are meeting with QPR in London today.
And we are also being continually linked with young 19 year-old Florian Thauvin of Bastia, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal over the last couple of days.
Newcastle also need to bring in a striker, with news – which we hope is true – that we are after Darren Bent of Aston Villa, although the Chronicle is reporting two targets under consideration are young players – said to be more hungry than Bent – who doesn’t do much for the huge wages he is being paid at Aston Villa.
And a surprise to us is that we are presumably going to try to sign goalkeeper Jack Butland of Birmingham for around £4M, and then loan him straight back to Lee Clark’s Birmingham City for the rest of the season, so he can get games.
So what does that mean for the future of Tim Krul – are we going to sell him in the summer – because neither player will want to warm the bench at Newcastle next season.
Alan Pardew will make another request to the Newcastle Board this morning for new recruits, when he meets with them – but it could be an interesting meeting after Newcastle lost another crucial game on Saturday – and managed to get the loss from a winning position – and at St. James’ Park too against second bottom Reading.
We’ve seen how difficult it is to get new players into Newcastle this month, after famously losing out on Loic Remy – and we’ll believe it when and if it happens.
And we are supposed to announce the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa tomorrow, so we hope there’s no breaking news that another club – like Arsenal or QPR for example – are after him.
If we can get five new players in the next 11 days that will be a big boost to the squad – and we hope Newcastle can do it – because it’s crucial to our success in avoiding relegation in May.
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