There was news today that Newcastle will be concentrating on Holland to bring in a new influx of players this summer, and that makes sense, especially when Managing Director Derek LLambias has said it’s getting harder now for Newcastle to do business in France.
Derek LLambias – getting harder to do good deals in France
It’s one of a number of exclusive interviews the Evening Chronicle has out today with Derek LLambias, and this is what he said about the French market for transfers:
“At the end of the day it is a market which excites us.” “We have to explore other markets, though, which we do. We are still going to other markets.” “We keep an eye on the UK market too. British players are very expensive, which is a factor for us.”
“What is fantastic about our fan base and Newcastle is they are embracing it.” “Football is entertainment, it is passion. They know we have found a niche and they have bought into that.” “It is getting harder for us in France.”
“One President of a club said: ‘What are you doing with all the French players?’” “I said: ‘Eventually the national team will just send their plane to Newcastle and collect them from here!’” “He laughed – while he was twisting my arm for more money!”
And news that over 1,000 French berets have sold out at the club shop, but most French clubs are now wise to Newcastle, and when we come a knocking for a French player in the future, they are likely to raise their price – simply because it’s Newcastle.
So look to see a few deals done in other countries in the summer including Holland, Belgium and Germany.
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