There seem to be an increasing number of football clubs with more money than sense and these include clubs like Monaco, PSG, Anzhi and a couple more Russian clubs, QPR and notice we didn’t even mention Manchester Coty.
Darren Bent – not a bad buy at 5M?
The effect of this is to drive up transfer prices much like Chelsea did back in 2003 after Roman Abramovich bought the club and then bout a team in the next three months offering ridiculously high prices for the players they wanted – so they could get the deals done quickly.
So it could be that a number of Newcastle’s striker targets are way over-priced this summer and we may need to look at other targets.
When we saw the news that Newcastle could be after Darren Bent of Aston Villa, we were under-whelmed – but if we can get him for say £5M that may be decent deal and he’s a proven Premier League goalscorer – there’s not much doubt about that.
And the news that he is very keen to join Newcastle, maybe he wouldn’t be a bad signing after all.
Yes he did the dirty on Sunderland – that’s true – but that will not affect too many Newcastle fans, and we are just a little surprised that our poll show that two in three fans think he would be a decent buy at £5M.
And Loic Remy is available for £8M, via a release clause in his contract at QPR- and while he did turn us down in January, we still think the majority of Newcastle fans would welcome him to Newcastle.
And he would be able to settle in very quickly – with our large French contingent – if he did come to Tyneside.
Loic Remy – a good striker
We’ll put his move to QPR in January down to poor judgement – which he probably has already realized.
So if Newcastle can get Bent and Remy though the door this summer for £13M , they would help Papiss Cisse significantly in the goal-scoring duties next season.
And if we can get FC Twente Douglas through the door this summer as a free agent, those three signings would address significant weaknesses in the Newcastle side this year.
And maybe we could have a good season coming up?
What do you think?
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