It’s going to be very interesting to see if there are any noticeable changes in Newcastle’s transfer policy this summer, with Joe Kinnear now on board.
Mike Ashley – changes in transfer policy this summer?
Kinnear is now responsible for the transfers into and out of the club, and we’ll see how we do this summer, but Newcastle need to have a good transfer window for at least a couple of reasons.
One is that Newcastle did very poorly in the Premier League last season, and the second reason is that Joe Kinnear has made less than a positive start in his new position as Director of Football, and he seems to have managed to get the large majority of fans dead against him in just a couple of days.
That takes some doing.
But there are some positive signs coming through – that Joe and Alan Pardew have had some telephone calls this week on transfer business – and it looks like Chief Scout Graham Carr will be staying at Newcastle.
The Journal is reporting this morning that contact has been made with Aston Villa with regard to their 29 year-old striker Darren Bent, and it could well be that Newcastle will make a renewed effort to get 24 year-old West Ham defender James Tomkins to the club this summer.
The West Ham Co-Chairman David Gold has already said he’s not available, but we’ll see what happens if Newcastle are indeed interested in the player, with West Ham maybe looking to recoup some of the £15M they paid out for Andy Carroll this week.
Joe Kinnear pulled Newcastle out of the running for 25 year-old free agent Douglas this week, presumably because the club wants to get a player in with some Premier League experience?
Newcastle’s number one striker target was St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Newcastle may still try to bring him to Tyneside this summer, but there are a number of top clubs now after the 24 year-old.
And with five Frenchmen coming into the club in January, it would make some sense to balance things out a little bit, by bringing in some British-based players this summer.
We’ve been told a few times there will be no moves for players until early July – and that makes some sense – since July is now just 9 days away – and by then Newcastle should have their targets all agreed to – and then we can move for the players.
And Joe Kinnear may have a lot of negatives – but he can also be aggressive, and maybe we’ll see some of that aggression this summer in the transfer market.
What do you think?
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