Maybe we are wrong, but it strikes us as a bit of a panic move to go after Arouna Kone of Wigan yesterday, when his former manager Roberto Martinez and his new club Everton were in advanced negotiations for the 29 year-old Ivory Coast striker.
Arouna Kone - too little too late
But the news yesterday, which was confirmed by Wigan Chairman David Whelan, was that Newcastle had met the release clause of £5M in his contract, and had been given permission to talk to the player.
And what probably happened after that, is Newcastle found out the 29 year-old striker was 90% signed by Everton, and we had no chance of success and hence the news late yesterday that we had pulled out of the chase.
That doesn’t sound like a club who knows what they are doing in the transfer market, and it seems like a rash reaction after we missed out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, probably because we just wouldn’t pay out the money Dortmund were willing to pay for the talented St. Etienne striker.
In retrospect,Borussia Dortmund seemed to do everything right to move in to get their striker target to Germany.
Newcastle (Mike Ashley) will need to learn that sometimes the club needs to pay out a decent fee to get a very good player.
And news today that we will pass up the chance to sign Loic Remy, and Newcastle are now after younger and hungrier strikers – and make that cheaper strikers.
The good news is there are still a number of decent strikers out there – and there’s still a lot of time left in this transfer window – but Newcastle surely need to become less frugal and more ambitious, if we are really trying to build a side that can eventually challenge for a top four spot.
But maybe that’s not what Mike Ashley’s plans are for Newcastle and that’s the disconnect?
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