Newcastle have been interested in James Tomkins of West Ham for over eighteen months now, and the thing that we keep hearing again and again in these transfer windows from Newcastle, is that the price isn’t right – it’s too high.
James Tomkins – big surprise – price too high
That’s a recurring theme since Mike Ashley bought the club six years ago, and one reason we miss out on quite a few of our targets, but sometimes you have to pay out decent money to get a good player.
And news today in the local press that Newcastle have been quoted a £6M fee for Tomkins, which is probably a couple of million more than Newcastle are willing to pay.
But you can hardly blame West Ham for trying to recuperate some of the £15M they have already spent on Andy Carroll this summer, and they seem to be in the middle of their buying spree this summer.
And the news is that West Ham are not willing to lower their price on the England U21 International, and therefore Newcastle may need to look for cheaper options elsewhere – sound familiar?
Newcastle could have signed 25 year-old 6’4″ Brazilian Douglas as a free agent this summer, and Mike Ashley was positive about signing the center-back we had been after for at least a couple of years.
But it seems that Kinnear nixed that deal, which would have been a lot cheaper than what it will take to get Tomkins to Newcastle.
Newcastle will now presumably go after a younger and cheaper option than Tomkins, so it’s over the Chief Scout Graham Carr for who that player could be.
With Newcastle getting at least £25M more from the Premier League than last season, we had hopes that Mike Ashley would loosen up his frugal ways a bit, but that’s not gong to happen.
What do you think?
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