One thing that successful clubs do in the transfer market is to be very be quiet, but move very quickly once you have identified your targets, and you cannot accuse Newcastle of doing either of those two this summer.
Bafetimbi Gomis – Tottenham moving in?
And there was some disturbing news today that West Ham are now in the race for QPR’s Loic Remy, and that may be an attractive move for Remy, if he wants to stay in the England capital.
And West Ham have not been shy in splashing out the money in terms of transfer fee (£15M) and the wages (£100K/week) for former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, so they may be formidable competition for Newcastle.
And there was news in the French press only yesterday, that Tottenham have become interested in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, and if that’s true, there’s some competition for Newcastle, because Spurs can offer Europa League football to the player this season.
So this new news is not good news for Newcastle, and we’ve already lost out on number one target – Saint Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng – who preferred to move to Borussia Dortmund.
And we missed out on Ivory Coast and Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony, who was signed by Swansea City earlier this month for a massive £13M, which will include an initial £11M, plus an extra £2M based on add-ons.
The fee was apparently out of reach for Newcastle, but even Alan Pardew seems to be getting a little impatient with no progress being made on the transfer front for the strikers we so desperately need.
Alan called on his boss Joe Kinnear, to complete some of the deals that are supposedly pending.
Here’s hoping we can still get some of those strikers through the door – but we really have to show more ambition and drive, to get these players on Tyneside this summer.
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