We now know that Fulham are back in for Darren Bent of Aston Villa, and news that Joe Kinnear will finally be meeting with the England striker’s representatives today, but of course the fee still has to be agreed for the player with Aston Villa.
Darren Bent – Joe Kinnear meeting today
And Newcastle are still without a senior signing this summer, although some of the players we already have are in sparkling form, and a number of our players showed up very well last night at St. Mirren and one of them – Dan Gosling – looked really good and gave his best display ever for the Magpies.
We seem well stocked in all positions except striker, although Papiss Cisse, who had his first outing of pre-season after the Wonga stand-off, reminded us of just how good he is at putting the ball into the net, with a great goal after only 19 minutes.
Yes – he looked great in the new blue Wonga shirt.
The fee for Darren Bent is one of the problems, although in truth the fee always seems to be a problem for Newcastle for one reason or another, and in this case Villa are trying to recoup some of the fee – between £18M and £24M depending on what you believe – they paid to Sunderland 31 months ago.
But the conventional wisdom is that Bent could be signed for around £6M, and his current wages are about £70K/week – what were Villa thinking when they signed this player from Sunderland in January, 2011?
Alan Pardew is busy coaching the players in pre-season, and that’s one reason a Director of Football is useful, so he can do all the leg work and scout the players and handle all the transfer business, as long as the players are the ones the manager wants brought in.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say yesterday:
“I let Joe, Mike Ashley and the board get on with trying to get a striker in. I’ll check in with Joe to see where we are.”
We’d be happy enough to get two of three strikers between Bafetimbi Gomis, Loic Remy and Bent – although we did report yesterday that Newcastle were strongly interested in AC Milan sensation – French U21 forward M’Baye Niang.
Maybe Newcastle could get the youngster on a season-long loan deal – like we are trying to do with Remy – with a view to a permanent £5M move next summer.
But this lad is a hot property, and it would be better to sign him now, because once other Premier League clubs see what he’s like, they would be after him next summer in all probability.
Lets hope Joe has some success today and this week – we need to bring in two top strikers, and then we’ll have a very strong squad for next season.
But we keep saying that and it’s seems a bit like that film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, when the exact same thing happens every day.
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