Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the local papers today and says he doesn’t have to sell before he buys – but that’s hardly earth-shattering news, after Newcastle have spent at most £2M this summer, and that was the loan fee for Loic Remy from QPR, and Newcastle have spent the least of any club in the Premier League this summer – so far.
Alan Pardew - we could bring in maybe two players
It’s clear that Cabaye is willing to leave Newcastle if either Arsenal or PSG come in with a big enough offer for him, but Cabaye was willing to leave in late August last year, but the bid for him, said to be from Arsenal, wasn’t big enough.
But with now just 11 days to go in the transfer window if Cabaye is sold, Newcastle will find it very difficult to replace a player who is a world-class midfielder, since Joe Kinnear has had around 70 days on the job so far, and still has to male Newcastle’s first permanent signing of the summer.
Alan Pardew was asked about the transfer status, and whether Newcastle were waiting to get money from the Cabaye sale, before they could spend, and this is what Alan said:
“No. I think the will is there to bring in a player, maybe two, if nothing else went out the door.” “We are all aware that we need a couple more.” “It’s not straightforward.”
“It’s not like we need two, so let’s go out and get two.” “We need to be on our guard against other players being targeted.” “So it’s a moving feast. Therefore you have to be ready.”
“We met on Tuesday to be ready.” “I think that fans have to understand that, and I’m sure they do because they are an intelligent bunch – there has to be a way back for him.”
“There’s a solution that he goes. There’s also a solution that he stays.” “If he stays, he has to be in a position where he produces his best football.: “He has to have faith in the manager.”
“And he also needs to have faith in the group around him and that we’ll support him.” “I have to support him, and I will. He is a great player that will be difficult to replace.” “I’d like him to stay like our fans do.”
It’s not clear why Newcastle find it is so difficult in the transfer market, when other clubs seem to be able to get their business done without the fanfare and without the impasse and stand-offs that Newcastle always seem to get into with selling clubs.
We know the transfer business is a lot more complicated than it used to be – but other Premier League clubs seem to be able to manage it OK.
And if Yohan again opts out of playing for Newcastle in the important home game against West Ham tomorrow, he’ll not get much sympathy from Newcastle fans, because he is being paid big money to play at Newcastle, and he’s not playing.
What’s wrong with that picture?
On the other hand if Cabaye starts tomorrow, he’ll get a lot of support from Newcastle fans, and he’ll soon see that fans want him to stay at the club, and will make that clear to him during the game.
We want Yohan Cabaye to stay at the club and help make us into a great side again.
We are hoping both those two things happen, one in the short-term, and one in the (slightly) longer term.
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