Newcastle have not looked good this summer, and we are not particularly big fans of owner Mike Ashley either, who we think is far too frugal on transfers, and because of that we miss out on some good players, because we are a few hundred thousand short.
And according to Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas , that’s what happened with Newcastle’s bid for Bafe Gomis, we walked away rather than pay an extra few hundred thousand dollars to seal the deal.
Mike Ashley – should lay down the law with Cabaye
That kind of attitude will not make Newcastle great again, that’s for sure, but it will make our financials look good.
But there is some decent news today from Joe Kinnear, even though that may sound like an oxymoron, that Newcastle have been in touch with the Arsenal club, and told them straight how much they need to come up with to be successful in their pursuit of Yohan Cabaye.
So rather than have an offer then turn it down, and then have another offer and all that stuff that usually goes on in car dealerships when you are looking to buy a car – Newcastle have been very straight with Arsenal.
This is what Joe said today in the Daily Mirror:
“We’ve told Arsenal our terms regarding Cabaye.” “The ball is in their court.”
That figure is widely though to be £20M, but we have to hope that Mike Ashley can again demonstrate his stubbornness in the transfer market, by not accepting anything less than that figure – whatever the figure actually is.
Joe has gone straight to Arsenal and told them the figure, and that’s because time is running out in this transfer window, and Newcastle don’t want to have to negotiate with Arsenal for the next week until the transfer window runs out, because if Arsenal do cough up the money, then Newcastle need to bring in a replacement.
And as well as Ashley sticking to his guns on the fee for Cabaye, if Yohan stays he needs to lay down the law to the Frenchman, just as he was reported to do with Fabricio Coloccini in January, when Colo wanted to walk out on Newcastle to return to his family in Argentina.
Mike reminded Colo and should remind Cabaye, that Newcastle are paying them money, big money, to play for the club, and when they don’t do that they are in breach of contract.
This player power, as being demonstrated right now by Cabaye has to stop – and Mike may be the guy to come down like a ton of bricks on the Frenchman.
We hope he does.
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