To be honest we have no idea what Joe Kinnear and our transfer team are doing at the moment – whether they are trying to negotiate a deal with Bafe Gomis, Demba Ba or Andre Ayew of Marseilles, or perhaps we are trying to get a flair player – as Alan has hinted at today – so maybe we are trying to sign 20 year-old Florian Thauvin from Lille on loan?
Florian Thauvin – star man in U20 World Cup
Newcastle were after Thauvin last January, but it looks like we didn’t got in with a bid and he signed for Lille for £3.5M, but it seems the youngster, wants to join Marseilles, and he has not trained at Lille for the last three days, presumably in an attempt to force through a move.
And Florian’s value has gone up since January since he was a star player for the France U20 side, when they won the U20 World Cup in Istanbul this summer, by beating Uruguay in the final.
Arsenal were also interested in the player in January and we suppose they could still be interested in the Frenchman, as Arsene Wenger is now desperately trying to bolster his side before the transfer window slams shut at 11:00 pm on Monday night – which is a short 78 hours away – Joe Kinnear – please take note.
Alan Pardew talked some today about trasnsfers, and mentioned maybe bringing in a couple of flair players:
‘We need and would like another striker, or maybe another two flair players in the side, so we are in the market for anybody in that field that we think is going to work for us. We work in a small spectrum of the market in terms of the finance we have available, so that’s what we’re concentrating on.’
“Remy has trained, but he hasn’t really done a pre-season.”“I think the option of him on the bench, maybe for just the last period of the game, might be something I look at because it would be nice to bring him off the bench.” “He’s fit and well, there’s no problem with him.”
“it’s just he can’t really do a big portion of the game. I hope our fans don’t start chanting his name after 20 minutes! They’re a bit like that our fans, a bit impatient for things like that.”
Andre Ayew is a flair player so maybe he’s one we are trying to get – but with Roma now looking hard for a striker and already being linked with Demba Ba, don’t be surprised if the italian club make an inquiry about Bafe Gomis.
When newcastle leave it late like this we could again miss out at the last minute as we did two years ago when we desperately tried to get Mevlüt Erdinç of PSG, in and then went after Cosa Rican International Bryan Ruiz, who had already decided to join Fulham.
And we ended up without a striker and had to wais six months to sign Papiss Cisse from SC Freiburg for £9M.
What’s that about history repeating itself if you don’t learn from your mistakes?
There’s simply no excuse why Newcastle have left it this late in the transfer market – no excuse at all.
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