There are just over 24 hours to go in the transfer window, and the good news is that there have been no new bids yet for Yohan Cabaye, but the bad news is that we haven’t signed anybody either, and there’s also precious little news that we are honing in on anybody.
Bafe Gomis – not coming to Newcastle
But as far as Arsenal are concerned, they have lodged a bid of €50M (42.5M) for Real Madrid’s German star Mesut Ozil, and are said to be in advanced negotiations, and if that deal goes through it would be an Arsenal record for an incoming transfer, and the Gunners are also after Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.
With Gareth Bale also finally arriving at Real Madrid for €100M – does that mean Bale is twice the player that Ozil is – we don’t think so.
But there is no new news tonight that Arsenal are even preparing another bid for Yohan Cabaye, apart from early morning news in the Star that the Gunners were ready to bid £15M – which we didn’t believe.
Liverpool have shown us how to do it, and they have announced they will be signing PSG defender Mamadou Sakho, who was a long term Newcastle prospect, Sporting Lisbon center-back Tiago Ilori and Chelsea striker Victor Moses on loan for the season, and all three could be seen at the game today when Liverpool beat Manchester United 1-0 at Anfield.
Why couldn’t we have gone after Victor Moses?
And it looks like the Reds will also sign former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given as a back up goalkeeper before the window closes, but Shay may only be changing which bench he sits on next season.
So what are Newcastle doing on the transfer front – not much – as Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has said Bafe Gomis would not be moving to Newcastle, and he’s likely to remain at Lyon for the last year of his five year deal, before becoming a free agent next summer.
But Newcastle, always on the lookout to save money – and too much so – may move for the player in the January transfer window, when he could be half the price he is today – but of course we need him right now.
Everton have also had a bid rejected for potential Newcastle target – Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
If Newcastle don’t sign anybody in the next 24 hours, it’s a very good question as to what Joe Kinnear has been up to since the middle of June.
Not much would seem to be a good answer.
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