The vast majority of fans were disappointed that Newcastle didn’t get one senior player into the club over the summer on a permanent basis, and all we could manage was Loic Remy on a season long loan deal, and that just wasn’t good enough.
Joe Kinnear – brought in only one loan signing
But Loic Remy was a very good signing and Newcastle played it safe, and rightly so, by signing him to a one year loan deal, which gives them time to see how the rape trial goes, but if all is well and Loic is not found guilty of those rape charges the hope would be that Newcastle can sign Remy permanently maybe even in January.
That’s assuming Remy is as good as we think he is , but don’t forget that Loic was the number one choice in January to replace Demba Ba.
And we still think Newcastle may be short on defense and especially in central defense, which is why we would have liked to have seen Douglas signed as a free agent from FC Twente.
Newcastle had tried to sign this player last summer, and it was all lined up to get him in over the summer, until Joe Kinnear came back into the club and nixed the deal.
But Douglas would have given us some good heading ability at the back, and at 6’4″ tall he was also the player Alan Pardew wanted to cause problems in the opposing defenses from set plays, which is something we didn’t have all last season.
And it would be interesting to know if Alan Pardew had any say in the matter of not getting Douglas, or whether Joe came in and exercised his authority and just stopped the deal cold.
And we almost had Bafe Gomis over the line in early August, after Newcastle had agreed both the fee Lyon wanted plus his wage demands.
This is what Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas had to say on August 2nd:
“We agreed on Newcastle’s offer for an €8m transfer plus €2m in bonuses,” “The club has come to accept the player’s salary claims.” “The deal is now subject to an agreement over the agents fees.”
“I understand there’s a problem over the amount and the payment of the fees.” “Hopefully it would be settled within the next 24 or 48 hours.”
And things were even looking positive at that time, because three days later it was announced on August 5th that Newcastle had secured Loic Remy on loan – so what happened after that?
It must have been Newcastle unwilling to pay the excessive agents’ fees that stopped the Gomis deal – but if that was the case why couldn’t we have gone in at the end of the window and still got the deal tied up?
Gomis’ agents and Lyon are now losing out big time on their player, because his price has gone down in the transfer market.
If we could have got Remy, Bafe Gomis and Douglas over the line, and given we signed Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in January, the mood on Tyneside would have been a lot better than it is right now.
And those three players would only have cost around £10.5M in total, since Douglas was a free agent – and it would have brought our total spend up to around £20M for the year.
And that’s still not a lot when you consider in the coming season each Premier League club will get an extra £30M because of the the Premier League’s massive new TV deal.
The question Newcastle fans are now asking is why couldn’t we have done that.
What do you think?
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