There is news in the local papers today that Mike Ashley has told the Chief Newcastle Scout Graham Carr, and Director of Football Joe Kinnear, to begin their scouting in earnest ready for the January transfer window, when the Newcastle owner things there are better deals to be had than in the summer.
Mike Ashley - January a better time to make good deals?
That could be because free agents next summer will be available for a lot less than they were this summer, and one top candidate in that situation will be Bafe Gomis, and we have to think the French International striker could (should) be our top transfer target come January.
And Newcastle signed both Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko last January, and they both had only six months left on their contracts, but Newcastle moved for them aggressively last January, rather than in the summer when they would have been free agents.
And we could even see the same thing happen again in four months time, but you could also say this is no more than a PR stunt by Newcastle, after just finishing a summer transfer window that was embarrassing, and the club failed to bring in any of their targets except one – Loic Remy on loan from QPR.
Maybe Newcastle learned something last January, maybe that it’s easier to move players in the transfer market at that time, but it’s always best to bring in targets early in the summer, so that have a pre-season behind them, and know how the team plays and get to know their teammates.
When they come into the club in January, they have to be ready to hit the ground running, and that can be very difficult for some players.
If we do get in a few players in January, that could also mean there will be fewer - maybe none – new players coming in next summer.
What do you think?
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