When Alan Pardew first arrived at Newcastle in December of 2010, he was telling everybody who would listen to him, that Andy Carroll was going nowhere and that the Geordie striker was simply not for sale in that January transfer window.
Andy Carroll – while at Newcastle
And Newcastle even turned down bids of £20M from Tottenham in the days just before the transfer window closed, and everything seemed to be going to plan for Newcastle.
But then on the very last day of the transfer market – January 31st, 2011 – Liverpool came in with a massive bid for the 6’4″ striker, and he was sold to the Reds for £35M, and Alan Pardew had some explaining to do.
But Alan Pardew has presumably learned from that experience, that every player has their price at Newcastle, and if a bid comes in meeting that price, then Mike Ashley will take it.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today in the local press:
“All the transfer windows, as manager of Newcastle, are nervous. I will be nervous until it shuts. You get nervous every window. We did not expect Andy Carroll to go but it was a bid that came out of left field. You can never, never say never again.
“Like all Premier League clubs everybody is for sale at some price. We are very conscious we have got a good team and we will try to keep it together.”
After Andy was sold it shocked and upset not only the fans but some of the Newcastle players as well, and in particular Jose Enrique took that as proof positive that Newcastle just didn’t have the ambition to build a side that could challenge for the top four, and he left for Liverpool the following summer.
And there are reports in France that PSG are preparing a massive bid for Yohan Cabaye, and we could even see everything being OK until the very day of the transfer window – which is a week on Friday – and then find that Cabaye has left to join the Paris club.
We hope that doesn’t happen, and Alan Pardew hopes that doesn’t happen too.
We’ll just have to wait and see,
What do you think?
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