Newcastle were said to be interested in Mohamed Salah a couple of days ago, after it had been widely reported that Liverpool were trying to sign the right winger, who plays at Basel and has been in outstanding form this season.
Mohamed Salah – are Newcastle after this player?
The latest news is that Liverpool and his Swiss club Basel seem to have a disagreement on the valuation of the player, and that means the fee is too high for Liverpool.
And if the fee is too high for Liverpool then it is probably far too high for Newcastle.
But with any deal for Remy Cabella only going to take place in the summer, maybe Newcastle want to bring in a player permanently in January – so at least it would break Joe Kinnear’s duck – of not yet signing anybody permanently as Newcastle’s Director of Football.
And if Newcastle want to have any chance of retaining two of our very best players, Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy in the summer, the club must show they are trying to build a team that can challenge for the top four in England.
The things we hear from Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear will hardly persuade Cabaye and Remy that we are an ambitious club, and do nothing to help retain our top players.
Alan keeps telling us that we cannot compete with the top sides in England, and Joe Kinnear has told us in January that the club are under strict financial controls during the January transfer market.
Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye are both top players who should be playing Champions League football every season, and since they cannot get that at Newcastle they will most likely move to bigger clubs in the summer.
But if Newcastle show they do have some ambition – for instance by signing Mohamed Salah this month, and bringing in Luuk de Jong on loan, and then announcing we have agreed a deal with Montpellier to have Remy Cabella sign in the summer – that would be great.
And if we did that, we would have a very good chance of signing the two top Frenchmen to long term deals at the club in the summer.
If we don’t – we’ll have no chance of retaining them in the summer – and that’s the truth.
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