There are now less than two days left in the January transfer window, and this is eerily like it was a short three years ago, when on that last day of the window, we allowed one of our best players at that time – Andy Carroll – to leave for Liverpool for £35M, and then we didn’t have time to bring in a good player to replace him.
Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear
Newcastle are a little better off this time around, because we left ourselves four days to bring in a replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who signed yesterday for PSG for a reasonable fee, but hardly the size of the fee Newcastle got for big Andy.
And we know for sure that Newcastle have bid £10M in cash for Clement Grenier, who would be a great signing for Newcastle if we can pull it off, but the reports coming out of France about possibly signing the 23 year-old are not particularly encouraging.
The Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has said there has been a bid in for Clement, but according to the French press, the Lyon club are unlikely to sell.
Why is that?
Because they don’t want to sell one of their best players half way through the season – and that’s unlike another club we know.
If we don’t being in a replacement we have Vurnon Anita to step in, and in truth the Dutchman is having a good season, and seems like a great professional.
Dan Gosling could also have a chance to show what he can do for the side, although we still expect Dan to leave Newcastle when he becomes a free agent in the summer.
Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley just have to bring in a replacement – otherwise we will again look dumb – selling our best player and not replacing him – for the second time in three years.
Newcastle must be one of the few clubs who actually weaken their squad during these transfer windows – isn’t it supposed to be the other way round?
We are still hoping Joe can get the job done by Friday night.
What do you think?
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