There is some really interesting news in the Telegraph today from Luke Edwards, that Newcastle will be announcing new signings within days – that’s plural in terms of signings – and an announcement is to be made by Newcastle before the end of the week.
Bafe Gomis – will Newcastle be announcing his signing?
And the other good news – if we can do it – is that Newcastle hope to have their transfer business completed before the World Cup starts on June 12th – and if we can do that there are multiple advantages – including having a full squad for pre-training in early July, so any new players have a full pre-season at Newcastle.
And the sooner you sign players in the summer, the cheaper they tend to be.
Lee Charnley is now the man responsible for bringing in new players to Newcastle, and he’s following a man – Joe Kinnear – who was unsuccessful in that job over the last two transfer windows.
And it would appear that Lee has been working hard over these last few months behind the scenes, if new signings are to be announced soon, but he’s been part of the team recruiting players for a number of years, and he seems to get the job done.
Maybe we have snapped up some free agents, with the priority in this summer’s transfer market being two strikers and a creative midfielder to replace Yohan Cabaye.
Bafe Gomis was our number one target last summer, and we were willing to pay £9M for him, but he’s now one year older and turns 29 in August, so we had thought he may be too old for Newcastle now.
But it’s possible that Charnley has already made an agreement for Gomis, and he could be one of the new signings, and it would be easier to sign free agents early in the summer, since their contracts run out at the end of June.
Two creative midfielders we were after in January were Remy Cabella of Montpellier and Clement Grenier of Lyon, so maybe we have already tied up one of these?
It will be interesting to see who the new signings are if in fact some are announced this week – who do you think the signings could be?
The other news last night was that there could be an announcement as early as today that Alan Pardew will keep his job – but nearly all the local papers have reported in the last day, they believe the manager will not be sacked.