Newcastle cannot offer players European football these days, but other clubs want to do business with Newcastle, and that’s because of our policy of paying cash up front for players we bring in.
Ayoze Perez – Newcastle paid cash up front
That’s been a position owner Mike Ashley has taken for a while, after he saw that we were still paying for players who had already left the club when he bought the club back in 2007 – and one of those players happened to be Albert Luque.
In those days Newcastle did what most other clubs do, and paid for players in yearly installments, but now it’s cash on the nose, and that’s a good position to take, because then transfers don’t weigh down the club each financial year, as they used to do.
And there’s news today that one reason Newcastle seem to have been able to tie up the deal for 20 year-old Spanish striker Ayoze Perez, was to do exactly that, and pay the €2M fee up front.
And it seems that’s what Porto were unable to do.
There is news in the Spanish press that Newcastle moved in quickly for the 20 year-old whereas Porto dithered, and when Newcastle offered to pay the €2M up front in cash within a week, it was a done deal with Tenerife, and then they could talk to the player.
Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes has tweeted the following yesterday:
“#NUFC won the race for Ayoze Perez because they accepted to pay €2M in 7 days.”
And by all accounts Perez has already passed his medical, and the deal will be announced once Tenerife complete their season in early June, just before the World Cup starts.
It will be important for Newcastle to make it easy for Perez to settle in, and it looks like captain Fabricio Coloccini could get that job, since he’s one of the few Spanish-speaking players at the club, with Jonas expected to leave in the summer.
Newcastle need to have success in bringing some of these young players through into the first team, and we’ve had precious little success over the last six seasons in doing that with our younger players.
And it looks like Shane Ferguson, James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid will be leaving the club this summer, and the contracts of local players Conor Newton and Michael Richardson have not been renewed, as we learned yesterday.
And since Perez will probably be part of the Development squad, we’d like to see some senior signings soon, and certainly within the next week.
What do you think?