In short the away Newcastle (make that Mike Ashley) want to do their transfer business is to pay the least amount possible for their targets, and that has seen us get into too many transfer sags for our targets over the last few years, and on the other side of things we want top dollar for any player we sell.
Mike Ashley – needs to loosen up on the cash
So the fact that Newcastle nearly always find it difficult in these transfer windows, shouldn’t really come as too much of a surprise to Newcastle fans, and we know they can become tedious and sometimes (very) painful.
A case in point on the selling side, are some of the French players we want to unload this summer, and Newcastle are asking £3M for Sylvain Marveaux, and we want to get as much of the £8M back on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as possible.
We brought in Sylvain three years ago as a free agent, when we somehow snatched him from under the noses of Liverpool, after he had had a medical at the Anfield club, but Kenny Dalglish was dithering as to whether to sign him or not.
If we get £3M for him that would be almost a £3M profit on him over the three years he’s been on Tyneside, where he’s played 57 games with two goals and 10 assists – surely we don’t need to get £3M for Sylvain?
It will be difficult to unload Marveaux this summer for that amount, and a number of clubs were quickly interested in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, whose stock is still high in France, after he captained Montpellier to their first ever French League title two years ago.
Bordeaux were interested in Mapou, but they quickly pulled out of any bid to sign him, and that was based both on the fee, and the high wages the Frenchman will be on at Newcastle.
So it could be difficult to unload some of our French players this summer, unless some big clubs – probably not French – come in for them this summer.
On the buying side of things we now have a Managing Director who may be able to get things done, but we are continuing our thrifty approach to transfers, which more often than not, will see us fail in our efforts to get some good players through the door this summer.
If only owner Mike Ashley would ease up a bit on the strict financial controls he’s put in at Newcastle, we could actually get things moving in the transfer market.
But that would mean paying a little bit over the odds for some of our targets, and not asking so much for the players we want to sell this summer.
But Ashley acts as the chief cashier at Bank Newcastle United, and while it’s great for our financial condition – which is extremely good these days – it’s not so good for the team on the field – which is the most important thing to Newcastle’s massive fan base.
In fact it’s not very good at all for the team on the field, which is mediocre at best these days.
If Mike would loosen up just a little – it could make a huge difference to our success in this summer’s transfer market.