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No Change In Newcastle’s Miserly Approach To Transfers

1:02 pm, Monday, June 9th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 30 Comments

Newcastle may be able to get three players signed up before the World Cup starts on Thursday, and if we are successful in doing that, Newcastle will have signed two free agents in Jack Colbert from Sunderland and Bafe Gomis from Lyon, and 20 year-old promising Tenerife winger Ayoze Perez for £1.6M.

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Mike Ashley – seems uncomfortable to spend big money on transfers

There’s nothing wrong with signing free agents, and it’s getting more common these days that players run down their contracts at a club,  so they can then become free agents, and thereby get a better deal at their new club, because the buying club does not have to pay a transfer fee.

But what we haven’t seen from Newcastle so far this summer are any big signings, and we haven’t seen the club too keen to spend too much of the £100M in revenues we have taken in since January,  with £20M for Yohan Cabaye and then just short of £80M from the Premier League, after we finished 10th in the league.

Newcastle have bid a paltry £6.5M for top target Remy Cabella, but that’s no more than we bid for him in January, and that was not enough then for Montpellier – and surprise, surprise – its not enough now after the player is now a full International, and also now in the 23 man French World Cup squad.

And the news in the last couple of days is that while Newcastle may go in with a second bid for Cabella – a slightly improved bid – Mike Ashley will not get into any auction for a player.

And not only that, but we still keep seeing reports that Mike Ashley will not pay more than he thinks a player is worth – so once again we could be in for a long and hard summer transfer window, with some potential deals dragging on and on and on – you know what we mean.

Think of Mathieu Debuchy two years ago.

Its time now that Newcastle finances are in really great shape, and Ashley deserves credit for that – to loosen up the purse strings a little bit, and let Newcastle go in and get their men early in the summer – even if it means paying a little over the going price for a player.

In the long scheme of things that will be much cheaper – and will allow Newcastle to become a much stronger side, if we start to do that.

If we go on like we’ve doing over the last few years and bid a very low and sometimes insulting first offer for our targets – we will get nowhere fast in the future.

Just like we have got nowhere fast over the last seven years under Ashley’s ownership of the club  – other than having great financial strength.

But what good is that financial strength, if the club is unwilling to spend the money they have?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 70TWO // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    CHEAP SKATE!!!

  • 2 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Repost

    Shot Bru

    I read what you said mate, my point was that alot of fans were asking for Dummett to start ahead of Santon, now Dummett has had games we’ve all seen he’s championship standard at best. Now we are all calling for Haidara, another lad who hasn’t been given a fair go….whats to say he doesn’t end up like Dummett.

    My point is that Santon may well be the best LB at the club, selling him now without evaluating the only other option (Haidara) would just be foolish.

  • 3 jazzyp // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    No Major signings I agree, But at least it’s a better start than last summer. Gomis looks like a done deal as it is being reported were at an advanced stage in bringing him to Nufc. So that’s three in so far……..Hopefully more to come as we desperately need it.
    Colback for Gosling
    Gomis for Strolla
    Perez for Newton ?? is Upgrades for sure but we need another Remy onboard and another Cabs in the middle of the park.

  • 4 stuart no9 // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    PLEASE ED , Get that pic of the fat slob off the headline . he has this knack of making me vomit . please ED no more pics.

  • 5 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    jazzy

    where do you find a remy and a cabaye for the cash we will pay

  • 6 ToonMatt // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I’m not stepping foot in to SJP until that scumbag has sold up and gone, My only hope is that he doesn’t get full attendances for home games next season if he does this will be what it will be like for the foreseeable future no ambition just this parasite bleeding the club dry, He’s made at least a £100m in the last year and not paid a penny off the “loan” he gave himself, whoever goes to the games next season is not a Newcastle United fan they are a Mike Ashley fan, end of and sorry for the rant I despise Ashley with a passion and hate what he’s doing to the club!

  • 7 niafron // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Wasn’t some statements one month ago about a treasury chest to use for the window?

  • 8 niafron // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    The most interesting part of it: why does the board still lie when everyone is aware they will not spend big money on any transfer?

  • 9 couchy-spennymoor-mags // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    If this is all we sign we are certainly in trouble. Stuartno9 I agree with you mate! Please ed stop putting pictures of that horrible fat basturd on your posts. It’s too much to take mate

  • 10 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Lads what do you think we need?

    2 CF’s (Minimum)
    1 AM
    2 Wingers
    1 CB

    Thats what i think we may need and that’s before anyone is sold!!

  • 11 toon kk // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Hurry up and get your season tickets lads, Mikes waiting for your money.
    Or and by the way expect more mediocre football then you won’t be too disappointed.

    I certainly won’t be renewing mine unless I see some real ambition.

  • 12 jazzyp // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Beermonkey
    Just have to hope Carr finds us a few gems as before. cabs was only what 4-5 mill. Gomis……Well ya never know might surprise us all and prove his worth, Again we have to give the guy a chance if we do bring him on board.
    Ings is another if we are to go after him.
    My worry is that we don’t seem to be going after world class star’s anymore. But players who are probably good for mid table teams

  • 13 toonfield // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Who’s this Colbert fella?

  • 14 the truth will out // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    less talk more action
    let see this non committal in action
    lets see demonstrations

  • 15 jazzyp // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Toon kk
    I think a lot of lads are waiting to see how this window transpires before signing up for a season ticket, and Ashley knows it to. I would hazzard a guess that’s why the extension was put on the season tickets, In the hopethat the players bought in this week will make more people commit

  • 16 pawl250 // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    If we managed to seal the deal for Colback and Gomis this week I think we only need a few more signings.

    I mean Gomis is better than Shola. Colback is better than Gosling. Perez is clearly just a youngster, a gamble if you will for the future i.e. Haidara

    I think we will need to sign 2-3 more players with what would seem a more positive mindset for upcoming season. If we could only get Obertan (£1m), Ben Arfa (£5.5m) and RTaylor (£500k) out the door it would free more space for more deserving players.

    I hope to see Grenier (10m), Cabella (10m), Siem De Jong (8m).

    I think then we need one more player in the striker role. In the mold of Hernandez from Man Utd, who may be a possibility in my opinion, but a fox in the box like player.

    I know I am dreaming but it would be what, net spend of approx £35m …..

    We would have a much stronger team than last year.

    ———————- Krul ———————-
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ———- Sissoko ——– Tiote
    Grenier ——— De Jong ——– Cabella
    ——————— Gomis

    Elliot, Williamson, Haidara, STaylor, Colback, Gouffran, Striker?

  • 17 jazzyp // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Ourtoon
    Agree with all that mate. But if Mapou and saylor are sold would like at least 2 more CB’s brought in to cover them.

  • 18 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Forget what the window brings in, look at whats best for the club long term rather than a good transfer window which wont make up for the fact we had 2 non windows last year

    Bottom line MA needs to go, renewing because we sign a few players is falling into the trap set by this regime, following windows we will all see no one being bought in!! LONG AT LONG TERM RATHER THAN SHORT TERM

  • 19 beermonkey // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    jazzy

    I am sure carr has a lots of players in his little black book but what we do is go looking in oxford street but end up buying in primark

    ings is a good player to buy at 21 and had a great season but is he ready after 1 good season in championship
    best option would buy and loan him back to burnley and see how he gets on

  • 20 KingNash // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I think we’ve been spoiled from the big spending Keegan/Allardyce years. Personally, I’m glad to be away from 17 million 120k a week Michael Owen and 10 million 80k Albert Luque. Only going for big names at a club like Newcastle goes 2 ways: 30% (generous) of the time You either get a great player who become cornerstones for years (Coloccini, Woodgate) or 70% of the time you lose a hell a lot of money/reputation throughout the league for a rental of like 2 years who either declines or flops (Owen, Viana, Luque, Oba)

    I wouldn’t say miserly, i’d say sensible but uninspiring. Unfortuantely, it’s a lot easier for us to pipe up about it because who doesn’t love a big transfers?

  • 21 Our Toon // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Jazzyp @ 17

    Agreed mate, hopefully Saylor is offloaded

    Pawl

    Shola and Gomis are both very different players, as it stands we don’t have a CF who can hold the ball up or play with his back to goal.

    Colback is a more DM and Gosling is more of an AM, as the season folds you will realise that Gosling used to get into the box more and Colback is more withdrawn.

    These signings aren’t like for like replacements

  • 22 ToonLynx // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    So we have Perez and Colback ‘over the line’ with Gomis supposedly closely behind barring sign on disputes.

    Ideally I’d like Lacazette and Grenier to follow. Lacazette is young and very talented and, for me, would be an ideal candidate to replace Ba (Finally). Since Grenier is out of the world cup hopefully there will be less demand for him and, from what I have heard, plays very well with Gomis. Grenier’s free kick and corner taking ability would also be a much needed addition to the team!

    All we would need now is to find another CB to take the reigns from Coloccini and Williamson in the future, and hopefully we keep Yanga-Mbiwa to play alongside!

  • 23 jazzyp // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Beermonkey
    Yeah agree but that means we have Perez-Ings and Campbell and Arma all for the development Squad or on loan, And were not actually enhancing our first team. Which to me needs to be the no1 priority .
    Like I say we need some top signings to come in that are automatic first team players and not just fringe players, As we have far to many of them already

  • 24 jimmysmith // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    stiff, tightwad, harpy, scrooge, churl, cheapskate, hoarder, pinchfisted, miser, niggardly, skinflint, money grubber………..what a wonderful attitude to life, really wholesome, good natured stuff. Mrs Ashley must be bursting with pride. The keys to the city are a mere formality.

  • 25 Shaker // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Small transfers !!!!!
    Just pathetic ;(

  • 26 wynsleap // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Maybe Ashley is trying for the Guinness Book of Records – 10 signings in one window and only around £3mill spent. (while,of course, raking in around £8-10mill of sales – as usual)
    It would be laughable if it wasn’t so bloody tragic.
    I feel that my precious later years are being eaten away by this unambitious, greedy tightwad.
    I don’t think I have ever hated anybody so much in my life as this total waste of space.
    DON’T GO is the ONLY way to get rid of this bloke.

  • 27 lesh // Jun 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    In principle, nobody should have a problem if Mike Ashley won’t pay more than he thinks a player is worth – provided the valuation is realistic and in line with the market.

    Now if Ashley valued Cabella at £6.5m when the lad was on the fringe of the French squad and may offer a small increase now that he is a member of the squad, it’s clear that his valuations are way out of kilter with the realities of today’s market.

    So, who in hell is advising Ashley’s valuations? If it’s Carr and/or Pardew, then they really need to get out a bit more.

    If Ashley’s basing his valuations on what he thinks the club’s finances’ll stand, then he needs to reassess the reality of underbidding.

    Something’s wrong somewhere and maybe Ashley needs to be told by his footballing experts.

    Come on Mr Pardew, put Ashley right on this time wasting and futile bidding process – if you dare!

  • 28 tynesidetommo // Jun 9, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    One thing being frugal but this is betting beyond a joke. I would love to know what criteria MA is using to decide the worth of a player.
    After all this is a guy who said he knows nowt about football but is merely a fan.
    Problem is quality players usually cost a few bucks.
    What is the point in supporting the country’s most financially sound club if it’s in the championship?

  • 29 GeordieDan // Jun 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I disagree completelt that the club is in great financial health.

    That would imply that NUFC has money to spend and were knocking huge chunks out of the £130 million “interest free(utter bollox btw)” loan.

    We KNOW thays not the case. We have £100 million plus in Fatman’s bank account earning interest to replace the hole whete is soul should be.

    Ashley’s finances are in fantastic shape, NUFC’s I would argue NUFC’s are pathetic-just like its cretin owner.

  • 30 musomag // Jun 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    F off Ashley you greedy piece of s#it




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