The news after the final game of the season was that Newcastle wanted to move quickly this summer in the transfer market, and get their business done before the World Cup started on June 12th – well today is June 12th and we’ve signed Ayoze Perez for £1.6M from Tenerife and free agent Jack Colback from Sunderland, and they are two very decent signings – but Newcastle have failed to make a breakthrough signing so far this summer.
Lee Charnley, Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley
Excuse me Mike – I’m Alan Pardew
It was never realistic to complete the transfer business early , especially in a World Cup year, but we’re sure Lee Charnley was hoping to get one or two key signings through the door by now, maybe a top striker and a top central midfield player to replace Yohan Cabaye.
Newcastle have (as usual) been linked with some good players this summer – including Siem de Jong, Bafe Gomis,Remy Cabella, Clement Grenier, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Wilfried Bony and others – and signing one of those players would have been a major signing, but Newcastle haven’t done that.
Mike Ashley will know this is a crucial transfer window for the club, after we lost seven of our last eight league games and were the second bottom club in the league based on league results this year.
It was also a crucial transfer window eighteen months ago, when Newcastle were threatened with relegation, and after we were beaten by Reading 2-1 at home, Mike managed to bring in four Frenchman into the club in the following five days.
And if no breakthrough is seen at Newcastle soon, we could see Mike again play a much bigger role in trying to get players into the club.
Our major targets this year are strikers and wingers – strikers because we have lost Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi this summer, and wingers because we are willing to sell Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux.
We also need somebody to replace Yohan Cabaye in central midfield – and we really need some creativity in the side – and of course Clement Grenier could be almost perfect for Newcastle, but it appears that Arsenal are now interested in the 23 year-old French International.
If there is no breakthrough during the World Cup – then look for Mike Ashley to get a lot more involved in Newcastle’s transfer business come mid-July.