Newcastle can have the very best intentions in the world this summer in the transfer market to get some good players in – but if we cannot execute on that – it doesn’t mean too much.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga - decision this week?
And news today in the Journal that Newcastle are targeting another five new arrivals in the summer, to add to Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez, who we have already signed.
And it seems that Lee Charnley is off on a short break at the moment – so no transfers are expected in the next week or two.
But that’s not consistent with the news that both striker targets Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Bafe Gomis are to make decisions on which clubs to join fairly soon, and for the German striker he will decide this week – according to reports in Germany.
And why wouldn’t Newcastle go aggressively after last summer’s striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, who is said to be available for £8M from the German club?
Unless and until Newcastle change their way of doing business and start to bid decent money for good players we will continue to miss out on a number of our targets this summer, and it’s hard to hide the fact that the club have a lot of money available - which is the case at Newcastle at the moment.
We made a £9.9M profit on around £95M revenue last year, and we’ll make a lot more this year – and we have £79.5M from the Premier League and £20M from the sale of Yohan Cabaye to PSG.
And we go in and bid £6.5M for Remy Cabella – which is the same amount the Montpellier club turned down in January..
Newcastle need to get two things going – a shot of real ambition and the willingness to spend some of the money that is available.
If we can do both of those things there’s no good reason why Newcastle cannot have a very good squad next season.