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Newcastle Targeting Another Five New Players

9:12 am, Monday, June 16th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

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

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Repost:
    Lilongwe, yes I’m sure it was like that in South Africa. Propaganda merchants like governments talk of racism and the like being unfair, and rightly so, yet the elite led capitalism structure is stronger than ever. That in turn breeds poverty, structural violence and more. I really hate it.

    Anyway, that is not for on here. Back to football.

    Like Ben Arfa, Messi also loses possession at times. It happens a number of times in Barca games as well. That’s just the outcome for dribblers on occasions.

  • 2 Ben3arfa // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Lassoga
    Ings?
    Perotti
    Cabella or Grenier
    Centre half from France

    OUT

    Ben Arfa
    Marveaux
    Yanga M’biwa

    Sadly I dont think anyone is going to buy though Obertan lol

  • 3 lesh // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Charnley’s away on a short break – a working holiday I trust?

  • 4 lesh // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Targeting another five? Targeting to do what?

    Try to fire blunt and arrows using a bow with no string?

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Lesh,
    The Ronny say Charnley has just got back from Holiday, and that things will heat up this week. Both just guessing knowing that Thomson towers will get it right one way or the other.

    On your HBA post, I only really see it as a shame for the player himself. as he should have had a far better career. But these same issues that are causing problems for him here, are the same reasons we were able to sign him and enjoy the moments of magic he has produced. If it weren’t for these issues he would never have signed for us – I guess a small silver lining.

  • 6 beermonkey // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    I wouldn’t think he would be on hols
    he might be out the country though

    mind you the window aint open world cup is on
    its all quiet on the transfer front for most clubs
    so maybe its a good time

    is pardew at the world cup

  • 7 Slank // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Laurent Robert 32 from previous post.

    I have symphony for the Brazilians but it is not the job of a sports commentator to make political statements especially not about the hosts.

    We don’t expect John Motson to make remarks about the treatment of gays when commentating in the 2018 World Cup or if it goes ahead about Jews or the conflict between Sunni and Shia in the 2022 World Cup.

    They should stick to sport even though some of them appear to have very limited knowledge of the subject but have regrettably bags of verbal diarrhea !

  • 8 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Chasing players
    Not for at least two weeks – everyone is on holiday

  • 9 estechco // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I know you can’t trust very much of what you read, but…

    Why do our key personnel always seem to take their holidays in the run up to or during the transfer window!?!

    Would early September not make significantly more sense?

  • 10 dillondog // Jun 16, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Targeting another 5 ,yeah right , sounds like this is going to be another complicated ,long drawn out tedious summer , the way Newcastle conduct their transfer business is embarrassing , just pay the going rate!!!!!! Is like me walking into a BMW garage and looking over a £40,000 motor ,then turning around to the salesman and saying right then I will give you £12,000 for it ,take it or leave it ,,, it just doesn’t happen

  • 11 lesh // Jun 16, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Looks ad though Ronald Koeman’s about to join Southampton as Manager.

    Ah well, that makes them an even bigger club now, another one to chase!

  • 12 ethiotoon // Jun 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    you r 100%right ED..
    perfect time to spend big.we should do whatever it takes to land those French stars..
    if we land Grenier, I don’t care who will come next..

  • 13 jak_whatculture // Jun 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    £10 million being quoted for Lasogga in the Northern Echo this morning.

    Very little chance of Ashley giving his consent to that kind of outlay on a 22-year-old striker with zero Premier League experience.

    Can bet my last penny that folk will pitch Cisse into the argument to contest that he came mid-season into a full-functional team already spearheaded by Ba, who was knocking them in for fun.

    Aubameyang for £8m is a tantalising prospect and a HUGE coup if it were to come off.

    But, to tell the truth, the pragmatist inside me says that Dortmund won’t let him go for so little less than a year after paying double that to sign him in the first place.

    What the hell is Charnley doing taking a holiday, anyway? Seems like our recruitment drive has stalled since the World Cup started. No coincidence there.

  • 14 magicbus // Jun 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Charnley I assume gets a decent wage for doing his job so I would have thought his top prioroty is to get new signings “ over the line “ and not swan off on holiday. I dont begrudge anyone a break ( a lot cannot afford one ) but he knows the serious plight we are in and now is not the time to take ones foot off the pedal in regards to strengthening the squad.

  • 15 Barton // Jun 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Newcastle Targeting Another Five New Players ,dont insult our intelligence,and as for Charnley off on hols,bloody typical,u would think with sense and a bit forward thinking he would have takin it at another time ? ,did’nt Crazy Joe do the same at this time last summer ? we are a feckin joke,Full Stop!!




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