Alan Pardew says that the acquisition of players this summer could be slowed down by the World Cup, since a number of clubs are waiting to sell their players after the World Cup has finished – presumably hoping they will do well and drive their transfer fee up – yes it’s all about the money.
Alan Pardew – need two strikers in
This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette today, in what they are calling an exclusive:
“We got two in quickly, which was good,” “And we now need to get a couple of strikers in.” “It’s a good start, but we’ve got to cover some areas, particularly scoring goals.”
“A lot of clubs and agents are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup.” “That will have an influence on the price.” “The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us.”
One striker deal that is not being held up by the World Cup is our pursuit of 22 year-old Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, with the latest news today being that Hamburg are trying to get a player exchange deal agreed with Hertha Berlin for the impressive young striker.
And it looks like we will need to wait until after the World Cup for 24 year-old midfield target Remy Cabella of Montpellier, who seems to want to join Newcastle.
But this delay was to be expected, since if one of our targets is playing in the World Cup, there is very little chance of signing them until the World Cup is over, and then of course they go away on vacation.
It would be great to get Pierre-Michel Lasogga through the door – very soon.