There have been transfer rumors over the last week that Newcastle are after Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, and he has scored three good goals for his country in their first two group games in the World Cup, and Enner has looked good.
Enner Valencia – Newcastle pulling out of race?
And news in the Shields Gazette today that the striker/winger was offered to Newcastle, but it looks like his price is going up, because of his good form in the World Cup, and Newcastle will now pass on him.
It seems that his representatives are now offering the player around to some big clubs in Europe and while initially his transfer fee was reported to be around £7M (if that), in one report a couple of days ago Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was said to be willing to offer his Mexican club Pachuca £17M for the player.
This is what Pachuca’s Vice-President Andres Fassi has said about his star player who scored 18 goals in 23 league games last season:
“Enner Valencia’s value increases every day. We don’t know if he will stay, it will be hard given the offers we have received.”
“The options a great player at this level gets are to be taken into account, but for now he has to keep doing things right.”
“No doubt it would hurt us to let Enner Valencia go, but we are realistic about his quality.”
Andres Fassi must be delighted with his player’s form in the World Cup ,because it could mean a huge payday for the Mexican club, and we think Newcastle are one of the clubs who have put an offer in – but we don’t expect that offer to as much as £7M.
The reason the Gazette gives for Newcastle pulling out, is that the Magpies are not willing to pay such a big fee for a player they have not scouted extensively.
The truth is more likely that Newcastle are not willing to pay a big fee for anybody these days, and that’s why these transfer windows are so laborious and painful for a club like Newcastle, simply because of our transfer policy.
The players have to be around 26 or younger, so good experienced players like center-back Joel Lescott of Manchester City never join Newcastle, although we could do with players with experience in the Premier League.
Instead, we get cheap players elsewhere, who are a risk if only because they have never played in England’s top division.
And if the price goes up for one of our targets, then we tend to pull out, because Mike Ashley will not overpay for players, and if bigger clubs come in for our target, it becomes very difficult for Newcastle to get their man.
The big clubs can offer Champions League football, and the number of clubs more ambitious than Newcastle United is increasing all the time, and it even seems that Swansea City have beaten us to Bafe Gomis- by offering him the best deal.
When you consider our transfer policy these days, it’s not too hard to see why we find it difficult to get out targets to Tyneside.
This is not good for a club with the stature and status of Newcastle United.