Newcastle United have missed out on one of our summer transfer targets, as Norwich and Scotland International winger Robert Snodgrass agreed to an £8M move to Hull City.
Robert Snodgrass – £8M move to Hull City
That seems like a lot of money for a player who was only slightly above average in the Premier League last season, although he has a great left foot on him, and while we would have been happy enough if Snodgrass had joined Newcastle, that’s a lot of money to pay for a player of Robert’s abilities.
But it could be that’s why Newcastle will not get many British players through the door this summer, because there is a premium on them in terms of the transfer fee, and it’s true there is probably better value in places like France.
But it’s also a risk for Newcastle, because players we bring in – even when they are Internationals – are a risk because they have no proven record in a top league like the Premier League.
It seems Steve Bruce has quickly equaled the club record fee for Snodgrass, after he paid the same amount out to make Spurs’ midfielder Jake Livermore a Hull City player – so that’s £16M Hull City have paid out on two British players.
We may have to rank Hull City with Swansea City, as a club more ambitious than Newcastle United – since we cannot see Newcastle paying £8M out for any one of those players, and of course one of our striker targets Bafe Gomis was lured to Swansea with a big money deal earlier this week.
Newcastle will try to bring cheaper players in from France this summer, when they find out that British players are just too expensive – at least for Mike Ashley they are.
So it will be interesting if manager Alan Pardew gets many British players through the door this summer, something he has said he wants to see.
What do you think?
Written from London, England