There are some signs – with the capture of Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and hopefully Feyenoord’s Daryl Janmaat for £5M today – that the mood on Tyneside is starting to lift just a little bit – after a horrendous second half of last season.
Emmanuel Riviere – signed before the end of the week?
And if the press reports are to be believed, we will also be signing Emmanuel Riviere of Monaco for £6M before the end of this week – a very decent 24 year-old former French U21 striker.
And if we can get Daryl and Emmanuel through the door, that will be three very good players signed this week for around £20M – and it’s probably only £18M – with it being widely reported that we got a really good deal on Cabella, and he cost only a £7M up front payment.
And that’s all in one week with Newcastle probably signing more players than any other club so far this summer, six players in all by the end of the week, and at least three of them are top class players in Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat.
The other three are former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback, young Monaco striker Riviere (yet to be signed), and we’ll not forget 20 year-old Ayoze Perez, who we signed from Tenerife for €2M in early June.
Of course what we need most this summer are strikers, and there are some rumors floating around that the deal for Mathieu Debuchy has been held up because Newcastle may want to sign 21 year-old 6’4″ striker Yaya Sanogo, who was signed by Arsenal last year from Auxerre and the 21 year-old made 14 appearances last season for the Gunners.
The news had been that Newcastle could be interested in Joel Campbell, who played well for Costa Rica in the World Cup, but maybe it’s Sanogo, and we should know soon, because once Janmaat is signed – we assume Debuchy will move to Arsenal.
The jury is still out on Newcastle this summer, that’s very true, but with potentially six players signed before the middle of July, and others being actively pursued – it could be a lot worse than it currently is.
We suppose that’s one positive way to look at things at Newcastle these days.
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.