There are still a number of fringe players – like Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez for example – who will need to be moved out before the transfer window closes in 10 days time.
Jonas Gutierrez in action last season
Hatem Ben Arfa has fallen out with manager Alan Pardew, and the reason Jonas only paid twice last season was because his current contract has a clause in it that triggers a new deal, once he has made a set number of appearances.
My son Neil reminded me of that clause last week, since I’d been at a loss to understand why Jonas had been put out in the cold last season, and he is still training in his home country of Argentina at the moment.
There was some news yesterday that Newcastle were offered Andre Ayew of Marseilles, and that we were strong favorites to bring in Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk.
Newcastle signing van Dijk may depend on Celtic qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League, which is why the report in the Scotsman said we may make a last day bid for the Dutchman.
Celtic drew 1-1 with Slovenian club NK Maribor on Wednesday night in the first leg qualifier, so they have a decent chance of going through, even after they were smashed 6-1 in an earlier round by Polish club Legia Warsaw.
Legia fielded an ineligible player, Bartosz Bereszynski, in the late stages of their second leg of the third qualifying round at Celtic and they were eliminated for that transgression, even after they appealed to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport).
So if Celtic can win or draw 0-0 in next Wednesday’s second leg in Scotland, they will go through and maybe the van Dijk transfer will not happen.
But that’s still possible because it didn’t stop Celtic from selling Fraser Forster to Southampton for £10M a couple of weeks ago.
So it’s obvious there are still some possible comings and goings at Newcastle right through to the very last day of the transfer market a week on Monday.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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