After Director of Football Joe Kinnear failed miserably to make any permanent signings in the last two transfer windows, Lee Charnley as our new Director of Football since April, has shown some great fortitude and drive in getting nine players through the door, and getting the vast majority of them in early during the summer.
Lee Charnley on left – has done well in first transfer window
Lee seems to have done so well that he has left Newcastle United open to being accused of being ambitious, which has hardly ever been the case in the seven years Mike Ashley has owned the club. 😀
But whether Lee can be successful in leading the drive this week to get another striker through the door is debatable, and certainly for British players they seem just too expensive with some ridiculously high transfer fees being paid out for what are average players at best.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the subject:
“I think that the recent activity on the striker front in particular, has shown that the market is very very difficult. Jordan Rhodes’s price looks heavy so we are looking at the options that are good enough for us,”
“We keep talking about British players being promoted and every time we go and try and buy one it’s very difficult,” “They become stuck in the system, it’s such a shame.”
“If we could have some realism around our own strikers maybe they would get more opportunities.”
Shane Long went to Southampton from Hull for a massive £12M, and that’s the fee being mentioned for a potential Jordan Rhodes move from Blackburn Rovers to Hull City, and Jordan has never played in the Premier League.
And with Ross McCormack costing Fulham £12M from Leeds United, these transfer fees are simply unrealistically high – and Newcastle quite rightly – will not pay out these high fees for ordinary players.
Fulham have lost their first four games in the Championship, and were hammered 5-1 at Derby on Saturday, and are currently in bottom place in the league.
It looks like Newcastle will again be looking at the continent for a striker, but exactly who we can bring in remains to be seen.
And QPR have lost their first two games in the Premier League and were hammered 4-0 at White Hart Lane yesterday – so Loic Remy may find himself having to stay at Loftus Road for the season.
And that’s after playing at Newcastle United least season on loan and then almost signing for Liverpool a few weeks back, until he failed his medical.
There seems very little chance Newcastle will go back in for Remy – although you never know.
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