It’s not unusual when a manger joins another club, that he makes some former targets his new club’s targets in the transfer market.
Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park earlier this year against Newcastle
And there is news today that Alan Pardew and Crystal Place are interested in Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk, who has been a Newcastle target for over two years now and could still join Newcastle in the summer.
We were supposed to be close at the end of last summer’s transfer market of signing the former Groningen central defender, but it’s difficult to know how true those stories were.
But Alan Pardew will have a harder job at Crystal Palace persuading top players to join the London club than he even had at Newcastle, and that’s simply because they are a smaller club than Newcastle and have a smaller ground.
Selhurst Park has a capacity of 26,309 which is almost exactly half of that of St. James’ Park.
But that’s not saying anything negative about the Crystal Palace fans and the atmosphere they create at Selhurst Park which is simply fantastic, and Palace are an excellent club who look like they will survive in the Premier League longer term.
Newcastle have been linked with other center-backs than Virgil over the last year, and only yesterday we were linked with Senegal center-back Papy Djilobodji, the 6’4″ center-back who currently plays for FC Nantes in France.
It appears that Papy’s contract runs out in the summer and he would be cheaper option than Virgil who will cost around £ 8M, so maybe Newcastle could move for a cheaper option than Virgil can Dijk?
Why does that not surprise us? 😀
If Palace are successful in getting the 23 year-old Celtic center-back to Crystal Palace it would tell us that Palace Chairman Steve Parish is more ambitious than Mike Ashley.
That could be one reason Alan decided to move on in mid-season, and there was news in January that (significant) transfer funds would be made available to the former Newcastle manager in London.
But there’s no doubt that this summer will be huge for Newcastle United and as well as bringing in some new players like a center-back and striker, we will also be getting a new coach in.
We are hoping Newcastle can have a very good summer.
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