There is news in the Mirror today that Newcastle are interested in 25 year-old Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, who has been in terrific form for his club this season, especially after Alan Pardew joined Palace earlier this year.
Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace winger
John Carver has said that Newcastle have some very good players on their shopping list in the summer – assuming we are still a Premier League club then – but it’s a completely different question of whether good players will want to join Newcastle – who let’s face it – have looked like a joke club this year.
With other real clubs in England in the chase for the 16 times capped DR Congo International, we’d be very surprised if Yannick would want to come to Tyneside.
So if we do survive in the Premier League this season, we expect there to be some significant transfer activity, with a lot of it being players who just want to get out of the club as soon as possible once the season ends.
But as far as good players coming into Newcastle, that’s going to be very difficult unless Mike Ashley announces he will completely change the way he runs Newcastle, or he manages to sell the club in the summer.
There’s no doubt the name of Newcastle United has been badly damaged by the incompetence shown by owner Mike Ashley and Chief Executive Lee Charnley this year by their antics in the January transfer window.
We would take most of these transfer stories with a large pinch of salt, until we know whether we are safe or not.
And maybe our best hope is if somebody with vision and ambition comes in and buys the club off Ashley, but by then we could be a Championship club.
But if we can get a new owner in, then we can become a football club again, and not a worldwide advertising board for Sports Direct.
And on a positive note that would be good, very good – in fact it would be fantastic.