It was never realistic that we had any chance of getting Danny Ings to Newcastle this summer once Liverpool and Tottenham went after him in earnest – the only chance we had was that he would get regular games at Newcastle whereas at Tottenham or Liverpool he may not.
That came after he said he didn’t want to join a club where he would be on the bench a lot – much like what happened to Loic Remy at Chelsea this season.
Danny Ings – agreed terms with Liverpool
But with the news that Liverpool have agreed terms with the 22 year-old Burnley striker and he has to now undergo a medical – that’s one good target that we’ve missed out on.
And we’ve also said to have withdrawn from the race for 25 year-old Ghanaian International forward Andre Ayew – who was another target we had significant competition for, with around ten clubs already having made an offer to the player who will become a free agent at the end of this month.
The problem we had with Andre is that we couldn’t offer him European football, and some of the other clubs making him an offer included Inter-Milan, Roma, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg and others.
And it seems we are no longer interested in 20 year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who plays at Anderlecht in the Belgian League.
There were reports that we were supposed to have agreed a £15M fee for the youngster, but Anderlecht announced recently he was not available for transfer.
And that was about the same time there were reports in the local papers that he was no longer a Newcastle target because of his character issues.
So there are three targets – no doubt the ones who impressed John Carver when he leaked the news we were going after some top players.
But we may have very little chance of signing some of these targets given the other bigger clubs interested.
We do have a good chance to sign 25 year-old Charlie Austin and 21 year-old Patrick Bamford, but the transfer fees that have been placed on them by their clubs are £15M and £10M respectively.
If Newcastle balk at these prices, which seems to be the case, then there are multiple ways we will be able to miss out on our targets for the summer.
Some boldness is what we need to see from Newcastle this summer in the transfer market, but we haven’t seen any of that for some time.
Now’s the time to change all that.