There are a couple of problems Newcastle have this summer, and that is we had another terrible season last season, especially in the second half of the season, and a lot of good players will be a little bit wary of Joining Newcastle.
That’s unless they see signs that Newcastle are really going to try to improve the squad this summer, and until we sign some good players that will not be apparent – so it’s a catch 22 situation..
And in the last three seasons we have struggled against relegation in two of them – so it’s hard to accuse Newcastle of being one of the top ten clubs in the Premier League over the last three years.
Charlie Austin – would cost £15M from QPR – pay the money!
Newcastle appear to be balking at paying high fees for any one player, and if that’s true that would be (very) worrying.
Newcastle have roughly £60M available to spend this summer, and Newcastle must move away from trying to get great bargains and bring in a player for around £5M, and realize that at times we have to pay out big money for a big player.
We need two strikers brought in this summer, so we could get Charlie Austin for £15M (pay what they want) and Bas Dost for around £10M from Wolfsburg.
That’s £25M to get two goalscorers into the squad, and that means we can sell Papiss Cisse say for £6M since we still have Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere.
We’d like to see two center-backs coming in this summer, and the two we’d like to see are both 6’4″ tall – they are Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk.
Newcastle have been interested in both players for the last three years and it seems that both would be available and maybe we could get both lads in for less than £15M – but let’s say they would cost £15M.
In addition we have Fabricio Coloccini and Jamaal Lascelles, and both Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett are very able to play at the center of defense too.
If we bring in two center-backs then Newcastle can sell both Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor – and maybe we can get say £4M for the two.
That’s two strikers and two central defenders which will really strengthen the side in the areas we were weak in last season.
But we also need a player with flair – and today we’ve been linked with 20 year-old Derby County midfielder Will Hughes – who would coast around £15M.
Steve McClaren could also help to persuade Will to join Newcastle.
If we can get those five players through the door, the gross cost would be around £55M net, and £45M net – assuming we can get £10M for Papiss Cisse, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor – which should be possible.
- Charlie Austin – £15M
- Bas Dost – £10M
- Virgil van Dijk £10M
- Lewis Dunk £5M
- Will Hughes £15M
- Papiss Cisse £6M
- Mike Williamson £1.5M
- Steven Taylor £2.5M
We’ve tried to be sensible with the transfer fees.
What do you think?