Newcastle United tried to sign two young Spanish players in January – 18 year-old David Concha of Racing Santandar and 18 year-old Jorge Mere of Sporting Gijon.
The idea was to sign winger Concha and center-back Mere, and then loan them immediately back to their clubs for the rest of the season – but that didn’t happen.
David Concha – Sporting Lisbon winger
Newcastle still want to sign the two teenagers, but according to the Shields Gazette today, Newcastle now face competition for their signatures, including from other Premier League clubs and also from within Spain itself.
Newcastle were well positioned to get both players for around £1M each in January, but for whatever reason the deals couldn’t be agreed at that time.
Jorge Mere – Sporting Dijon center-back
Now Everton are said to be interested and of course Roberto Martinez is Spanish and he has persuasive powers to get the two young Spanish players to the Toffees.
Real Betis and Valencia are the two clubs in Spain also interested in signing the two top youngsters.
While we don’t know exactly what’s happening in the Newcastle negotiations, it does appear from the outside that Newcastle need a lot of time to come to an agreement for any player.
It’s difficult to know whether that’s because we try to get the very best deal possible in every situation, but that kind of miserly approach has cost us big time in the past.
By paying a little bit extra we could have tied up a number of deals in the past, but we’ve always been unwilling to pay more than what Mike Ashley’s evaluation is of the player.
We’ve never been willing to pay just a little bit extra to get a deal done, like other clubs do.
If we don’t change that negotiating stance, it could be very difficult to get some of our targets over the line this summer.
With the new Board structure it appears that Managing Director Lee Charnley has free reign to spend the money he’s been given, and Ashley is not involved.
That could be true and it would be good – if it is true.
Maybe when we are in negotiations Lee Charnley and company should remember where we were before the last game of the season, when we almost took the drop again.
And maybe that will spur them on to pay a bit more money to get some good players in.
You cannot build a top team on Tyneside, and be a miser and too thrifty at the same time.
We’ve tried that for eight years and it doesn’t work.
Hopefully Newcastle will learn from their past mistakes, and this summer would be a great time to do that, and sign up these two top teenagers.