Newcastle were interested in January in two Charlton players – 21 year-old midfielder Jordan Cousins and Joe Gomez, their 6’2″ center-back who can also play at right back – but it looks like we’ve missed out on at least one of those – Joe Gomez, with news today that he has signed for Liverpool.
Joe Gomez – signed for Liverpool for £3.5M
Liverpool have paid £3.5M for the Charlton youngster who is still just 18 years old, and he’s signed a five year deal at Liverpool.
Newcastle were linked with Gomez as far back as last summer, but we seem to hesitate too much in the transfer window these days, and other clubs – usually bigger ones who have more ambition and initiative than Newcastle – move in to get the players.
We’re still in for Jordan Cousins, but again some big clubs are interested in the midfielder.
Another good center-back who looks unlikely to join Newcastle this summer is 26 year-old Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, and we were first linked with this player last year.
The 6 ft tall defender is often compared with Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany in the way he plays, and the lad already has 14 caps for DR Congo and played for them in the African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea in January.
Chancel Mbemba – moving to Borussia Monchengladbach
News today in the Sun that he is close to making a move to German Club Borussia Monchengladbach for around £8M, and the deal is said to be close but not yet completed.
We’ve got to believe Newcastle didn’t sign either of these players because we were again not willing to bid big enough money to get the players to Newcastle.
That’s one of our big problems this summer – we have had eight years of practicing bidding low and negotiating good deals that take some time.
So when we have the money to get good players into the club, that old habit continues and we miss out on our targets.
We would hazard a guess that’s one of the main reasons we haven’t signed any players yet this summer – too much concentration on bidding low and trying to get a good deal.
But we now have plenty of money available in the coffers, and we had £35M in the bank in January, and just received in late May over £78M from the Premier League for finishing in 15th place .
If we are going to build a good side again on Tyneside, we have to have a much braver and bolder approach in the transfer market.