If you believe the news this week, then we have put three bids in for players, and the Chronicle is reporting today the club hopes for their first deal to be completed this weekend.
Lee Charnley – responsible for transfers
One player we seem to have a bid in for is Marseilles Florian Thauvin and the bid is a reasonable one at €15M (£10.6M). So maybe Newcastle can get the long term target on Tyneside over the weekend.
We have also supposedly bid for Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, although our initial bid was for around £
£8.5M which is far too low, according to their Sporting Director Klaus Allofs.
Who the third player may be is open to conjecture, but we have been linked heavily with two center-backs – Monaco’s 25 year-old Algerian International Aymen Abdennour and 23 year-old Schalke Cameroon International center-back Joel Matip.
If we can get either of those two into the club that would be good.
There could also be offers in for players who we haven’t heard about too, but it’s hard to believe we would want to bring Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli in on loan.
The Express report early this morning that Steve McClaren is not interested in Balotelli has nothing specific in there from Steve about Balotelli.
They simply regurgitate a couple of things Steve said in his nufcTV interview – like talking is all well and good but you have to do it on the field.
Other outlets have reported that but in the nufcTV interview he didn’t discuss any targets at all – and certainly said nothing about Mario.
This weekend is six weeks since we survived in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over West Ham at home, and there are five weeks to go before we open the Premier League season against Southampton at home.
So we are more than half way through the summer break – time for Newcastle to start bringing in some good players.
But in order to do that Newcastle and Lee Charnley need to show a lot more drive and determination in order to be successful.