Newcastle Miss Out On Second Target In Two Days

We reported yesterday that one of Newcastle’s targets this summer –  25-year-old Yevhen Konoplyanka – who is a Ukrainian International winger who was at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk,  has agreed to sign for Sevilla.

The news was announced on the Sevilla web-site yesterday and it depends on the free agent passing his medical.

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Tom Ince – signed for Derby for £4.75M

A statement was posted yesterday on Sevilla’s web-site:

“Sevilla have reached an agreement with the player, in the absence of a medical and closing a deal with Dnipro.”

But just hours later it seems we’ve also missed out on another target of ours, with 23 year-old winger Tom Ince joining Derby County in a four year deal for a fee of £4.75M.

We have been interested in  Tom for a few years now, but when he starred on loan at Derby last season,  when he scored 11 goals in just 18 appearances from January, it had been thought that Steve McClaren wanted him at Newcastle.

But it seems Newcastle have been thinking about it – and while we continue to do that – Derby County and new manager Paul Clement tied up the deal rather quickly.

Newcastle – make that Lee Charnley  – did nothing last season after we lost eight games in a row in the Premier League for the first time ever, and showed no initiative or creativity to relieve what was a very dangerous situation for the club.

That habit of not doing much (certainly not spending any money) and hoping for the best now seems to have extended  into this summer’s transfer window.

Mike Ashley seems to have taken himself out of the line of fire, and left it to the new Board of Directors to get players in and choose the head coach.

So far we have brought in a very good coaching staff, and it’s an improvement on what we had last season – that’s the good news.

But if we have a poor transfer window this summer,  after we almost managed to get ourselves relegated when we got only 4 points out of the last 11 games – even Mike Ashley will not be happy.

Just like Mike was unhappy that Newcastle could have been relegated on that last day of the season, when he talked to Sky Sports an hour before the kick-off against West Ham.

John Carver and Steve Stone were subsequently fired for that debacle, which lasted 20 games and almost five months – it was a complete nightmare.

This is the first question and answer in Ashley Sky Sports interview with David Craig back on May 24th:

Q: How disappointed are you to arrive here today and find Newcastle in this situation?

A: I can’t have really imagined it from Christmas, I probably didn’t anticipate we would be anywhere near this situation, so obviously after the last sort of couple of weeks, I am a little shocked where we find ourselves today.

The fans are anything but happy at the moment, and one reason for that is they see Newcastle as we were in the past – hesitant, indecisive and anything but ambitious.

So far this summer, it hasn’t been good enough, but we still have time – and Newcastle could still have a good transfer window.

That’s what we are hoping for, but more decisive action is needed from the Board of Directors.

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