With speculation surrounding Moussa Sissoko being targeted by Liverpool this summer, and Cheick Tiote possibly also leaving the club, there is a concern that Newcastle may be letting some of their best players leave, while at the same time we seem to be struggling big time to bring in our top transfer targets.
Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley – at West Ham game
There’s some good news today that Newcastle sources are reacting specifically to the news that Liverpool are after Moussa Sissoko, by telling the local press that no senior players will be leaving St James’s this summer until the new signings are in place – and they may not even leave then.
Newcastle are going after various targets – including PSV midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, QPR striker Charlie Austin, Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and others – but the club are still to make their first signing of the summer.
The players who have been on International duty will return to training today, and they include Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul, so McClaren and the new coaching team will have all the players back this week for training.
It’s important that Newcastle bring in new faces for a number of reasons – one is if we make some top signings it will be easier to get some of our other targets through the door.
And it will also help persuade some of our best players already at the club, that they should stay at Newcastle where we are going to build a top team so we can potentially win something and also finish in the top eight of the Premier League.
After all, owner Mike Ashley said before the final game of the season that he now wants to win something, and he will invest heavily in the squad this summer.
In the past, Newcastle have gone after cheaper players in Europe, but that has changed somewhat, and we are now after a number of English players – and there is more competition for them – and they are also more expensive.
And Newcastle always seem to find it hard to spend big money in the transfer market.
We’re sure Steve McClaren is just a little concerned it’s over six weeks now since the last game of the season, and we haven’t manged to sign anybody, but of course he’s not going to say too much – not yet anyway.
We just have to hope that Lee Charnley and others start to get the job done this summer before much more time goes by.
The squad leaves for America this coming weekend, and we need one or two new players signed by then.