One of the things that Lee Charnley is good at and effectively made his name at Newcastle for – is signing players for Newcastle, and he has been the man who has gone in and negotiated deals on behalf of Newcastle, and that was a long time before he was appointed the Managing Director about 15 months ago.
We still cannot believe we have got Gini Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic through the door this summer, and we should be able to sign Chancel Mbemba by the end of this week – so that’s £35.5M spent so far.
That’s a good start but we still need maybe three more players signed this summer.
Lee Charnley – negotiating for our transfer targets
There are also reports today that Newcastle will finally make a bid for top striker target Charlie Austin – maybe for around £13.5M – so if we do that and are successful in getting Charlie through the door, that would be close to £50M spent this summer – so far.
Bob Moncur is on the Newcastle Board and we would have expected he would have been involved with some of the transfer dealings – in at least identifying players – but it doesn’t look that way by reading his column in the Chronicle today.
Bob is really a figure-head at Newcastle having been a great captain of the club when we last won something back in 1969, when we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup.
This is some of that Bob has said today about the work Charnley is doing for Newcastle this summer:
¨I know that Managing Director Lee Charnley has been working very, very hard behind the scenes and I know how frustrating it can be when you work hard but don’t get the final act of a transfer finished.¨
¨You have to congratulate Lee on the two deals he has signed so far and we hope to welcome a third in Mbemba.¨ ¨Most people I talk to are quite pleased with the signings so far. Lee Charnley had a difficult time when people were asking him: “When are we signing players?”, myself included.¨
¨But he’s stepped up and got the players. There’s always two sides to every story on transfers. You look from afar and think: ‘That shouldn’t be too difficult.’¨ ¨However, it is difficult and there’s a lot of factors out there and it’s not a case of saying: “I want him – there’s £14M.”
¨It doesn’t happen like that sadly, but 10/10 to Lee for getting those deals done and get the players here.¨
If Newcastle are able to bring say six good players through the door this summer, then it’s hats off to Lee Charnley – who has done all the leg-work with the difficult negotiations.
Lee has proved himself very good at signing players for Newcastle United, and maybe this can be his most successful summer ever.
Sounds good to us.