There are less than three weeks to go in the transfer window, and Newcastle will attempt to bring in some first team players as well as some younger players who will become part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad, before the end of the month.
But it seems that any deals Newcastle will make have to be on the club’s terms, which means that if QPR continue to want £15M for their striker Charlie Austin, he will not be coming to Newcastle.
Raphael Guerreiro – Lorient left-back
Steve McClaren keeps insisting that they have to be the right players and that it’s not worth bringing somebody in just for the sake of it, and that’s sensible enough.
Last summer we seemed to bring in Facundo Ferreyra out of nowhere – when we were short of strikers – and we hadn’t even checked him out, and that didn’t work out too well – in fact it was another disastrous loan signing for us.
Newcastle do want another striker in, so if we can do a decent deal for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan – that could happen.
But we are not all that short of strikers if we keep Papiss Cisse, even if Riviere is injured, because we always have the option of playing Siem de Jong up front as an out-and-out striker – and he knows where the goal is.
And Ayoze Perez will need some playing time this season to continue his excellent development from last season, and of course we have Aleksandar Mitrovic who seems full of goals.
We hope he’s full of goals.
So if we don’t get another striker in, and we keep Cisse, we are still in pretty good shape.
We also need a defender and it looks like we are interested in 21 year-old Sam Byram of Leeds, who has entered into further negotiations for a new contract at Leeds, and we have also been linked with Raphael Guerreiro, the 21 year-old Portuguese International, who plays for Lorient in France.
Raphael is a left back and maybe Steve McClaren thinks we could be stronger in that position, although he still has to see Paul Dummett in action this season.
It does look like Newcastle will try to sign a full back before September 1st, and at this stage we’d be surprised if we bring in another center-back, even though we have been linked with 6ft 6ins tall Danish center-back Jannik Vestergaard of Werder Bremen.
Newcastle really do need to bring in another good defender this month, and one who can immediately become a starter, so that will also help increase the competition for the back four places.
If we bring in a top left back – or even better – a top full back who can play on either side – then our starting back four could be Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba and the new signing – maybe Guerreiro – and that would be an improvement over the last three seasons.
The third player Newcastle seem to be after is a winger, and Florian Thauvin seems to our top target.
We are supposed to have bid £12M for him but had that offer turned down by Marseilles, who are said to want £15M.
That’s a lot of money for a very good player, but he hasn’t yet made the full French team – so £15M would probably be overpaying for the 22 year-old Frenchman.
We were really surprised Newcastle didn’t go after Inter-Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who signed on at Stoke for £12M – which is not a bad price for such a good player, who is so very experienced.
Xherdan would have been an exciting signing for Newcastle fans, but the news is we weren’t interested in him – which is surprising.
It would be good to get another winger in, but we do have players like Remy Cabella and Rolando Aarons who are not first team regulars at the moment and pushing for a starting place, so while another winger would be good – it wouldn’t be a disaster if we didn’t get one in this month.
As long as Papiss Cisse stays we don’t have to buy another striker either.
But we do need to bring in a top full-back to fix the poor defense we have had over the last three seasons, when we have conceded a massive 190 goals in the Premier League.
With a defender seeming to be the minimum requirement, it would also be good to bring in a couple of top young players for Peter Beardsley’s Development squad.
Then we can see how we do through the end of the year, and see who is available in January.
What do you think?