At Steve McClaren’s press conference today for the League Cup tie against Northampton Town tomorrow night, he was asked at one point if he was expecting new arrivals or new departures from the clu over the next week.
The transfer window slams shut next Tuesday night at 6:00pm and there are reports we are after 26 year-old Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and also Wolves England U21 striker Benik Afobe.
Benik Afobe – Newcastle said to be trying to sign this player
About half way through the press conference today Steve was asked if he was expecting a busy week with only one week to go in the summer transfer window – and this is how Steve answered that question:
“I’m just expecting a busy week because we have got three games in a week, and I’m sure if things happen then things will happen, and we’ll be ready to deal with that and any opportunities.”
“At the present moment, as I said on Friday, we are happy with what we got, so let’s keep our heads down and keep quiet.”
We may not get any new players in over the next eight days, but that answer is consistent with Newcastle being after some players who may or may not arrive by next Tuesday night.
And Newcastle will need to move some players out, either permanently or on loan, whether or not we bring new players in.
Those players include the likes of Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana, who don’t seem to have any future at Newcastle.
So there will be at least some transfers out before next Tuesday night.
It would be icing on the cake if we can get even one more good player through the door this summer.
Here’s where we stand so far on transfers in and out this summer – the fees are estimates.
|Transfer Fees Out||£56.6M|
|Remy Cabella||Season loan||Marseille|
|Sammy Ameobi||Season Loan||Cardiff|
|Adam Armstrong||6 month loan||Coventry|
|Freddie Woodman||6 month loan||Crawley|
|Haris Vuckic||Season Loan||Wigan|
|Shane Ferguson||6 month loan||Milwall|
|Ryan Taylor||Released||Hull City|
|Jak Alnwick||Released||Port Vale|
|Adam Campbell||Released||Notts County|
|Remie Streete||Released||Port Vale|
|Transfer Fees In||£4.0M|
Newcastle have net spending at the moment of £47.8M