Newcastle United have spent almost a net £50M so far this summer in transfer fees, and we don’t know if any more players will be coming through the door before Tuesday night, but Steve McClaren has now had a good look at nearly all the players in the squad and will let a few players leave before the window closes on Tuesday night.
The three that seem most likely to leave and follow midfielder Mehdi Abeid out of the door are Yohan Gouffran, Haris Vuckic and Sylvain Marveaux.
Yoan Gouffran in action against Northampton
It could be his final game for Newcastle
The fringe players will have seen it’s going to be very difficult to even get in the match-day 18 this season, with Newcastle bringing in four starters – Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba and Florian Thauvin – and they all look good buys and are better players than we already had on the books.
We expect 29 year-old Yoan Gouffran to stay in England when he moves on before Tuesday night, with Hull City and Steve Bruce looking like they are now favorites to sign him.
Gouffran is a hard-working player and experienced and he could certainly do a job for Hull in a number of different positions.
He was good at Newcastle in his first year but he’s tailed off a bit since then, and a new club could revitalize Yoan.
Newcastle signed Gouffran six months before his contract ran out at Bordeaux, and we signed him for a bargain £500K, but the fee being mentioned now is £4M – but we be surprised if it’s that high.
The Mirror are reproting that Hull will sign Yoan with other clubs also interested in the player.
23 year-old Haris Vuckic could also be sold, since his contract runs out next summer and he hasn’t had a look in since Steve McClaren arrived.
Haris himself has said he wouldn’t mind joining Rangers in the Scottish second division, but that’s not exactly a high standard for a player of Vuckic’ ability.
It’s always sad to see a guy like Haris – with tremendous skills as a youngster – not be able to fulfill his potential – for one reason or another.
29 year-old Sylvain Marveaux is back from a season on loan at Guingamp, and the Frenchman has had a groin injury since he returned in the summer – so maybe Newcastle can send him out on loan again to a French club – unless Steve McClaren wants to take a look at him when he is finally fit.
Another player who could move on is golakeeper Rob Elliott, who cannot be happy at being the third choice goalkeeper now – although it wouldn’t surprise us id McClaren wants three experienced goalkeepers in his squad this season – which we haven’t had since Steve Harper left us a couple of years ago.
We like to see Rob stay at the club since when he has played in the first team, he’s never let the side down, but from his own career viewpoint, he may want to play regularly elsewhere.
If Rob does move on we assume if one of the two main goalkeepers (Krul, Darlow) get injured, we can always recall Freddie Woodman from Crawley – who was impressive in mid-season.
If we haven’t put that recall clause in Freddie’s contract (looks like we have) Rob should stay.
However, we don’t expect Cheick Tiote, Steven Taylor or Mike Williamson to be going anywhere, and they will stay at Newcastle to add some strength in depth to the squad.
Steve Taylor showed he can still get the job done for Newcastle with a very good permanence at Old Trafford, and Mike Williamson did well on Tuesday night and even scored with a header against Northampton – what a perfect cross that was from Florian Thauvin!
So there will be some outgoing transfers – well have to wait and see if any new players come in.
This is how the transfers look at the moment.
|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|