Newcastle were linked with a move for former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole at the end of the transfer window, and if was reported in Gazzetta dello Sport and they reported Newcastle had bid for the player – but that Ashley turned us down.
We know that Mike Ashley, hopefully, has changed the way he is running Newcastle, and we will now be bringing in some older players from the continent who can make an immediate impact, but we will not be bringing in former world-class players who are now way past their best.
Ashley Cole – in action for Roma
Mike Ashley did that once, five years ago, and we got very badly burned after former manager Chris Hughton persuaded the owner to buy former England great Sol Campbell on a one year deal, but Sol was abysmal and he played only 8 times for us and he was on £45K/week.
Sol was 35 years old when we signed him.
Not surprisingly the former England great hung up his boots in the summer of 2011, and Newcastle became the last club he ever played for, after having a terrific career with Tottenham and then their big rivals Arsenal – and he represented England 73 times.
Newcastle are expected to buy again in January, and we would expect the club have a decent idea of whom they will be going after when the month-long transfer window opens on New Year’s day.
But one of them will not be Ashley Cole, who turns 35 in December.