McClaren Finally Talks About Newcastle´s Transfer Business

It was good that we got the first signing through the door last night, when the club announced Henri Saivet of Bordeaux as our first signing and the club seems to have handled that deal well – and quickly too.

It came as a pleasant surprise when it was reported that Saivet was on Tyneside with his agent and that the fee and personal terms had already been agreed and all that was left was the medical which the Senegal midfielder passed.

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Steve McClaren on the training field

That was another of Graham Carr´s signings, but it seems that there is a decent chance that a McClaren favorite – Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea – could be next through the door – and he would be a good signing for us.

Steve McClaren has finally talked about the transfer business and he says he knows what´s going on:

“It’s good to be on the Board because I know what is going on,” “Sometimes you don’t, so we are all involved in the process and we hope that we will get the job done in the transfer window.”

“We have been unlucky with injuries, for one, and there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes and a lot of discussions.”

“None of those are frustrated, angry – it’s kind of a process that we have got to go through and we are going through.” “Let’s see over the next two or three weeks what happens.”

“There are quite a few things I’d like but, as I say, we are talking about it, keeping our counsel, trying to do things quietly,”

“You just feel that you see it with a lot of theater going on, a lot of talk and a lot of clubs issuing what they are doing.”

“From my past experience, that can actually upset something – so we are quietly doing our business behind the scenes.” “It’s January and everybody knows it’s a difficult month.”

“Every club, whether you are top or bottom, is looking all the time and – if there’s an opportunity – it will be done.” “I suppose we are like everybody else.”

”What do we need in the second half?”

“On the field, we are working hard and I genuinely think the way the team is playing football, working, attitude, defending blocks – the players are giving everything.”

“Let’s see in the next two weeks what business gets done.”

We are always unlucky with injuries and it´s really not about luck – there´s something wrong somewhere, but I´m like a broken record on that – but injuries weaken our squad and the team we can put out every single season.

Tonight it´s Manchester United and we really need to start winning some games.

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5 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #1

    As stated, never saw Saivet before but good to have him & tied up.Will definitely strengthen our midfield.If we add Shelvey ,that’ll be a dream because I always liked Shelvey’s height,physical strength,and some calm accurate passes. Even though he has no pace,his big physical presence is enough to scare off opposition. This is a very good move by the club and god bless whoever suggested our midfield should be strengthened.
    If we add at least a good proven striker to that,we are set to attack the league,and ‘ve a good chance to stay and survive..

  • Bambams

    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #2

    We still need the commanding CB. We don’t score enough goals but we certainly let them in

  • King_Solano

    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I doubt there is anything in it but I’d take shola back before buying Bendtner

  • Thump

    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #4

    @Reyantoon: Shelvey strikes me as a Sissoko-like player who tries to bully his way through the midfield and somehow manages to find pockets of space. He’s quite dangerous at lurking on the area too, so maybe that’s the thinking in bringing him in (if we actually are).

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 12, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Sissoko should be transformed into a CM. His strength and structure can be good for a box to box CM.


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