The Telegraph and Guardian are both reporting that Newcastle are becoming (very) frustrated at both Tottenham and West Brom the way they are handling the potential transfer of their stars Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino respectively.
Spurs Chairman Levy at one point wanted £12M for Townsend but then raised that to £14M and he will not entertain a loan deal for Andros.
Saido Berahino – West Brom negotiations very frustrating
So time is passing by and nothing much is being achieved, and although Townsend would love to join Newcastle there´s not much that can be done with Levy sticking to his guns – so to speak.
As far as Berahino goes, the Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle were told last week the striker was not for sale.
But those around him – make that his agents – have been telling people he is for sale – so the Telegraph says that Newcastle have not yet tabled an official bid.
If Newcastle were tempted to do that by his agents, it could simply be a clear sign for a bigger club to come in – like Spurs for example – and do the deal and beat Newcastle to the player.
It´s a frustrating time for Newcastle, but we still need two more players.
And there is news in the Telegraph that some in the Newcastle Board would like to wait until the summer to sign another striker.
But Steve McClaren is not one of them and he is desperate for more firepower up front and apparently wants to bid as much as £20M for Berahino.
Newcastle could still make critical mistakes (again) in this transfer window and not signing another striker would be one of them.
We have been missing far too many decent chances over the last 8 games or so – and with a decent experienced Premier League striker in the side – who knows how many more points we could have on the board by now.
What was the reason we didn´t sign Charlie Austin for £4M again?
What do you think?