The Chronicle is reporting that four players will be allowed to leave Newcastle this month and that will make room for the new players coming in – and we already have signed Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea and Henri Saivet from Bordeaux for a combined £17M so far.
Newcastle are now trying to sign Andros Townsend from Spurs and Saido Berahino from West Brom, but their clubs are driving a hard bargain on the price with Newcastle.
Mike Williamson – will be on his way
Two French midfielders Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux are available, but recently Gouffran´s wages proved too much for Lille and it may be difficult to move Yoan on because of that.
Yoan joined us three years ago when we were again in relegation trouble and Newcastle signed five Frenchmen in January of 2013 to strengthen the squad and we survived.
Sylvain Marveaux hasn´t played for the first team for a couple of years now and he is certainly expendable.
The 29 year-old is a free agent in June after signing a five year deal in the summer of 2011 from Rennes, when he was again a free agent.
In those almost five years he only played only 55 times for Newcastle with two goals and he has hardly been a success on Tyneside.
Midfielder Cheick Tiote is still expected to move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua and that deal could go through before the weekend.
And big center-back Mike Williamson, who joined us almost exactly six years ago for £1M from Portsmouth – to help with our promotion drive – will also be allowed to leave and Wolves are said to be very interested.
Mike is still carrying a hamstring injury he picked up the first day he trained at Newcastle after being recalled from his loan at Wolves, so we are not sure how much that will affect him moving.
Those four players moving out will also help with the wage bill but at the moment – given our precarious position in the Premier League – we don´t think owner Mike Ashley will be worried too much about that.
His only ambition seems to be for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League and that´s now in jeopardy – and why the next 11 days are crucial for Newcastle to strengthen the side significantly.