News in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle have not given up on their top transfer targets, Saido Berahino of West Brom and Andros Townsend of Tottenham.
The Chairmen of both those clubs – Daniel Levy of Spurs and Jeremy Peace of the Baggies are driving a hard bargain – but the powers that be at Newcastle think that as the Monday deadline approaches both clubs are likely to come down in their asking price and make a deal.
But we wouldn’t bet on it.
Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino
And that sounds awfully risky and isn’t that what we tried to do with QPR and Charlie Austin on the last day of last summer’s transfer window?
That didn’t work too well either.
It’s important that Newcastle line up alternatives that could be signed in the last couple of days of this window in case Tottenham and West Brom don’t give in on the price.
And the reports are that Jeremy Peace is asking for up to £30M for Saido Berahino with Newcastle willing to offer up to £18M – so if those figures are accurate the two sides are nowhere near on price.
There was news earlier today the alternatives for Andros Townsend were QPR´s Matt Phillips, Aston Villa´s Scott Sinclair and Sandro Ramirez, the young 20 year-old Barcelona player who would be a great signing for us.
Probably the alternatives for Saido would be to cough up £7M for 30 year-old former target Bafe Gomis – but that seems a very high price to pay for the former Lyon striker.
There is always the possibility of signing Loic Remy – who as far as getting striker in who could do the job for us until the end of the season – Loic could be the best signing we could make..
But it’s a risky business to wait until the last day or two because things have a tendency to collapse – it’s called Murphy’s Law – and then who do we sign?
The very last thing we want from the powers that be is to mess up in the next seven days of this extremely important transfer window – because that would severely hurt our chances of survival.
Here’s hoping they get the job done.