The January transfer window has just closed in England and that’s it for Newcastle – as we expected a few hours ago – and we managed to get AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia from AS Roma in on loan today (with an option to buy in the summer) and he had been on Tyneside yesterday undergoing his medical.
But Seydou could be an excellent signing for us and the other three players we got in – Jonjo Shelvey, Henri Saivet and Andros Townsend are all good signings and should help us in the fight against relegation.
Seydou Doumbia – signed on loan today
We sold Mike Williamson and Shane Ferguson to Wolves and Milwall respectively and sent out Florian Thauvin on a loan deal back to Marseille, but there’s no option to buy the player in the loan agreement.
But we would still be very surprised if Florian is back in pre-season at Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote has not yet made his move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
Here is what we did in the January transfer window and Newcastle are the biggest spenders in the Premier League with close to £30M paid out to go with the £52M we spend last summer.
|Seydou Doumbia||Loan||AS Roma|
|Transfer Fees Out||£29M|
|Adam Armstrong||Extended Loan||Coventry|
|Gael Bigirimana||Extended Loan||Coventry|
|Transfer Fees In||£0.5M|
Newcastle would have liked to have signed a left back and we tried for Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal and former player Jose Enrique – now at Liverpool – but we were unsuccessful.
And we failed to get a second striker in, which had been the goal for today – excuse the pun.
However we did give Ayoze Perez a new five and a half year deal and that was good news for the very popular youngster.
Newcastle had a £24M bid for Saido Berahino turned down by West Brom today but we had a feeling early this morning that we’d only get one player through the door today.
Now we have to fight like hell to get some wins up on the board so we can survive in the Premier League and we feel almost certain that if we can do that we will see a big transfer window in the summer when we should get at least three more top players brought in.
We even have the makings of a decent side and there are definite signs that Mike Ashley has at last realized he needs to be a lot more ambitious if Newcastle are to remain a Premier League club.
In the next 15 weeks it will be all about the lads fighting for the shirt and winning some games that will help keep us safe in the Premier League.
And it’s about the rest of us and especially those who regularly attend the games in England pulling in the same direction and supporting the lads.
One of the biggest advantages Newcastle have always had on other teams is the intensity of the support – and we need that to make a (big) difference during the run-in.
Let us know if you think this has been a good transfer window for Newcastle United.