It seems Newcastle have left it late on a number of fronts, as we have just 16 hours left in this January transfer window.
With hopes over the weekend that we could strengthen the defense with the acquisition of Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira or Valencia’s 26-year-old defender Lucas Orban, both of those fell through yesterday and it doesn´t look like we will be bringing in any defenders to strengthen our weak defense.
Saido Berahino – unlikely to be signed today
Siqueira joined Valencia and Orban went on loan to Levante through the end of the season.
We finally put in an official bid for Saido Berahino of £21M, but that was turned down and it remains to be seen if Newcastle will go back in with an improved bid.
That could happen with news Newcastle could go back in with a £24M bid, but why would West Brom allow him to leave so late in the window with no time to bring in a replacement – and let him join a relegation rival?
West Brom manager Tony Pulis talked about Berahino over the weekend, but it´s West Brom Chairman Jeremy Peace whom will make the decision:
“He’s a good player and he can score,” “The problem we’ve got is his fitness is not what it should be – but put him in front of goal and he’ll score.”
“Will those be his last goals for the club? We’ll see. That’s the chairman’s decision.”
The one signing we should be able to make today is to get Roma striker Seydou Doumbia in on loan and he´s supposed to be on Tyneside and should have taken his medical yesterday.
He´s our best chance of a striker but it looks like getting in a second striker will not happen with Bafe Gomis unlikely to join us from Swansea.
The new sis that Swansea could block the deal but that´s not clear.
So it would appear that Seydou Doumbia is it and why on earth we didn´t sign Charlie Austin for just £4M could be the reason we are relegated in May.
If we only get one striker though the door in Doumbia, it´s still going to be tough for us to avoid relegation this season – but possible.
And news that failed striker Emmanuel Riviere, who has been injured all season and made just one sub appearance for us, could make a move to Lille.
Another cheap buy from France from Graham Carr who simply wasn´t good enough.
In the last eighteen months we have also signed Remy Cabella and Florian Thauvin from France and Florian rejoined Marseille yesterday on loan – and they have been (very) costly mistakes by Newcastle and Graham Carr in particular.
And we let Davide Santon go last January and we are now regretting that ridiculous decision by Lee Charnley and company and one year later we are trying to rectify the error by getting in a left back – but it looks like we will fail with that.
Cheick Tiote is back in Newcastle after failing to make a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, so it remains to be seen if he will stay with Newcastle through the end of the season or move somewhere today.
It doesn´t look like we have much chance of signing other than Roma striker Seydou Doumbia today, but I´ve been wrong before.
Here´s hoping we can get at least two players through the door today.