Every one of Newcastle´s bids to bring in either a left back or additional striker failed yesterday – and news today that we seem to have made a bid for Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, which was turned down.
Newcastle´s bid was said to be around £15M for the 27 year-old 41 times capped Algerian International.
Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani
Everton had been after the striker in January but the Portuguese side did not sell to either of the Premier League clubs.
The Toffees bid was £13M so we suppose Newcastle made a last gasp effort to have the bid accepted by going £2M above the Everton bid.
Slimani joined Sporting from Algerian side CR Belouizdad in 2013 and he has scored 46 goals in 93 appearances in Portugal – so he´s a goalscorer alright.
Newcastle were reported to have bid for the Algerian last summer, so we have been following the player for a while now.
The Magpies were willing to spend money yesterday like there was no tomorrow – and we bid £24M for Saido Berahino of West Brom but the Baggies just wouldn´t sell their England U21 International striker.
Many times yesterday I had to pinch myself since it seemed we were back in the 1990s with Freddy Shepherd back in charge and trying to spend money like it grew on trees.
The summer transfer window is likely to be a huge one for Newcastle, but first we have to somehow survive in the Premier League.
There may be no tomorrow if we are relegated in May.
The next 15 league games are crucial to the future of Newcastle United.
There´s no doubt about that and it starts tomorrow night at Goodison Park.