Newcastle could lose three experienced Dutch Internationals before the end of this month.
There was news on Saturday that Daryl Janmaat could be leaving Newcastle with West Ham, Watford and Napoli all reported to be ready to bid for the 27 times capped 27 year-old Dutch International left-back.
While Daryl has been professional this season, he is still said to be undecided about whether he wants to stay at Newcastle and he has missed the last two games and wasn’t even in the squad for today’s 1-0 win at Bristol and didn’t travel with the team.
Daryl Janmaat – could be leaving
Daryl still has four years left of a six year lucrative contract he signed two years ago and if he did leave then Newcastle would want to at least recoup the £5M we paid Feyenoord for him.
And there was further news today that with Ajax goalkeeper and Dutch number one Jasper Cillessen joining Barcelona, the Dutch giants want Tim Krul as his replacement.
But Krul’s £60K/week wages could prove to be a problem to a move and Ajax would want Newcastle to pay some of those wages, perhaps as part of a loan deal.
Tim could prove his fitness this season after just recovering from his serious ACL injury.
But whether Tim would want to return to Holland after being in England for the last 11 years and playing in the Premier League for the last five years is debatable.
Middlesbrough and Everton could also be interested in Tim.
And it’s understood that Siem de Jong is close to a loan move to PSV, with Siem said to be undergoing a medical over the weekend before joining his brother Luuk at PSV for the season.
Newcastle have cover for all three players, but they are talented and experienced too.
If Newcastle have to reduce their wage bill further before the end of the month, then letting the three Dutchmen move permanently or on loan would certainly help with that.
Other players who could still move out include Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko.
Certainly it seems that Riviere, Saivet and Tiote are surplus to requirements this season.
Yoan had another good game for Newcastle today in the 1-0 win at Bristol City and we think he could do a good job for Newcastle this season.
Three new players are still expected to join Newcastle – with 20 year-old left-back Brendan Galloway expected in on loan from Everton and a striker and a winger also still wanted by Rafa.
The squad has changed dramatically this summer and the wages will be down significantly and the average age has been reduced too.
The squad we are left with in September is likely to be a strong one and young one.
It’s a squad that Rafa can then build on in the future – but the highest priority is to get promoted next May – that’s job one.