We have seen the various reports out today – one in the Chronicle – that Newcastle could bring in 28 year-old Brentford playmaker Alan Judge in January for a fraction of the £10M we were willing to pay for him in August.
At that time Newcastle called off the deal when they found out that Alan would not be fit from his double leg fracture until January and the price next month could be £1M or less – maybe only £600K.
That’s because Alan’s contract at the Bees runs out in June.
Saido Berahini – 23 year-old West Brom striker
Another player we could get on the cheap next month after being willing to pay out £25M for him in January is 23 year-old West Brom striker Saido Berahini.
Saido has not played much at all this year dure to injury and a lack of form and he is only just coming back into fitness and first team consideration at the Baggies.
Saido’s case is different from Alan’s because he joined West Brom back in 2004 and came through the Youth Academy there.
That was after he fled his native Burundi as a child with his family, and received political asylum in Birmingham.
So even when his contract runs out next June, West Brom will still be due some compensation so he will not come free even then.
If a transfer fee cannot be worked out in January it will got to a tribunal who will decide how much he’s worth.
But with the lad not playing much at all this year and not showing much form that compensation will be nowhere near £25M.
It will depend on whether Rafa rates the player and Benitez arrived at Newcastle some six weeks after the January transfer window closed.
Saido showed a couple of years ago he can score goals in the Premier League when he hit 20 goals in 45 appearance in the 2014-2015 season.
He has played for all the England Youth sides and in total played 47 times and scored 24 goals in England’s colors, including 11 appearances for the England U21 side scoring 10 goals.
He has never been capped at the full International level, but as we said it will depend on whether Rafa rates him or not as to whether Newcastle are interested next month.