There are one or two bits of transfer news today but it certainly seems like clubs like Bournemouth and Watford, who have been in the Premier League for a couple of years now and Stoke for a lot longer have a lot more cash to spend than Newcastle after we were relegated a year ago.
In May we ended up getting £40M in a parachute payment from the Premier League and £7.1M from the Championship like every other Championship club (wherever you finished in the table) from the two leagues while Bournemouth finished 9th in the Premier League – their highest finish in their history.
The Cherries got around £125M for that – almost £80M more than Newcastle – so you can see it is very costly to be relegated from the PL.
22 year-old Milan winger M’Baye Niang on loan at Watford this year
The best thing after being relegated is to come straight back up and we did that, but it’s starting to look like we could continue to struggle in this transfer window and it’s because we are being outbid by these middle of the table clubs.
News today in the Evening Standard that we seem to be after one of our previous transfer targets of a few years ago – AC Milan winger M’Baye Niang.
We’ve been linked with this player for over three years now and back in January of 2015 we tried to get Niang on a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season, but it was turned down.
But Newcastle continued discussions to try to get the deal made permanent that January, but with no success.
The winger was on loan at Watford from last January after seeming to fall out of favor at Milan and he played 16 times in all competitions for Watford with a couple of goals and two assists
M’Baye Niang is now back at AC Milan for preseason and the news is that the Hornets have bid £5M for him and that’s in our price range but the bid was turned down and Milan want a whopping £18M for him.
AC Milan must have worked out that Watford are in the Premier League.
Newcastle are reported to be ready to bid for the French-born winger – maybe for a permanent deal.
This lad is not worth £18M and if that price is a firm one by the Italian giants then Newcastle will not be interested in the youngster, although we could be interested in taking him on loan for the season with an option to buy next year – but for less than £18M.
Niang started his career at Caen in 2007 and moved to Milan in 2012 when Premier League clubs Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham were also interested in buying him.
He has had loan spells since 2013 at Montpellier, Genoa and Watford and has played 77 times for Milan with 12 goals and 10 assists.
M’Baye has played for the French U16, U17 and U21 sides and it seems our best bet would be to try to get this lad in on loan.
What do you think?