There’s a report in the Belgian news outlet Het Nieuwsblad that Newcastle is ready to pay £16.5M for transfer target million Dennis Praet this summer.
But the bad news is that his club Sampdoria wants a couple of million more and the Italian club want around £18.4M for their star.
But after last night’s third defeat in three games – this time a 3-2 loss in extra time to Championship club Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, you would think Newcastle would be willing to pay the extra money and get that deal struck now.
That’s especially true with Everton reported ready to scuttle the Newcastle deal, although the Goodison Park club seems to have plenty of midfield stars in their squad already.
But this is how Newcastle miss out on a lot of our targets – they will not go that extra mile and pay a little bit over the odds for their targets, so it’s not at all clear we can win the race to sign Praet.
So it’s not at all clear we can win the race to sign Praet.
Dennis Praet available for another £2M
But Newcastle may be sorry at the end of this season if for £2M more we could have had Praet playing for the side to save us from yet another relegation.
Newcastle lost out on around £100M last year when we were relegated and came straight back up, but that wouldn’t be automatic if we are relegated next May.
One reason for that is there’s no way Rafa Benitez would stay with us if we went down again, and he’s already unhappy with the class of players we have been able to afford this summer.
The fee being asked is a lot, but that’s Newcastle’s choice.
Penny-pinch and fail to get Praet into the club and risk once again facing a relegation fight and possibly losing out once again on big money in the Premier League.
Mike Ashley and company need to look at the big picture and not on each individual deal, which we seem to have done in the past.
Newcastle needs to show some ambition like Everton have shown this summer, and go all out in the last week of the transfer window and get some good players through the door.
And surely we can borrow on the over £100M we will be getting next May from the Premier League and buy some decent players in the last week of this transfer window?
But we’re not sure that’s what the Newcastle hierarchy will do – they certainly have been unwilling to do that in the past.
After the first three results this season we desperately need some good players through the door in the next week.