There are just over two days to go in the January transfer window, and Newcastle haven’t yet signed the biggest priority in this window – a proven goalscorer.
And it’s not clear who Newcastle may sign before Wednesday night with news today in the Times that we are trying to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan through the end of the season.
The loan fee is £1.5M and we would need to pay his £120K/week wages.
Newcastle have become frustrated with Feyenoord about the signing of 27-year-old Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen, and we are not willing to break our transfer record to sign him for £20M.
We are just hoping Newcastle know what they are doing and that we don’t end up without a new striker on Wednesday night because that’s been our biggest weakness for two seasons now.
We create a lot of chances but don’t have the players who can take those opportunities.
Daniel Sturridge – great striker when fit – but often injured
There is now a deadline of 6:00 pm today for Newcastle to come back to Feyenoord on what they want to do about Jorgensen.
But it seems likely Ashley will not pay out £20M for the 27-year-old even though there was local news that this month we would break our 13-year-old record of £16.5M when we bought Michael Owen from Real Madrid way back in 2005.
Daniel Sturridge is injury prone, and if we bring him on loan, we should really bring in another striker.
Maybe another loan signing, because it’s unlikely Sturridge will be available for all our remaining 14 league games, because of his poor injury record.
But when he is fit he’s almost the perfect striker we need today – Sturridge can score from anywhere near goal, and he has lots of Premier League experience.
Let’s hope Mike Ashley knows the consequences of refusing to pay a few million more to get Nicolai Jorgensen though the door.
We lose at least £100M next year alone if we are relegated.
And not only that but some of our better players will leave if we are go down again; it’s also likely that Rafa will leave the club.
It doesn’t work in football to be too thrifty, and that’s the major reason Mike Ashley has been woeful as the Newcastle owner for over ten years now.
But I’m repeating myself.