There seems to be a lot of activity in the transfer market ahead of the January opening of the next transfer window.
Mobido Maiga – will be first through the door in early January
News yesterday that Mobido Maiga of Sochaux was in London for his medical, and it seems if there are hitches then he will become a Newcastle player in early January.
The Newcastle Board – read Ashley and LLambias – seem to have made a nice recovery from the disaster of August 31st when the deal to bring Maiga to Newcastle fell through at the last moment, and this bodes well for January.
It was good to see that Newcastle have also gone after West Ham’s 22 year-old center-back James Tompkins, and while I was watching the Hammers game at Reading on Saturday, I was thinking what a good player he would be at Newcastle.
And looking through our archives there was a report out last February that Pardew could be interested in the 22 year-old England U21 defender, and of course Alan will know a lot about him from his contacts at the London club he used to manage.
Pardew had said he was tipped off about how good Demba Ba was at West Ham earlier this year, although the Senegal striker’s record of 7 goals in 13 games, for a relegation side, told you that he was a very good striker.
And there’s news that Newcastle have even opened negotiations to bring left-back Taye Taiwo to Newcastle on loan in January, but we don’t know if that bit has been made up.
The story yesterday was that Taiwo is very unhappy at not getting many games at Milan, whom he joined as a free agent in the summer, and Newcastle were certainly interested in the former Marseilles player, and of course he’s also an excellent left full-back.
And with Danny Simpson not wanting to sign his new improved contract at Newcastle, the emphasis will be on bringing in another full-back in January, and of course we also need a center-back.
If we can do that next month, and also bring in Maiga, that will have been a decent transfer window for Newcastle, and then we would look to Newcastle to bring in more good players over the summer, even if they are unknown commodities.
Newcastle will be able to bring in more players because it seems that a number of squad players will leave Newcastle this summer.
Those to leave the club will likely include Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, James Perch, Nile Ranger, Danny Simpson, Tamas Kadar and of course Kazenga LuaLua, who will join Brighton on a permanent basis next month, with the terms already agreed.
We could see as many as six players coming in over the summer, in addition to the three we expect to come through the door in January.
We have great faith in Graham Carr and the scouting staff at Newcastle, and we believe the Magpies will have a much stronger squad come next September – and that has to be very promising for the Newcastle club and for us fans too. 😀