Newcastle have not had too much success so far this season in the transfer market, other than bringing in two top youngsters in 22 year-old Romain Amalfitano from Reims, and 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana from Coventry – both midfielders.
John Carver – mmmm
Newcastle have been tracking Luuk de Jong, Mathieu Debuchy, Douglas and Vurnon Anita, and they have put in bids for all four players, if the reports are to be believed.
But it seems Newcastle are no longer interested in de Jong, because of the high fee being asked by FC Twente, and Newcastle’s final bid of £11M is still on the table, but it seems the 21 year-old wants to join German Club Borussia Monchengladbach – silly lad.
Newcastle are said to have bid £5M for Douglas, £4M for Debuchy and £5M for Anita and all three bids have also been rejected.
And Newcastle can still surprise us with some of the players they will eventually bring in this summer, as happened last year, and Assistant Manager John Carver certainly thinks that can happen as he told the Northern Eco today:
“We are a football club that does our business in private. Last year, nobody knew about any of the players coming in and that will remain the same.”
“There is work going on, indeed it’s been going on since the last transfer window closed, if not before. So everyone is working hard behind the scenes.”
“We have a great set-up, Graham Carr the Chief Scout, signed an eight-year deal so he’s tied down for a long time now, so everyone is working extremely hard to get everything together.”
“We have targets we will try to reach. It’s a work in progress.” “We are already feeling good as a group. We have two young boys who have joined us – Gael and Romain – and they have fitted in very well.”
“They have been made welcome and they don’t look out of place.” “Gael is the younger one, but he’s played 26 games in the Championship with Coventry so he is probably a bit ahead of Romain. We will take it easy with him, but he’s impressed over a couple of days.”
“We do have some other good kids at the club. Sammy Ameobi did really well last season until he got injured, and there is Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vukic who all need to stake a claim for the squad and in the team.” “Those guys have to be knocking on the manager’s door what with all the football that we could play.”
“If we get through the Europa League qualifying round then there is going to be an awful lot of games to play.” “The lads have got to step up to the plate. They have a season of Premier League experience under their belts now, being put in the team now and again.”
Newcastle do have a number of top youngsters in players like Sammy Ameobi, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid, and they could come through big time next season, and it seems they will be used with the extra games Newcastle will play if we can qualify for the Europa League group stages.
Newcastle have already offloaded Peter Lovenkrands (Birmingham), Fraser Forster (Celtic), Leon Best (Blackburn), Danny Guthrie (Reading) and Alan Smith (MK Dons), to make room for new top players coming into the squad, and Newcastle will be hoping they can retain their best players, including Demba Ba, whose release clause for £7M in his contract, runs out in 20 days time – approximately.
We hope the transfers start happening sooner rather than later, and it’s all very quiet at Newcastle at the moment, but as John says – lots of work is going on behind the scenes – we’re sure it is.