It seems that Newcastle will stick with their usual hunting grounds this summer, and the players we sign will probably be recruited from France, Holland or Belgium, with Chief Scout Graham Carr and his team scouring those specific leagues for good players at reasonable prices.
Victor Wanyama – not a target
The news today in the Newcastle Journal is that one player will not be arriving this summer and that’s Celtic’s Kenyan International defender Victor Wanyama, whose made a lot of progress over the last two seasons since joining the Scottish giants.
We were even linked with the player last summer, but his price has gone up to around £10M and that’s high for Newcastle these days.
We are also hoping that when Alan Pardew returns from holiday, he will quickly start to shoot down stories on players we are not really interested in.
As usual Newcastle are going to be linked with many many players this summer, and the conventional wisdom is that Newcastle have two positions to fill as a priority – center-back and striker.
The acquisition of a center-back will be independent of whether Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club to return to Argentina this summer to be with his family – and if Colo decides to stay that will be huge for Newcastle.
And as we have mentioned yesterday, there will be a mini clear-out at the club of some fringe players on Tyneside, which will include the likes of James Perch, Dan Gosling and Gabby Obertan leaving, and maybe some youngsters too.
We are expecting things to heat up shortly – along with the weather.
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