Newcastle reportedly had a transfer budget of £50m plus the money from any player sales this summer. Ayoze Perez’s £30m release clause was activated by Leicester City earlier this month while Joselu left in a £2.5m deal to La Liga’s Alaves a few weeks ago.
These two deals should have brought Newcastle’s transfer kitty to £82.5m. A nice sum to make some real progress this window and give Steve Bruce as much help as he will need to give the squad at least a fighting chance this season.
Joelinton– a good start but still the only first-team singing
Yet, here we stand with a week and a half to go in the window and only one first-team player has been signed. While we will not say it is the same old story as Newcastle have spent up to £40m on striker Joelinton which is certainly not like the Newcastle we know.
However, that is just one player when the squad is in desperate need of at least four more. News through the past week has been that Newcastle are very close to signing Nice’s Allan Saint-Maximin and Paris Saint-Germain’s Stanley N’Soki.
Allan Saint-Maximin tweeted the following image yesterday of him coming on in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Cardiff.
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) July 27, 2019
There is news this morning that Stanley N’Soki will be in PSG’s squad for tomorrow’s friendly against Sydney FC.
? Squad confirmed for tomorrow's match ? @SydneyFC
LINK ? https://t.co/mu2TT57Xwh
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 29, 2019
So it appears that both deals may not be as close as recently reported. News yesterday was that a fee of £9.8m had been agreed for N’Soki but that now does not seem to be the case.
This happens every window when Newcastle dither about with fees that often skirt the asking price of a player instead of just giving the extra few million pounds to ensure the deal is completed. This is happening again and it’s really burned the club in the past. They never learn.
By our reckoning, there is at least £42.5m in the transfer budget. Get Allan Saint-Maximin in for £20m of that if he is truly the top target. Or go for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. While £20m is a high price, the price of failing to get one of these targets “over the line” is much steeper.
We cannot rely on the returning players who spent last season on loan which is what we fear may be the thinking of the Newcastle hierarchy at the moment. They are just not good enough and if they were they would have been here last season when we had a thin squad.
We don’t doubt they are trying to bring players in but their resolve to be so ridiculously stubborn is just asinine. Buy it happens every window.
We are happy with Kyle Scott and Jake Turner, who were announced this morning. But they are years away. Unless the club want to use them in the Championship next season, then they need to get some upgrades over the line.[table “80” not found /]