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Newcastle United Stars to be Sold
With the final game of the EPL season upon us the noise starts around the transfer window and which teams are buying and selling. Speculation also starts on which players are being targetted by other clubs.
I have already written about the Newcastle United success story but this article is more about how the team could be broken up in the off season now that the team will be Europe. Other teams are circling as they have seen 'budget' Newcastle buy and sell so well and now want a piece of the action - namely by buying some of the stars in the line up. But for the Toon fans the good news is that Mike Ashby is treating the club like a business and won't buy over priced replacements as well as not accepting small prices for his stars. If other clubs come...they better bring large chequebooks.
Let's look at the early rumour transfer targets from NUFC!
Cabaye was bought from Lille at the start of last season for just £4.3m. This is a steal in the EPL! He has flourished under Alan Pardew and the set up at Newcastle to beome one of the better players in the EPL as well as expecting a call up to represent France at the European Cup during the summer.
This bargain buy have the likes of Manchester United circling and there will be little that Newcastle could do if they offer him a fat salary, champions league football and a massive transfer cheque. While Cabaye would be a loss for Newcastle, especially as they enter Europe according to the Manager, Alan Pardew, there is a plan B:
"...we are trying to bring another player to the club who is close to Yohan Cabaye. That is another little connection and a bit of a clue for you."
Striker Demba Ba has scored 17 goals for Newcastle this season in 39 appearances. He came to Newcastle on a free transfer from West Ham at the end of last season and has turned into another bargain buy. There is also an argument that if Newcastle didn't have Ba, then maybe they wouldn't have Cisse as well, as both are from Senegal.
Ba does have a contract and there is a rumour that he can exit for as low as a £5m transfer fee. While most believe this is not entirely true, Newcastle are trying to sort out the contract right now.
What we do know is that the owner of NUFC, Mike Ashley, is a difficult seller. He is not going to let someone go for £7m, he is going to want top, top money.
So anyone coming to try and get Ba or any other of the stars better be ready to pay.
Bookmark this hub as I continue to revisit what has occured during the summer and the transfer window.
There will be sales and there will be buys. As soon as the deal has been done I'll update the impacts and implications to the Toon as they return to Europe!
And remember - Mike Ashby (love him or hate him) is essentially a business man and he will be working deals to continue to make Newcastle profitable and successful both on and off the park. The Carroll transfer is an example of this attitude that continue to bring long term, sustainable success to the Toon. Cheers Michael