It’s been a fairly eventful summer so far on Tyneside. Sadly for the Newcastle fans though this hasn’t been due to numerous quality first team additions coming through the door. With the vast majority of the fan base carrying over frustration from last season’s very poor showing, the elongated transfer sagas are doing nothing to improve moods.
Newcastle have been linked with an extraordinary amount of players this summer but the main protagonists seem to be Bafetimbi Gomis, Loic Remy and Darren Bent. (at the time of writing a loan move for Loic Remy to Newcastle has been confirmed).
The necessity for Newcastle to get a forward player through the door cannot be negated as there is so very little cover for Papiss Cisse. With Adam Campbell possibly heading to St Mirren on loan and Yoan Gouffran not considered an out and out forward by most, Shola Ameobi remains the only other senior striker on the books.
In an interview with Sky Sports News (via The Guardian) though Newcastle’s Director of Football Joe Kinnear has revealed the club are “Fighting Hard” in order to bring about a breakthrough in the search for new first team recruits.
This is what he had to say to Sky Sports:
” I’m well aware that everyone is concerned and rightly so but im not dragging my heels in any manner.”
” I am being sensible about the budget I have got and I am going to spend it as wisely as I can, I keep Alan well informed and have regular meetings.”
“We sit down on a regular basis and talk about the type of players we want, the best type of players for the Newcastle fans.”
“We are fighting Hard” He told Sky Sports News
“There are two or three of us all seemingly wrapped around the same players and, as I have said to Mike, it is a serious battle that we need to win and we are very close to achieving that.”
“There are always extra add-ons, always an extra thing and an extra problem and then there is always the problem of competition from other teams.”
“Whatever i have offered more or less goes public and of course that alerts other people that are interested, they tweak it and add a little bit more and we are in that sort of war at the moment.”
“I’m waiting for a nod, on which the goalposts have moved on numerous occasions, to bring in a couple of strikers.”
So fellow Fan’s what do you think? Is Kinnear going to get some “over the line” ? How do you feel about progress on Tyneside?
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This article was first posted on August 6, 2013