Newcastle United have had a relatively low key summer in the transfer market. But they have kept hold of their big name stars. What does deadline day have in store for the club?
Newcastle have brought in four players this summer in Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana, Curtis Good, and Romain Amalfitano, but spent less than £10 million in doing so.
It has not stopped them being linked with some big money deals, with Andy Carroll for one, while their top players continue to be talked up with moves away.
The club will no doubt be glad when the window closes and those distractions will, for a few months at least, fade into the background.
But a lot can happen on deadline day, here is how we see the potential incomings and outgoings at the Toon panning out.
Tiote is one of Newcastle's most highly rated stars, and he is valued at around £25 million. Clubs with a potential interest include Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal. United and Chelsea appear to have made their moves this summer, with Chelsea just after a striker now. Arsenal have money to burn after selling Song and Van Persie, and Tiote is the type of player they need, but Wenger is far more likely to attempt to sign the younger Yann M'Vila instead from Rennes, who will be around £5 million cheaper.
Speculation that the French international could be on his way to Arsenal accelerated last night when it emerged printed names with his name on in an Arsenal shirt were on sale in North London. It doesn't actually mean anything though, the midfielder is no more likely to make a switch to the Emirates. Ian Wright thinks the move should happen, but since when did Arsene Wenger listen to him? Newcastle have no plans to sell Cabaye, and unless a £20 million offer comes in, it is unlikely, and paying that sort of money is rarely Arsenal's style.
Manchester City were rumoured to be looking at Coloccini, but Newcastle gave them short shrift, and the defender only signed a new contract earlier this year. City are now set to tie up a deal for Fiorentina centre-back Nastasic, and that will rule out any late bids for the Argentine.
It was expected that the future of Andy Carroll would take until deadline day to sort out, with Newcastle and Liverpool substantially apart in their valuations on the striker. Carroll's departure is thought to hold the key to Liverpool's late transfer activity, but Alan Pardew today indicated there would be no further bid for the striker. Is that it? Don't rule it out completely, the manager later backtracked on his comments, but Newcastle's interest is more than likely over, for now - Unless Liverpool get desperate, and decide to accept the Toon's previous £12 million offer.
Newcastle have been chasing Debuchy all summer, and the right-back is said to be open to leaving Lille. The latest reports suggest Real Madrid are interested in the French international, but Newcastle are far further along than the Spaniards in their negotiations. Newcastle's current first choice right-back Danny Simpson is stalling over a new deal, and the club will be minded to increase their options. We are going to stick our neck out here and say Newcastle will conclude this deal, and fend off Madrid's late interest, and make Debuchy their final summer signing.
How do you see Newcastle's deadline day panning out?
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