Newcastle United FC Manager Alan Pardew is looking to move up in the Premier League ranks this season with well-placed transfer moves. Apparently giving in to Mathieu Debuchy’s desire to an Arsenal transfer, the club is on the hunt for a top-flight defender to replace the Frenchman. Debuchy’s departure was met with an onslaught of twitter displeasure as Magpies fans ripped him for leaving. NUFC Manager Pardew has already locked up forward Seim De Jong with a six-year deal and now sets his sights on bolstering the midfield and replacing the departed Frenchman on defense.
Siem De Jong is excited about his move to St. James’ Park. After his brother gave the Newcastle side his seal of approval following a loaner stint, De Jong’s decision to sign on for the long-term was somewhat easy. De Jong told Sky Sports his brother Luuk said Newcastle “breathes football” and provides a great environment for him to reach his full potential. Although the last part of the previous season was difficult, Luuk De Jong gave Newcastle high marks.
The £7.9 million sale of Debuchy was met with disgust by a large component of Magpies fans. One group wished to bid adieu to the defender with a twitter tag of #ThanksDebuchy. Apparently, those with hard feelings won out and repeatedly twitter spanked the Frenchman over his departure. He probably should wear his earplugs the next time he takes the pitch at St. James’ Park.
The primary midfield transfer target for Newcastle United FC at the moment is Remy Cabella of Montpellier, and a NUFC delegation has travelled to lock up his services in their effort to move up in the Premier League ranks. Pardew is intrigued by Cabella’s speed and creativity. His attacking style should fit well with NUFC if the transfer is finalized. Newcastle has had their eye on the Frenchman for some time and earlier this summer had a £7.5 million transfer offer rebuffed. Cabella is reported to desire the move and the Montpellier club appears ready to relent and allow the transfer.
The next name on Pardew’s wish list is rumored to be Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat. The 24-year-old has played for Feyenoord for the last two years and the Magpies could be keen on slotting him in as a replacement for Debuchy. Janmaat did not play his best game against Argentina in the FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals, but generally acquitted himself well though the tournament. He could be available in the £4 to 5 million range and would likely be a good pick up to replace Debuchy.
After the dismal results in the last half of the previous season, Pardew and NUFC will be followed closely by Magpies fans to see if the side will be improved. Newcastle FC desires to move up with the right transfer moves, but appears to be selective in their approach. The fan base is wounded and needs something to cheer about in the worst way. Hopefully, Pardew can deliver the goods.
Commentary by William Costolo