Newcastle United recently hinted that they will be bringing in only one or two players in the summer in order to be self-sustainable.
The transfer policy of the club has come under intense criticism in recent months. This was especially true after the January transfer window when they sold their best player – Yohan Cabaye – for £ 25 million and still did not replace him. Owner Mike Ashley has been reluctant to spend money and has been looking to make the club self-sustainable. Despite this statement, manager Alan Pardew believes that there will be money to spend in the summer.
He also says that the transfer policy of the club’s certainly flexible and will not be set in stone. A number of players are expected to leave St James’s Park in the summer in order to fund a new signings. One of them is Gabriel Obertan, who has failed to overcome fitness problems since his £ 2 million move from Manchester United. The Frenchman is expected to return to Ligue One. Others like Ben Arfa could also be sold in order to raise money for new signings. It has been a very difficult last few months for the club especially with the sale of Cabaye and the ban of Pardew from the touchline.
“It is not cast in stone. That (the statement) is an ideal scenario. Without putting myself under enormous pressure, when one or two leave they have to be replaced. We still have to get one or two. In principle, what the statement was, was a statement of what we would ideally like. If you get into a position like we were last year, we got Remy and we were a strong team for the first half of the season. We lost Cabaye and we have almost lost Remy for the second half,” said Pardew.