Only Newcastle United could struggle to sign a player who wants to join them. In fact, we’re so good at it that it appears to have happened three times in the past week.
The latest name is Emil Krafth. The Swedish defender has been linked with a move to St James’ Park, and according to the Sun is keen on the move.
However, Amiens have rejected an offer of £4.5 million. This would allow Amiens to more than double their money on Krafth, having signed him permanently for £2 million this summer after a loan spell.
It’s no surprise Amiens want as much money as possible. They’ve only just signed the lad. But as the clock ticks and the end of the transfer window grows closer, Newcastle continue to offer below the asking price for players they desperately need.
With the way things are at Newcastle, you’d think it would be difficult to attract players to the club. But the Sun claim that Krafth is interested in becoming a Magpie.
And he’s not the only one. The Chronicle reported last week that Jarrod Bowen wanted to move to Newcastle. As for Allan Saint-Maximin, the Express reported that he had told his teammates he was heading to St James’ Park.
But as it stands, none of those players are Toon-bound. Bowen is reportedly too expensive at £20 million, while it’s unclear where things stand on Saint-Maximin, despite a deal looking imminent last week. As always, we seem to be haggling over the price.
Attracting players to Newcastle should be the difficult part, but we’re still managing to do that. It’s the tight purse strings of Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley that continue to cast a permanently dark cloud over the club.