It's all fog on the Tyne at the moment as there are no notable incomings or outgoings…
When looking at Newcastle United's recent transfer policy it is not hard to see where chief scout Graham Carr spends most of his time. Earlier this year, in the January transfer window, the Magpies recruited five Frenchman. The sole addition to St James' Park this summer is Olivier Kemen, a midfielder from FC Metz who has been likened to Cameroon international Alex Song.
However, the Kemen signing is not one for now, but one for the future as the powerfully-built French Under-17 international is just 16-years young.
It is testament to Carr's ability to spot talent that a number of Newcastle's signings from recent years are the subject of speculation linking them away from United. Players such as Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse have both been associated with lucrative moves to Paris Saint Germain and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
To date, though, Newcastle have not sold any of their major players. However, what is perhaps worrying for the fanbase is that they have not signed any, either.
|Olivier Kemen||Midfield||FC Metz||July 4||Undisclosed|
A striking recruit is an essential and, considering the club missed out on Loic Remy in January, the relegated QPR asset has been a player they've returned for throughout summer.
Players missed out on:
Harry Redknapp has dismissed the suggestion that he will allow Remy to leave on loan. If Newcastle really want the Frenchman, they will have to prepare a permanent solution. Watch this space…
Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with Liverpool, Why aye Cabaye with PSG and Cisse with BVB.
Considering the club are stalling over the permanent transfer of Remy, on top of the winter recruitment drive earlier in the year, there may be less than £10 million.
Grading Newcastle United's recruitment policy on the summer alone requires a rather low letter purely because of the perceived inactivity, however, Alan Pardew had the foresight to do planning in January, bringing in a number of what would have been end-of-season targets, in the winter window.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, hailed by Alan Pardew as a born leader, is already flourishing. Midfielder Moussa Sissokho, too, has been bedded in to the team's style already and Mathieu Debuchy has been having a strong pre-season.
The tactic of solid winter traffic, therefore, may prove dividends heading into the current campaign as they will have had the benefit of added gelling time.
Grade so far:
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