Newcastle became the only club in the transfer window not to spend any money on a permanent signing.
That’s not to say they weren’t a club to watch, as they managed to recruit Loic Remy from QPR on loan well in advance, and there was also the issue of Yohan Cabaye.
But there was no evidence of the Joe Kinnear magic that Newcastle’s director of football famously claimed to have possessed – including being able to pick up the phone to any football manager in the world. If he could do that, one would think Newcastle would have made at least one or two permanent signings.
But in a club statement today, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew defended Kinnear, saying: 'Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player.
'However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had, and there's no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.
'We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players'.
Maybe the fact Pardew felt the need to release a statement is a sign that he senses Newcastle fans are not particularly happy with the lack of activity.
The big talking point during the transfer window, however, was surrounding the future of midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and the massive positive for the Toon is the fact that Newcastle have managed to keep hold of the French international. If they had lost Cabaye so late in the window then they would’ve found it very difficult to replace him at a reasonable price.
Newcastle did miss out on a target yesterday, however, as the heavily linked striker Befetimbi Gomis from Lyon stayed put, leaving Newcastle still short of striking options.
Newcastle also missed out on Florian Thauvin, who joined Marseille in a £12.5m deal from Lille, whilst attempts to bring Demba Ba back to St James’ Park failed to materialise too. The club also missed out on Andre Ayew and Jonathan Bond.
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