This summer contains a major tournament or what many professional footballers refer to as a 'shop window', so let's hope Chris Hughton's got his chequebook handy.
The rumour mill has started already with Hughton linked to a move for long term target
Erik Huseklepp, a star for Norwegian side SK Brann. Let's hope the rumours are true and we get our shopping done early.
It is well known that careers can be built on a good couple of games at a major tournament, particularly the World Cup. Every club manager in the world will be watching the tournament hoping to pick a diamond out the rough, the only problem is that a good tournament can often add a zero or two to the end of a price tag.
Most recently Andrey Arhavin's performances for Russia at Euro 2008 gave him the choice of Europe's elite clubs before he eventually sealed a £15 million move to Arsenal. It was written at the time of his transfer to the Gunners that Arshavin could probably have moved for somewhere in the region of £8m prior to the tournament but his sparkling form on the world stage.
It would certainly be a good idea to do our shopping before the tournament and not only for financial reasons.
Ironically I believe our lack of transfer movement last summer helped produce an incredibly strong bond between the players and was undoubtedly responsible for the spirit we have seen from the team all season.
The players had all summer to think about what had happened and only a few escaped Tyneside after relegation. Getting new faces in early would see the whole squad bond over the entire preseason schedule, much like what happened last summer.
However let's not forget some players may leave Tyneside too. A good tournament from Jonas or Colo could turn heads and at the end of the day money talks, and a big offer for either would likely see them shipped towards the exits.
One player who seems set to leave SJP this summer is Steven Taylor after his infamous 'Jawgate' bust up with Andy Carroll. However it perhaps won't be to Spanish giants Barcelona as one online publication suggested, oh and the swap for Carles Puyol, what have you been drinking?
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