The 2011/12 Premier League season might be over, but the hard work is far from done for Alan Pardew and Newcastle United as they look to add new recruits to the squad before the start of the next campaign. The 2012 European Championships make the job of player recruitment that little bit harder this summer, as the top players will be on international duty throughout June, but Newcastle would be wise to remember the famous saying: the early bird catches the worm.
According to the Daily Star this is exactly what Newcastle are trying to do as they look to push through a deal for Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy as soon as possible and in an ideal world before Euro 2012. If Debuchy is picked in Laurent Blanc’s France squad for the upcoming European Championships and has at least at decent campaign then his price will increase, and this is something that Pardew is well aware of.
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Pardew has previously said: “It’s going to be a bit like a roulette wheel, and I’m hoping that the players we’re looking at all have awful tournaments. But there’s a good chance they’re going to have excellent tournaments, and all of a sudden, their price might look a bit different.” So maybe we should be hoping that Debuchy has a stinker in Poland and Ukraine next month!
There of course is a possibility that Newcastle will have to wait until the tournament is over to conduct their business, but there is another option. They can go for players who aren’t playing in Euro 2012 for one reason or another. Players who aren’t European, players who didn’t get picked for their national side or those players who are missing the tournament through injury – someone like Dutchman Erik Pieters.
This could allow Newcastle to get at least some of their business done early, but if they could move for someone like Debuchy before he joins up with France then that would be a real coup. The transfer of Papiss Cisse in January showed just how quickly a deal can be done as well, as the Senegalese striker flew in and out of Newcastle in a jiffy!