Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off during last night’s friendly game against Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal.
The Argentine received a first-half red card for putting his hands around the throat of Caetano, who also received his marching orders in the 1-1 draw with the Portuguese outfit.
It was unclear whether there would be further recriminations for the Newcastle defender, but it was thought unlikely this would affect Coloccini when the season begins.
It was, however, not how Alan Pardew wanted to end the club’s week-long stay in the north west of Portugal, a stay made more frustrating by the fact there were no new faces on the pitch last night.
Pardew will today return home wanting to know why director of football Joe Kinnear has failed to complete a single signing.
The manager fully expected at least one, but most likely two deals to be done by now and yet his club remain the only one in the Premier League to have made an addition to their squad.
Pardew will demand to know when, or if, business is going to be completed on the two strikers he has openly admitted the squad needs. This is Kinnear’s remit and he needs to deliver imminently or he will inevitably come under huge pressure from the supporters.
Respected French sports newspaper L’Equipe yesterday revealed Tottenham have enquired about Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, a player Pardew felt would be a Newcastle player by now.
They believe the London club, who could be about to land a windfall with the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, have tabled a bid of around ï¿½8m for the 27-year-old.
Gomis had made it clear that he wanted a move to Newcastle – with Aston Villa another interested party – but the fear now is Tottenham’s financial muscle would push them into front of the queue for the player.
Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Lyon, made it clear last night he was desperate to sell Gomis.
Speaking on French television, he said: “There have been several attempts made at a transfer; to Rubin Kazan, Istanbul and, more recently, Swansea
“There have been several attempts made at a transfer; to Rubin Kazan, Istanbul and, more recently, Swansea
“If Lyon must lose a lot of money from this deal, then it will.”
Darren Bent also revealed publicly that he was still unsure whether he would be heading north or south to Fulham. An Aston Villa fan on YouTube posted a clip of him admitting as much yesterday.
Both players up until now have made it clear that St James’ Park was their preferred destination.
The mystery is why Kinnear has failed to land either player; instead much of the past week has been focused on trying to persuade Mick Harford to join him as his assistant at the club.
Pardew has made it clear that he is in charge of the team, while Kinnear and club secretary Lee Charnley are responsible for actually signing players.
This is a massive few days for Kinnear, who simply must get at least one transfer over the line. In yesterday’s Journal, Pardew admitted this next few days were vital in terms of signing players as agents realise time is running out to put their men into new clubs.
The fact Pardew has spoken publicly about both Gomis and Bent is a strong indication that he felt confident they would be his – and, of course, that could still be the case.
Newcastle desperately need to get at least three first-team players signed, and that’s if the Papiss Cisse situation can be resolved.
Shane Ferguson, meanwhile has joined Birmingham City, on a season-long loan.