Newcastle United's recruitment drive is likely to go on the backburner for the majority of the World Cup – as they play a waiting game for their designated targets.
The Journal understands United are targeting another five arrivals to add to Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback and they retain an interest in Remy Cabella despite the disparaging comments of Louis Nicollin surrounding the Magpies’ initial offer.
However,the prospects of clinching another transfer in the short-term appear unlikely, with the transfer market having slowed while most deal-breakers take time off during the World Cup.
Newcastle have been offered players from across Europe and South America by agents aware of their need for fresh faces to remodel their squad, but the club will not move away from the set list of players agreed on before the start of the summer.
The Magpies’ managing-director Lee Charnley is on a short break and although he continues to maintain a working brief there is not anticipated to be major movement in the next week or so.
Most Premier League clubs are in a similar position. Montpellier president Nicollin mocked Newcastle’s approach for Cabella but the club remain undeterred by pretty naked attempts to drive the price of their star asset up.
There remains a belief Cabella he is nowhere close to the Euros 16million valuation Nicollin gave publicly but Newcastle believe the club will still do business with them, especially when the player himself has expressed a desire to move to St James’ Park.
United have held discussions with Bafetimbi Gomis, although the fact Willie McKay has the remit to broker a deal in England may complicate matters.
He has a mixed relationship with Newcastle’s hierarchy.
There has been talk of a fresh approach for Clement Grenier, of Lyon, in recent weeks and he is a player Newcastle retain a serious interest in – even if his ambitions are likely to see him go to a team higher up the food chain.
It remains to be seen whether the sudden availability of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – a long-term target of Newcastle – will persuade the club to table a bid for a player that they were desperate to land last summer.
On Friday former United defender Olivier Bernard hit the nail on the head regarding Grenier’s valuation. He said: “For the money that has been spoken about, it’s never going to happen.”
Meanwhile, United’s skipper Fabricio Coloccini has spoken of his determination to stay on Tyneside for the duration of his contract. “I am in contract for two more years and in my mind, I will stay until the last day, I feel very well where I am,” said the defender.