So, that’s it then, the transfer window closed yesterday with Newcastle United as expected conducting little business save to send Vuckic to Wigan on loan, extend Ferguson’s loan deal at Millwall and complete Oliver Kemen’s curious move to Lyon having never kicked a ball for United.
Contrary to speculation we didn’t sell Perez to Spurs and nor did anyone come in with serious offers for Cisse, Sissoko, Willamson, Tiote, Obertan , Krul , Elliot or Goufrann as had been widely rumoured over the last few weeks.
Charlie Austin remains at QPR despite rumours to the contrary all summer and some heavy duty action on betting exchanges as well as house hunting missions in Darras Hall. The West London club have likely priced Austin out of a move as well as themselves out of between £8-10m despite relegation and the scrutiny of Financial Fair Play (remember that?).
The spin from the club and its partners in the media is that United may invest £100m over the next three windows though no-one from the club is substantiating any of that. There is a lot of talk about having made investments in quality rather than quantity and so on and so forth.
We now definitely know what we have been left with. This is our lot until January at the earliest but United seldom spend serious money in January as a rule so its likely it for the season.
Mike Ashley has said the target this season for McClaren and his players is the top six and a run in the Cups.
Is that feasible with the resources at the club’s disposal?
Is McClaren capable of achieving that target this season?
Is there enough quality and quantity at Newcastle United to make a significant improvement on last season’s dire showing?
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Off you go lads and lasses …