Kinnear defends transfer work

Joe Kinnear has defended his role in Newcastle's stalled summer recruitment programme.

Last Updated: 21/09/13 at 14:47 Post Comment

Joe Kinnear: Frustrated by lack of transfer business

Joe Kinnear: Frustrated by lack of transfer business

The newly-appointed director of football was only able to bring in QPR striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan deal, but he maintains it was not for a lack of trying.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of the Premier League game with Hull City, he said: "It was very frustrating that we did not add at least another signing to the squad in the recent window, but it was not for lack of effort.

"It was not an easy task to improve the quality of the current squad with the financial resources at our disposal, particularly in a window in which the value of players was grossly over-inflated and the demands of agents likewise.

"I worked very hard on several targets and we made a number of bids for players, but for various reasons - some of which were outside the club's control - we were unable to secure our targets.

"We will continue to operate in a financially responsible manner, buying only the right players for the right prices and not paying over the odds or making costly knee-jerk decisions.

"This is the reality of a well-run football club that lives within its means. When the deal is right and the player can add real quality and depth to the squad, we have the ability to spend."

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till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

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would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

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ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

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