Stuart Pearce slams Newcastle United over transfer deal

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Former Newcastle United defender, Stuart Pearce, has slammed his old club over one of their transfer deals this summer.

The Magpies have bought well so far in this window, with Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes having been secured, and Southampton’s Tino Livramento on the verge of being added to Eddie Howe’s talented squad.

As far as the recruitment at St. James’ Park goes, it appears to be considered and the right players targeted, rather than the haphazard, blanket purchases that Chelsea were making not so long ago.

Fees appear to be in keeping with the market value of players, but Pearce isn’t happy with Newcastle’s stance on Livramento.

“We talked earlier in the show about value for money signings,” he said on talkSPORT (h/t Geordie Boot Boys).

“That seems a really excessive amount for the player where he is at this moment.”

There’s little doubt that the transfer market often gets skewed by prices continuing in an upward direction, but with clubs now content not to sell unless their valuation is met, buying clubs are left with little choice; pay up or move on.

Howe and the Newcastle owners clearly believe that the reported £35m for the right-back is a price worth paying, and if he becomes a genuine competitor for that berth alongside Kieran Trippier, he’ll quickly pay back his fee.

Pearce would do well to choose his words a little more carefully in future, and perhaps give the player the benefit of the doubt before passing judgment.

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  1. I love the use of the word “slammed” in your headline – that’s tabloidese for “criticised” only with less syllables. What, are you worried people won’t understand a longer word? Reading Stuart Pearce’s comments, he didn’t even do *that*, he merely questioned whether this signing represents value-for-money (a valid if, seemingly, these days very controversial thing to ask).

  2. Looks like he’s slamming Southampton NOT Newcastle for the outrageous fee – this is typical bad reporting against Newcastle United. A kid kicks the ball in the premiership these days and suddenly he costs 40 million BUT its Newcastle’s fault not the ‘Saints’.

    Strange then that we could only get 400k for Darlow, surely on this basis, even a fee ten times as much would have been more appropriate.

    And Maxi as well .. surely even its his fitness issues we should be getting more than £23m for a player who can, on his day, change a game, just ask Manchester City.

    NEXT, it will be Newcastle slammed for poaching Tonali from Milan, really ?

    1. Maxi for 12 goals and 18 assists in 4 seasons he was good at running with a ball and that it not end product people say but but he’d take 3 players away with yes he did but if you don’t pass to someone what’s the point he was overrated and I’m a Newcastle season ticket holder and I’ve said Theo’s about maxi for 3 and a half seasons

  3. Pearce has a nerve what about all the money west ham have wasted over the years and they are still no good nearly got relegated last year

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