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Friday, September 28, 2012
Magpies want early closing for window

Kristin Heneage

The Premier League's summer transfer window should close at the beginning of July, the Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias has said.

Llambias confirmed that he intended to raise the idea at a Premier League meeting in February, telling the Daily Mirror: "We're going to bring it up.

"I think the summer window doesn't do anybody any favours by ending at the end of August. We'd like it to finish at the beginning of July for Premier League clubs.

"There probably won't be an appetite for it, because it's not the way they behave, but it causes unnecessary stress for your players, your manager and your executives... and I want July off!"

He said the Magpies would be asking the Premier League for a debate on closing the window earlier.

Llambias confirmed that, in the most recent window, Newcastle had walked away from a number of possible transfer deals, including one for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, because they could not afford the asking price.

"Debuchy was a target," he said. "We were led to believe it would be in the region of €6 million and that was never the case - it was a lot bigger than that, but it was pounds.

"We worked really hard on it and we were keen to do that deal, but if you can't afford it, you can't afford it."

As Newcastle's chief scout, Graham Carr, attracts increasing praise for unearthing talents such as Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse, Llambias explained that clubs are catching on to their methods, making Carr's job more difficult.

"We work out the positions we want to strengthen and Graham Carr and Alan Pardew discuss it - Graham works year round, I don't think he likes going on holiday," he said.

"He'll have his targets - they've got to be the right age, the right people, the right price. But people are catching on to what we're doing."

And he praised the signing of Vurnon Anita, deeming the former Ajax player as the kind of quality the Magpies are searching for.

"There was no appetite from Ajax to sell Vurnon Anita - their appetite was to sell Gregory van der Wiel," he said. "We were looking at both, as a pair, but we went off Van der Wiel because we couldn't afford it.

"But Anita is the future, the quality we've been looking for."




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