Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Shocks for Now; Roeder's No Fan of Transfer Window

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Shocks for Now; Roeder's No Fan of Transfer Window

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NEWCASTLE United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough might all be hoping it will right the wrongs of the first half of their season, but Glenn Roeder is totally against the January transfer window, writes STUART RAYNER.

The practice has been widespread on the continent for years but was only finally - and reluctantly - introduced to the Premiership in 2001-02.

Its effect has been to encourage panic buying and, as Chelsea's Jose Mourinho noted this week, drive up prices.

Roeder, yet to add to his depleted squad since the window effectively opened on January 2, said: "In the free world we all cherish and live in you should be able to buy and sell whenever you want. You can only buy in January or after the last game of the season until September 1. I can't see the benefit."

The Magpies boss has money to spend and needs to spend it. Selling clubs realise if they hold their nerve long enough Newcastle will have to decide at the end of the month whether to pay the asking price or miss out on a new recruit.

"It doesn't do much good for prices, because it drives them up, as Mourinho said recently" Roeder points out. "You can only spend it once, can't you?"

That is one of the reasons Roeder is expecting a largely uneventful window across the league.

"We're in the market looking but I think there will be plenty of Premiership clubs who are not," he adds. "I think we'll be surprised by how many Premiership clubs don't spend any money at all in the window, because they don't have money, and possibly because there isn't a lot out there.

"Clubs don't want to lose their best players at this time and there aren't a lot of top players going into the last four months of their contracts. The search goes on. We've only just started to see what we can do about squeezing one or two players out of clubs that will make us better and be players I'm going to be happy with for the next three and a half years."

DJ Campbell admits he will feel mixed emotions when he strives to help Birmingham topple Newcastle in today's FA Cup clash at St Andrew's.

Campbell earned his breakthrough into the professional ranks via Brentford two years ago after impressing for non-league Yeading in an FA Cup third-round tie with the Geordies at Loftus Road. …

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