With Premier League clubs around the country well into the routine of trying to pip each other to their prime targets, have Newcastle suffered by appointing Joe Kinnear as their new Director of Football? The past week has seen confirmation of former Toon target Wilfried Bony signing for Swansea City, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed for German giants Borussia Dortmund. Rebuffed by the names that they’d been chasing for some time, Newcastle have been forced onto other potential arrivals, namely Darren Bent and Loic Remy. But one thing has emerged from the rumours that have been doing the rounds in the past fortnight: the transfer policy seems to have changed since Kinnear took up his new post. For the past three years, Newcastle have been entering the transfer market with a concrete idea: signing players under 26 years old who can eventually be sold on for profit while improving the first-team in the meantime. It would take serious persuasion for Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias to sanction a move for a player who didn’t fit the parameters set by the club, so much so that the deal for Mathieu Debuchy took so long to get over the line (Debuchy was 27 when he signed from Lille in January 2013). But now, Pardew has confirmed he is interested in the likes of Darren Bent, who may well improve the first-team in the short term, although presents no sell-on value whatsoever. Bent, 29, could also pursue big wages, as his multi-million transfer history inflates his pay packet. Another name that was previously mentioned was that of former Wigan striker Arouna Kone – who eventually turned down Newcastle in order to sign for Everton. Again, there is almost no doubt that Kone would have been a useful addition to the first-team squad, although would have no sell-on value at the age of 29. Take into account that Newcastle went as far as matching the release clause in Kone’s contract before being turned down by the player and it is clear something has changed at boardroom level. That change is evidently Joe Kinnear. Sources also claim that Newcastle were making enquiries into the availability of West Ham’s Matt Taylor, another man comfortably over the previous age limit of new signings. What makes the rumour all the more worrying is that Taylor has not been a decent part of any side for at least four seasons. Once a feared winger with a magical left foot, the modern day Taylor is a shadow of his former self and can barely hold down a place in the Hammers’ team, which poses the question as to what Newcastle see in him? Maybe we’ll get some answers once Kinnear returns from his ill-timed holiday. Quite why you would go on holiday barely a week into a new job is once again beyond me and is most comparable to Santa Claus jetting off to Barbados on Christmas Eve. Watch this space, the next month before the season restarts should be interesting.