Two players we have been linked to today are Turkey winger Gokdeniz Karadeniz and Reading left back Nicky Shorey â€“ both are good players.
The news on the Turk is more believable but no doubt Shorey would be an excellent buy for Newcastle.
We are more willing to believe we are after Gokdeniz Karadeniz for two reasons. One is that we have been linked with him before – and the second is that our competition is Bolton â€“ so it seems to us they may have been one that Sam had already lined up for Bolton. If indeed Bolton are the competition (no disrespect meant here) then we are in with an excellent chance. We say this because Sam Allardyce was the driving force behind Bolton and we feel his persuasive powers will ensure 27 year-old Karadeniz can follow Emre to Newcastle. The fee is really low at Â£1M.
He has played 32 times for Turkey and scored 5 goals and plays for Trabzonspor.
The news on Shorey â€“ who is 26 years old – is a little less convincing since first of all itâ€™s in the Sun and also with yesterdayâ€™s report that Baines will not be coming to Newcastle â€“ Nicky Shorey is an obvious new replacement possibility â€“ at least in the press. The fee is quoted around Â£5M â€“ same as that for Baines.
Nicky started his career at Leyton Orient for whom he played 15 times before moving to reading in 2001. Nicky has played 231 times for Reading and scored 10 goals. He has one full England and one England B cap â€“ both this year.
As far as we are concerned Baines or Shorey would be good â€“ with a preference for the latter.