The Daily Mirror today is reporting that Newcastle are after Darren Bent to ease a potential striker crisis at the club. Supposedly that crisis is that Allardyce must believe that either Owen or Martins will not be with the club in August.
Tottenham have been favorites to sign the Charlton and former Ipswich striker, with the two clubs trying to agree over the fee these last few days. Indeed Tottenham increased their offer from Â£12M to Â£14M earlier this week but Charlton say they will take nothing less than Â£17M. Newcastle’s interest – backed by billionaire Mike Ashley – will only make Charlton hold out for the bigger fee.
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has concerns over the get-out clauses in the contracts of both Owen and Martins – and it is rumored that Ashley is not too happy about these contracts. This will certainly be an area of investigation when Ashley appoints an executive to review the total workings of the club. That appointment is expected to be made next week and it is also being said this could even cost Shepherd his job – though that may be overplaying it a bit.
But is Bent really worth Â£17M? Other good players like David Nugent are available for much less. Sunderland are in for Nugent and the price is quoted as around Â£7M â€“ and even that is high for a player who has yet to play in the Premiership.
Obviously Allardyce fears losing one or even both forwards before the end of August. Sam is also said to be concerned about Michael Owen’s heart not being at Newcastle. If that is really true then Sam should help Owen to leave and find another club. The last thing we need at Newcastle are players not fully committed to the club â€“ whoever they are.Â Indeed there is news today in the Guardian that Arsenal will pursue Owen and Martins as a replacement for the departed Henry to Barcelona.
There’s no doubt with Ashley’s money we can afford Darren Bent but we wonder if he is the right choice if indeed we are to sign another striker. If Owen or Martins are to leave then Sam has no other choice but to get on with it â€“ and whoever is the one to leave â€“ ship them out and bring in one or two new strikers. At least then everybody will be at the club because they want to be â€“ which is the only way it should be.
Comments and opinions always welcome.