Newcastle United are keen to tie up Lazioâ€™s Macedonian striker Goran Pandev and the news that Manchester Cityâ€™s Bianchi could be signing on loan for the Rome club, could well help that deal be completed.
Goran Pandev – could be arriving on Tyneside
Rolando Bianchi is undergoing medical exams with Lazio today, and is close to signing a loan deal to return to Italy through the end of the season. A permanent deal is a possible option in the summer.
Lazio however, are after top money for their striker, and the figure mentioned is around Â£11M, but we donâ€™t think that will put Newcastle off.
If Pandev is signed, then Newcastle may include Shola Ameobi in the deal to bring Jonathan Woodgate back to Newcastle United. This is a possibility, although Chris Mort said yesterday he didnâ€™t think Ameobi was going anywhere in January.
Jonathan Woodgate – target of Newcastle United
It turns out that Woodgate was already a January transfer target when Sam Allardyce was sacked, and Kevin Keegan has agreed to support the deal.
Allardyce had first mentioned the center-back as a prospective signing this month, and Kevin thought this was a good move, when he met with Chairman Chris Mort last Wednesday to discuss transfer targets.
20 year old England Under-21 International David Wheaterâ€™s development this season at Middlesbrough, means that Southgate has other central defensive options, and we expect Jonathan Woodgate to sign for Newcastle. The latest fee being quoted is now around Â£8M.
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