Kevin Keegan says that he needs probably just four new players to round out his squad.
Andrei Arshavin – Russian captain would be great acquisition
Although weâ€™re not yet safe from relegation weâ€™ll allow ourselves today to look forward to who those players may be that are added to our squad in the summer.
If there are going to be four new players we think they will be a center-back, left back, midfield player and striker.
So letâ€™s have a look at whoâ€™s available in each position and who would be the best one to bring in. We of course need your input on this and maybe Kevin can get a few tips from you. 😀
For left back there seem to be a number of very good and experienced PL players available that will fight it out with Jose Enrique next season.
Wayne Bridge, Nicky Shorey and John Arne Riise are three we have already been linked with.
Wayne Bridge of Chelsea
We would plump for Wayne Bridge. We’ve wanted Bridge at Newcastle for some time now and Bobby Robson had an Â£8M bid for him turned down when he was still at Southampton. We could probably get him for around Â£5M. So that’s one down and three to go.
For center-back there are a number of players who seem available.
Bayern Munich’s 6′ 5″ Daniel Van Buyton and Richard Dunne both played for Kevin while he was manager at Manchester City and there seems big support for Vincent Kompany, the 6â€™3â€Belgian center-back currently playing for Hamburg. Vincent turns 22 next week. Also Wes Brown of Manchester United is available as a free agent, and has lots of good experience.
Wes Brown of Manchester United
Of these weâ€™d have to bring in Wes Brown, just because he’s a free agent and a proven Premier league player, but we also like Kompany a lot.
As far as midfield is concerned there are some good players, but weâ€™re not at all sure who we could actually get. Weâ€™ve been linked with Wallsend local boy Michael Carrick of Manchester United and the former Arsenal star Jose Reye has also been mentioned as a possible capture.
Weâ€™ve also been linked with Deco of Barcelona and a popular choice would be Russian captain Andrei Arshavin. Weâ€™d love it if we can get Carrick but failing that weâ€™d be very happy with Andrei Arshavin, who looks an excellent player. We think around Â£8M will get him.
Weâ€™ve been linked with many strikers. Dean Ashton, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuyt, Australian Scott MacDonald, Mauro Zarate, currently on loan at Birmingham. Javier Saviola of Real Madrid and Eidur Gudjohnsen of Barcelona are another two we have been linked with. Thereâ€™s a lot of very good strikers available there.
Mauro Zarate on loan at Birmingham City from Al-Sadd
Of those weâ€™d be happy with Darren Bent or 21 year-old Mauro Zarate, who seems to be proving he can score goals in the Premier league for Birmingham City. We’ll go for Maur0 Zarate, and it looks like we may have a chance with the player since Birmingham might find it hard to pay Â£10M for him.
So thatâ€™s our fairly quick pick and yes we know, weâ€™ve missed out a few others who we could bring in.
We think Carr, Rozehnal, Ameobi and probably Ramage are on their way out and weâ€™d replace them with Bridge, Brown, Arshavin and Zarate.
They would cost around Â£22M but we’d probably be able to get Â£5M for Ramage and Ameobi, so that’s a net outlay of around Â£18M, which doesn’t seem too bad. We can certainly afford that and the squad will be vastly improved.
Letâ€™s know what you would do in the summer.
Comments very welcome.