There is a report today in the Evening Chronicle, that Newcastle United may again be interested in Dean Ashton of West Ham.
Dean Ashton – Newcastle said to be interested
Dean is a very good player, but we’re not sure he’s the answer to what Newcastle need right now.
Ashton seems to run hot and cold too much during the season, and his injury record is certainly not good, and that’s one thing that concerns us about the player.
The last thing we want at the club is someone like Mark Viduka, who continually misses games with niggly little injuries.
A source close to the East End club told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe know that Newcastle are interested in signing Dean.”
â€œAnd Alan Curbishley is aware of this.”
â€œThere have already been a couple of rounds of contract talks with Dean before he went on international duty with England, but nothing is decided.”
â€œWe think that deep down Dean might want to stay but, like any player, he wants to have a contract that reflects his performances.â€
There is talk that he would cost up to Â£11M, and quite honestly we think there are better strikers around for that amount of money.
Darren Bent – would he be better buy than Ashton?
We’d rather see Kevin go for Darren Bent of Tottenham, or Peter Crouch of Liverpool, if we are going to pay that kind of money for an English striker.
Both have better injury records than Ashton, and both can score goals in the Premier League.
Dean Ashton made his name at Crewe Alexandra from 200-2005 where he appeared 158 times and scored 61 goals.
The 24 year-old 6’2″ striker then went to Norwich City for Â£3M to play 44 times for the East Anglia side and scored 16 goals before he was bought by West Ham in January of 2006 for about Â£7M, but he’s never settled well at the London club.
It may well be that Dean wants to move on in the summer.
Norwich are said to have a 15% sell-on clause for Ashton, and this would be reflected in any transfer fee West Ham puts on the player, especially as the Hammers donâ€™t have to sell their star striker as he is under contract for another two years.
That sell-on clause will be good news for Norwich manager Glenn Roeder.
If we are to go after an English striker that’s available, we’d plump for Darren Bent of Spurs or Peter Crouch of Liverpool, who we think can score lots of goals in a Kevin Keegan side.
We’re sure quite a few Newcastle fans may disagree with us on this one.
So let’s know what you think – comments always very welcome.