The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood is set to join Newcastle United on loan next week.
Marlon Harewood – on loan to Newcastle
And since we’ve learned more about the Championship transfer deadline and loan system, there seems no reason why Newcastle can’t be working their loan deals right now, and complete them before the Cardiff City game a week on Sunday.
The Football League loan market re-opens next week.
At the very minimum Newcastle needs a center-back, a left-back, and an experienced striker on loan, and our squad will look a lot more balanced.
Harewood has made just one Premier League start for Aston Villa since joining them in July 2007 from West Ham for £4M but he has over 30 appearances with 5 goals.
The reports suggest Hull City were trying to sign him – but that deal fell though on Tuesday.
We had mentioned Harewood on transfer day, but it was on loan – and the surprise to us is we were ready to sign him permanently, but only if the Peter Lovenkrands deal didn’t come off.
We are getting scared a little, because this even looks like some decent logic. 😀
If the report is true then the Tyneside club has gone back to get him on loan hopefully until the end of the season, but it may be until January as cover for Ameobi.
This sounds a good deal, since we need some experience with our target men, with Carroll and Ranger inexperienced still, and Shola out for some months. Marlon can show them some stuff he’s picked up over the years and help the youngsters.
Good deal by Chris – who seems to be showing some common sense in the transfer market too – and that’s good.
Now we need a good center-back and we would love to see the club get in Manchester United’s Northern Ireland 20 year-old center-back Craig Cathcart, on a season-long loan.
We tried to sign him outright on Tuesday, but it seems Alex Ferguson doesn’t want him to move – at least not yet – but he may be willing to send the lad out on loan.
He’s got more experience than our own Tamas Kadar, having played a full season and 30 games for Plymouth last season. He’s also a top prospect and would be a good signing, if we could get him permanently in the summer.
He will provide significant competition in central defense.
And for left back – we could sign Michael Ball – the former Manchester City captain, he’s a free agent, and if the club can strike a good deal for Ball, he’d provide a lot of experience and challenge Jose for the left-back position.
Wages may be a problem with Michael though.
If we get those 3 players in we’d be quite happy with the squad.