There have been lots of reports in the press over the last two days that link Newcastle with 3 potential striker loan signings.
Sam Vokes – loan fee agreed with Middlesbrough and Newcastle
The only question is which one will be coming?
The first one we are said to have agreed a loan fee with is 18 year-old Sam Vokes of Wolves, with manager Mick McCarthy wanting to give his youngster some games before January.
Of course we were interested in Sam when he was at Bournemouth a year last January, and we have reported on this star youngster a few times over the last 18 months.
Crystal Palace let the cat out of the bag yesterday, when manager Neil Warnock said big-guns Middlesbrough and Newcastle United had already agreed to pay a loan fee for the Welsh international.
Neil told the South London Press:
“We enquired about Vokes but there is a substantial loan fee involved which I think Middlesbrough and Newcastle have both agreed to.”
“We think we really need an experienced striker, although Sam, who si a Wesh International, would have been a great buy for us.”
It will be interesting to see what happens if Sam arrives on Tyneside, because when Sam Allardyce was interested in him 18 months ago, Vokes made it clear he would walk to Newcastle to sign for the famous North-East club – boy we always like to hear that stuff!!
Another more experienced striker we have been linked with is Fulham’s Senegal striker Diomansy Kamara, and reports that Newcastle wanted to sign him a couple of weeks ago, but that Fulham coach Roy Hodgson blocked the move, and the Paris born player was none too pleased.
And of course there is Aston Villa’s Marlon Harewood, who has been injured and now hopes to prove his fitness today, to earn a loan move to Newcastle.
This news seems consistent with earlier stories, if they are to be believed, that Chris Hughton is simply waiting for Marlon to get fit again, and then he would sign him through January on loan. Everything presumably has already been agreed with his club Aston Villa.
Marlon has had a badly bruised metatarsal in his foot that he picked up on the pre-season tour of Spain, and that reminds us that the player is kind of injury prone.
So of the three of them we think we need some experience with 18 year-old Nile Ranger and 20 year-old Andy Carroll quickly coming through the ranks. Why would we give Sam Vokes many games, when we should be blooding our own youngsters in Ranger and Carroll?
That would seem to rule out Sam Vokes, but if Newcastle do sign him on loan, we think it’s because they are interested in the player long term.
Of Marlon and Kamara, both of whom have plenty of experience, we think we’d plump for Kamara, simply because of his wide International experience, and the class he seems to have.
We have some doubts about Harwewood to be truthful, because he’s hardly been a great success at any club he’s been at.
From what we can find out, Kamara is more than willing to come to Newcastle on loan, and is pressing his case with Roy Hodgson at Fulham for a move to the Tyneside club.
Who do you think would be the best striker for the club?
Or perhaps we’ll get two in?