Dan Gosling, Jonathan De Guzman and James McFadden are the latest players to be linked with the Newcastle club, and all three would seem to be very decent signings this summer.
Dan Gosling – should make decision soon
We already have James Perch come in this summer, and we are hoping James will surprise the doubters, and be one of those players who can shine in the Premier League.
Certainly the Everton club have been successful in spotting those Championship players who can make the step up to the top level, over the last several years, and we hope the Newcastle’s scouts can start doing the same thing.
Scottish striker or winger James McFadden, who has 45 caps for Scotland and 15 goals, has just one year on his contract remaining at Birmingham and could come for as little as £3M, if Newcastle are indeed interested in this player.
We’ve seen the figure of £6M mentioned in the press, but there’s no way Newcastle will offer that for his services.
We still are not sure if Hughton is really interested, but he must be lining another striker up, after not being interested in Ranger’s Kris Boyd, who was available for nothing this summer and ended up at Middlesbrough.
In the last seven seasons at Everton and Birmingham he has made 215 appearances with 30 goals and is decent player.
Dan Gosling and Jonathan De Guzman are both free agents, and we are sure Newcastle are interested in Dan, who held talks with Newcastle on Wednesday of this week, but may also now be in talks with the two other interested clubs – Sunderland and West Ham, who could possibly offer a higher wage deal than Newcastle.
But if he’s just after the money, he’s not the type we want at Newcastle, but the latest news suggests he may be on his way to Tyneside, but whatever happens, he should be making his mind up within a matter of days.
We’ll not even think that he could sign for Sunderland.
De Guzman is a 22 year-old forward who has just been released by his Dutch club, Feyenoord, where he has been since he was 11 years old, and the attacking midfielder, right winger, has played 127 times for the Dutch club with 26 goals, and certainly seems to have the class Newcastle need, and he’s the right age.
There was little new news yesterday on the three players, but we are holding our breath on Dan Gosling, because he should be announcing any day now who his new club is, and Newcastle are said to be leading the chase for the 20 year-old.
We have to hope he is on his way to Newcastle United.
If Newcastle can even sign two of these three players, and then get two good loan signings in later this summer, that would be five players Chris will have brought into the club. Not too bad.