With the long term injury to Hatem Ben Arfa and Newcastle’s current position in 6th bottom place in the Premier League, Newcastle will again delve into the transfer market for reinforcements in January.
Adel Taarabt – 21 year-old QPR play-maker
The very last thing Newcastle want is another relegation season, and while we don’t think that will happen, mainly because of the great fight and spirit in the side, the club will not take any chances and will bring new players in during the January transfer window.
And news tonight that Newcastle have been linked with QPR play-maker Adel Taarabt, as manager Chris Hughton will now look to bring in new attacking options.
Former Lens and Spurs player Taarabt has been a big success at Loftus Road, and at just 21 he’s the right age for the players Newcastle are looking to bring into St. James Park to build for the future.
The player was born in Fes, Morocco and has impressed Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, and the news is that Chris wants to bring the player to Tyneside in January, even though the lad just moved permanently to QPR last summer, after being on loan from 2009 at QPR.
Taarabt cost just £600K in the summer, but his price will of course have gone up some since then, and it may be that QPR will want to sell the lad at a good profit in January.
But it’s clear with the long term injury to Ben Arfa today, Newcastle will need to bring in some creative players in January.
The 5’11” Taarabt joined Lens in 2004, and then moved to Spurs on loan in January 2007, and then signed permanently for the London club in June of the same year. He then joined QPR on loan last year and signed permanently for the club this summer.
The 21 year-old played for the France U-16, U-17 and U-18 sides and then opted to represent Morocco at senior level, and he’s now played 8 times for his country of birth with 3 goals, and since the lad has big ambitions, he may be more than interested in joining Newcastle in January.
The Moroccan has so far played 75 first class games with 9 goals.