We have no doubt that following Ben Arfa’s injury last Sunday, the Newcastle scouts will be out there in full force, lining up some new players for the January transfer window.
Papa Waigo N’Diaye – are Newcastle interested?
Of course it will be hard to replace Ben Arfa this season, and we’ll lose points because of his absence, but Newcastle will still try to bolster their squad in January.
The last thing anybody associated with the club wants this season is relegation, and if it’s at all possible it would be great if could keep above the relegation fray this season – that would be real success – and help the old heart as well.
There are rumors that Newcastle may be monitoring Papa Waigo N’Diaye, who is a 26-year old Senegalese International, who can play on either wing and up front too. Indeed the player was at Southampton on loan last season, when he appeared 35 times with 5 goals for the south coast club.
But the fact that Southampton didn’t pick up the option to make the deal permanent, probably says he would not be good enough for Newcastle, but you never know.
Newcastle may well go for Birmingham’s Swedish winger Seb Larsson, who has so far resisted signing for the Birmingham club, and he becomes a free agent next summer. The Magpies may try to pick up the 25 year-old up for a nominal fee in January, and we have to admit to being big admirers of this player, who is an excellent crosser of the ball, and started his career at Arsenal.
Another player that may be linked with Newcastle, as we reported earlier in the week, is QPR’s Moroccan midfield and winger Adel Taraabt. While he was at Tottenham he didn’t come through much, but the lad has been in terrific form for the dominant QPR side this season, and he is still only 21 years old.
So there’s three players Newcastle may be going after, but of course, as we’ve found before, who the scouts and Chris Hughton are really after, is difficult to gauge, and they could well surprise us in January.
However, if that surprise is on the upside – then great! Somehow we have to recover from the enormous loss of Ben Arfa for possibly the rest of the season.