News late tonight that Newcastle are said to be willing to offer Leon Best in exchange for Leeds’ rising young star, 23 year-old Ivorian Max Gradel, in January.
Max Gradel – Leeds United exciting winger
Max can play on either wing and can also play up front as an out-and-out striker.
New manager Alan Pardew is trying to strengthen his attacking actions at Newcastle, and especially with some wingers, and Gradel would seem to be an excellent buy for Newcastle, as the lad can play in a number of different positions.
And Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has already shown an interest in Newcastle striker Leon Best, so there is a possibility of a part exchange deal between the two clubs early in January.
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Pardew may be interested in Southampton’s 24 year-old Jason Puncheon, who is currently on loan at Millwall, but that loan deal ends on Monday.
Puncheon was born in Croydon and can again play on either wing or as a withdrawn striker, but the word on the lad is that he is a rather erratic performer, sometimes very good, and sometimes completely invisible.
And both these players have been playing Championship football, and the obvious question is can they make the big step up to the Premier League.
From what we can tell, Gradel would look the better bet, and would offer some company to our other Ivory Coast player – Cheick Tiote – who has been just great for Newcastle this season.
The 23 year-old has played at Leicester, Bournemouth and Leeds United, and has a total of 125 first class appearances with 25 goals, and has played 54 times for Leeds United with 13 goals.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Newcastle had Puncheon watched, and he scored in Millwall’s 2-0 win over Leicester on Tuesday.
From what we’ve seen of the two players, Max Gradel could be a decent signing for Newcastle, but we have our doubts about Puncheon.