Striker Now Top Priority In Transfer Window

News today that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes to have a new striker at the club by the  end of the week.

Andy Carroll – could be out a few weeks

The injury to star striker Andy Carroll has come at a bad time for the Newcatsle club, and it will be important to get in a proven goalscorer quickly.

It seems that with Andy  out maybe a number of weeks, signing a striker has become an immediate priority.

And that doesn’t say too much for current strikers Leon Best and Xisco, who never seem to get a look-in at Newcastle, and the Spaniard is also said to be on close to £50K/week at Newcastle.

Newcastle will try to move out both strikers during the January window, but it will be very hard to move out Xisco, since nobody seems to want him, and he’s also on enormous wages, given his skill level and experience.

Xisco was hardly a good buy by Dennis Wise for Newcastle United.

As we heard a number of times last week, Alan Pardew has made Spurs’ Robbie Keane a top target, but Robbie does not come cheap, and both his wages and loan fee will be high.

We are also not too sure of how well he can play these days either, as he’s hardly had a look-in at Tottenham since Harry Redknapp arrived at the club just over two years ago.

Pardew told the local Sunday Sun today, when asked about strikers:

“We would certainly like to bring in one, if we could get to two like all managers you always want more tools, but that is an equation we will have to work out,”

Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is also available, but the Paraguay International would hardly come any cheaper than Keane.

And from what we’ve seen,  the player doesn’t seem too interested in playing these days, and is one of the many Man City players on huge wages – who rarely even make the squad on match days.

That may be unfair to the 29 year-old,  but we’d be much happier if Robbie Keane came to Tyneside, because at least you know you are going to get 100% effort and commitment  from the Irishman.

And surely alongside big Andy – Robbie could slot in quite a few of those goals.

But he will not come cheap at all,  and now Alan will need to persuade Mike Ashley that he’s worth the money, with a meeting likely with the owner in the next couple of days.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • max

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    i would be agree to get keane. but also happy if we get bojan from barcelona.

  • jj

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    If were looking for a striker to get us some goals and good movement up front and can partner Big Andy then Carlton Cole, Jo, Yakubu, Tuncay….all of these players are available right now and not too costly id also be happy for them to play up top on their own til andy gets back as im sure pardew will only play 451 until hes back. I think we need more creativity before we get a goalscorer as were so one dimensional lately.

  • StevieGee

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Macheda is available on loan from Man Utd. He’s looked sharp when he’s played earlier in the season when Rooney was having his breakdown.

    He’s a better bet than Keane and Santa Cruz and is realistically available since Villa is being touted as a possible destination. Fergie just wants him to play the most games and he would with us!

  • supervil

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Would you also like Messi max? How about Aguero? Or possibly closer to home? Drogba? Rooney? Torres!??!!

    Speak the blooming obvious won’t you? You’d be happy if we got…. BOJAN!? I’d be f*ckin’ stark raving loopy if we signed Bojan in on loan.

    You are aware he’s playing for Barcelona, he’s coming off the bench, getting assists and scoring goals? You’re also aware… we are Newcastle United? Current laughing stock, once again? Blimey O’Reilly. You’s lot have your heeds in the cloud sometimes, you really do.

  • Whitecap

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Word is Peter Beardsley is about to be given a new 5 year contract. Maybe he could play some striker and show the young lads how it’s done.

  • StevieGee

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    reply to JJ

    Carlton Cole has been rumoured to be moving on at every window for the past few seasons and price tags have always been around the £15m-£18m mark which we couldn’t afford.

    Jo, Yakubu and Tuncay are all average and inconsistent at best and if we signed any of them it would be back to the days of Viduka and Owen!

  • mashearer

    Jan 2, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    steviegee remember when we loan rossi from mu and he didnt get much playing time..i dont think ferguson will trust us with his youngsters again

  • lewman

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    carlton cole is one of the most overrated piles of turd in the pl, i dont think he has ever scored more than one goal in a pl game.

  • Lynxie

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Bits and pieces in the box. Nolan is good at popping up with a goal or two, but someone to be a real nuisance to defenders (like Tevez was against us recently).
    Answer: Kenny Miller.

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Macheda and Vela are both available to loan according to their respective managers a say get both in as they would both be ideal for Carroll and would also be good together when Carroll needs a rest or injured, Macheda(loan) Vela(loan) Bentley(loan or perm) and then a left back

  • Brutooon

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Kevin Doyle?

    C. Cole?

    Robbie Keane?

  • Sav

    Jan 2, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Have faith in Shola, Ranger and Lovenkrands. Give them a chance, especially young Nile.

  • Obafan

    Jan 2, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #13

    I cannot see why we should go for Macheda; it would be better than to give Ranger more playing time as he is our own player and I think he is as good as Macheda.

    I would love to see Keane in black n whit; he is a BPL proven goalscorer.

    Traore; I don’t know that guy, but I think we don’t need another giant.

    We certainly should have a look at N’DOYE of FC kopenhagen; I think it’s quite impossible to get him, but I think he is a top quality striker.

  • NOVA2967

    Jan 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    SAV… Agreed, some what

    Ranger should be our 3rd choice striker behind Carroll and ?-(Stephane Sessegnon)

    I dont think a Loan move for Macheda or any other clubs misfits would be good for us.

    I have heard people shouting for Oba and that would not work but a new article linked us with Stephane Sessegnon and he looks like a more versitile Oba and can play on either wing or forward and has speed and a fierce shot which would blend perfectly with Carroll.

    7 million/ 26 yrs old

    Demanding a transfer after falling out with his coach

    Ashley but your money where your mouth is and i think he will.

    Him and Arfa would beable to rotate around and give our team a lot of different looks.

  • TheToonKing

    Jan 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #15

    To be honest I wouldn’t mind Martins back…..or Bellamy…

  • tcbelfast

    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #16

    its gotta be keane…..surely he can do a job.
    some-one mentioned bojan from barca,great but i think that 1 is ever more far fetched than posh and becks coming to the toon.if it happens though i’ll walk naked from belfast to newcastle…….just for a laugh like!!

  • david_NUFC

    Jan 3, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Young James Forrest looked good in the old firm on Sunday. Young fast skillfull and very good crosser of the ball, maybe Pardew should look in to him if he wants an attacking winger. Him and ben arfa would be very dangerous!

  • Faddj

    Jan 3, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Lacina Traore please.

    I know people have said “We don’t need another giant upfront, we need someone with pace”

    …but although the lad is 6″8 tall he still has pace, imagine a 6″2 Andy Carroll partnering a 6″8 potentially world class Traore (I say potentially because he’s still only 20 and already has amazing ability!)

    So with two young tough giants upfront, who can do more than just win headers… I think this partnership would make any back line completely sh*t themselves.


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