Today is the day when Alan Pardew sits down with Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias, to trash out exactly who Newcastle will go after in the January transfer window.
Alan Pardew – will create list with LLambias today
And this window could be as important as last year’s was, but in this case it’s to strengthen the squad to ensure that we survive in the Premier League this season.
We’ve never thought there was any chance of LA Galaxy star David Beckham joining Newcastle on loan, yes it would have been exciting for the Newcastle area to have David Beckham in our midst, but for only three months he wouldn’t be a good use of very limited funds.
But there could have been bets placed on how many times a David Beckham cross was headed home by big Andy Carroll – quite a few we would think.
But as we all know, Newcastle are now a lot more pragmatic than when Freddy Shepherd was running the club.
It’s really a toss up as to who the Newcastle targets could be, but the Evening Chronicle today is mentioning that both Manchester City players Roque Santa Cruz and Shaun Wright-Phillips would be more than keen to join the Magpies on loan, if the Newcastle club was interested.
Certainly we could see Wright-Phillips doing a job for Newcastle, and also Tottenham midfielder David Bentley, who also remains a possibility for Pardew.
Alan Pardew was asked if Newcastle were even close to bringing a player into the club today, and this is what he said:
“Not really, there is nothing imminent.” “We will sit down today and discuss tactics and make phone calls.”
“We have made some, and we will make some more.” “We will try to get a general feel for what is best for Newcastle in the window.”
There are many players we have been linked with, and here is a short and incomplete list of some of those players we have been linked with and currently play in England:
Wayne Bridge – Man City
Roque Santa Cruz – Man City
Shaun Wright-Phillips – Man City
Adam Johnson – Man City
Robbie Keane – Tottenham
Niko Kranjcar – Tottenham
Jamie O’Hara – Tottenham
David Bentley – Tottenham
Max Gradel – Leeds
Jason Puncheon – Southampton
Darren Pratley – Swansea
David Jones – Wolves
The last one on the list there – David Jones of Wolves – could be a terrific signing, because his contract runs out in the summer, and he still hasn’t signed an extension at Wolves.
David is an excellent passer of the ball, and would certainly strengthen the Newcastle squad.
But there are a few good players in that list above, but our major concern in just how many of them could Newcastle afford to bring to Tyneside.
Comments always welcome.