The Daily Mail is reporting today that former Middlesbrough and Arsenals striker Jeremie Aliadiere has held talks with Newcastle United over a deal to sign for the club through the end of the season.
Jeremie Aliediere – in talks with Newcastle
Newcastle have only two fit strikers at the moment in Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger, and we know that Shola Ameobi is out for around two months with his broken cheekbone, but don’t know how long Leon Best will be out with his hamstring injury.
The 27 year old Aliediere is a free agent and seems one of two players out of contract, who have interested Newcastle since they lost Andy Carroll to Liverpool, the other one being 29 year-old Brazilian Ewerthon.
It turns out that Aliadiere had interest from former club Middlesbrough and Premier League club Blackpool last month, but both deals fell through, and it now seems he may be joining Newcastle to help the Magpies out in their hour of need.
We would all hope that somebody comes in this week, but if not then it looks like Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger could start up front at Blackburn on Saturday, and we want to see our lads start that game like a steam train to make up for the embarrassment of last Saturday’s first half performance, which was the worst seen at St. James Park for years and years.
The second half performance was the best seen at St. James’ Park for years and years, and created fantastic news for the famous Tyneside club aorund the world . 😀
Maybe Alan could even bring in a couple of free agents, but we’d like to hear some news of how bad Leon Best’s injury is – Leon has done well in scoring 4 goals in 7 appearances so far, and he was unlucky not to get a couple of goals on Saturday.
Leon looks a good player and he certainly has the right attitude, and the 24 year-old could do a good job for Newcastle through the end of the seaosn, and he will have then proved his worth to Newcastle – he’s certainly a much better striker than we thought he was.
And Nile Ranger looked almost unplayable when he came on after 73 minutes for Peter Lovenkrands on Saturday, and surely he has the chance to be as good as Andy Carroll in a year or so, and remember this lad is only 19 years old, and there is a lot of improvement in his game still to make.
To Nile’s credit, we thought he made a big difference in that last 17 minutes, and was one reason the Arsenal defense panicked and looked less than solid, which only helped Newcastle’s cause.
We’ll not even mention our other young striker Phil Airey, the 19 year-old lad born in Amble, who is out injured right now but could see some action in the first team, when he gets fit again.
This lad is also a very promising player.