Even with the transfer fee from Andy Carroll available to spend this summer, any players Newcastle pay money for, are very likely to still be younger players, 26 year-old and younger, who can still improve.
Max Gradel – a Newcastle target this summer?
The only difference from that profile will be when free agents are available, and we think one older player Newcastle may want to acquire in the summer is 29 year-old Swedish striker Johan Elmander, whose contract at Bolton runs out in June.
Young players who are also free agents are even better, which is why we think Newcastle will do all they can to bring Sebastian Larsson to Tyneside this summer, and we’ve always thought the 25 year-old would be a good signing for Newcastle.
The local Sunday Sun suggested yesterday that Alan Pardew was still interested in the Ivory Coast left winger at Leeds United – Max Gradel, and of course Newcastle were said to be interested in this player last month.
The 23 year-old winger/striker has now played 54 times for Leeds United with 13 goals and looks a skillful player, who should see his first Ivory Coast International cap very soon.
Max started his career at Leicester City in 2006, and also spent some time on loan at Bournemouth, before joining Leeds last summer, after being on loan to the Yorkshire club the previous season.
It will depend very much on whether Leeds United can gain promotion to the Premier League this seaosn, and if they do they will want to hang onto their best players, and also recruit some experienced PL players too, which is why we think Alan Smith may be headed back to his home town club this summer, if Leeds are indeed promoted.
Alan Pardew also came out over the weekend and disagreed with Joey Barton that you always need to pay out big money to get good players – and if you pay out peanuts you get monkeys – as Joey unfortunately put it.
Alan Pardew is well aware of some good players in the lower leagues, and Newcastle may see at least one of them join Newcastle this summer, which seems to be a summer season of consolidation and squad strengthening for the famous Tyneside club, following the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M last month.