The Newcastle United scouting staff will be out in full force from now through the summer, as they look for targets for the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to the Sunday Sun yesterday the Newcastle targets are said to include rising Ipswich 17 year-old star striker Connor Wickham, Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, Leeds United’s Max Gradel and Marseille’s left-back Taye Taiwo, who was a previous target of the Magpies some years ago.
But why Newcastle would want to bring another top class left back in, with Jose Enrique in such good form is puzzling, unless of course they want two top players fighting for each position in the side.
Another reason is that they may not be able to hold onto Jose in the summer, which wouldn’t be good.
Taye Taiwo is a 25 year-old Nigerian left back, who has now been at Marseilles since 2004, and has played over 180 times for the French club, and also 40 times for Nigeria.
The 6′ tall Nigerian is an experienced player, and may want to try his luck in the Premier League, but if that’s the case, we have to think there would be other big clubs in the market for him.
There is a chance that a top left back is being lined up just in case the negotiations with Enrique over a new contract, which should start in a few weeks time, don’t go well.
Jose is well aware that Liverpool, Manchester United and AC Milan are interested in getting him this summer, but with Frenchman Patrice Evra having just penned a new deal that keeps him at Old Trafford through the summer of 2014, they may not be interested in now acquiring Enrique.
Taiwo is a very decent player, with lots of European Champions League experience, so if he is brought in during the summer, he would still be a good acquisition for Newcastle, even if the Magpies manage to hold onto Jose Enrique.
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