Alan Pardew said yesterday that Newcastle were already in negotiations with some free agents.
Zoltan Gera – are Newcastle interested in this player?
So it’s not surprising there’s one story out today that Newcastle are negotiating with Fulham’s Zoltan Gera, whose contract at Fulham runs out in the summer, but we wonder if this player is good enough to come to Newcastle and he turns 32 next month too.
And after all the 71 times capped Hungarian International is finding it hard to nail down a starting place in the very ordinary Fulham side this season.
First of all, this is what Alan Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle recently:
“We are in plans and negotiations with a couple of players out of contract in the summer.” ‘I’m as sure as I can be that we will be bringing in new players.”
“I understand the frustration with what’s gone in the past, but owner Mike Ashley doesn’t want to put his investment into this club to come here, lose games and be abused.”
‘I genuinely feel he wants to say, ‘I got it right here’. Hopefully he’s going to prove that.’
There are a number of good players available in the summer on free transfers, including Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham), Johan Elmander (Bolton), and Taye Taiwo (Marseilles), as well as Gera.
Whether Newcastle go after Marseilles’ Nigerian left back Taiwo this summer, will depend on whether Jose Enrique will leave the club in the summer, and something needs to be decided on that sooner rather than later.
Midfielder Zoltan Gera looks certain to leave Fulham on a free in the summer, but we have to be honest and say we have our doubts on him.
But we’d be happy to see Larsson, Elmander and Taiwo arrive in Tyneside in the summer – for nothing – but that’s unlikely to happen of course, and Taiwo will be sought after by some big clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew mentions the club are talking to two free agents, so it would be good if Newcastle can bring in two top players for nothing, and maybe this is what caused the local papers to say that two International class players had already agreed to join Newcastle in the summer.
Gera’s agent has said half the Premier League clubs want to sign him, but his words seem only a ploy to get some PL clubs actually interested in signing his client, who will be 32 this summer.
We don’t think he would be a good acquisition for Newcastle, but think the other three potential free transfers could be good “buys”.
What do you think?