Yohan Cabaye has been an excellent first acquisition for Newcastle this summer, and not only is he a very good technically skilled player, but Newcastle also got him for a low €5M.
Charles N’Zogbia – can Newcastle get him back to Tyneside?
There are now just over three weeks before pre-season training starts, and Alan Pardew will want to get at least another three players through the door by then – at least.
Exactly who those players will be we don’t know but if reports are to be believed here are four players who may be coming in.
- Charles N’Zogbia – 25 years old – Charles has done himself a lot of good over the last few months as he has continually praised the Newcastle club and their terrific fans.
A source close to the player says he left as a boy, and wants to return as a man, and having persuaded Yohan Cabaye to sign for Newcastle, it would be fitting if Newcastle can bring Charles back to Tyneside..
And although he had a bit of a spotty last 18 months at Newcastle, we think the fans will welcome him back – and at least if he comes – it’s because he wants to play for Newcastle again.
Charles would be a terrific buy if Newcastle can get him for £9M.
- Neil Taylor – 22 years old – It seems that Newcastle have the inside track on this young Welsh left-full back who can also play on the left wing, and he’s presumably available for just £1M from newly promoted Swansea.
But fans haven’t forgotten another signing from the Championship Newcastle made last summer – James Perch – who hasn’t made the grade on Tyneside, and just doesn’t look good enough.
Newcastle also signed Mike Williamson for a low £1M, and he has been a big success at the back for the Magpies and continues to improve.
One thing we do like about owner Mike Ashley is that his scouting staff seem very good, and make some good buys – like Check Tiote, Simpson and Williamson as three examples who cost only a total of £5M and are all starters at Newcastle.
From what we can tell, Neil Taylor would be a very good buy, and he would be given the chance next season, either to fill in for Jose Enrique if he leaves – or challenge for a first team spot on the left hand side of the field.
And we have a feeling he will come in whether Jose Enrique stays or goes.
But we have to think the Spaniard will leave Newcastle in the summer, although Liverpool now seem to be after Arsenal’s Gael Clichy for £5M, which is less than the £8M asking price for Enrique.
Mike Ashley will look at the situation as Neil Taylor and Shane Ferguson can fight it out for the left-back position and Newcastle will be at least £7M better off and Shane and Neil will be getting less combined than Jose’s wages.
- Demba Ba – 26 years old – It’s hard to know which reports in the papers are true, but if some of yesterday’s reporting is to be believed, Newcastle are in a good position to get Demba Ba, although the Journal today is saying he is indeed a target, but will not be arriving imminently, as Newcastle also check out other striker targets.
But as a free agent this Senegal International has already proved he can score goals in the Premier League, and Demba could turn out to be another bargain buy for the club. The only problem with this player is his knee, and whether that will prevent Newcastle signing him this summer, as it did at Stoke City last January.
- Daniel Sturridge – 21 years old – There hasn’t been too much news about Newcastle being interested in this 21 year-old top striker, and Daniel himself has said he will fight i tout at Chelsea.
But surely Newcastle can tempt the youngster to come to Newcastle, as we are also hoping that Alan Pardew will bring in two strikers this summer and not one.
Whenever we watched this lad play for Bolton he made the Lancashire side look so much more dangerous when he was in the side, and if Newcastle don’t want to buy him we could challenge Bolton to get him on a season-long loan deal – but we really like the look of this player.
Those are some of our thoughts, and we think all four players would be excellent buys for the club – at around £20M for the four.
And notice we didn’t even mention Gervinho or Kevin Gameiro – as it doesn’t look like either player will be arriving at Newcastle, although we could be wrong on that – we hope we are wrong on that.
So who have I missed out?
Comments always welcome.