News late yesterday is that Tranquillo Barnetta is looking to leave Bayern Leverkusen this summer.
Barnetta-Would be an excellent signing
Barnetta was linked with a transfer to Newcastle during this past January window. However an ill-timed knee injury put an end to Newcastle’s interest.
Their interest could be rekindled with the likelihood of a Gervinho capture looking less than likely. Barnetta would be a great signing since he can play on either wing and also could spell Tiote as a defensive midfielder if needed. This is certainly a player that would be welcomed with open arms on Tyneside and a bargain at around £6mil.
Of course Newcastle is also linked Charles N’Zogbia who is much more expensive but a few years younger than Barnetta. Charles is also premiership proven so there would be little risk in bringing him back to Newcastle-his temperament not withstanding.
A few players that have not been linked to Newcastle but would be great buys (Let’s face it-did anyone have a clue about Cabaye until he was in basically in the bag) are Marseille’s Andre Ayew or Anderlecht’s Jonathan Legear. Both are internationals with pace to burn. While Ghana’s Ayew would cost around the same as N’Zogbia, Belgium’s Legear could be signed for much less. Probably around £4mil.
Andre Ayew would be a definite coup since he is in contract until 2014, is only 21, and has had a break-out year in both the World Cup and Ligue 1.
We would love to see any of these players at Newcastle next season. With signings imminent in the next few weeks, let’s hope we can capture on of these young exciting players.