Demba Ba is having a medical today at St. James’ Park, and we hope the club will be able to announce his signing today.
Demba Ba – undergoing medical on Tyneside
But we are also holding our breath a bit over his dodgy knee, which failed him his medical at Stoke in January, when he was all ready to sign for the club for £6M.
Of course Newcastle are getting the player as a free agent, and as long as his knee holds up in the medical and in general, he could be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.
Newcastle are also in talks to bring in 24 year-old Mevlut Erdinç, the Turkish striker currently at PSG, and they are almost certain to bring in 22 year-old Neil Taylor from Swansea, for a contract release fee of around £1M.
Taylor was on Tyneside yesterday, and if things can get sorted out quickly with his terms, he could even be announced along with Ba, as another new signing for the club.
So it seems to be the changing of the guard at Newcastle, and from the players Newcastle are being linked with, it seems the team could be a lot more skillful next season, but manager Alan Pardew will still have his work cut out for him this summer, to get the side gelling together, before the season starts in mid-August.
And the Newcastle Journal is reporting today, that even if the club acquires both Ba and Erdinc, they will still be bringing in another forward.
And with all these new players coming in, it’s not particularly good news for fringe players at Newcastle.
And as we reported very early today, striker Leon Best will be put up for sale, with the club wanting £4M for the 24 year-old former Coventry and Southampton striker, who was born in Nottingham.
And we think a number of Championship clubs would take him for that, as he has looked very good this year in the Premier League.
Joey Barton is also available for transfer, but no club has moved for Joey yet, but we think a number of Newcastle players could still be moved out in late August, when the transfer window comes to an end, and push comes to shove for a lot of clubs.
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