Alan Pardew has reiterated that he is still after at least one new striker for Newcastle this summer.
Alan Pardew – who’s he after now?
Newcastle have already signed free agent Demba Ba, who looked a good striker when he played at West Ham earlier this year, and scored an impressive 7 goals in 13 appearances for the Hammers.
But Newcastle want to add to their fire-power, and this is what Alan told the local Newcastle press corps:
“We are still looking hard for a striker, and we have got our eyes on every striker who is available at the moment.”
“But they have to be the right fit for this club.” “There is a certain genre they have to fit into.”
“And we will be striving for them to fit into that category.”
Well it’s hard to read much into that statement, other than Pardew will be bringing in at least one additional striker this summer.
Newcastle have lost their two top goal-scorers from last season, in Andy Caroll (11 goals) and top scorer Kevin Nolan (12 goals).
But they have already brought in Demba Ba, who could be a big hit on Tyneside, if he can remain fit, and play like he did at West Ham earlier this year.
And Leon Best scored 6 times in 12 appearances earlier this year, and if he is kept on Tyenside, we think he could score quite a few goals for Newcastle next season, although Leon is surprisingly up for sale for around £4M.
At that price he will probably be snapped up by a top Championship side, but in our poll we put up earlier today, 75% believe Best deserves at least one more season at Newcastle to prove himself, and there are already over 1800 readers who have cast their vote.
Newcastle will also have the great Ben Arfa available, and he can score goals too, and Pardew has said he will use him as the second striker, behind Demba Ba.
Yohan Cabaye could become an important player for Newcastle next season, and while at Lille he scored 39 goals in 253 appearances for the French Champions, and also had 35 assists.
The 25 year-old French International could also get some goals next season for the side, hopefully, and he is excellent on free kicks.
Sylvain Marveaux has also been acquired and he scored 20 goals in 118 appearances for Rennes, and will be looking to take the left wing starting position from Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez.
Newcastle have probably missed out on 24 year-old Mevlut Erdinc of PSG, and we assume he will not now be arriving on Tyneside.
And the striker we would like to come to Newcastle is 21 year-old Daniel Sturridge, but it doesn’t seem that Newcastle are keen on him.
Or maybe the Magpies are not too keen on how much he would cost – that may be a more accurate way of putting it.
But to be honest, we have no idea who Newcastle may now be looking at in terms of strikers, but we understand their top target is again from the continent.
Any ideas who he (they) might be?