Alan Pardew has said that Newcastle are now ahead of the game, in their urgent endeavors to bring in a new striker, and also to bring in another left-back for Jose Enrique.
Jermain Defoe – Pardew considering the striker
The Evening Chronicle (Lee Ryder) are reporting today that manager Alan Pardew has considered whether he should go out and try to sign the Tottenham striker pair, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch.
But with 30 year-old Crouch being priced at around £9M and German may be even more than that, the two of them will just be too expensive for Newcastle, and that’s almost a certainty.
Jermain also turns 29 in October, so these are older and more experienced strikers Newcastle are said to be considering, and they are not the usual younger players Newcastle have been after these last couple of years.
And Newcastle are probably hoping they can get the two of them in cut price deals – but there’s little chance of doing that with Harry Redknapp.
And news also that Newcastle are still hoping to bring 24 year-old striker Mevlut Erdinc to Newcastle, from his current club, Paris St Germain.
And as we reported earlier today, it seems Newcastle are also considering three older and experienced left backs to replace Jose Enrique, in Wayne Bridge, Stephen Warnock and Nicky Shorey.
And speaking specifically about his efforts to bring in a second striker this summer, this is what Pardew had to say today from Columbus:
“After the Andy Carroll thing I am not going to use the word ‘promise’, it is a dangerous word.” “However, I am confident we will get a striker in.”
“After the Orlando game there were plenty of fans who came out to see us and mentioned on more than one occasion to me ‘where’s the striker?’ It is not something that is far from my mind.”
“Everybody will start making moves shortly.” “We do not want to miss out, but we are ahead of the game.”
“We have been trying to bring a striker in for a while, we are ahead of the game.” “We know exactly what the market is and we will pitch in when it is right.”
If Newcastle can get another good striker in and somebody good enough to replace Jose Enrique, then Newcastle could be in decent shape for the season, although the squad will be no bigger than it’s been the last couple of seasons, which is a pity.
And Newcastle will have to hope that youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Tamas Kadar, James Tavernier, Michael Richardson and Sammy Ameobi can come through the ranks big time next season.
And that would a least help to bolster the squad.
What do you think?