There is a report in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle are on the verge of a surprising bid for Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Roman Pavlyuchenko – decent strike but not at £14M
And while we think that Roman would be a decent short term solution to the Newcastle striker problem up front, there’s no way Mike Ashley will pay £14M for a 29 year old.
That’s the price that is being quoted in the report, and while it’s true that Harry Redknapp seems to ask ridiculously high prices for players who cannot make his starting line-up, Mike Ashley isn’t daft enough to pay out that kind of money for an older player.
That’s especially true when it seems Newcastle could have bought Shane Long, the 24 year-old Ireland striker, for around £6M, if they were interested.
There’s no doubt that Roman can look an accomplished striker when he’s in form, and in his career he seems to be able to get goals wherever he’s played, but he would not be a decent buy for Newcastle at that price.
And good deals is what Mike Ashley is eternally after for the Newcastle club – translation – good young players at low prices.
But why wouldn’t Newcastle go after Shane Long for around £6M, as it seems he’s likely to sign for West Brom at that price?