There is a likelihood that Newcastle will bring in Dutch left-back Erik Pieters before this weekend, and Newcastle are also after another striker.
Nicklas Bendtner – Newcastle interested?
But we cannot believe that Newcastle would pay big bucks for Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is the latest striker to be linked with Newcastle, but Roman’s 30 years old in December.
And it seems that Newcastle were not interested in 24 year-old Ireland striker Shane Long, who had a medical yesterday at West Brom, and will likely join the Midlands club for an initial £4.5M, rising to £6.5M, if Long is successful at West Brom.
And we don’t believe Newcastle will go after either of Spurs’ other strikers, Peter Crouch or Jermain Defoe, and of course Newcastle failed to get top targets Kevin Gameiro or Mevlut Erdinc to Newcastle.
And it seems to us that Daniel Sturridge is too impressive at Chelsea, for the London club to want to sell him, or even loan the 21 year old out for the season.
Alan Pardew has said today that a striker is a requirement, before the transfer window closes, which is three weeks tomorrow:
“We certainly need to bring in a striker,” “We are aware of that and we are working hard on that.”
One young striker that Newcastle have been linked with since January is 19 year-old Bournemouth striker Danny Ings, but we would expect Pardew to want a more experienced and proven striker that Ings.
And there have been some rumors going around that Newcastle may be after 22 year-old Brazilian Keirrison, who is on Barcelona’s books, but this lad is unproven at the top level and would be a bit of a risk.
The Brazilian signed for Barcelona for an initial €14M (£12.3M) two years ago, in July of 2009, so perhaps Newcastle could get the player at a knock-down price?
And of course there has been some conjecture that Newcastle could get Keirrison in part exchange for Jose Enrique, but we doubt if any of that will happen.
Another possibility is 23 year-old Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, who wants out of Arsenal, but he seems to be in the same mold as Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi, which is why we thought that Shane Long would have been a decent buy for Newcastle.
If Newcastle can bring in a top left-back and a top striker before September 1st, then they will have ended up doing quite well this summer, after all.
Any other ideas about who Newcastle may be after?