Not Pavlyuchenko Nor Long, So Who Are Newcastle After?


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?

Comments welcome.



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425 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    I herd fabregas and nasri are injurd?

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Bendter impresses me sometimes but other times he is so wasteful. Like his miss against Barcelona 2 seasons ago against Arsenal when Mascherano won the ball from him in a sliding tackle when he’s through on goal.

    He reminds me too much Ameobi and Bendter inconsistency is why i don’t want him here. Hope we get a better target.

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  • AMEOBI

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Wooop I’d take Bendtner all day

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I think u just wrote down most of the ppl that have been in the rumour mill Ed.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Shame we didnt go for Long imo but Bendtner would very much lighten my summer transfer mood

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  • stevep

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #6

    we won’t spend anymore than 5 million so probably someone from europe who is relatively unknown

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Lets just hope carr has is eye’s on some1 over where tiote came from

    Who woulda expected obertan? classic

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  • boater

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Apologies for the cut n paste lads-

    munster mag – just a word on the obertan vs zog debate.. using those two as an example of course. It reminds me of people going on about ‘ten tiotes at 3.5m each’

    you have to apply the laws of diminishing returns.. and the higher up the pyramid you go, the cost rises exponentially .. so in other words lots of Tiotes would just keep us where we are.. probably what the owner was hoping to do this summer.

    Based on what we know, Zog is odds on to score up to 10 goals next season, provide 5 or 6 assists and help the team accumulate up to 10-15 extra points… potentially crucial – even Europe and more income in the long run. That costs money now- which Ashley is unwilling to spend – so he takes a gamble on a player who has promise to have an impact over the course of the next few years .. and thus we stay where we are in the meantime…

    that’s fine – consolidation – but don’t be hoodwinked by Felipe’s bizarre theories about how much better off we are with a zero-net-spend policy. That particular theory can only be tested out over the course of the season – although it’s rare to generate huge revenue in the market and to witness improvement on the playing side.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Can’t see how we will bring in a TOP striker because the owner won’t spend any serious amount. We will end up with someone inexpensive and young so that they will sign for a low wage. Definitely won’t be an English player (overpriced and want high wages). Once we lost out on Erding Pardew had no clue what to do. He looks very nervous in recent interviews. Could it be there is more trouble in the dressing room and more players set to leave?

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    @stevep, but if it’s as effective as Tiote, I have no problem with it.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #11

    I realy hope its Yaya Sanago !!!!

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  • RedMissionBells

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #12

    I was hoping we go for Shane Long. His style of play will give us an alternative.

    Since we are playing 451, it is essential to have at least 3 reliable strikers.

    At the moment, we have Ba and Best.
    Best, to me, is decent since he can head, strike with both feet and can score. Just lacks abit of experience, but with time, he’ll excel I’m sure.

    Also, we can try converting Haris Vuckic into a striker if he is as good as what the media makes of him. Vuckic definitely has some skill on the ball and can strike the ball well. Who knows? He could be the next Tyneside hero.

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Why on Earth do we want a plodder who is less effective than Ba and Ameobi? He’s third string here. Heck, I don’t even know that I’d choose him over Sammy at this point. Either get someone worthwhile, or just save it for the January window.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    @boater, your theory is good, but this theory doesn’t consider the growing youngsters, and there are unknowns like tactics we play, future injuries, etc.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry Sanogo !

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Spot on boater the best that can be managed with a net zero spend policy is to sit somewhere around middle of the table but more likely to slowly decline. Understandable that everyone is excited about young incoming players but most are unproven in the Prem. Overheated expectations now can lead to severe disappointment once the season is well underway. I’ll take a wait and see attitude. We have given up a lot of experience. Whether that pays off remains to be seen.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Yaya Sanago howay man we need a striker now not in 3 years

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #18

    I really hope its neymar but hey we all know its not

    And tbh id rather have a unknown cheap player (tiote)

    Rather than so english tit (cole,crouch,defoe)

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #19

    @GeordieTwo, maybe watching the 8-2 reserved game would cheer you up for a little bit?

    The best scenario of the striker issue is to raise another number 9 from Airey or Sammy by ourselves.

    Although I am not against taking Bendtner, I’d rather have another Geordie to be number 9. (dreaming, or not?)

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #20

    banguras will be good better than what we have

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  • Milner

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #21

    i’d prefer Bartender to that swede Tiovoano, but he is still a bit tempramental – doubt he’d like being subed for aforce or McLoven.

    I reckon who ever comes will be from abroad – generally less wages….

    If we do that, i’d like 2 – i.e Danny Ings and Keirrson.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #22

    I keep hearing a lot about our youngsters coming through and making a huge impact….maybe 1 or 2 will but they arent our saving grace unless we hit a miracle golden age

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #23

    @WWJBD how old was rooney when he moved again ??

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #24

    RedMissionBells not sure at all about Best. I would definitely sign another striker, then have him with Ba and Best and Ameobi on the bench. We clearly need someone very good which is out of our spending range and I think that is why Pardew looks so nervous when interviewed. Don’t think he is getting much support from the owner and Llambias might as well not be there at all.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25

    MAL
    And Rooney is 1 in how many?

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    could be same about Sanogo ,you just never know 😉

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #27

    WWJBD

    Vuckic, Ferguson and Ranger are already first teamers. Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Tavernier are all looking really good. It wouldnt be a suprise if all of them made the step up so maybe we are going through some sort of golden time 🙂

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Pizzi @19 I was cheered up by that but that was a weak boro squad from what I hear? None of the junior strikers are any where near being a no. 9. It would be fantastic of course for it to be a geordie but I just don’t see it happening in the next couple of years. Unless they want to convert Vuckic or Ben Arfa we definitely need someone very good to come in.

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  • shearerno9

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #29

    2 players leaving in the next 2 weeks????

    Asked on Tuesday how many players Alan Pardew still hoping to sign, the Magpies boss confirmed that a centre forward was top of his wish list, but also commenting:

    “It depends on the movement out really. We’ll react, if we lose one or two players.”

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Maybe mate but I would far prefer a striker we know will make a impact

    NottsGeordie
    That would require NUFC to have a bit of luck….and we have had f all of that for years. There is also the issue that all the other teams have very good reserves aswell….surely if ours we as good as we think they are they would be hammering the reserves league? And to my knowledge they arent

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  • Me thinks that Sammy is going to be a hell of an impact sub for us this season and unlike Ranger he seems to know where the back of the net is.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #32

    @GeordieTwo, of course not now, and I don’t think there’s anyone silly enough to put a number-9 tag on Airey or Sammy now, but I think it’s the best scenario to let them earn the number-9 shirt.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes shearerno9 I wouldn’t be surprised if both Barton and Jose go and possibly even Simpson as he still hasn’t signed his contract from what I hear. Hardly a settled squad. Another reason for Pardew to worry. No money to spend and several unsettled players.

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  • dave 1961

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #34

    no thanks to Nicklas Bendtner not now not ever and don’t bother trying to argue as I will not give an inch, like shearer I have rules for the club and no 1 no one with a bigger ego than myself, so get stuffed Bendtner you just added the t so you bid not sound too fag***y. starting to get over excited again, bet the wife throwing things at me long before Saturday. its a case of Saturday night fever, lets hope were dancing all the way home.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I don’t think we need to buy a striker. We can save that for January which i think will happen.

    We can try Airey or Ranger to be our forward. or even Sammy Ameobi. Could be a number 9 in our team already.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Spot on GG I like what I have seen with Sammy as well. Will definitely replace Ranger on the bench and get some playing time.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #37

    @GG, GeordieTwo, (Hopefully) Sammy is going to help piling up the pressure on Ranger and make him work harder.

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  • pizzicatochan

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #38

    That’s what I like: peer pressure

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  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #39

    ilovetoon8788 what have you been smoking? Ranger has been nothing but trouble and couldn’t find the goal if he was standing in it. Airey is nowhere near ready yet and as GG says Sammy is a sub for at least a season as Ranger was.

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  • WWJBD

    Aug 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Ranger working hard? Hmmm doubt that myself

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