Which Striker(s) Will Newcastle Go After In January?


It looks liem Sunderland may be zoning in on   Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse as a replacement for the departed, Asamoah Gyan, who went loan for big money and left Sunderland high and dry.

Pappis Dembe Cisse – Newcastle target in January?

Newcastle were credited with a bid of £10M  for Cisse on the last day of the transfer window last month, but we find it hard to believe that Mike Ashley would bid £10M for anybody, at least initially.

The news is that FC Freidburg want around £13M for their top striker, and some news today  that Sunderland want the Senegal International as their top target in January.

But he’ll be playing in the African Cup of Nations in January, which will be  co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and it could be hard to negotiate a deal then, and apparently SC Freiburg want to keep the player until next summer in any case.

Cisse recently signed a new contract with Freiburg until 2014, but that was more a Freiburg move, to ensure they get top dollar for their star striker, which is fine of course.

And news today that the striker Newcastle almost brought in on 31st August, Modibo Maiga of Sochaux, has settled his differences with his Sochaux club, and now wants to stay there.

The 24 year-old has said today he is now happy to remain at the Stade Auguste Bonal,  as he told L’Equipe:

“Everything is forgotten. I don’t want to speak any more on the issue,”   “I have now recovered from some physical problems and I now have the chance to play in the first team.

“Every player likes to receive offers but in my case the president did not want to sell.”  “He spoke with me and told me I needed to stay at Sochaux and I prefer to leave things the way they are.”

Newcastle are expected to try once again to bring in a top striker in the January transfer window, and Maiga and Pappis Demba Cisse could still be targets, as could be PSG’s Mevlut Erdinc.

But if the club wants to be successful in bringing any player into to the club, they may have to fork out the necessary transfer fee, rather than doing everything on the cheap.

We’re all for doing good deals, and there’s no doubt Newcastle have done a lot of those over the last 18 months or so, which is great, but it can also be overdone.

It was overdone in late August, with the result that manager Alan Pardew was left without the top striker he was promised after Andy Carroll departed last January.

And while we are the transfer topic,  why don’t Newcastle bring in Erik Pieters from Dutch club PSV, because the full back position seems to be the weak link at Newcastle right now, along with a shortage of experienced central defenders.

A striker, full back and central defender would be terrific acquisitions if Newcastle can get that business done in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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157 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Papiss Cisse is class – his gloves coordinate with his strip!

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  • Matt Stoddz NUFC

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Some young obviously but experienced at the same time, get Maiga in left back and winger

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    My brain can’t handle this topic right now.
    Rather focus on what we have atm and what our team may be on Saturday.
    We’ve got some skill in the squad, but we also need to add, yes.
    For all we know we might go for the Bangura brothers.
    Remains to be seen.
    Otherwise, i have no clue who we’ll go after.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Easy answer would be none and its probably the right one

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  • planb

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Dannyo you sound like a no nothing about most things flat skull running round celebrating 4th in september its may when you get the champers out divvy

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    would love Cisse but would rather have a non african type player.. would quite like cheap player like Maynard and then maybe someone else

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Dannyo
    Both moved in the summer window mate we wont be after them

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  • planb

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo bangura signed for celtic

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Dannyo – one of the Banguras has just signed for Celtic =[

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  • planb

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    And the answer to the striker we will go after is em no one we need a centre half a rightback but scatter cash ashely wont sanction any deals

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  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #11

    planb – although i agree on the CB a dont think we need Right Back weve got:
    Santon, Simpson, Taylor, Tavernier.. who are all speciallist right backs, so for me we defo need a speciallist LB/CB and 1 maybe 2 strikers

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  • workyticket

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    “Newcastle were credited with a bid of £10M for Cisse on the last day of the transfer window last month, but we find it hard to believe that Mike Ashley would bid £10M for anybody, at least initially.”

    Aye Ed, you’re right to be suspicious because the bid Llambias actually put in was £7 million, not £10 million.

    I;ve been following him very closely for some time and he is the best of all the targets we have been linked with and he’s already plays with Ba on the Senegal team.

    He scores a ridiculous amount of goals and I don’t know why they didn’t just go for him all along.

    http://www.nufcblog.org/2011/09/the-number-9-newcastle-united-really-missed-out-on/

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  • benscott123123

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Bit early to be looking at the next transfer window!

    I’d be more concerned about shipping out the likes of Xisco if possible during a loan, Smith, Perch, Loven and Ranger but agreed a young centreback perhaps we could go back In for Darnel Situ 300k, Erik Pieters 5-6 Mil and a Pacey Striker and I think wewould have a complete squad with strong competition for all places???

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  • lukes26

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #14

    This is a screen for the player we really want: Erdinc… He’s only featured in 2 games for PSG, so far..If he continues not to play this season, I’m sure we’ll be able to get him in January.

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  • YankeeToon

    Sep 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Erding could be a good buy with good upside. Probably not happy with playing time this year so far at PSG.
    Ligue 1- 1 goal, 1 assist in 57 minutes. No starts, sub in 4 of 6 games.
    Europa- One start for 64 minutes out of three games.

    He’s French, 24, fast, talented, decent return rate, not getting time on the pitch. Snatch him up.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Can’t believe this is a topic of discussion.

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  • chuck

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Why are we discussing bringing in Cisse, when we all know the score about the Ashley policies.
    No one over 26 and no one over say six to seven million.
    Just look at the record if you don’t believe it.
    NUFC is both a rich mans toy plus an adjunct to his real business, “Sports Direct”.
    Do we really need another striker ?
    With Ba and Best, we have enough, we can use HBA , Marveaux, Obertan, even young Ferguson, to play behind the front man.
    It’s about time we started to play the modern game, after all how many big six foot plus strikers are playing for Barca ?
    It’s an outdated tactical strategy, to-days top sides rely on both the forwards and midfielders to score, not rely on two center forwards.

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #18

    OK…

    Ship out the deadweight – Xisco, Smith, Perch, Ranger…

    Lovenkrands showed last night he can do a job. Beyond a bench/fringe player, we need another one and can’t pay for a big name player.

    Look at United – Rooney, that twat Hernandez, Berbatov, Welbeck and Mo money, Mo bellend. (Owen!)

    If Situ is still about, hopefully we’ve seen the error in our ways and can pick him up/someone similar in quality, age and price.

    And as potential strikers go, someone threw this guy into the hat the other day and from the Dennis Wise school of scouting (youtube), he looks CLASS!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpTXp2NrbkE

    Happy days!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Ah well, so we missed out on the Bangura bros.
    Removing Cisse, Roux, Maiga and Erdinc, who else could there be to grab in January then?

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Saturdays team:

    ————————————-KRUL———————————–

    SIMPSON—–COLOCCINI——-TAYLOR——–RAYLOR

    ————————-TIOTE———–CABAYE——————–

    OBERTAN——————————————–MARVEAUX

    ——————————–BEN ARFA——————————-

    ———————————–BEST————————————-

    Subs; elliot, perch, fergie, gosling, jonas, sameobi,ba

    That line up makes me drool!

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Also regarding the new striker, I think we should go for anelka. Ok he isn’t sticking with our young player policy but, he is stil very good and very quick, he wants out of chelsea, and he is french!

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #22

    @Ollieh51
    Seems a decent shout, still, it’s youtube 😉
    Small, but with a powerful build, and the lads got pace. Also seem technically well and plays in the swedish series.
    Haven’t heard of him before tho.
    Again, seems a good shout.

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  • Toon Army NYC

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Why is it noone wants to go after Dos Santos from Spurs? We could use a quick striker to go with our poachers. Rumor has it he wants out as well, and hes not african to worry about cup of nations.

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  • The_Toon

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #24

    ANDY CARROL! .. who thinks if he continues not scoring for Liverpool that he might return back for less than half the price in 2-3 years time? .. Would you guys welcome him back?

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Sammy_Ameobi Samuel Ameobi
    Been helping mum babysit the next generation of Ameobis today #toocute

    There’s more!!!!!!!

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #26

    @ Dannyo – I think that flexibilty in where he can play suits us too…

    Either side of a front three, striker/just off a Ba/Best/Shola.

    looks quick enough and strong enough to cope with the league and like you said, seems to have decent tekkers.

    Shouldn’t cost too much coming from that league and is relatively young.

    Then again, what do we know about scouting players!

    In Carr we trust…

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  • burnsie

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Iv just been reading the last aerticle and the comments in it and i have to say that…………..PLAN B IS DEFINATELY A MACKEM LIKE!!!!

    How the hell can someone criticise our captain and last miute goal scorer!!!!

    notice the little dig at his AGE for some reason…..he refers to him as the ”30 year old”

    one word mate………..Ryan Giggs (ok thats two….but still, fcuk off Tw@t face)

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  • burnsie

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28

    This blog used to be amazing and full off positivity.

    what happened man?

    (and thats not aimed at the positive people on here)

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #29

    burnsie
    Ashley bought the club? 😉

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  • cheikmate

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #30

    WATCH this video of ben arfa:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CF-snHsRko

    Its unreal how well he played in the 3 games for us, so glad hes back !!

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  • PortsladeToon

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #31

    The_Toon
    In a word NO he left us just for the money let him rot, not our problem he can’t score it’s theirs and personally i think his leg will keep coming back to give him problems throughout his career.

    No we have taken the money and we should now thank our lucky stars we got so much for a good player (not a great one!!)

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  • gorskino10

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Lets face it, we will be linked with many talented strikers, like we did for a Winger like Marvin Martin, Boudebouz etc.. and we end up with a player who has struggled in Obertan who hasnt impressed me at all yet, granted quick but runs around pointlessly and when he gets the ball he never takes on the wingback.

    But for our striker search we will spend whole Jan looking for one and then last day wont get one, panic buy/offer like we did in the Summer, and end up with no striker.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Talking of Gyan – this is very funny – apologies if you guys have seen this already.
    #http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONOd7TovQsY

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Would I have Carroll back? In a heart beat

    I hold few grudges and he, imo, doesnt deserve one

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  • benscott123123

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #35

    Interesting thought for you guys, does anyone think Luis Saha would be worth a season long loan big??? Out of favour at a cash strapped everton (his wages off their books) French and pretty talented. I know he’s injury proan and old but could do a job until end of season after not securing striker?

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  • benscott123123

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    loan bid*

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  • geordiefinn

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #37

    I think we should try to get Boro’s Marvin Emnes (23 years). This season, in 10 games he has scored 8 goals. He’s very, very fast and I quite skillfull too…

    If you ask me, he’d be perfect option, as I don’t think we need to pay 10 millions or so for a new striker, because we already have couple of good strikers in Ba & Best. And now we have Benny back, so our formation will probably be 4-4-1-1, so two top strikers is enough for that.

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  • The_Toon

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #38

    @PortsladeToon
    I still think he was forced out but with a slight of desire to go away… Dont forget it was Mike Ashlys helicopter that took him on deadline day which suggest Mike was looking forward to the 35m obviously .. I would welcome him back anytime before the age of 26!

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #39

    @ – benscott123123

    NO.

    Has he ever played a full season?!

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  • The_Toon

    Sep 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #40

    @WWJBD
    He’ll be back in a few years time, I sense he has unfinished business… I wish him the best but I just hope he doesn’t do well in liverpool, I would love to see him back!

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