The Newcastle Journal is reporting today that Newcastle have a striker hit-list of four strikers they are looking at closely and will bring anew striker in early in the January transfer window.
Modibo Maiga – likely signing in January
That’s the plan in any case and we reported yesterday that negotiations are at an advanced stage for Modibo Maiga to arrive in the first few days of January, and of course he was a major target of the club last summer.
We are hoping the Newcastle Board can see that Newcastle could finish in a very decent position in the Premier League this season, and because of that will get whoever Alan Pardew says he wants in the January transfer window.
But The Journal is reporting that the other three strikers on the hit-list are FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, SC Freiburg’s Senegal striker Papa Cisse and Lille’s Senegal forward Moussa Sow.
So they are after two Senegal International strikers, and we suppose one of them could join Demba Ba in Jnuary.
But of course it is the African Cup of Nations in January, and three of those four players will be participating in that, as well as Newcastle’s Demba Ba.
Of the four strikers mentioned, 24 year-old Maiga seems to be the cheapest at around £7M with Freiburg wanting around £10M for26 year-old Cisse, and 21 year-old Dutch International de Jong being around £10M.
Lille’s Moussa Sow will certainly not come cheaply, and we would guess the 25 year-old would be at least £10M.
Of the four of them we would probably go for de Jong, as he probably has the most unfulfilled potential, having just turned 21 in August.
We wonder if Newcastle are lining up any other players, like a full back for instance and we wouldn’t mind seeing 23 year-old Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters of PSV Eindhoven coming in during January too, but that has to be an outside chance.
What do you think?