With the expected arrival of Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga not now going to happen, the Newcastle manager has said today the Magpies will not be bringing in a new striker next month.
Emerging folk hero Demba Ba will be off to African Cup of Nations soon
Newcastle had worked since late August on agreeing a deal with Sochaux for Modibo Maiga, and a £6M transfer fee had been agreed, and Maiga’s wages would have been tripled on Tyneside.
But the deal is now dead in the water, after Maiga failed his medical recently because of his knee.
Alan Pardew was asked if the deal could ever be resurrected:
“It was not a strategy to do that from us, it was just unfortunate, and unfortunate for the player.”
“You can imagine the player is probably more disappointed than anybody else, but these things happen and we will have to do a lot of work now between now and the summer to locate another striker.”
“You have to pay over the odds in this window, everybody does, and you have to accept that if you are going to invest in this window, and we won’t in terms of a striker.”
“I don’t think we will be bringing a striker in in this window after the collapse of Maiga, which we had put a lot of work into. As far as we are concerned, we will go with what we have got.”
“We are looking at bringing maybe a defender in. We need to bring in a defender.”
Newcastle will lose Demba Ba sometime in January to the African Cup of Nations, and the Newcastle striker has recently been named in the Senegal squad for the upcoming tournament.
There seems to be a chance that Ba could stay until mid-January at Newcastle, although Senegal have every right to insist that Ba join them on January 8th.
If Ba is allowed to stay for another week he could play in the home game against QPR on Saturday, January 15th.
Newcastle have Shola Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands as out-and-out strikers at Newcastle and also have Ben Arfa available to play in the withdrawn position.
Sammy Ameobi can also play up front, as could young Haris Vuckic who certainly has an eye for goal.
So surely Newcastle will be able to survive the four or so games that Ba will be away in Africa. Of course if Ba ever gets injured we’ll be in big trouble as far as scoring goals is concerned.
It will be a good chance for those strikers to step up to the plate for Newcastle in January and early February.
But we have to bring in another central defender because if either Coloccini or Mike Williamson get injured we will be in big trouble again at the back.