Newcastle United are now after two good strikers, in 23 tear-old England and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, and Marseilles 25 year-old French International Loic Remi, and as far as we are concerned, if we get either one of these into Newcastle before September, that would be just great.
Andy Carroll – will leave Liverpool this summer
Newcastle missed out on Luuk de Jong, but either one of those two would let us forget about Luuk, and of course he preferred to go to Borussia Monchengladbach in any case – so that’s OK.
It’s clear that Alan Pardew would love to have Andy back at Newcastle, but it’s not clear which one of the two strikers Newcastle would prefer, but it seems that Remy would be the cheaper option, and although £15M is being mentioned as a fee, there’s no way any club would pay that for a player, when he has only one year left on his contract.
Well we suppose Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain could, given PSG have just apparently bid £40M for Luka Modrich, if reports are to be believed.
Alan Pardew seems convinced that Liverpool will have to let let Andy Carroll move on this summer, and this is what the Newcastle manager had to say about the subject today:
“Reading chairman John Madejski used to say to me about certain players. ‘Just wipe your nose and move on’ – and I think Liverpool are going to have to do that with Andy.”
“I think it was obvious as soon as Brendan went into Liverpool that Andy’s time was going to have to be somewhere else – I think it’s quite right we’re involved in that.”
“Whether he comes here, is something that I will take or I will leave.” “It’s a lot of money for Mike Ashley, although we’ll obviously be getting a big upside in terms of what we sold him for, and we’ve got three great strikers here already.”
“But of course as the manager, I want the best players I can get.”
Newcastle have made very good use of the £35M they received for Andy and they have used £24M of that to bring in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Davide Santon, Gabby Obertan and Gael Bigirimna.
Not a bad use of some of the Carroll fee, six good players and still £11M left – maybe to bring Remy in with – and of course the £35M was paid up front in cool cash by Liverpool, at the request of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
There’s still six days to go until Demba Ba’s release clause runs out, so it will not be until next Wednesday that Newcastle will know whether they need to bring in one new striker, or two, if Demba Ba leaves before August rolls around.