Alan Pardew gave two different statements on Sunday regarding big Andy Carroll, one was that Newcastle were looking for a younger alternative, and the other was that Alan personally would love to have big Andy back on Tyneside.
Loic Remy – could be decent buy for Newcastle
There will be lots of news about Newcastle in the transfer market this week, but the good news is that it will all come to a grinding halt on Friday at 11:00pm, when the transfer window finally slams shut.
We would hope Newcastle can bring in at least one defender and one striker by that time.
The news on Shola Ameobi today is not good, and he could be out a few more weeks with his hamstring injury – is Shola injury prone or is Shola injury prone?
But the injuries Shola keeps picking up – he injured himself in the warm up for the Tottenham game – should give Newcastle a clue that they need at least one more experienced striker in their ranks by Friday.
The Newcastle Journal are reporting today that Newcastle will go after some young continental alternatives, and three of them we know are 20 year-old John Guidetti of Manchester City, 19 year-old Luc Castaignos of Inter Milan and of course Loic Remy of Marseilles, who is 25, but he’s older than Andy.
But if Newcastle ever wanted Luc Castaignos, we have missed out on him, because he signed for €6M (about £4.7M) for FC Twente in late July, as a replacement for Luuk de Jong who went to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
So two strikers Newcastle could remain interested in are John Guidetti, the Swedish 20 year-old striker and 25 year-old Loic Remy, who was a target of Newcastle over four years ago, when he was still at Lyon and before he signed for Nice.
Loic moved to Marseilles in August of 2010 for a fee thought to be around €15M (about £11.8M), and he may be too expensive for Newcastle, and it looks like his contract runs out in 2015 and not next summer, as had been reported.
We’re not sure who else Newcastle could be after, but we’ve been linked with 26 year-old Swedish striker Ole Toivenon, who we don’t rate too highly, and he’s also older than big Andy.
Newcastle lost Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best over the summer and with Shola Ameobi getting injured regularly in his Newcastle career, the club definitely needs to sign another striker that can do a job in the Newcastle first team, and we cannot rely too much on Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba this season.
Newcastle would still bring big Andy back if Liverpool would lower the fee that want for him, thought to be around £20M, but we don’t think they will.
Who do you think we should be going after this week?
It seems in the poll we ran in early August, Newcastle fans seemed to favor Loic Remy, but he’s older than the big Geordie striker.
Which Striker Would Be The Best Buy For Newcastle?
- Loic Remy for £9M (60%, 3,676 Votes)
- John Guidetti for £7M (23%, 1,426 Votes)
- Andy Carroll for £15M (14%, 842 Votes)
- Luc Castaignos for £6M (3%, 196 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,140