There is news in L’Equipe that former Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere, could make a return to the Premier League with Newcastle United.
29 year-old Jeremie Aliadiere – now at Lorient
When we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool at the end of January, 2011, Aliadiere was a free agent, but was out of shape and at the time Alan Pardew did not sign him for Newcastle, and instead we brought in Shefki Kuqi.
It turns out the former Arsenal striker joined French club Lorient in July of last year, and in 21 games for them has scored 6 goals.
Last season goals were hard to come by and he scored only a couple of times as injury interrupted his play, but so far this season he has hit three goals in his first seven games.
L’Equipe are reporting today that Newcastle want to bring the 29 year-old back to England, and that’s a surprise to us if it’s true.
It turns out that Alan Pardew managed Aliadiere during a loan spell at West Ham back in 2005, and the news is that he has contacted Lorient about the player.
In August 2005 he joined West Ham on a season long loan deal, but because of injury he played only 8 times, and seven of those were as a substitute.
And with our three strikers now being 26, 27 and 31 in age, surely a fourth striker coming in will be a younger striker, and after all, it seems we have young local lad Adam Campbell coming through the ranks big time, and it’s only a matter of time before he’s a regular in the first team squad.
We’d be very surprised if this report is true, because back in February of last year Newcastle looked at signing him as a free agent, and decided against it, and it would be a big surprise if Newcastle were interested in him again.
Jeremie has loads of skill but found life in the Premier League very difficult when at Arsenal and when he was at Middlesbrough.
There’s a chance that Newcastle know that Demba Ba will leave the club via his release clause, and maybe Jeremie is a short term replacement for Ba, should he move as early as in January.
Jeremie was a top player when he joined Arsenal in 1999 as a 16 year-old and ended up playing 7 times for the France U21 side.
What do you think?
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