When Alan Pardew came to the club two years ago last December, one of the initial transfer targets we had in the summer of 2011 was Jason Puncheon, who had played for Alan Pardew while he was manager of Southampton.
Jason Puncheon - in action for Southampton against Oldham
And since that time Southampton have reached the Premier League and at the moment are one place ahead of Newcastle on 27 points in 15th place.
There is news today that Newcastle could again be interested in the 26 year-old, who has shown some good form for Southampton this season, and has scored 5 goals in 24 appearances for the Saints.
Jason’s contract runs out in the summer, and the news is that West Ham and Newcastle could be interested in the Englishman, although Puncheon is said to be happy enough to stay at Southampton.
However the owner and Chairman Nicola Cortese seems to be a difficult man to get on with, and there’s not a good relationship between the player and the former Italian Banker – which may be why Southampton are stalling on offering the lad a new deal.
The Chairman had previously placed Jason on the transfer list, but Nicola Cortese has said he would be willing to extend the lad’s contract, but not until the end of the season.
And that’s a risky move, because other clubs can talk to the player since last month – and he could well be offered a better deal by another club.
Maybe one of those clubs will be Newcastle, and Jason has both pace and creativity, and could be a decent addition to the Newcastle squad.
Jason has played for eleven clubs so far in his career, and joined Southampton in 2010 when Alan Pardew was the manager.
And it will be kind of quaint to have an Englishman join Newcastle – it certainly would be a change.
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