There’s not doubt that Newcastle need to bring in some strikers this summer, so that Papiss Cisse gets some help up front – and Newcastle found it very difficult to score goals once Demba Ba left in early January and in the last crucial six games of the season we went scoreless in four of them and scored only three goals.
Chris Samba – 6’4″ center-back
Alan Pardew has retained his position as manager although a number of fans wanted him fired after his first poor season on Tyneside, but he survived and he seems certain to want to do an awful lot better next season.
It’s going to be interesting to see how much Mike Ashley is willing to invest in his die this summer, after spending big to bring in five Frenchmen in January, and estimated range form £18M to £31M on how much Newcastle paid for Sissoko, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran, Haidara and Debuchy – but they all look good players, once they have settled in on Tyneside.
And there is news that Mike Ashley is looking to sign two players form relegated QPR, who will find it almost impossible to keep their best players, especially when the put release clauses in their contracts should they be relegated.
Loic Remy – available at £8M
Loic Remy remains a decent bargain at £8M – in spite of rejecting Newcastle in January and now being accused of rape – two reasons why Newcastle may not want to sign him.
And we reported that the Magpies are interested in 6’4″ center-back Chris Samba, although QPR will be looking to get back a big chunk of the £12.5M they paid (overpaid?) Anzhi for him in January.
But if we can sign both of those players form something under £20M, it would be an excellent deal – with 26 year-old Loic Remy looking food in the Premier League and 29 year-old Samba having had an abundance of Premier League games over five years at Blackburn.
And also Samba is a big threat at set-plays – something else Newcastle must improve next season.
Samba is a little pricey and a little old at 29, but Loic Remy isn’t and at £20M they could still be a good buy for the Magpies.
What do you think?
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