If the local papers are to be believed then Newcastle will be targeting one center-back and one striker this summer. And the center-half will come in regardless of whether Fabricio Coloccini returns to Argentina – but we still have to go through that particular soap opera this summer – as we did in January.
Wilfried Bony of Vitesse – – said to be a Newcastle target
With five good French players being signed in January, that would still mean Newcastle have signed seven players this year – and it may be time to unload some of the players who are on the fringe of the side – and they include Dan Gosling, who has one year left on his contract and Romain Amalfitano, who made absolutely no impact in his first year at the club, but may be given another season on Tyneside to prove himself.
Gabby Obertan and maybe Mike Williamson, could also be sold this summer, although Mike can still do a job for Newcastle at the back.
Steve Harper and Danny Simpson will leave when their contracts expire at the end of this month, and the reports are that 19 year-old Jak Alnwick will step up to become Newcastle’s third goalkeeper next season behind the capable Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.
Newcastle were woefully short of players last season when we were in the Europa League, but Newcastle will not make the mistake of bringing in too many players this summer, when we don’t have those extra European games.
It’s going to be quality rather than quantity – and we’d be happy enough if we get a top striker in – and a good center-back – and keep our best players.
But if fringe players are moved out they will need to be replaced – and we still expect a number of top youngsters to join the club.
And the news is that Newcastle still seem to be in the driver’s seat to get 18 year-old midfield sensation Will Hughes of Derby County, and Newcastle are said to be willing to pay out £10M and then loan him back to Derby for next season.
It would be a huge coup if Newcastle can get this youngster with big clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Barcelona all interested in the young Englishman.
And Newcastle will only let one of their top players leave, if clubs imitate Liverpool FC and make a silly offer – like the £35M in cool cash up front they offered for big Andy.
Both Monaco and PSG are more than capable of doing that by the way, and they are linked with Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye.
And it seems like a n umber of our striker targets may not be available to us this summer, so it’s anybody’s guess who will be coming through the door – maybe Wilfried Bony of Dutch club Vitesse?
What do you think?
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