Joe Kinnear in his new role as Director of Football at Newcastle and in charge of transfers into and out of the club, has said his number one priority is to sign a striker to help out Papiss Cisse, who has scored three goals for Senegal in their last two games.
Darren Bent – available at £6M
And of course we haven’t replaced Demba Ba since he left for Chelsea in early January, and supposedly our top target is 24 year-old St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, although is in big demand and there was news a couple fo days ago that German club Bayer Leverkusen had been priced out of a move for the Gabon Intentional.
We really cannot see Newcastle being able to get him in, because his transfer fee is likely to rise, so we may have to move to other available players, and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is still available for about £6M from Aston Villa.
Whatever you think of the former Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham and Sunderland striker he is a proven Premier league goalkeeper and will looking to have a good season to get into the England squad for the World Cup next summer in Brazil.
And news recently that newly promoted Hull City are also interested in the player, with Hull manager Steve Bruce having signed him from Tottenham in July of 2009 for £10M.
It may say something about the current day ambitions of Newcastle United, that a small club just promoted is also after one of Newcastle’s transfer targets.
Bent eighteen months later Darren deserted Sunderland and signed for Aston Villa for £24M, but as soon as Paul Lambert arrived at Villa last summer, he has been our of favor and is available for transfer this summer.
With Joe Kinnear coming in, we’ll have to wait and see who he fancies as the striker Newcastle will go after, but it would be good for Newcastle to get a good signing made in the next week or so, to help settle things down at the club.
Pre-season training starts in two weeks time, and Newcastle are currently in disarray as Joe Kinnear has come in, Derek LLambias has gone out, and we don’t know the status of current manager Alan Pardew, who we haven’t heard from at all since Joe Kinnear was appointed to his new role.
Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into Mike Ashley.