News in the Journal today that Newcastle have increased their interest in Blackpool winger Tom Ince, although Newcastle have been linked with the player for at least a year now.
Tom Ince – Newcastle interested again
The 21 year-old son of former Manchester United great Paul Ince can bring goals to Newcastle, and he has tremendous skills, and since joining Blackpool from Liverpool two years ago he has scored 26 goals in 88 appearances.
And if you believe the news of the last week, since Joe Kinnear was appointed the Director of Football, it would seem that Joe thinks Newcastle needs more British based players in the squad and is therefore siding a bit with manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle are said to have pulled out of the race for 25 year-old Brazilian Douglas, a free agent, and Newcastle now seem to have 29 year-old striker Darren Ben of Aston Villa, and 24 year-old center-back James Tomkins of West Ham in their sights.
Each of these players would seem to have reasonable transfer fees with Bent and Tomkins probably around £5M each, but Tom Ince could be more expensive than that, depending on which clubs go after him, and his former club Liverpool are said to be interested in taking him back to Anfield.
Probably the most controversial of the three is Darren Bent, and he doesn’t fit the blueprint of players Newcastle are usually after, but he can score goals in the Premier League, and Newcastle fans by a margin of just less than two to one, think we should get him to the club if we can get the fee at around £5M.
These three players could be good business if we could get them to the club for around £15M in total, but after Mike Ashley spent at least £18M in January, we’re not sure how much money Joe Kinnear will be given this summer, as he leads the recruitment drive.
But bringing in some English players would be good to balance out the squad after we brought in another five Frenchmen in January.
What do you think?
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