The Daily Mirror is reporting that Joe Kinnear has decided to go after to English stars – Darren Bent and James Tomkins – and they are two of Alan Pardew’s top transfer targets.
James Tomkins – new top center-back target
Newcastle were first interested in James Tomkins a year last January when our bid of £4M was turned down by the then Championship club, because they wanted James to stay to help them with promotion.
He may not be available this summer either, and Co-Chairman David Gold has already said he is not available, but West Ham will need to recuperate some of that £15M they paid out to secure the services of former top Newcastle striker Andy Carroll.
Joe Kinnear talked with Alan Pardew last week to get his imput, and then on Tuesday the Director of Football met with Graham Carr and got his input, and that meeting was said to have been a very productive meeting.
Kinnear ended the chase for free agent Brazilian Douglas, and that’s one of the reasons Derek LLambias abruptly resigned from the club, and it seems James Tomkins is now our top center-back target.
It also seems Newcastle will try to get experienced striker Darren Bent to Tyneside at a decent price for a proven Premier League goalscorer.
And then Newcastle will try to get one of three possible strikers from the continent – Wilfried Bony of Dutch club Vitesse, St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
And if the press reports are to be believed we’ve already put in some bids for those last three strikers.
Kinnear has been working the phones and also has had one-on-one meetings with both Alan Pardew and Graham Carr to get their input, and reading the tea leaves – it seems that Newcastle have now decided on who they want, and we should see some news soon on whether we have been successful.
Alan Pardew is expected to return early next week to Newcastle to prepare for the pre-season training, which starts next Thursday.
Joe Kinnear is also expected to be in Newcastle next week, and we suppose he may even give another interview.
If he does let’s hope it’s an awful lot better than the disastrous and embarrassing interview he gave to talkSPORT last week.
Three pointers to Joe – don’t criticize Newcastle fans, don’t criticize Newcastle legends like Alan Shearer – and don’t use the F word.
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