Maybe Newcastle Should Go After This Experienced Striker


With Newcastle looking like they may be running out of striker options in the transfer window, wouldn’t Salmon Kalou, the former Chelsea striker, be a good buy for around £3M?

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Salomon Kalou – worth an inquiry

That’s the price that West Ham are supposed to be prepared to offer for the 6’1″ 57 times capped Ivory Coast striker (21 goals), according to L’Equipe.

And Kalou turns 28 early next month,  and it looks like Spanish club Valencia could be moving in fast  for the striker, according to Sky Sports this afternoon.

Kalou left Chelsea for Lille on a free transfer last summer, and last season in the French league he played 37 times for Lille and scored 16 goals with 6 assists.

But the big problem with this player could be his wage demands, and we suppose they would not fit into Newcastle’s fairly restrictive wage limits.

But the fee would not be large, and this lad has already proven he can score goals in the Premier League, and while at Chelsea he played 251 games for the London club and scored 60 goals but also had 40 assists.

We must get a top striker though the door this summer, and that can be Loic Remy (even if it’s only on loan) or Bafetimbi Gomis, but either of those plus Salomon Kalou would be good.

What we’d really like to see is both Remy and Gomis through the door this summer, but the chances of that happening seem to be very low at the moment.

Surely at least an inquiry to Lille and Kalou’s representatives would be worthwhile?

Over yo you Joe Kinnear.

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68 comments so far

  • ~Joke-innear~

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone besides Carl Cort is an improvement on Shola.

    But no. I don’t like him.

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  • shanghai fan

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Right now, we don’t have a Kalou 🙂 (actually not too worried about no signings yet, sure we’ll a few in soon)

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Last year would have been the time. He is a decent player. Quick and knows where the net is. Would have been worth some extra wages. Missed the boat on this one, as high wages and a fee will no doubt be out of the question

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  • Belfast

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Going to west ham according to my sauce

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Joke-innear
    Hows about Frank Pingel

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Bring back Xisco!

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  • kevymartins

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Kalou is done imo, has nothing to offer us.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Markaccus

    You can make unlimited transfers until 11.30 on the first day of the season. So it’s probably worth picking your team now so it’s registered and you’ve at least got a team if you forget…then you can make as many changes as you want as late as that morning in case there are some exciting transfers in.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #9

    The Journal says that JFK is now looking to meet with Darren Bents advisors! Does this mean he’s about to make a ‘ phone call after all these weeks…..watch this space ! After all he knows everyone in football, doesn’t he ?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #10

    We want hungry players with something to prove, not players dropping down the football chain to keep the money coming in…

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #11

    Repost

    Expat.

    Must say I too get the feeling that Ashley’s setting the club for an attempt at selling. Maybe not an active, high profile sale but I suspect he’d be open to sensible offers.

    Why do J say that? There’s been no major outlay on players thus window, the squad’s costs are being reduced through sales, contract ends and outgoing loans.

    JfK’s appointment spoke volumes and I’d guess he’ll be on a relatively low paid fixed-term or easily terminated contract so as not to lace a new owner with that particular overhead on the books.

    As far as incoming players are concerned, if we see loans coming in (loanees would be a revenue expense on the books, rather than a capital one… I think), maybe that may add weight to a potential sale.

    So, where to? In any event, we must get behind the ream and the manager – after all, the more successful the team, the more attractive we could be to a potential buyer. We certainly don’t need protests or demonstrations of disatisfaction – we don’t want a potential buyer not being keen on buying hostile supporters!

    Fingers crossed and hope for a good season this year.

    On that note, I’m getting into the cellar before the bombs start flying toward me!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    lesh

    he still has to pay pardew and his cronies off – all on 8 year contracts

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda of course you’re right and there’s nowt can be done about them. Somebody’ll have to honour or pay them up.

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  • toonking

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #14

    repost
    I’ve seen a few posts saying that it was when we changed 4-3-3 into 4-4-2 that it cost us the CL well i think you need to check your history books because it was during that 10 game unbeaten streak we were using 4-4-2. the team was
    simmo saylor colo raylor
    marvo cabaye Guthrie Jonas
    ba best
    then things change at city and we started going 4-5-1
    simmo saylor colo raylor
    HBA cabaye Guthrie Jonas
    Sammy
    ba

    when we played united in January we went back to 4-4-2 and got a couple of wins but then things changed against Fulham and we went 4-2-3-1 and lost 5-2

    if i am lying about any of this then the official Newcastle site is lying too.

    as for the champions league itself well even if we did finish 4th we still would not be allow to have played in the CL as Chelsea took that spot.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Why the obsession with Bent? He’s the same player as Cisse without the stunning goals. They can’t play together it’s obvious. Bent is injury prone and has lost his pace due to it.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #16

    lesh

    not sure who’s culpable – the buyer / seller?

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotunda. I’m not sure we’re seeing an obsession with Bent, but desperation in action – have we any options left?

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #18

    in terms of a target man type of player to replace Shola, i’m actually low on suggestions.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #19

    We might aswell Ed, we have bid and run for everyone else! 😉

    Seems we still havn’t decided who we want here..

    Sporadic bids in for players for fun.

    Lol, what they doing?

    Bent
    Kone
    Remy
    Gomis
    Niang.

    There gambling again and we all know how that normally affects are season.

    Players are starting to speak up, it’s in danger of damaging morale just like last summer going into the new season for the players.

    I really don’t know why they do it. So unprofessional.

    Bewildering.

    Any links at all for the game? Tv, radio?

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  • viv

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #20

    The longer the pre-season goes on the more desperate the quality of players we are linked with.

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotonda that’d be negotiable I guess.

    You never know, a new owner might thing that Pards is the best thing since sliced bread and insist he and his cronies are included in the deal.

    Well, it is possible I suppose…..?

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  • Rooster

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Same pattern right through, we will no doubt be looking to getting Gomis in January when the cost goes down, we follow a pattern at NUFC, its pure business but it is awful day after day when we get the trying to get them over the line patter. may be the most frustrating “so far” transfer window I can remember and that’s saying something, we need a few bedded in before the season starts, Pardew has already stated how shola n Jonas are vita!?!? aaarrrgghhh, iknow how MA does business normally, I got it wrong sayin 3/4 would be in in the window, of course someone may come in, but the hardball tactics, make it so hard for us to stomach as fans, its bad enough for me so it must be worse again for the fans who detest MA, I can understand that totally, it has pe.d me off no end this window like no other, every day there is a wee bit of hope of a signing, followed by a kick in the stones, at this moment in time I cannot trust our team or Manager, we on paper have very good players but I have no faith that AP can utilise them positively on the pitch, its all going to be the good the bad and the ugly I just cannot see consistency with the way Pardew sets the team up, at this moment I am not particulary looking forward to the new campaign, just get a few over the line for god sake, and stop big upping the likes of shola n Jonas, you nerk, Pardew!!

    YEA I KNOW AP IS TOWING THE LINE TRANSFERS WISE, BUT I HAVE NO FAITH IN THE BLOKE TO GET THE PLAYERS TO PRODUCE ON A CONSISTANT BASIS WITH HIS MINDSET OF GOING ON A PREMIERSHIP PITCH MAKING SURE WE DONT LOOSE RATHER THAN GOING FOR THE WIN, ESPECIALLY AT HOME HE DOES THIS AND SETS US UP THE SAME AS AWAY, TOTALLY INFURIATING.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Tds

    Yeah but i want to wait and see which of nufcs many new players i want then build a side around them 😀

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  • Blofal

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #24

    I really do like the look of Nwofor.

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Toon-Prodigy players speaking up? What’s that about, are we seeing unrest already? If we are, there’s no surprise there then!

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #26

    lesh

    we have loads of options concerning players coming through, the main problem is that that fat greedy bastard MA won’t get any players in, he’s a billionaire who can’t afford a few million on top players within the range of about 5-14 million, instead as i said before he will go for rejects with no sale on value until he sells the club leaving the new chairmen with no profit to receive when selling current players and bringing in new players

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #27

    ROOSTER

    I dont want to alarm you, buy i think your caps lock is stuck 😉

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  • MonkseatonMag

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Geordie157
    Maybe Shola cold be replaced by a filing cabinet!!

    (Oops sorry, you can get some work out of a filing cabinet)

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  • Jackel001

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #29

    Any links for the match tonight gents?

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    kalou is s%&t imo always was always will be.

    niang looks a very good prospect and expect him in along the lines of santon tbh ad high price dev player but good enough to go into 1st team (even though last season was a poor one for him)

    that 22yo nigerian nwafor looks a better option though as he’s more ready to come straight into first team.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #31

    how much do Udinese want for Vydra? would he be worth a look

    Cisse, Remy, Vydra, Gouffran, Campbell.

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #32

    filing cabinets are also more mobile and injury free.

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  • roblee7

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Are these rumours true that Real Madrid have offered 85 million quid for Gabriel Obertan?

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  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #34

    No way Ed , horrible player, I’d rather have Carver up front. I’ve always thought he was a truly terrible player

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  • lesh

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Black and White with an army lol you might just have somehing there.

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  • alreetlike

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Jackel001
    Good question. I need a link too!!

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  • roblee7

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Goes to show though, sometimes its worth buying from the lower leagues! What did spurs pay for bale?

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  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    are the Niang links true? he’d be a big improvement on having Obertan in the squad.

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  • alreetlike

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Is there any Swedish Newcastle fans here?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #40

    There was no denying we thought that business genius Mike Mashley may have just got it right with his shrewd investments even though we got lucky with a lack of injuries to our threadbare defence, unfortunately that’s all it was just luck and there was no magic formula and a drive to take us forward just a plan that was being made up as they went along, the saddest part is that there was money to be spent when it was to save us from relegation and doing my least favourite phrase “a Leeds” , why could money be spent to save an investment instead of progressing it.

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