If the papers are to be believed today, Newcastle want to sign Tom Ince of Blackpool in January, because he will become a free agent next summer and could be brought to Newcastle for a fee of around £4M in January, and Newcastle also want to bring Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United on loan in January.
Wilfried Zaha – former target wants to come to Newcastle
That’s if the papers are accurate, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle want both players.
And it seems odd that we are going after two wingers, which is hardly a weakness in the Newcastle side at the moment, and we’d be a lot happier if Newcastle were looking at a few defenders.
Zaha cost the Red Devils £15M from Crystal Palace in January, but Zaha stayed playing for Palace, who then the newly promoted London club wanted to take him on loan this season, but that didn’t work out.
The England U21 winger played in the Charity Shield, but that’s his only appearance for the Manchester first team this season, and he needs first team football to improve, just like our own youngsters do.
Newcastle have a huge advantage over Stoke, Southampton and Fulham, who are also willing to take the lad on loan, because Newcastle is his preferred choice.
A source to the Daily Star said this:
“The prospect of playing at Newcastle is the preferred one at present but it depends on United allowing a loan move to happen.”
So this isn’t a new story. but it puts Newcastle in a strange position because Zaha will need games – and that will almost definitely be a part of any loan deal – so our own youngsters will be pushed further down the pecking order.
It doesn’t seem like Newcastle have too much confidence in their younger players at the moment, and presumably they will be moved out on loan to lower league clubs.
What do you think?
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