Newcastle Interested In Three Strikers For January Window

West Ham bought former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool for a whopping £17M in the summer, and put him on a reported £100K/week on a six year contract at the London club, even though he a number of injury problems during last season while on loan at the Hammers. So they are set to pay Andy £31M in wages over six years in addition to the £17M – £48M over six years.

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Alfred Finnbogason – 13 goals in 9 appearances so far this season

And news today that West Ham are interested in one of our striker targets in January, 24 year-old Alfred Finnbogason of SC Heerenveen, who now has 13 goals in just 9 appearances this season in the Eredivisie.

Newcastle were offered the striker for around £5M in the summer, but Director of Football Joe Kinnear didn’t take up the offer.

But Newcastle need to bring one striker in, and it looks like it’s between 24 year-old Finnbogason for £5M, 28 year-old of Lyon for around £4M,  or 27 year-old PSV striker Ola Toivonen, for around £2.5M.

And with West Ham desperately needing another striker, they could also be interested in all three Newcastle targets.

Joe Kinnear, Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew will have to decide which of those three strikers offers the best value to Newcastle, but we’d be very surprised if one of those doesn’t arrive on Tyneside In January.

What do you think?

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86 comments so far

  • numba9

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Toivenen is sh1t

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    we are doing quite comfortable in the league which is already beyond ashley’s expectations.

    anyone who thinks we will be signing anybody is in living in planet kuku.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #3

    We will sign someone if we need to or if there’s a very good deal on the table. It’s all just speculation now.

  • jimBOB

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    ‘ just need to get them over the line ‘ this quote will be used more than once I gurantee it.

  • low fell mag

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    The one and only man Newcastle have to buy ,is the man who will burst the Mackems net a couple of times this coming Sunday.REMY !

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Newcastle were offered the striker for around £5M in the summer, but Director of Football Joe Kinnear didn’t take up the offer?

    We haven’t got any money Ed and furthermore, Kinnear seems better at not buying than buying. He’s a complete waste of space who’ll br drawing a good salary. If Ashley were to dump him he’d go up in a lot of people’s estimation.

  • Graeme

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I would suggest that we are unlikely to bring in anyone – we are looking comfortable at the moment. What possible reason could MA have to spend money when our stated goal of mediocrity is within our grasp?

    The problems started last summer and will reappear this summer, again, with more of our “better players” becoming disenchanted with the lack of ambition being shown by the club. The “Management” may well be happy with a “Top 10” status, but players like Cabaye, Debuchey, Benny, Sissoko, Mbiwa, Remy, Santon etc. etc. are ambitious – otherwise why are they playing competetive football??

    They want to be winning things – the League is never going to happen, but a Cup win brings Europa League; that brings problems the “Management” dont want as the squad is not, nor is likely to be, reinforced to cope with the demands it brings. The last time we got there, against all the odds, it almost got us relegated!! This is just not part of the “Masterplan” assuming one actually exists of course!!

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    The role of a striker has dramatically changed over the past few years. It’s not longer about scoring goals, it’s about helping bring the rest of the team into play and producing bits of magic. The decline of players like Cisse and Torres is evidence of this. We need a striker who can help bring in the likes of Remy and HBA…a player who can hold up play or make mazy runs that distract, baffle and confuse defenders giving space to those around him. This is what the likes of Aguero and RVP do. Those don’t come cheap but that’s not to say they aren’t out there at decent prices. I love Cisse but until he starts to make better runs, get in better positions and bring his teammates into play he is a burden to the rest of the team. Look at Goofy at the weekend, didn’t score a goal but was always looking to get into space and then help in tracking back when we weren’t in possession.

  • Jamiemac

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone seen the article trending this morning in the mirror ripping the Sunderland players in his match ratings vs Swansea. Quality.


    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #10

    We really moaning that other clubs are spending money? Christ we are turning into the grumpy retired accountants of the PL (the richest league in the world btw)

    I doubt we will sign anyone come Jan less matches this season, we will relatively quickly fall out of the cups and the owner doesn’t want to spend money add to that JFK in charge we have very little hope.

    Another thing that’s getting my goat a bit why is everyone complaining about the march? No it might not do anything but Christ it’s fans trying again in a calm respectful manner, what’s wrong with that?

  • Belfast

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Doubt It very much Ed. Unless we’re in real trouble and in danger of going down. I won’t be holding my breath anyway.

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Graham, There is no “Masterplan”, the business is seemingly being run with no medium or short-term strategy and by Ashley who’s presided over crisis upon crisis and now ably assisted by Mr Success himself, Joe (haven’t got a clue) Kinnear.

  • Belfast

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I actually thought those sunderland ratings were a photo shop lol Cant believe it’s actually real

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Good reading some excellent footballing posts this morning.

    Having endlessly made the point last season that tactics and managerial
    instructions can only get you so far, there has to be a point where players take responsibility. Well it was great to see it in practice on Saturday with manager and players getting it spot on. We did not miss the guts and determination of Nolan we had a good number of type.

    Nobody wants all players to be governed by tactics as we love a sense of free spirit. Though the tactical base should be influenced by the ability of your players and the oppositions. Despite the media praise for Gerrard for me Tiote and Cabaye were the pick of the players on the field. I digress, any tactical formation should be designed to maximise your advantages and minimise the disadvantages you perceive your players to have. Taking Williamson, many thought he would struggle against Sand S but he was used to nullify the dead ball play of Liverpool to good effect. He certainly deserves an extended run.

    You don’t determine the formation and fit players to it. A manager devises a formation around the best players and in so doing has now created a process of being less predictable in the system he might adopt. Sissoko alone looking out of place -HBA needs time to adjust if Pardew is to continue with him in that role.


    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    jst sell kinnear n buy a striker

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    We could see a striker come in during January.

    When remy returns to QPR in the summer, if we can’t tie up a deal, then we will be desperate and that could make it harder to buy on a budget.

    WHen we got cisse we had Ba on form as well as shola and best as back up so although we needed another it wasn’t desperate so Ashley did the right thing then. Maybe he will again this January. Maybe even sign gomis on a low fee as his contract is up this summer (even though I don’t rate him too highly myself but the club do)

    I doubt we’ll get 5 in like last jan but wouldn’t be shocked to see one or two…ince has a chance as well with him being out of contract and other suitors like spurs and Liverpool have brought in other wide men already. His dad said he wouldn’t sell him anywhere he won’t have a fair crack at first team football so we might be in with a shout.

  • pottsclock

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #17

    I think we’ll buy a striker in January. The team selection on Saturday spoke volumes about the view Pardew has of Cisse’s capabilities – he’s a pure goalscorer who offers little else when not on form. Also, I don’t think Remy will make a decision on his future until the summer – why should he? He’ll be going to the world cup to put his skills on full display to potential bidders.

  • wynsleap

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #18

    WWSBRD @ 10
    Some fans are complaining about the march because they are totally scared of what that nasty bogeyman Ashley can do to their club.
    You know – “be careful what you wish for”, “he can do whatever he wants”, “remember Leeds and Portsmouth”,
    “we’ve got balanced books”, “don’t upset him or he may put us into administration” and all the other regular bollox you hear on here.
    Why any fan wouldn’t want an owner with more honesty, professionalism and ambition instead of this bloke, is beyond comprehension.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #19

    wynsleap- Mate, you’ve had your day in court , your famous for 15 minutes moment , there’s not a lot more to say.

    It’s Derby week and a chance to get our bragging rights back let’s capture the mood on here rather than drive people away for another week. A game against the mackems gets the football juices flowing.

    You know it makes sense……..don’t you!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #20

    Wynsleap, WW…,
    Well said !


    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Am not really sure what else he can do to the club at this point without damaging his investment and losing money which he won’t do

    I truly don’t understand it mate. Am yet to but 100% behind the time4change lot but I respect that they are at least trying to do something so I won’t slate them for it bizarre imo


    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Be not but daft iphone

  • BandB

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Two little things stick out for me from Saturday.
    One was the sight of Sissoko, losing the ball and nearly every challenge, in sharp contrast to the efforts of the men around him. Quite rightly made way when we went down to 10.
    The other was Remy’s late break. Who is that player that has made the lung-busting effort to get alongside him in support? Why, it is Vurnon Anita!
    Why? Because he doesn’t need to be coached or screamed at to understand his basic responsibilities. Guts and determination. They go a long way toward making things work.

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    correction @ 12 should have read …… Graham, There is no “Masterplan”, the business is seemingly being run with no medium or long term strategy

  • BandB

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #25

    And while I don’t want to harp on about the march, a few hundred men on a tennis court started the |French Revolution. It didn’t bring the Monarchy down overnight by any means. But by refusing to disband until they saw change, they made a start.
    Whether it grows or that was its five minutes of fame, really depends on how they follow it up.

  • Wiz

    Oct 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Any buys in January will be purchases we were due to make in the summer but which had to be brought forward owing to trading conditions, but given that our squad is now clearly so well endowed it is inevitable that we won’t see the need to buy. Unless, obviously, there is a terrible flap on, created by a series of defeats and a consequent league placing in the bottom four. Then it will be a calm and measured response commensurate with the need to protect income, and of course with due reference to our five-year plan.

  • south coast toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #27

    i think the trouble in the summer may have been players not wanting to come here, we only just survived relegation last year,pea was our target he didnt want to come,remy was are target in jan and got nabbed, now if we carry on the way vwe are come jan alot more players will want to come here,secure remy and then get lukcoo or astriker whos hungry for the wourld cup beljam germany holland, but they have to be the quality we have been looking at, i think ba would do a good job now you get alot of time to think sat on the bench….

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #28

    France Drawn against Ukraine in WC2014 playoffs. They avoid Portugal, Sweden and Croatia. Good for us I think.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #29

    BandB some well thought out insights as usual. I was away at the weekend so have only seen edited highlights but it sounds like Sissoko was having a poor game before he was subbed after the red card. I wonder if Pardew will pick him for the derby? I think Anita would be a better option in a game like this. I must admit I think it will a tough match with it being a derby and the new manager’s first home match but after saying that I would be disappointed if we don’t get 3 points.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Himanshu when you say ‘us’ do you mean England or NUFC? Portugal vs Sweden should be a canny match as well!

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m beginning to wonder if Sissoko was purchased because of the excellent value for money, or because we needed him, because he doesn’t seem to fit us ? Morning all, sadly I missed the whole game on Saturday. Still disgusted. Well done Pardew and Co. It shows that us fans know shag all at times – who would have said Willo would come good at all ??

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Similarly, I have panned Tiote for months now but he seems to be coming around so well. Hope it continues.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #33

    ….as I assume if Tiote covers well, it must help Cabaye to get further up the pitch.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #34


    NUFC mate, India did not qualify for the WC

  • Jamiemac

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #35

    Why don’t we need Sissoko Munster? He fits perfectly with Tiote and Cabaye.
    Tiote sits back as the anchor man
    Sissoko is the box to box man, helps in defence, supports in attack
    Cabaye is the playmaker.

    I think they suit each other beautifully. I’ve personally been very impressed with Sissoko this year except maybe the Hull game.

  • martoon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Himanshu – I thought that is what you meant – I would have said that is not so good as Ukraine will involve a lot of travelling for our French players in the international break. Mind you if England had slipped up we could have been playing France which would have been interesting!

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster- you can’t get it right all the time. So you didn’t like 4-2-3-1
    but what about 4-1-4-1. The born again Tiote is worth waiting for and
    hopefully he( and indeed others ) will change the habit of recent derby games and not get sent off.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m pleased Tiote is once again proving his worth to the side. I still think we need a space for Anita, so maybe it is time for Sissoko to miss out for a few games.

    Willo did well, as did Dummett, but it was a mainly scrappy rearguard action that was full of effort by the players rather than a good defensive performance.

    I will make one comment on the march, and that is it done for me. As many know, I was slightly sceptical of the march, but it went peacefully, was well observed and respectfully done by those that participated. I had expected a slightly larger turnout – probably closer to 1000, but I think those that organised and took part can be proud of themselves. Out of tiny acorns and all that garb.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #39

    As for those Sunderland ratings, the most complimentary is “Not as gutless as others”. Poyet has a job on his hand to kickstart their season. If Fulham win tonight they will be 7 from safety already! What better way to kickstart a campaign then victory over your rivals… Mind you, they look woeful, and if we apply ourselves as we did against Liverpool it should be fairly comfortable.

    I hope Colo is back, he always looks superb against the mackems, and I’d prefer to not start Dummett in this game. Again I’d stick with a front 3 of Remy, HBA and Goofy, those three can cause an awful Sunderland backline all sorts of problems.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #40

    COLO already ruled out


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