There is news from ESPN today that Newcastle are weighing up bids for two Ireland internationals 27 year-old Aiden McGeady and 26 year-old Shane Long, who both seem to be available in the January transfer market.
Aiden McGeady – available form Spartak Moscow
Newcastle were interested in McGeady when he was still at Celtic and before he signed for Russian club Spartak Moscow in the summer of 2010, but he is now available for transfer, although he still has eighteen months left on his contract in Russia.
ESPN are reporting that Newcastle have made initial inquiries about signing McGeady, and the Russian club are expecting their 63 times capped Irish International winger to leave the club this month.
Spartak’s Sporting Director Roman Askhabadze has this to say before the January window even opened:
“McGeady was offered a contract extension by us, but he has refused it,”. “He did it for family reasons, because his wife and children have not adapted to Moscow. In the next transfer window, if we get an offer for McGeady, he will go.”
McGeady is not getting much playing time in Russia, and that’s because he had a falling out with the coach Valery Karpin in November, and it’s thought that he would jump at the chance to join Newcastle, which is close to his Scotland roots.
And it looks like Everton may be the major competition to Newcastle for the player, with Roberto Martinez said to rate the Irish winger highly, and the Everton boss even tried to sign the lad when he was still managing Wigan.
Shane Long – Newcastle interested?
And 26 year-old West Brom striker Shane Long has only six months left on his contract, and he could be bought for a smallish fee, if Newcastle are still interested in the striker Alan Pardew tried to sign in the summer of 2011, when the 43 times capped Irish International left Reading for West Brom.
And recently Alan has made no secret of the fact he has tried to sign him at least a couple of times, and the quickly skillful striker would give us another option up front, if we were able to sign the lad.
These are two potential signings that would give some additional attacking flair to the Newcastle side.
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