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Four Excellent Acquisitions For Newcastle This Summer

10:07 pm, Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

With a number of current players leaving Newcastle this summer, it could be a very busy transfer market for the club, and it could also turn out to be a very good one  - and Newcastle fans  want it to be a good one – we need to see something positive soon.

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Demba Ba – would be a great signing

Newcastle could lose all four of our current strikers this summer, so we will need to bring in a number of strikers – and who better than Demba Ba, who we’ve been linked with again today.

Demba was just great for Newcastle in the 18 months he was on Tyneside, and he averaged a goal every two appearances for the side, and he scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for Newcastle.

He would be a very popular acquisition if the club can bring him back in.

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Siem de Jong – Ajax captain

And it’s always good to get midfielders in who can score a few goals, and Newcastle could have two more brothers on board in the summer, and we’ve been linked with Luuk de Jong’s brother, Siem de Jong, and we were first after the Ajax captain thirteen months ago and  were again linked with him last month.

Siem would be a decent buy at around £6M, with his contract having just one year to run at Ajax come the summer, and he can play the withdrawn striker role very well.

Newcastle will need to replace Yohan  Cabaye of course, and it seems that a number of our wide men like Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Marveaux and Obertan could all be leaving, so we’ll need to bring in some wingers too.

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Clement Grenier - Lyon play-maker

The man who could replace Yohan Cabaye is Lyon central midfielder Clement Grenier, who Newcastle were after last month, but the player didn’t want to leave his club in the middle of the season – unlike Yohan Cabaye – who was very keen to join PSG, and by the way scored a great goal for them in the Champions League last night.

Newcastle tried to get Clement on the cheap last month (what’s new?), but they may have to pay out decent money for a player who is only 23 and has similar strengths to Cabaye – he is great at free kicks and he has tremendous creativity.

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Remy Cabella - Montpellier winger

And as far as a creative winger goes, we tried to get Remy Cabella in last month, but in the end it seemed that his club Montpellier didn’t want to sell,  because they didn’t want to pay the French government a heavy tax this financial year.

But it seems Remy will be available in the summer, but Newcastle may have to pay out around £14M for the skillful 23 year-old.

So there you have it – if we can get Demba Ba, Siem de Jong, Clement Grenier and Remy Cabella into the club early in summer – that would be a good start.

But only a start.

What do you think?

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    cant see any of the above in b/w could be wrong tho
    i will take my leave now g/nite fellow supporters

  • 2 Marty-Toon // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Thought that might have said
    New owner,new manager,new CEO and new owner(did I say that twice?)

  • 3 anthc // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Would be well chuffed with them plus a centre half and a goalkeeper

  • 4 Big Pappa Cissé // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    If only Ed ;) , but this is Mike Ashley we are dealing with .

    If we did manage to bring them in by some miracle we could play :

    —————-Sissoko—————-Tiote——————

    —-De Jong—————Grenier————–Cabella—-

    ——————————–Ba——————————

  • 5 jimmysmith // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Ed has clearly become so unnerved by Ash’s recent shenanigans that he’s turned to the crack pipe.

  • 6 Mark // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Although it would be great to see those players at Newcastle (Plus a good defender), Mike Ashley is still the owner here.
    No point in coming up with incoming transfer stories with him in charge.
    Wasting your brilliant journalism here, Ed, might as well focus your efforts elsewhere mate.

  • 7 Colombus // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    We will not be signing expensive big names but we can always hope we can be able to sign a couple of big talents.

    As a striker I would have a look at Riviere at Monaco. He’s done quite well for them but he will soon ble surplus to requirements. His style would fit perfectly in the PL. Guidetti might still be a steal, even if he doesn’t get too much playing time at Stoke now. Kevin Volland at Hoffenheim is another exciting prospect who might be ready for a new challenge.

    As our new creative midfielder I think De Jong is a good shout, but personally I would go for either Ever Banega or my favourite Roberto Firmino. All available, and all fantastic players.

    In the winger-department I would love us go for Alavaro Vadillo. Betis looks to go down but this guy is pure class and might be a fantastic signing! Memphis Depay is another great and seemingly available talent. Aaron Hunt might be a great free agent.

    We also need a new MS here but I’m not so sure who I would like. Adil Rami seems available… What do you think? Lets hope we get som new and fresh faces in that can bring some new spark to the table eyyyhh! ;)

  • 8 Phil K // Feb 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Demba did wonderfully well for us, and would again. I doubt he’d want to come back though. Next stop will be a French or Italian club

  • 9 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 20, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    I wouldn’t want Ba to return. Better to try to bring younger players through, and Ba has shown his disdain for the club once already. And as for signing Grenier et al, there is not a chance in hell. Ashley won’t cough up the transfer fee or the wages to attract anybody of real quality who can see themself playing with a top European side. Expect signings on a shoestring, and consequently of an average standard. We now support a club that is football’s version of Sports Direct – quality (in any form) is not factored into the equation.

  • 10 Reggie // Feb 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Three out of the four mentioned haven’t played in the PL, it will take them at least half a season to get used to the standard and by then we will be in a relegation dog fight again. Why don’t they give the youngsters a chance, Drummet, Armstrong, Haidara etc before we buy average players who will probably be sold at a profit in a season or two… our season has gone so why not see if they are up for it. Ba showed his true colours and left so I wouldn’t want him back even though he is probably better than what we have at the moment




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