Shola Ameobi will be leaving Newcastle when his contract runs out at the end of June after fourteen years in the first team, and there’s a very good chance that Loic Remy will be signing for a Champions League side this summer, when his loan deal runs out at Newcastle – so at least two of our strikers will definitely leave this summer.
Luuk de Jong – must start scoring some goals
And there are question marks about Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong, because neither striker has scored many goals this season – Papiss Cisse in particular has had a poor season, and Newcastle may decide to cash in on him this summer – as long as they can get around £10M for the Senegal striker.
And if Luuk de Jong doesn’t hit the goals trail in the final nine games of the season, we just cannot see Newcastle signing him permanently this summer.
So Newcastle will need to bring in some strikers this summer, and these are two of the strikers we have been linked with.
Alfred Finnbogason – 25-year-old Heerenveen and Iceland striker
Finnbogason moved to Heerenveen in the Dutch League in the summer of 2012, and he has had two outstanding seasons in Holland scoring 28 goals in 35 appearances in his maiden season in the Eredivisie.
He’s going just as strong this season, and has 25 goals in 27 appearances – but of course the Dutch League is nowhere near the standard of the English Premier League, so we don’t know if he would be as prolific in England.
But Newcastle were linked with this player last summer, and at that time the transfer fee was £5M, but Newcastle decided not to sign the then 24 year-old.
His transfer fee may have gone up this summer, but not by much, so this lad could potentially be a decent signing for Newcastle.
He has 21 caps for Iceland and four goals.
Bafe Gomis – 28 year-old Lyon and France striker
Our number one transfer target last summer was Bafe Gomis, and we were supposed to be close to signing him from Lyon for £9M in August, but his agents wanted too much in fees to complete the deal – so the bottom line was that we didn’t get the player.
And we keep thinking if Newcastle were willing to pay out £9M for him last summer, why wouldn’t we sign him as a free agent this summer, when his contract runs out?
But things have become a little more complicated with Gomis, because in January Inter Milan became interested in the player, and in late January he even visited the club in Milan – so we don’t know if Inter Milan are now in the driver’s seat for the player.
Gomis is having a decent season for Lyon, and in 23 appearances he has 10 goals, and in his five years at Lyon he has 89 goals in 229 appearances.
He has 12 full caps for France and three International goals.
There are some other strikers Newcastle could be interested in – one being our former striker Demba Ba, who is now at Chelsea, but we feel sure that Demba Ba will want to join a club in the Champions League – just like Loic Remy.
Any other strikers you think Newcastle should be pursuing this summer?