With our strikers seemingly unable to do what they are paid to do – score goals – one of the major pieces of business that needs to be done this summer is to bring in a number of strikers – maybe as many as four – depending on whether Newcastle keep Papiss Cisse on board.
Papiss Cisse – could be retained
Loic Remy is the only striker who has done the business at Newcastle this season with 13 goals, although Yoan Gouffran has 7 goals, but he hasn’t scored for a number of months now.
Shola Ameobi’s contract is up and will not be renewed, Loic Remy is leaving Newcastle for a bigger club, and Luuk de Jong will not be offered a permanent deal on Tyneside, because he doesn’t look good enough – and he has five games to show that’s an inaccurate assessment of him.
So here are two potential strikers Newcastle could sign this summer – and in total they shouldn’t cost more than around £8M for the two of them.
Alfred Finnbogason – Heerenveen striker
We’ve been linked with this 25 year-old striker since last summer, when he was offered to Newcastle for £5M, after he had scored 28 goals in 35 appearances in his first season at Heerenveen in the Dutch League.
But we turned that offer down, but Alfred has kept scoring goals and this season, and he has 28 goals in just 31 appearances for his Dutch club, so he can certainly bang in the goals – well at least in the Dutch league.
He may be a bit more expensive after a second good season in Holland, but no more than say £6M or £7M?
Finnbogason has played 21 times for Iceland and scored four goals, and he has scored 56 goals in 66 appearances for Heerenveen since he joined them from Helsingborgs IF in August of 2012.
Bafe Gomis – 28 year-old Lyon and France striker
Newcastle’s former top target, 28 year-old Lyon striker Bafe Gomis, is a free agent this summer, and since we were willing to pay £9M for him last summer, we have to think he’s still a target – given he’s a free agent now, although he’s one year older and maybe on the fringes as far as his age goes.
Bafe has had another good season at Lyon scoring 19 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions for Lyon, after failing to secure a move to Newcastle last August.
We think this player would be an excellent acquisition for the Magpies, and his fee is good, although with signing-on fees and agent fees, maybe he would still cost us around £2M in real money.
But we definitely need a number of strikers lined up for the summer, and Graham Carr should be very busy at the moment, we’re hoping for some early signings, as the target seems to be to bring in six or seven new players before September rolls around.
But with the way the season is collapsing around us at the moment, it may be that we may need to bring in even more new players, since a number of players we already have – just don’t seem to be good enough.
What do you think?