There was news today that Newcastle are still interested in Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, who has been on loan at Cardiff City since January, and will very likely leave the Manchester club this summer, after a very disappointing first season at the club.
Tom Ince – Blackpool winger a free agent in summer
Alan Pardew has been keen on the winger over the last two years, and there’s no doubt he has very good skills, but he’s a bit like one of our current wingers – Hatem Ben Arfa – and a strong part of his game is not tracking back to help out the defense.
It’s looking like Ben Arfa will leave this summer, certainly if Alan Pardew remains on as manager, and Newcastle want to sign a lot more British players, so Zaha fits the bill, and he is still only 21 years old, and would cost around £7M.
And another good English youngster is 22 year-old Blackpool winger Tom Ince, who came on for Crystal Palace as a substitute in that amazing game at Selhurst Park against Liverpool last night.
We still cannot believe that for the first time since 1990 Liverpool gave up a 3-0 lead in the league – and what a time to drop two points.
Ton Ince’s Blackpool contract runs out in the summer, and he will become a free agent, but any club that signs him will have to pay Blackpool a compensation fee, which could be as much as £5M.
Tom can score goals too, and is more of a hard-working winger than Zaha, so maybe he would be a better choice?
£5M shouldn’t be a deterrent to Newcastle in the summer, because our finances are in excellent shape, and if there was ever a time for owner Mike Ashley to spend big money at Newcastle, it is this summer.
We should be getting at least £80M form the Premier League later this month for finishing in at least 10th place, and we still have the £20M from the Yohan Cabaye sale – and of course we don’t have to spend it all – and should still try to get some good deals.
But we may have to pay a little over the odds to get our transfer targets this summer, and for the good of the club – we need to do that when its appropriate – but we would be stupid to hold out simply because the fee is slightly higher than Mike Ashley wants to pay.
Either one of Wilfried Zaha or Tom Ince would be a good signing, but we’d probably go for Tom Ince.
What do you think?