At this time of year it’s always difficult to know just what the players are who Newcastle United are really after, but we’ve certainly been linked with a number of very good Englishmen this summer already.
Andros Townsend – Tottenham winger linked with Newcastle
Newcastle have been linked this weekend with both Jack Rodwell and James Milner of Manchester City, who are likely to leave to get more playing time elsewhere, and to help Manchester City balance their books more quickly.
Young winger Tom Ince of Blackpool is available this summer as a free agent, and so is another top young winger – Wilfried Zaha of Manchester United – who impressed for Cardiff during our 3-0 home win a couple of weeks ago.
We have linked with both players and Newcastle are also supposed to be after Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, who had a good early start to the campaign last season and played well for England too but has dropped down the pecking order at Spurs.
And Newcastle seem to be after another full-back this summer, and we are said to be interested in 22 year-old Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson and 24 year-old Ipswich left back Aaron Cresswell – both Englishmen.
Newcastle also remain interested in Derby County’s top young English U21 International central midfielder Aaron Hughes, who we were said to also be after last summer.
But if Derby beat QPR in the Championship play-off final at Wembley next Saturday, it would be very unlikely they would want to sell one of their best players when moving back into the Premier League.
Newcastle have also been after 25 year-old English International Micah Richards of Manchester City, as we try to improve the defense, which has conceded 124 goals over the last two seasons in the Premier League, which is simply not good enough.
So there’s nine English players we have been linked with this summer – but it’s one thing to be interested in a player and it’s another thing completely to get them to Tyneside, as Joe Kinnear found out during his ill-fated tenure as Newcastle’s Director of Football.
We are hoping Lee Charnley will be able to get some top English players to the club this summer, and since we are supposed to wrap up our business in the transfer window before the World Cup starts, we should be hearing of our first summer signing shortly.