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England Striker Would Be Back Up At Newcastle

7:45 am, Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

There has been news over this last week that Alan Pardew is interested in bringing England striker Darren Bent to St. James’ Park in the summer, but Darren had difficulty getting his place at Fulham last season while on loan, so we assume we will be getting Darren in just as a back up at the striker position.

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Darren Bent - Newcastle interested in permanent move?

But  Newcastle have to get two good and young strikers in as Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi – three of our four strikers last season – are all leaving the club – and the only one of them who could get goals was Loic Remy.

Darren Bent left Sunderland for a big money deal at Aston Villa in January three years ago, and ever since Paul Lambert took over, it has been clear he had no future at Villa, but he also seems to have lost some of his ambition and zeal, and seems too content to sit on the bench these days.

But as a back-up striker – in retrospect – he would probably be a decent enough striker, and he’s always had goal-scoring skills and if he arrives on Tyneside we’ll have to hope that Pardew, his former manager at Charlton, can get the best out of him.

There’s a Mirror report today saying Newcastle are interested in Bent, and maybe Lee Charnley can get in there and get him signed up to a one year loan deal – something Joe Kinnear was unable to achieve last summer.

The Mirror report is suggesting that Newcastle could try to sign him on a permanent deal, but he’s on a massive £65K/week deal at Villa, and he’s not worth that at Newcastle as only a back-up striker.

Aston Villa’s wage bill is huge and American owner Randy Lerner is trying to bring the financials under control, so he can possibly sell the club in the summer, but if Darren Bent is coming to Newcastle permanently, he would need to take a wage cut.

Darren scored 6 goals in 29 games in all competitions for Fulham last season, and half of those goals were in the cups, so he’s still capable of getting some goals we suppose.

And it’s interesting that we were after him way back in 2003, when he was a young striker at Ipswich and Sir Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager, after we had just signed Darren Ambrose from the East Anglia club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // May 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    JFA,
    I stand corrected :)
    My point, with 20 mil we can do a lot better, I really think so. The q. is, will the money be invested? 1) Maybe MA doesn’t intend to 2) He will save the kitty for the next manager.

    I have a feeling he’s in 2 minds what to do with AP. If he fires him, out the window goes the long-term stability plan, at least as advertised. Also, he appreciates the loyalty and wants to reciprocate. Finally, if he said top 10 you stay, he must keep his word. On the other hand, he must realise AP ain’t going to move us forward.

    I honestly doubt he’s thinking of the payout. It’s like a person worrying about losing some loose change in his pocket. It’s mildly irritating, is all.

    Like Bill Gates said, beyond a certain number, money makes no difference. I know that if one doesn’t have it this seems impossible, but it’s true!

  • 2 Thump // May 21, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Give him £15k and tell him that Gosling has left a spot on the bench that’s getting chilly.

  • 3 Thump // May 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    @cyprus: Whose to say the kitty won’t go to Pardew’s payoff? That’s what concerns me.

  • 4 cyprus // May 21, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Given his salary,
    a couple mil will see him off (ie. a couple quid for you and me). It’s not the payoff, it can’t be, it doesn’t make sense.

  • 5 Slank // May 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Just think we have another two months to endure this rubbish about players who Newcastle are interested in, according to their agents, family, friends and hangers on hoping to get some money by dragging the player’s name through the tabloids.

  • 6 Thump // May 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Depends, mate. Under contract law his contract must be paid in full if terminated early by the employer. He’s reportedly on £1.5m a year, and he’s contracted to 2020 which works out around £9.5m by my calculation.

    Likewise, I’ve read a few times that if he’s poached by a different club, they must pay NUFC the remainder of his contract… so yeah, a pretty penny and a huge chunk out of the kitty (unless Ashley has the remainder of the contract backed up as he reportedly does for each signing).

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Cyprus
    If an owner isn’t sure on a manager they give them a set run of games say 5-10 to see an improvement, they don’t give them 2 seasons

    Mike Ashley has had numerous golden opportunities to sack Pardew over the past 2 seasons, the reason he’s still here is because Ashley wants him here, he’s cheap doesn’t demand big money players and will keep the club treading water in the league which is all he wants

  • 8 Thump // May 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Sorry, his contract would be worth £8.5m. Daft typo.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // May 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Is that why we are linked with Diame from west ham just in case sissoko goes, I would play the two of them together, those two plus tiote Christ no one will get past them.

  • 10 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Welsh
    Wow what an attack minded team that sounds
    Why not just start with 10 CB’s on the pitch!

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // May 21, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Now that’s not a bad idea we are a defensive side after all

    Ha ha ha

  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Darren Bent today Kenwyn Jones – yesterday
    Bloody hell – the old Mackem strike force – are we taking the piss or what!

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // May 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Charlie
    We’re also trying to talk Kevin Phillips out of retirement

  • 14 bobby mango // May 21, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    If we did sign him I don’t necessarily think he’d be back up. Saw him a few times at Fulham and was impressed by how tidy he is, certainly not a ball playing forward but a lot more competent and aware then Cisse.

    He misses a few chances but gets into the right spaces. I’d take him and let him fight for the first team… Although I’d much prefer us to have better options!




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