In the last few days Newcastle have been linked with two more forwards, who’ve we’ve never been linked with before, and they are 28 year-old Catalan striker Jonathan Soriano of Red Bull Salzburg, and 24 year-old Colombian forward Victor Ibarbo of Serie A side Cagliari, who is in Columbia’s World Cup side.
Victor Ibarbo – 24 year-old Cagliari forward
We’ve reported that Soriano is a prolific goalscorer, and since moving to Salzburg from Barcelona two years ago, he’s scored an amazing 82 goals in 96 total appearances for the Austrian side.
But Jonathan will turn 29 in September and he doesn’t exactly t the profile of players Newcastle want to sign these days.
28 year-old Jonathan Soriano – Red Bull Salzburg striker
According to the Football Direct News Newcastle will sign one older striker this summer, with their first choice reported to be 28 year-old Bafe Gomis, who we seem to have been after for a very long time, and maybe that particular saga can end soon, and we can sign the free agent striker – but we’re not holding our breath.
The other player we have been linked with recently is 24 year-old Victor Ibarbo of Cagliari, and the Colombian International has just one year left on his contract in Italy, and he’s available for around £8M, and he’s often compared with Newcastle’s former Colombian International Tino Asprilla because of the terrific skills he has.
It could be a difficult summer transfer window for Newcastle, with our star not shining too brightly in the sky at the moment, and we seem to be struggling just a little bit to get our first senior signing of the season.
It seemed a blow to Newcastle that our offer of £6.5M for Montpellier target Remy Cabella on Friday was turned down, after the indications were that the French club would accept the offer.
And with Newcastle wanting to sign players early this summer, so they can get a full pre-season, it’s going to be important that we have a productive June, but it could be difficult to sign players once the World Cup starts in June.
Both Soriano and Ibarbo seem to be alternative targets for Newcastle, if we cannot get our top choices through the door this summer.
What do you think?