Newcastle Still Interested In Signing Prolific Striker


We had reported last weekend that Newcastle were interested in signing 28 year-old Catalan striker Jonathan Soriano of   Red Bull Salzburg, and there continue to be reports that Newcastle are indeed interested in signing the striker.

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28 year-old Jonathan Soriano of  Red Bull Salzburg

And in the last two seasons, since he joined the Austrian club from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2012, he has scored an amazing 82 goals in just 96 appearances in all competitions.

Spanish-born Soriano joined Espanyol way back in 2002, and seven years later he moved to Barcelona, where he played mainly for the Barcelona B Reserve side – he made 47 appearances and 37 goals – and just once for the Barcelona first team.

So he has never really played at the top level in club football, although last season the 5’11″ tall Catalan striker finished top scorer in the Europa League,  with 11 goals in just 9 games for the Austrian club.

He has played four times with one goal for Catalonia, and played for all the Spanish Youth sides with 4 appearances at the U21 level when he scored 8 goals.

He’s certainly prolific and in 25 total appearances for all the Spanish youth sides, he scored 28 goals.

The news of Newcastle’s interest was first reported in Football Direct News, and it was suggested by the Mike Ashley owned site, that he was a back-up for Bafe Gomis, and would be a top target only if Newcastle couldn’t get the deal done for the French free agent.

The Gomis saga is still ongoing after over  a year, but we still have no idea if Newcastle are in the driver’s seat to get the French striker,  who will turn 29 in August.

Comments welcome.

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15 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Seen the link to ings on a few websites now and I think he’d be worth a punt tbh

    Of the two I’d prefer danny ings

    younger, faster and more chance to develop into a prem player although I would take McCormack as he does know where the back of the net is and brings experience so yes to both

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Same web site that said we’re in for Rooney, Al Jazeera it’s not !

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    this and has the stats i like but no mention of a price !

    if he’s cheap and considering he’s an older lad with maybe 2/3 seasons left i think he could be ideal untill our younger lads learn.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    LR32

    There’s reports that if we are in for McCormack/ings (English league experience) we would also want to bring in a striker from abroad to complement that, on top of ayoze Perez but of course this is all paper talk mate

    If it did happen, depending on the striker from abroad I’d be fairly happy on the striker front aslong as they brought someone in to replace cabs too!

    Just can’t see it though!

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  • Shaker

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Just buy him !!
    his goal record is amazing .
    surely he is better than Shola , Cisse & De Jong !!

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Average@1. I’d take both. Nothing wrong with bolstering the ranks if we also get first teamers in

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Does it involve a monetary exchange? The chances are highly unlikely if that is the case.

    Ashley out.

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Shaker he’s in.the powerhouse that is the Austria league.
    Also cussed had a good record before we bought him. In better leagues too

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  • the truth will out

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #9

    two years ago my dad mentioned McCormack and was lambasted for it

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Average, yes, that wouldn’t ben too bad if a quality forward is brought in too. As I said, third of fourth choice is worth a try.

    Bearing in mind that we didn’t sign a permanent forward in the last two windows, it is doubtful to have multiple signings.

    Plus, they are all subject to being wasted if P4RDUE is in charge.

    Ideally though, taking a chance at the odd lower level is fine, I have no problem with that. With this lot though it could worryingly become the norm.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #11

    And yes, it certainly is all paper talk.
    ‘Ashley Gives the Go-Ahead for 4 Signings’

    …and all that nonsense.

    More leaked propaganda to lead the gullible

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  • Blofal

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Well they have dampened my expectations considerably so I suppose I would be happy with Soriano, McCormack, Poyez, Cabella this window.

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  • thai-mag

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #13

    We have 3 of the worst central defenders in the league, if Pardew goes into next season with only Williamson, Colo and Taylor in the squad, it wont matter how many goals we score, we will always concede more at the other end, the Toon is being run by a bunch of howling at the moon mad men

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  • Pardews Prolific Boys

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #14

    That. They’re not great but hardly the worst. Taylor can do one as far as I’m concerned. 3-4 fantastic performances a season will not cut it when the rest are below average at best.
    Colo I believe is past his best but still offers some good solidity at the back especially if protected by tiote.
    Willo is prone to a gaffe but is sometimes the no nonsense cb we need. I’d keep him on the bench for those games against more physical sides.
    Mym had a pretty poor season but I still think he can prove himself, he’s lucky he has a bit of pace or he’d look a lot worse due to how poorly he reads the game.

    I think if tiote iron form our defence does so much better from his protection.
    They aren’t the best but they’re hardly the worst

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  • swiller2004

    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Mike Ashley doesn’t own or run football direct news. The website is owned by London news publications, when the website was name sports direct news they advertised for sports direct so they could use the name. This now is no longer the case and sports direct or mike ashley have no dealings with the website, but if that doesn’t fit with what you want to believe then fair enought.

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