There’s been consistent reporting in the Chronicle and Journal over the last few days that Newcastle still want to sign a couple of players before Tuesday, and those players are a striker and a center-back, but it’s a good question as to who we can sign, especially which striker can we sign with three days left in the window.
Virgil van Dijk – offered to Newcastle
The news is that we are still after our two top striker targets Alexandre Lacazette and Loic Remy, but both have essentially said they don’t want to join Newcastle.
Alexandre has said he will stay at Lyon for next season, and we’re not sure what would make him or Lyon change their minds on that – especially since there would not be time for the French club to bring in a replacement.
And Loic Remy doesn’t want to come to Tyneside again – according to many reports this summer – and QPR would now be reticent to sell their top striker with so little time left to replace him.
We suppose that young striker Joel Campbell of Arsenal could be a target for a season-long loan, although Arsene Wenger has said the 22 year-old will get his chance at Arsenal this season, but he’s been on season long loans for the last three seasons.
And as for bringing in a center-back, we have linked all summer with both Micah Richards of Manchester City and Virgil van Dijk of Celtic.
The better odds there would be to sign 26 year-old Richards, who has no future at City and he has lots of Premier League experience, although we think van Dijk would be a much better choice for Newcastle.
We do believe there is still some money to spend this summer if we can get the right players through the door, but time is running out – and we suppose striker Danny Ings could be a target from Burnley – but Newcastle could be really interested in him this January or next summer, when his contract runs out at the Lancashire club.
However the Chronicle (Mark Douglas) is reporting today that Virgil van Dijk was offered to Newcastle twice last week, so if that is true we suppose the Dutchman could be a good possibility.
Alan Pardew will not disclose much – which is the right stance with only a few days still to go:
“I’m going to stay pretty neutral and boring on that subject.” “We still have our fingers very much on the button, on whether there is a transfer which works for us.”
“What I would say is the roster is full at our club, which is a problem for us.” “We need to create some room, so there might be one or two that go. Whether there are one or two who arrive we will have to wait and see.”
We’d love to see Virgil van Dijk and a top striker brought in, but we cannot see which striker Newcastle could get on Tyneside by Monday night.
However, if the news id true on van Dijk we could see the 23 year-old on board, and that would be another good signing for us.
What do you think?
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