Virgil van Dijk Offered To Magpies – Which Striker Can We Sign?

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

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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29 comments so far

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    The last failed bid was reported at £6M

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Which is the same as Richards I think

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    for pardew being a winner he sure accepts defeat very easy,

    I don’t know about any of you , but I look at the fixtures and right a few off straight away , you know the ones , man c away Liverpool away Chelsea away and a couple more , now that’s not to say we won’t get something there,
    but games like villa away ARE games I think we should be saying we can win , their favourites to struggle this season in most pundits eyes and my eyes,
    but this is one of my main problems with pardew , he is an excuse maker , he is beaten before he plays the game , he hopes for breaks in a game rather than force them play for them , he likes to ride Lady Luck,
    why would the players believe in him?

  • wayneo009

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I have a feeling this fella will be at southampton come Monday night which is a shame , could end up as one of the best.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Do we go for potential or under utilised. More than likely niether.

  • pawl250

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Think Van Dijk/Richards and Remy/Lacazette would complete our squad, if not those players the likes of them.

    / = or

    If two players need to leave….. Obertan, Vuckic, Ferguson, STaylor, Dummett, Jonas, Ben Arfa, Sammy pick two from them and be done with it.

    Our team should look like this

    Janmaat Van Dijk Mbiwa Haidara
    Tiote Colback
    Sissoko De Jong Cabella

    Subs Elliot, Coloccini, Santon, Anita, Gouffran, Aarons, Cisse

  • Scottiedog

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    May have dodged a bullet with Van Dijk tbh! looks very light weight and plays in a crap league………….. Richards for me!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    So basically, Alan…. Before the Cabaye and Debuchy money is spent we’re getting players in. Now it has been spent and we have to dip into the club’s TV money we’ve got our finger on the pulse?

    Bearing in mind we signed nobody in the last two windows and the hike in TV money, a striker and a centre back should not even be a slight problem. More propaganda by ol’ silver tongue.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I should be more vigilant when copy and pasting:

    Janmaat – Willo – Coloccini (c) – Haidara
    Anita – Colback
    Cabella – De Jong – Riviere

    Not put Sissoko in to start as AP has started him most often on the right where he has not done much and moved him into the middle where his performances have improved. However I would start with Cabella and SDJ and then have the benefit of bringing on Sissoko for one of them, or if an injury happened to the holding midfielders.

  • pawl250

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10


    Richards has so much potential to be a great player. Yet he is injured ALOT hindering him from being that player alot expected him to be…..

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #11

    70two, he may well be with Koeman there.

  • pawl250

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Team V Palace

    Janmaat Williamson Coloccini Haidara
    Sissoko Colback (Tiote injured)
    Cabella De Jong Gouffran

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Laurent Robert 32

    There is no room at the Inn, all those scapegoats are cluttering up the place and eating the soft furnishings.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Sorry, that should have been referring to Wayne’s post about Southampton.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Scapegoats indeed.

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Vote for the National Bird anyone?

    And no its not Fearne Cotton

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Just a few of the finest collection of posts ever seen on here.

    3 Markaccus No Alan. The pressure is on you to attack. To stop being scared of losing, and to get the players out there and get them to win.

    6 ROSHAN MAGPIE I don’t know why he always want us to think negatively and some of our fans accept that

    7 jayphoto One day we’ll have a manager that realises geordies have given up wanting to win something, we just want to see good attacking football!

    9 Laurent Robert “I don’t think our fans would have expected us to win at Villa,”

    Who is there left to beat if our expectations are lowered so much that we aren’t supposed to be them? Appalling. More brainwashing by Pinocchio the lying wooden boy

  • 70TWO

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    If Southampton bid then the fee will surely be beyond NUFC. Finger on the pulse and hyperventilating.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    Not really sold on Van Dijk yet, or Richards (injuries you can’t ignore)

    Would have been good to get Nastasic or Coates on loan and see how they went.

    Only our person would have Saylor as 3rd choice above MYM.

  • ToonTiger

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #20

    How about mbiwa loan to marseille til next summer to find his mojo again. Richards and Van Dijk come in. Colo leaves end of season mbiwa returns.

    As for forwards – we need a line leader and That’s a problem.

  • adwend

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #21

    cisse is our new signing, perdew has said as much sorry but we will not be getting anybody more in. it is so obvious how many more times do we have to play this game

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Laurent / Catchy and Co.
    Did you read Jimmy Smith’s post(s) much earlier today. Well balanced and worth reading over your break.

    Pardew is a convenient scapegoat for your movement. Ashley may well merely be rewarding him for defending the regime by offering him a final opportunity to turn things around following a summer recruitment drive. But don’t you think he should be given some time before condemning him. It makes little sense to invest in new players and almost immediately sack the manager. Our cohesion will improve once players work as units and as a team. Just look at ManU this season they look completely at odds with one another.
    Looking forward Just what realistically would it take for you to come on here and say I/ we got it wrong ? I feel Pardew deserves ten games before making a judgment.

  • Dick_Biggs

    Aug 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #23

    If sissoko and Colback are the defensive midfield options I don’t know how tiote will get back in the team. He’s not as good as those 2 in my opinion.

  • Blofal

    Aug 29, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Vs Palace I would like to see a 4-4-3…

    Janmaat – Willo – Colo – Haidara
    -Sissoko —– De Jong —– Colback

    Bench: Elliot, Gouffran, Perez, Dummett, Obertan, Anita

  • south coast toon

    Aug 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #25

    the transferes this summer have been good
    but we have failed to get the things we needed most aproven goalscorer yes a cb is needed but take remys goals away and we would have been relagated, without the proven goalscorer to put it in the net we may as well forget this season fact, drier was cb who we should of gone for
    the thing that worries me is players further there careers who come here especially at international level so why cant we get a striker through the door who will played every game there fit….

  • richyg01

    Aug 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    There will be NO STRIKER signing,

    Pardew said it himself last night in an interview re. Colback, he said:
    “Papis [Cisse] will be like a new signing, fans should not forget about him, he will be a different player with good service”

  • DataNUFC

    Aug 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #27

    @Ian Toon

    Jimmy’s post? could you stick a link ? cheers pal.

  • peterk3

    Aug 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #28

    If all you’ve got is scepticism every time you post then don’t bother. Keep your comments in Norway.

  • Mickalonius

    Aug 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #29

    No matter what Pardew says some here will criticise. We get it! You dont like Alan. Change the record…


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