There is news that Newcastle are still in talks over Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and our lackluster performance up front in our first four games of the season suggest strongly that Newcastle do not have enough firepower up front, and another striker must be brought in before 11:00 pm tomorrow night, when the summer transfer window slams shut.
The big three at Newcastle – Charnley, Pardew and Ashley
Newcastle are trying to achieve three goals before tomorrow night:
- Bring in a top striker
- Bring in a top center-back
- Unload some fringe players to help balance the wage bill
As far as bringing in a top center-back, if a GOAL report is to be believed we are close to getting in Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, with Newcastle supposedly winning the race to sign the former Ajax defender.
If we can do that, Toby would be a great signing for us, and go straight into the first team – probably alongside Fab Coloccini.
It must be unlikely that we can get Lacazette in so late in the window, since Lyon wouldn’t have time to replace him, so perhaps a target could be Arsenal’s Joel Campbell who has been linked with an £8M move to Benfica, so if he becomes available Newcastle might go after the player.
One thing in Newcastle’s favor for Lacazette is that Lyon were eliminated from the Europa League this week, and their financial situation will now look even worse than it was, and cash up front from Newcastle could possibly sway the French club.
Of course – as with Loic Remy – we cannot offer either Joel or Alexandre Champions League football, so it may be difficult to get Joel on Tyneside, if indeed Benfica are close to signing him, as some reports suggest.
But Newcastle also have a lot of work to do to unload some of our fringe player, and time is running out.
We reported this morning that Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic don’t have any future at Newcastle and need to be moved out either permanently or on loan.
And there are also reports that Newcastle are willing to listen to offers for both Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi, two other youngsters who have failed to make it at Newcastle.
So it looks like it could be a very busy day for Newcastle tomorrow, on the very last day of the summer transfer market – and we are hoping to see two players brought in and several players either sold or sent out on loan, before the window slams shut.
Lee Charnley is going to be a busy man today and tomorrow – that’s for sure.
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