Newcastle United are starting to be linked with strikers who could arrive in the January transfer window, and only yesterday we were linked with reports in Turkey for former striker Demba Ba, but the chances of that happening have to be low.
Aleksandar Mitrovic of Aderlecht – excellent young striker
There’s news in the Chronicle that Newcastle have held a meeting on transfers this week, and not surprisingly striker and center-back are two positions where we were short at the start of the season.
Striker is still a problem position, although Ayoze Perez is a surprise for us this season, and he’s shown he can score goals in the Premier League with three in the last three games, but Manu Riviere has been plagued by injury and has has yet to score in the Premier League, although he does have two League Cup goals.
Papiss Cisse looks in form when he plays, but he has also been plagued by injury and is still having trouble with that knee of his, although he is off playing in the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, and that could turn out to be good news or bad news for Newcastle.
Good if he can get a couple of games in, plays well and is not troubled by the knee, but (very) bad if his knee plays up again.
One top young striker we have been linked with over the last couple of weeks is Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht, and the 20 year-old looks a very good player in the making, and the Serbian International could be an excellent signing for us.
Mitrovic has scored 11 goals in 20 appearances this season for Anderlecht.
Newcastle have been interested for a while in Marseilles striker Andre-Pierre Gignac who is a free agent in the summer, but surely some club will come in and pay a nominal fee for him in January, and get him tied up before a free-for-all develops for him in the summer.
That club could be Newcastle but he turns 29 in December, so he’s on the old side, and we also think he will want to join a club what regularly plays European football.
Arsenal and Newcastle were credited with an interest in him last August, and he has scored 10 goals in 10 games this season for his French club, to go with the impressive 22 goals in 44 appearances last season.
Our top summer target Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette signed a new deal in August that keeps him at the French club until 2018, so his club will want a decent fee for him, which Newcastle may not be willing to pay.
But the 23 year-old has been in good form for Lyon this season, and he has 12 goals in 17 appearances so far this season.
The reports are that Graham Carr and his team have been scouting in France, Belgium, Holland and Spain, so maybe Graham has spotted a good young striker that Newcastle can try to sign in January, or next summer.
As for center-back the situation has been relieved a little with Paul Dummett showing he can play very well at center-back for the side, but that assumes Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini are not badly injured, and that both will be available for the game against QPR at home a week tomorrow.
It will depend on where Newcastle are positioned in the league by the end of the year whether Mike Ashley will spend any money in January, and if we are doing well it could well be Newcastle will not attempt to bring any player on board until next summer.
If we are struggling in the league then he will be a lot more willing to spend money to keep Newcastle from being relegated.
Such are the limited ambitions that Mike Ashley has for Newcastle – keep the team in the Premier League – and keep collecting that big money every May.
What do you think?
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