According to a report in the Daily Mail, Newcastle are after Marseilles midfielder Florian Thauvin, Hull City center-back James Chester, and young Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford this summer.
Peter Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker
That wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if we do try to bring those three players in, although we’d be hard pressed to get Thauvin who we were after a couple of years ago when he moved form Bastia to Lille – but he was at Lille only six months before signing a five year deal at Marseilles.
Florian is still only 22 years-old and has loads of skill and class, but we’d be surprised if we can get him on Tyneside this summer, although he would be a decent enough buy at something north of £10M.
26 year-old Hull center-back is a solid player, and certainly Newcastle need some strengthening in central defense this summer, but the latest quote we saw for him from Hull was £10M.
The Englishman is not worth that – although something like £5M would be a good deal for the Warrington born player, who will be sold to reduce the wage bill at relegated Hull.
Newcastle have been linked with 21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford before, and he had a good season on loan at Middlesbrough last season scoring 19 goals in 43 games for the north-east side, who only just missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
It also seems like Newcastle are going to test their luck with some loan deals for next season, and if we do Patrick could be one of them.
But let’s hope it’s better than the striker we brought in on loan last season from Shakhtar Donetsk – Facundo Ferreyra – the 24 year-old didn’t even play a game for us and was hardly ever on the bench.
We wonder how much that cost Newcastle last season?
The above three would be good deals for Newcastle, but we hope Newcastle go after 23 year-old Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk, who we almost signed late last summer as a replacement for Mapou Yanga Mbiwa.
However, first things first, and we hope to get a decent head coach in this week – but if it’s Steve McClaren we are going to be very disappointed.