Newcastle Close To Signing Striker And It’s Not Austin

Newcastle United put in a bid of £11M for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan, according to former Chronicle football reporter Alan Oliver, who was reporting yesterday in the Sunday People – but that bid was turned down.

But there is news that Newcastle are getting close to agreeing a fee with Bordeaux for the Uruguayan striker/winger,  and this deal could even go through this week, with head coach Steve McClaren keen to get more players through the door before September 1st.

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Diego Rolan of Bordeaux at Montpellier

The bid was the first time Newcastle have contacted Bordeaux officially for the player,  and last month we reported that Bordeaux President Jean-Louis Triaud had said this about Newcastle’s reported interest:

“There has been contact with Newcastle – but never directly with us, only through various intermediaries.” “With Newcastle I suppose you could say there is some truth in their interest.”

There was news yesterday in the Mirror that QPR had reduced their price for Charlie Austin from £15M to £13M – but that could have simply been a convenient story to put out yesterday,  since QPR are expected at some to lower their price, with only three weeks to go in the summer transfer window.

It may even have happened yesterday.

However,  if Newcastle are going to pay out around £12M for a striker – the Magpies may well feel that 22 year-old Rolan is better value than 26 year-old Charlie Austin, and Diego can also play out on the wing as well as through the center.

The other thing to bear in mind is that Newcastle will want to bring in another striker soon – if they are to do that this summer.

If another good striker comes in then Papiss Cisse will surely be expendable, and would be sold or even sent out on loan for the season.

That’s even though Papiss played well yesterday and scored our first goal, and the Senegal striker seems keen to stay on Tyneside with Steve McClaren as the new coach.

Quite honestly with Cisse, Mitrovic, Perez and Riviere as out-and-out strikers now in the squad,  and also goalscorers like Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons also in the squad – we are well set to being able to score goals this season.

Well at least much better than we were last season.

And from how Adam Armstrong started his loan spell at Coventry on Saturday at home to Wigan with two good goals, and he also hit the post late in the game, Adam may be back in January pushing for a first team place at his home town club.

And sooner or later Aleksandar Mitrovic has to start the games for Newcastle, as he needs to acclimatize  to the English Premier League.

Newcastle don’t necessarily have to sign another striker this summer, but it seems that if we do,  he will simply be a replacement for Papiss Cisse.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.