Newcastle Could Sign Two Players Before Window Closes

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that it was Aston Villa and Newcastle who were the two Premier League clubs who were interested in Monaco center-back Aymen Abdennour, and with 9 days to go before the end of the summer transfer window, we could still see Newcastle bring in maybe two players.

Even though Newcastle played so well in defense against Manchester United on Saturday,  and got a good point in the 0-0 draw, most fans would love to see defensive reinforcements brought in.

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26 year-old Aymen Abdennour – Monaco center-back

The French press have been reporting that Abdennour is Newcastle’s top defensive target, but the Magpies would only do business if the club can get a good deal on the Tunisian.

Monaco want as much as £18M for their former Toulouse center-back, but that’s a lot of money and maybe wishful thinking by his current club.

It could be that Villa are more desperate and need to use some of that £33M they got from Liverpool for Christian Benteke,  but it does seem the 26 year-old is a player that McClaren wants at Newcastle – and we could see Newcastle negotiate a deal over the next week.

The Sunday People reported yesterday that Newcastle may make a surprise move for 22 year-old England U21 striker Benik Afob, who has been at Wolves since January but started his career at Arsenal.

Benik Afob

Benik Afob – in demand Championship striker

Newcastle are supposed to have already had a bid rejected for a player who cost Wolves £2M in January, and it seems the Leyton-born striker would be a cheaper and younger alternative to Charlie Austin, who Crystal Palace are now said to be after.

This lad can certainly score goals, and if Newcastle can bring him in we wouldn’t be surprised if Papiss Cisse is then allowed to leave the club.

But as things stand now Newcastle are in fairly good shape for strikers, and the more pressing need would be for another good center-back to be brought in – and Aymen Abdennour seems to fit the bill there.

If Newcastle are successful in getting these two players through the door before a week tomorrow, look for both Mike Williamson as well as Papiss Cisse to leave the club before the transfer window closes.

The official close of the transfer window is on  Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00pm, and is being extended for one day with next Monday being a Bank Holiday in the UK.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    an interesting fact from the weekend is that since Pardew joined Palace they have had more goals from set pieces than any other prem team, probably goes to show that it is our players rather than pards set piece tactics that are at fault.
    having nobody that could actually head the ball didn’t help , hopefully Mito will change that or at least give defenders something to think about

  • nut meg

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #2

    That was mentioned a day or two ago and apparently Pardew still uses Tony Pulis’s set pieces,so not his own work.

  • toon kk

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Pards did not have the players at Newcastle to score from set pieces, I’ve always said that. Many seems to think our squad was good enough to challenge for top eight, rubbish.
    Even with reinforcements mid table is a very slim chance.

  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Goes to show that their set pieces haven’t been Pardoned yet you mean!

  • RolandoOverhead

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    *Pardewed. Damn mobile ?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 24, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Mindshaft – No just no..don’t give Pardew credit. It was Pardew that failed to mix things up for at least 3 years with the same old ‘lump it long to Willo’ routine! If he would have known better he would have realised that Williamson can’t attack the ball with his head but can clear balls defesively with it. Pardew was just dumb or lazy in trying to figure else something out to make the team more efficient from set-plays.

    I am so glad negative Pardew and his mate Carver is gone. Onwards and upwards.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 24, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    JP from the Rock
    Spot on.
    “If its not broken don’t fix it ” is the old adage.
    However the set piece fiasco under Pardew never worked so clearly needed fixing and Pardew didn’t do that or didn’t know how to do that.
    One trick pony springs to mind.
    Hopefully McLaren is more adapt

  • Sav

    Aug 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Cisse is too important to Newcastle to flog as soon as there’s a development player in the offing. If they want to recoup money, sell Riviere – one of Carr’s total flops. Except no-one will buy him. After Monaco, Rivi is probably also on a big wage but unlike Cisse, he can’t score to save his life. If we are serious about winning a trophy, we will keep an injury-free Cisse this year and we won’t even consider pitching development players like Toney in against Northampton. Team selection tomorrow will be revealing…


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