Newcastle were linked with Wolves striker Benik Afobe in the summer but at one point Steve McClaren said Newcastle were not after the England U21 striker.
But with Newcastle’s terrible start to this season, we expect the Newcastle Board to be working hard behind the scenes to line up some players the club can bring in to strengthen the squad in the January transfer window.
Benik Afobe – Wolves 22 year-old striker
Whatever Steve McClaren says the facts (as in the results) suggest that Newcastle do not have a good enough squad for the Premier League and we could be facing yet another season fighting relegation.
And this is following on immediately after last season’s nightmare with John Carver as the interim head coach.
Wolves put a £14M price tag on the striker late in the summer but if Newcastle’s position in the Premier League is not vastly improved by the end of the year then Newcastle may have to fork out some big money to bring their targets in during January.
And it would be a lot better and a lot safer if we brought in some British players even if they are more expensive than those from the continent.
Players from the continent tend to take some time to adjust to the Premier League.
Afobe was a target of Norwich last summer, but they were only willing to pay up to £8M for the striker and it will take more than that to get the 22 year-old on Tyneside.
The 6ft tall striker has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances for the Molineux club since he joined them in January from Arsenal, for a fee believed to be only £2M.
This season he has hit six goals in 12 games for his club.
The youngster spent time while on Arsenal’s books on loan at Huddersfield, Bolton, Milwall, Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, and he played a total of 129 appearances with 25 goals and 17 assists – so he can create goals as well as score them.
We expect Benik to be one of many players Newcastle will scout through he end of the year and then line up a number to come in during January.
The very last thing Mike Ashley wants this season is to be relegated and miss out on all that Premier League money next season when the new £5B three-year TV deal will start.