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Newcastle Looking To Bring This Striker In On The Cheap

6:34 pm, Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 96 Comments

There’s news out of France today that Newcastle striker target – 22 year-old Anthony Koura of Olympique Nîmes – has been watched a couple of times in the last couple of weeks and he could be the striker that Graham Carr brings into the club in January.

Other clubs said to be interested in the young striker include Watford, Stoke and Sunderland, but with him having no experience in the Premier League it’s unlikely he can produce the goals quickly for Newcastle if we do sign him next month.

There were also multiple reports last week that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had sent his scouts to check on the young striker who is attracting quite a few Premier League clubs.

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22 year-old Anthony Koura of Olympique Nîmes

The French reports are that Newcastle had scouts at last night’s Ligue 2 game at Creteil and this is only one of a number of reports over the past few months that Newcastle have been actively watching the 22 year-old.

One attraction for clubs is that his contract runs out at the end of June and he could be brought in for a reasonably small fee next month – reported to be maybe as low as £300K.

We assume he will be one for the future – and that Newcastle will also be bringing in a more experienced striker next month – to help us score some goals in the Premier League and help us survive against relegation.

But that’s an assumption.

In fact Newcastle had this lad on Tyneside for a trial over three years ago but decided against signing him – so Graham Carr has been watching him for some time.

Anthony stands 5’11” tall and is right footed and he’s played 76 times for Olympique Nîmes with 13 goals and four assists – and this season he has 3 goals in 16 total appearances..

It’s good to sign players like Koura on the cheap who are young and seem to have great potential – Ayoze Perez was a great example of this type of player and we picked him up for €\2M – but we also have to be willing to pay out the extra money for a proven striker if we are to stay in the Premier League this season.

Koura can play up front as a striker, but he’s also versatile and can play on either wing too.

This lad could be a good acquisition for us in January given the small fee he would cost.

We wonder which striker Steve McClaren wants to bring in during January?

Maybe Graham Carr and Lee Charnley should listen to what Steve has to stay – after all it’s  Steve’s job which is on the line if he doesn’t start to win games soon.

Seems we should change who decides which players are brought into the club – but it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon – unfortunately.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target




96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bettyswallocks // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Springy…….. Depay looked ok when he first arrived but he loses the ball too much when he tries to beat defenders.
    Definitely not worth 30 odd million. Gini looks value in comparison.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    he may come good eventually but upto now we’ve got the better deal and player

  • 3 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    repost;
    with mourinho and van gaal making hard work of all that money at there disposal…i wonder if they are getting a bit twitchy with ancelotti loitering around doing interviews about wanting to be in the premier league?lol…..still weird seeing chelsea in the shite like….but amusing!!!lol

  • 4 SPRINGY // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    betty
    when we played them down there, before the match we all thought he could of been trouble but after a 20min spell mbemba got to grips with him and he disappeared and has struggled of sorts since…but then again man utd are not the side they were

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    In Reality:
    Jamaican LB, MATIP, French CM, Lassoga.

    Dream Land:

    Willems, Shawcross, Shelvey, Lazaccate.

    …………..Elliott
    Janmmatt…Mbemba…Shawcross..Willems
    ……….Shelvey….Colback
    Sissoko…….De Jong…….Wijnaldum
    ………….Lacazzate

  • 6 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    I see Willian , Oscar , Costa , and Ramires all play tonight – all Portuguese speakers against Porto.
    Could Mourinho’s game plan be that simple ?

  • 7 Charlietoon // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Looks to be pure business considering we have AA and IT as young strikers doing well out on loan. Maybe Ashley is looking to follow the Chelsea model and just buy a bunch of young cheap players that will never see the first team and see if one sticks to be sold on.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Any news on Charlie Austin.

  • 9 mactoon // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    3 goals in 16 games and no Premiership experience… yeah let’s go for him. Idiots

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    He’s much better than the crap we have got, Gini top goalscorer and he’s playing in midfield says it all.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Sorry I thought you meant Charlie.

    Ha ha ha

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Anybody for monk to be the next boss.

  • 13 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    I think swans just might regret sacking him to be honest.

  • 14 AncientC // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Do we really need a 22 year old from the club bottom of Ligue 2. Just another obstacle in Adam Armstrong’s path, who is banging them in at a similar level of football.

  • 15 eddyinpoole // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    too much talk of bringing in unproven players who may come good.we desperately need players who have prem experience if we are to stay in the division.the financial rewards for next season are massive,so we have to spend in january on quality with a proven record not second rate french league 2 players.onwards and upwards.

  • 16 will die for the toon army // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    If any one thinks NUFC will ever sack Mcca then u e crazy.

  • 17 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Welshie
    I know he’s had 22 months , but with what he achieved back end of last season plus early doors this season , I think the ownership have been badly advised.
    I blame that South African tosser Katzen personally.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Welsh..

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Welsh…how’s your achy breaky Swansea heart these days?

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Jesper

    Yes……….

  • 21 Sazzer // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    This guy makes no sense. He’s not even got a famous brother going for him.

  • 22 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Jesper

    My achy breaky Swansea heart is fine thanks, Swansea will replace him with another top coach and back him with funds.

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Sazzer…he’s cheap 😉

  • 24 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Jib

    To soon to get rid of him to be honest mate, I hope it doesn’t backfire because that’s what’s happening with Newcastle.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Shame Swansea can’t have Pardew, they must be sick of all that possession play a succession of managers has put in place, Pardew would have that sorted I weeks

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Welsh…they do deserve a top coach! He was always a weird choice…maybe it was more of a power struggle, when that little dictator Jenkins wanted it his way!

  • 27 Sazzer // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    jesperfuglsang
    Probably his agent trying to make him expensive by linking him with us.

    Anyway, Watford will probably sign him and loan him out to Udinese or Granada.

  • 28 Sazzer // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    But then again one should never underestimate the allure of cheap.

  • 29 Ravostag // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    No worries bigger and more progressive clubs like Bournemouth or Watford will sign him

  • 30 toon22 // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Hes perfect.
    Young,cheap,plays in France.
    Lets hope hes small and has a terrible injury record.
    If he measures up to our exacting standards he could really keep us in the league.

  • 31 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM
    ” I think the ownership have been badly advised.”
    I blame that South African tosser Katzen personally.

    A little ‘information’ (what you have posted wouldn’t qualify as knowledge) is a dangerous thing Jeff.

    As you’ll have googled, Huw Jenkins is the top man. He really is immensely knowledgeable about football, and totally committed to the Swans – and has been since a boy. He has the full backing of the Supporters Trust. Since he’s been chair they’ve gone from third tier to top, won a Cup, and established themselves as a top flight club. Swans were always second fiddle to Cardiff in Wales but have reversed the roles. I used to go to the tatty old Vetch as a kid and they have come a long long way. It may be that you’re conflating him with Ashley – whose erse is where you’ve firmly wedged yer heid. Chalk and cheese. Jenkins is everything you’d want in an owner – Ashely everything you’d not.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    I feel a post from jane isn’t far away now as Jibberish sinks back in to his Diamond White shell

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    What a performance by arsenal tonight, glad we haven’t got them on Sunday.

  • 34 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Angels

    You will notice if you concentrate real hard that there was no mention of nor blame attached to Jenkins.You are pompous as well as thick.

    I only mentioned the South African turd Brian Katzen.

    We all know how saintly they are at Swansea

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/apr/08/swansea-halo-owners-windfall

  • 35 Sack Llambias // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Jail
    Would cockneys try to hurt you because you weren’t a cockney? What the hell are you goin on about. You talk and talk for days on end with bollucks but can anyone make any sense out of the fat busted. Give us a rest.

  • 36 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Welshie
    Folk said the same about Liverpool when they twatted Southampton.

  • 37 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Angels
    Sorry about the link to the Guardian , I hope they’re not too many long words for you 😎

  • 38 Sack Llambias // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Jib
    A what a ripper ha ha.

  • 39 Jail for Ashley // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Ian and Jibberish,
    Shut it !

  • 40 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Jib

    Yeah I know, but they were good tonight.

  • 41 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    What’s the matter with you tonight then jail.

  • 42 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Welshie

    The guys on the rig had curry tonight !

    So Jail had extra toilet cleaning duties.

  • 43 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Welsh

    Not sure why you think Austin would do well here, he’s a player who needs service more than the ones we have already. Just how would a player who offer very little apart from in the box be useful here?

    The fact no one wants him shows just how poor his all round game is. Why do you think it would be different here?

    On Swansea, I’m hearing Dennis Bergkamp being mentioned by some, bold move if true but also think a good one

  • 44 Sack Llambias // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    He’s flushed and bust.

  • 45 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Strangely

    When we were linked to Clarence Seedorf in the Italian media last week , Swansea were mentioned also.

    Get yersels to the bookies lads – you heard it here first.

  • 46 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Jail pulled his ear and his face flushed – Boom boom

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Jib

    I’ve noticed he’s been very grumpy lately arguing with a few, mind you compare him with bladeuser he makes him look happy.

    Ha ha ha

  • 48 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Our Toon

    Austin would make a hell of a difference, much better work rate than cisse for one.

  • 49 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Seedorf was a good footballer but what’s he won as a manager.

  • 50 Sack Llambias // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    I’m not sure what the deal is with him Welsh Geordie I can’t fathom him out.

  • 51 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Hmm I sense a little disquiet tonight as welshgeordies allegiance is stretched to yield point by his close compatriot Ray/jeff/jib having a poke at his beloved Swansea. He seems to be taking it on chin well, even though it must be like sticking by your mate as he slags your mother off. 🙂

  • 52 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Jib @ 17
    “I think the ownership have been badly advised.”

    Jib @ 34
    “You will notice if you concentrate real hard that there was no mention of nor blame attached to Jenkins.”

    Now who do you think represents the ownership of the Swans ? Might it be remotely possible that it could even include the very powerful Chair of that club, the main public face of the club who is also a key shareholder and supported by other shareholders such as the Supporters Trust ?

    As the blog narcissist, Jeff, the type who can never admit he’s wrong or take any criticism, only dishing it out to boost your own pathetic ego, you’d be well advised to not comment at all when you are so far out of your depth, and/or unable to put more than ten words together without contradicting yourself.

    As usual you’re unable to argue coherently without making personal attacks. Unlike you, my IQ is nowhere near my chronological age – you are a pensioner I assume, given the amount of time you spend posting on here.

    If you’re just long term unemployed then I wish you all the best and hope you pass your next return to work interview. But do try to keep it simple. You might then get a job at your level if B&Q are still taking on pensioners as store assistants.

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Tsunki

    I take comments on the chin, always done always will, as for welshgeordie allegiance as you put well my friend I haven’t got one, just because i talk to them and a lot of people on here don’t get on with them.

  • 54 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:17 PM
    What a performance by arsenal tonight, glad we haven’t got them on Sunday.

    Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM
    Welshie
    Folk said the same about Liverpool when they twatted Southampton.

    Jib // Dec 2, 2015 at 9:18 PM
    Soton 1 – LPool 5 still 20 mins to go !
    Oh my good gawd we are going to get a new one ripped on Sunday !!!!

    That’s right Jeff – keep it simple – route one posting..

  • 55 Tsunki // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    So no problem with the Swans’ halo slipping then? Good,good.

  • 56 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    welshgeordie

    I have nothing but admiration for the Swans and how they have built their club. I’ll claim to be as Welsh as you, (Shwmae boy bach ) but probably more Geordie as I was born there.

    It is easier than folk think to have allegiances that cross artificial boundaries. There are a few Welsh on here who support the Toon.

  • 57 expatmag // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Swansea probably in for Rogers or Moyes

  • 58 Jib // Dec 9, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Even if you impute from what I wrote that Jenkins (Jenkins only owns 28.5%) has been badly advised.

    How is that an attack on Jenkins you buffoon.

    Swansea got it right with Martinez and Rodgers and wrong with Laudrup.

    Of the older Managers – Flynn was OK – Molby so so – Toshack spectacular.

    They usually do OK with managers and like Welshie I think they have shown uncharacteristic panic by binning Monk and may come to regret it.

    Even “shit for brains” Bellamy could see that sticking by Monk was the right thing to do.

  • 59 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Just can’t admit you’re wrong can you Jeff? *

    Bluster / insult / self justification / bluster / insult / deflect.

    so, so predictable.

    * conversely – unable to use words accurately.

  • 60 welshgeordie9 // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Swans better bring Rodgers back otherwise I’m going to be one pissed off Swansea Jack.

    If you are going to sack a manager then the next has got to be much much better, I don’t want swans doing what Newcastle have done.

  • 61 jayphoto // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Was rumours of a break down in relationship between Monk and the board! Only one winner when that happens!
    Also talks that Monk had lost some of the dressing room including the higher earners.
    Their form has been shocking tbf. Most of these people saying they should have kept Monk also slated leicester getting rid of pearson for Ranieri… Probably the same folk that slated southampton for swapping Adkins for Pocchetino too….

  • 62 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Is Rodgers the Swans KK ?

    At least his win % was getting close to 50%.

  • 63 jimmysmith // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I don’t think there’s too much wrong with Newcastle that a little more money consistently spent won’t fix. The problems we have now strike me as teething problems for a new coaching team and morale and confidence issues among the players due to a lack of investment over the past couple of years. A solvent Newcastle run sensibly would surely be a top 8 club. Given the funds, and assuming the communication among the board and owner is healthy, this lot should be capable of doing the job. It would almost be astonishing if the owner didn’t allow the club to punch it’s natural weight now. Why logically wouldn’t he now we are self sufficient.

  • 64 Bobbybee // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Couldn’t agree more Jimmy. Some clever spending in January 1and the removal of some deadwood should see us gradually pull away from the relegation area. Next season we’ll have Arma back and he can make goals from nothing. His first division tally is as good as Vardy and Austin’s and the quality even better. Playing in a team that likes to pass and move – Coventry – he’s showing his worth. I personally have no doubt he’ll repeat it in the the PL, but that’s just my opinion. Ashley has got us financially sound so there’s no room left for excuses. He can sack the board and bring in others, or he can trust those he has and push on. Either way, it’s time to deliver.

  • 65 Our Toon // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Welsh

    If you think Austin works hard then you’ve only ever seen him on the telly or match of the day, get yourself to a QPR game and you’ll realise why no one wants him, he doesn’t work and needs others to do it for him….i.e. Zamora in the prem did all the battling. Be interesting to see how he does under Jimmy Floyd.

    Austin thrives on crosses, numbers in the box to create space for him etc etc.

  • 66 Lindisfarne // Dec 9, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/dec/09/how-sports-direct-effectively-pays-below-minimum-wage-pay

    How about an NUFC Picket Line at the Shirebrook Distribution Centre during the next International wekend fixtures? Or the next round of the FA Cup after we get knocked out.

  • 67 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Our Toon

    So how many goals did he score for qpr when they got relegated.

  • 68 welshgeordie9 // Dec 10, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    I think he scored 18 goals that season in a struggling team.

  • 69 Lindisfarne // Dec 10, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Apparently Rodgers is looking to beat Pardew to the England Managers job next summer.

  • 70 U.S Magpie // Dec 10, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Ok on another note because talking about this kid makes no sense. Please phucking shot me now.
    The dream for Newcastle or the incentive for SM to talk about this weekend match should be. Lets look at the league and the teams above us. We could team get out of the relegation battle and be above Chelsea by Monday evening. Here’s the fixtures. Man U playing Bournmouth= Man U should win. Everton against Norwich also possible Everton to win. Man City at home against Swansea with no Manager= Man City should win that one and last but not least Leicester at home against Chelsea= Let be honest Leicester could 100% win that one. So team talk for the boys lets beat Spurs and by Tuesday we could be in fourteenth place. What more do the boys need for motivation!!!! Howay the Toon.

  • 71 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 5:04 AM

    So now back to regular format : bash the club.

    We keep bashing the club for nothing, how many players we’ve been linked with? everytime near transfer window this happen, we keep doing it – getting angry over some BS rumors.
    I think this is another BS, even if it’s true he would be loan back, he would be development squad.
    If you can add to development squad for free, why not?
    We signed Perez for peanuts and he turned up to be good.

  • 72 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    Realistically we should go for defensive midfield this window. We are thin in that department considering Tiote injured, Gouf wants out, we only have Anita and Colback, probably Bigi.
    If Cisse wants out then we should recall Armstrong or get a striker who can hold the ball, Austin will be impossible since QPR are being unreasonable probably we could get him in summer.
    We will get someone we haven’t been linked with, my suspicion we will get someone from Italy like Andrea Poli.
    Hopefully Santon and Honda too.

  • 73 Reyantoon // Dec 10, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    If we are going to sign a defensive midfielder, I prefer Naingolan from Roma.Don’t think it will happen but he’s a beast,strong and good on the ball.My second choice will be Jonjo Shelvey.
    I think if we sign one of those plus Matip and Townsend on loan,we’ll be fine..

  • 74 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    Reyan…I think what we need in all departments are a little bit of experience and some leadership ability.

    I don’t care for the whole captain discussion we need doers and not followers. I modern team does not need to rely on a undropable captain and it’s very evident what happens when that captain doesn’t live up to expectations.

    Everything falls down!

    Give me an experienced CB to partner Mbembe, and experienced DM to safeguard the defense, an experienced winger with pace who can wipp the ball in and a mobile experienced forward.

    Then I think we will definitely be safe 😉

  • 75 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:01 AM

    Morning Ron…what’s your take on the discussion?

    What does it take to be safe?

  • 76 Ron Knee // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Morning jesper

    Do you think Lee ‘Wake me up when it’s over’ Charnley will listen to your recommendations?

  • 77 Ron Knee // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:09 AM

    jesper

    I imagine even as we write Carr will be scouting the French market for young, unproven failures to augment our squad!

    I wonder if any of our ‘big names’ will be off in January?

  • 78 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Santon03,
    Unreasonable
    ”not guided by or based on good sense”
    What makes you think selling us Charlie Austin for 8M pounds with them sitting two points from a playoff place and a new manager who might inspire them to a PL golden pot of riches is being unreasonable ?

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Ron Knee,
    I believe the plan was to be sitting in tenth-ish now with around the 22 point mark, Perez and Sissoko could have been offloaded with a few young, unproven failures to augment our squad brought in to appease the fans, an FA cup fifth round to say ‘honest guv’ we tried and the Mashley juggernaut would have rolled on. Now the acid test is upon us, players simply can’t be off loaded because of the position we’re in but there are still the promises to strengthen in the next two windows, over to them !

  • 80 Ron Knee // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    Jail

    Yes, I think even Charmless has noticed we’re in the sh*t. I’d be very surprised if they risked selling any of our better players in January.

  • 81 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    jfa

    8mil? they are asking for 15, and the manager said would love to work with him and doesn’t want to sell for bargain price.
    Surely there are alternatives other than CA. If he was so good, why all clubs reportedly chasing for his signature haven’t signed him.
    Has he sign new contract?

  • 82 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Jail,
    Players have to be offloaded for us to improve the squad. Well, not have to, but I can’t see the club sitting with a number of highly paid players outside of the squad and only eligible to play in the cup match(es).

    The big question is who can be offloaded and is desirable to other sides to not impact on our side and to enable us to strengthen. We may get offers for Willo, and he is likely to go if we do. Goofy refused the lower leagues in the summer, so we need a top flight French club (probably) to be interested in him.

    Would anyone take Marveaux? Rivi? Obertan? After that we are realistically looking at Cisse, Anita, maybe Dummet or Haidara if we go for a left back. Cisse is probably the only likely one there. Then we are down to Sissoko, Perez, De Jong who could all potentially impact our season.

    The club should get players in before offloading, but there is very little guarantee we can offload many players, and the club won’t want to be in a position of having too many. Which makes youth – under 21 who needn’t be registered – far more attractive to those in charge.

    Huge test for the club to show whether it is the footballing needs or the financial needs which will be put first. Footballing needs would see us bring in some experienced pros before offloading the dead wood. Financial would see us bring in a few younger players with seniors coming in if we offload dead wood.

    There is definitely at least one space, as Krul should be removed from the squad if he won’t be fit till next season.

  • 83 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    15mil for a striker that good supposed to be good bargain, but nobody signed him. Something wrong there. If he won’t sign new contract, we don’t need to pay 8mil we could get him for free.

  • 84 Ron Knee // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Lilongwe

    I think we all know that Money Rules at the club. But given our precarious position, I can see a rather messy compromise to try to ensure PL survival.

  • 85 sing in the corner // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    I don’t think someone like Austin should be anywhere near a priority for us. We need central midfield / centre half positions filling before anything I think. But I have a problem with the ‘if he was that good why hasn’t anyone else signed him’ type of argument. For example…Mahrez is that good and Leics picked him up for pennies despite him having been noticeable for a while..

  • 86 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    Santon,
    Austin isn’t that good. That is why he is still at QPR. There are major flaws in the side that need addressing, rather than pinning our hopes on another box finisher. Get balls into the box and Cisse will score. Get crosses into the box and Mitro will score. Austin needs the same. Berahino offers something different to all three, but the cost and his attitude plus our lowly position will probably mean it is a no go. Batshuayi offers far more than Austin, Cisse or Mitro in terms of play outside the box, but has zero experience in this league, and offers no guarantees of goals in the next 6 months.

    Still, I don’t think £15million is unreasonable from QPR. If he helps get them promoted even relegation would bring them close to £100million next season. They need his goals to achieve that, so his value to them is probably far higher than £15million.

  • 87 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:51 AM

    SITC,
    The difference between Aistin and Mahrez is the amount Austin was touted about in the summer, with only one club as far as I remember tabling a serious bid.

  • 88 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Ron,
    A compromise would show that nothing has changed. If they were serious about turning this club around they would push on the football side safe in the knowledge that they have players out of contract in 6 months. Alternatively, they could just pay up some of those contracts early and release players making space.

  • 89 Ron Knee // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Lilongwe

    I doubt it’ll happen!

  • 90 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Lilo

    depends on what kind of striker we are looking for, epl experienced or speed or powerful one.
    I really don’t think we should go for a striker, the way we play we really don’t need to add another striker. We have Perez, Mitro, Armstrong, Toney, Cisse and only one spot for them.

  • 91 sing in the corner // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    The pressure is on Carr to deliver the goods next month. Can’t keep dining out on the Cabaye signing forever. No more duds please.

  • 92 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Every club nowadays play with one real striker, sometimes none.
    Like Stoke they didn’t use real #9 against city.

  • 93 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Ron,
    That makes 2 of us.

  • 94 Toonfan8 // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    Santon03
    Do you really want Honda in Newcastle? Why? Just ask AC Milan fans, he is lazy, slow and they are just waiting and praying for his exit…I dont want him here, plus he is on big wages already and play number 10 position where we already have 3-4 better players than him in that position (Wijnaldum,De Jong,Perez,Sissoko)….

  • 95 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Santon,
    Perez isn’t and won’t be a striker. Haven’t seen Toney play so can’t comment. Arma needs a spell in the Championship, I’d like him to get it from Jan on, but it looks increasingly like he will stay at Coventry. Cisse only has a year left, and is likely to be sold either in Jan or the summer.

    We need a centre forward that gives us different options. one who can play as a wide forward as well as through the middle. One with a bit of pace, and has an eye for goal. In reality, Batshuayi looks a decent fit, and comes very highly regarded. But whether he is the right fit for a struggling team in Jan is a different matter.

    The team needs to be set up to deliver service to the centre forwards, that is our key issue. Mitro and Cisse are very much box centre forwards. Berahino, Batshuayi offer more outside of the box and greater movement and pace. At the minute we have no real plan b. We are one dimensional, yet we don’t really have players that can deliver high quality service into the box. That is why we struggle for goals. We need a centre forward that gives us an option of a different style to hop us break teams down.

  • 96 Santon03 // Dec 10, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Toonfan

    I have watched all AC Milan games, I don’t see him being lazy. I don’t know anyone called him lazy and wanted him out, he has bust up with Sinisa.
    It hasn’t worked for him in Milan, it’s different than lazy. Same as Mitro or SDJ hasn’t worked since they moved here. AC Milan was in turmoil, 4 different coaches in 3 seasons, Seedorf, Allegri, Inzaghi, now Sinisa.
    He is good passer, pass very quick, good dribbling, good set piece. Our players will get injured or suspended, we need good back up and he is good back up.




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