We reported earlier today that Andros Townsend had turned down a move to West Brom because he wants to join Newcastle and there seems to be interest from the Newcastle side with the Mail reporting that Steve McClaren is keen to bring the England winger to Newcastle this month.
In fact the Mail reported in late November that McClaren wanted both Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in January, so maybe the Mail were accurate in their reporting, with Shelvey now on Tyneside having his medical after a £12M deal has been agreed with Swansea City.
Maybe Newcastle could get Andros on loan with a potential to make the move permanent in the summer, but it’s good news the England International wants to join the Magpies.
Andros Townsend – arriving at Newcastle this month?
We also reported that Nicklas Bendtner was keen on a move to Newcastle and there’s a report in German magazine Bild that Newcastle may be interested – but he returned form the three-week winter break overweight and unfit.
But why would Newcastle want Bendtner on Tyneside when he is nowhere near the form he showed in his early years at Arsenal and has been poor at most of the clubs he has played for since then?
And the third player we are being linked with today is 24 year-old Burnley striker Andre Gray and the Wolverhampton-born Gray only signed for Burnley in August for around £6M.
Before the transfer he had played a couple of times for previous club Brentford (with two goals) before that.
Andre Gray – Burnley striker
Newcastle could sign the striker, who has 13 goals in 20 appearance so far this season for Burnley – but he cannot play for three clubs in a season.
So we could sign him, but he wouldn’t be able to help us in our relegation fight.
If we are interested in the player then maybe we could make a move for him this summer.
Finally the Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle still want to sign Loic Remy on loan for the rest of the season and he’s a proven Premier League goalscorer, who would be a great signing for us – even on loan for five months.
If Loic would come and help score the goals to save Newcastle this season – what’s wrong with that – even if we he wont sign for us full time.
And why wouldn’t we go after Charlie Austin of QPR and offer say £8M and he should be fit again early next month – so we would have the striker department covered – although that may be a bit of overkill if Papiss Cisse is soon to be fit.
If Newcastle don’t want to sign Charlie in January we should get him to sign a pre-contract agreement so he signs for us permanently in the summer on a free transfer.
We expect Papiss Cisse to leave the club this summer and it looks like once Jonjo Shelvey is in – and we have two central midfielders already signed this month – then Cheick Tiote will be allowed to leave.
What do you think?