Newcastle have two major targets this week and they are Spurs and England winger Andros Townsend and West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.
Newcastle are in negotiations with Tottenham over Townsend, but Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy as usual is trying to drive a hard bargain and wants around £14M for his England winger, whereas the news is that Newcastle have offered around £10M and had that offer rejected.
Saido Berahino – Newcastle want to sing this young striker
Other clubs are interested in the 24 year-old winger so Newcastle cannot dilly dally too much and it may be we have to pay more than we wanted for the England International.
But with the instant success of Jonjo Shelvey on Saturday, Newcastle will know Andros can immediately contribute to the side and help us avoid relegation.
And that´s the number one priority for Newcastle this January.
Andros can give us something we don’t have – an out-and-out winger who can create and score goals and he would be another good signing for us.
The time Papiss Cisse will be sidelined keeps changing from anywhere from four weeks to two months, but Newcastle know we need another striker brought in, even though both Mitrovic and Perez played well for us on Saturday and Mitro shows signs of improving at the club – he was unlucky not to score against West Ham.
But with West Brom finally admitting that 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino is now for sale Newcastle will make an effort to sign the striker this week.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has said this about Saido:
“With Saido, it has been disruptive from the first game of the season,” “He was undoubtedly our best player last year, and one of the main reasons the club stayed up, and to not have him in that form has been a massive miss.”
“We don’t know what is going to happen yet. If a club comes in and actually buys Saido we will be in a position to talk about it. Nobody has done that yet.”
“He is a West Brom player, but every player is for sale if the price is right and the club deem it to be right.”
There’s an invitation right there for Newcastle to go in with a firm bid.
Sadio will cost upwards of £18M and Andros will cost up to £14M so we are talking of Mike Ashley shelling out over £30M in the final two weeks of the transfer window.
And if we cannot get Saido in, then former striker target – Swansea City’s Bafe Gomis – will be a fall-back option and he can do a job for us this season and next season too, as Perez and Mitrovic are given time to come through.
He has a release clause in his contract for £7M – but he seems expensive at 30 years old.
It would be much better to pay up for Berahino because this lad is a good player and needs to get away from West Brom.
Newcastle now need to show real ambition and try to get Andros and Sadio signed this week, although there could be competition from both Spurs and Leicester City – two clubs much further up the table than Newcastle at the moment.
If we can do that – it will go a long way to ensuring Newcastle are a Premier League side next season and we all want to see that happen – and sooner rather than later to make it easy on the nerves.
The £8M deal for Cheick Tiote to Shanghai Shenhua is very likely to be completed early this week and will help Newcastle possibly get Townsend and Berahino through the door.
What do you think?