Newcastle have been offered 26 year-old former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, who is now playing for Corinthians and certainly he is a talented player and a good striker, who has been on loan at Sao Paulo last season.
Of course, like anybody coming into the Premier League for the first time he may take time to adjust and it certainly would be better to bring in somebody with Premier League experience this month.
Alexandre Pato – Corinthians´ Brazilian striker
News this week that Mike Ashley has approved a record bid for 22 year-old English striker Saido Berahino, and he would be a very good signing for us, but Chelsea, Stoke and maybe still Spurs – are all interested.
Berahino was wanted by Steve McClaren in the summer, but Graham Carr´s first choice – Alexandre Mitrovic – was brought in for around £13M and has taken time to adjust to the Premier League.
If Newcastle cannot get Berahino in this week, then Loic Remy remains probably our best next option, although reports out of Russia yesterday had him close to signing for Spartak Moscow, but why he would want to move to Russia we have no idea.
Charlie Austin is gone, so he´s no longer an option after he signed on at Southampton for a low £4M.
Which brings us back to Plato, who while he was at AC Milan played 150 times with 63 goals and 8 assists.
Since he´s been at Corinthians (joined in 2013) he´s played 39 times with 12 goals and while on loan at Sao Paulo he´s scored 24 goals in 76 appearances for them and shown some excellent form.
If we cannot get Berahino or Remy into the club, then Plato may not be a bad choice.
Certainly he will be a lot cheaper than French International Alexandre Lacazette who also has no Premier league experience and if news reports are to be believed Newcastle have offered £25M to Lyon for him.
The best deal would be to get Plato in on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy this summer, and he´s a lot cheaper then the Frenchman.
Then we could see how he plays, but the asking price seems to be around £10M for the Brazilian hit-man – and he would appear to be much better value than Lacazette.
What do you think?