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Newcastle Playing A Risky Game With Top Targets

5:13 pm, Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 7 Comments

News in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle have not given up on their top transfer targets, Saido Berahino of West Brom and Andros Townsend of Tottenham.

The Chairmen of both those clubs – Daniel Levy of Spurs and Jeremy Peace of the Baggies are driving a hard bargain – but the powers that be at Newcastle think that as the Monday deadline approaches both clubs are likely to come down in their asking price and make a deal.

But we wouldn’t bet on it.

Andros Townsendsaido berahino

Andros Townsend and Saido Berahino

And that sounds awfully risky and isn’t that what we tried to do with QPR and Charlie Austin on the last day of last summer’s transfer window?

That didn’t work too well either.

It’s important that Newcastle line up alternatives that could be signed in the last couple of days of this window in case Tottenham and West Brom don’t give in on the price.

And the reports are that Jeremy Peace is asking for up to £30M for Saido Berahino with Newcastle willing to offer up to £18M – so if those figures are accurate the two sides are nowhere near on price.

There was news earlier today the alternatives for Andros Townsend were QPR´s Matt Phillips, Aston Villa´s Scott Sinclair and Sandro Ramirez, the young 20 year-old Barcelona player who would be a great signing for us.

Probably the alternatives for Saido would be to cough up £7M for 30 year-old former target Bafe Gomis – but that seems a very high price to pay for the former Lyon striker.

There is always the possibility of signing Loic Remy – who as far as getting striker in who could do the job for us until the end of the season – Loic could be the best signing we could make..

But it’s a risky business to wait until the last day or two because things have a tendency to collapse – it’s called Murphy’s Law – and then who do we sign?

The very last thing we want from the powers that be is to mess up in the next seven days of this extremely important transfer window – because that would severely hurt our chances of survival.

Here’s hoping they get the job done.

Comments welcome.

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

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Tsunki // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    Is the Tiote thing dead or is it still thrashing out?

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Carr’s scouting book IN … old Blackley’s woodburner.

  • 4 Donegal // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Okay so say we get them ..which we won’t a them price, How many weeks before they are match fit..? It’s always something with Nufc.

  • 5 hibbitt // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Bafe Gomiss don’t be be daft ed ……shola would get us more goals then that clown

  • 6 jayc51093 // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    I’d love to see Townsend signed but berahino im not too sure on.
    What about Jordan ayew.?

  • 7 Sazzer // Jan 25, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    With £50m Lee Charnely should be able to get 3 of these: Berahino, Promes, French Dembele, Remy, Berardi, Carrillo, Townsend, Willems

    Jetro Willems isn’t winger but would add an pacy and skillful offensive option.

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