Is This One Of Newcastle’s Striker Targets This Summer?

Newcastle are supposed to be one of the cubs who tried to sign Algerian striker Islam Slimani in January, but presumably we had a €20M (£15.9) turned down by his club Sporting Lisbon.

That’s according to Portuguese paper Record who indicated that other clubs such as Crystal Palace and Everton were also interested in the 27 year-old striker and also made bids in January for the striker.

Islam turns 28 in June and usually that would mean he would be too old for Newcastle, but the transfer system at the club will be changed from now on.


Islam Slimani in action against Chelsea

That’s after we have made some catastrophically bad signings over the last two or three years and somehow managed to waste£82M in the two transfer windows this season and we are still struggling against relegation.

Which players Newcastle sign in the summer should be dependent on who the manager is at that time – and they cannot be left to Graham Carr who has made too many poor signings recently.

If we can survive in the Premier League we are hoping the manager will be Rafa Benitez and he will have his own ideas on which positions need strengthening and which players he wants to bring into the club.

He will have a free hand to do that too.

If we are relegated it’s an open question about  who the manager will be and Rafa may leave for pastures anew – which is why these final two games of the season are so very important for Newcastle.

Slimani seems like a decent striker and he has scored 30 goals in 42 appearances for Sporting this season, but we have seen with players like Luuk de Jong that players can score plenty of goals in the weaker European leagues, but then find it much tougher in the Premier League.

Who we sign this summer will need to wait until after the last game of the season a week on Sunday.

But we suppose Slimani could be a target …..

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve always believed the manager/head coach should have the ultimate say in who we sign, simply because he lives or dies by those choices.

    So we should all weep for those fans who deserted us for whatever reason, who can’t get tickets for games that matter? They should have taken that into consideration then. I’m a great believer in fans sticking with their team through thin and more thin. We’ll be thete next sunday – go figure.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 3, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Slimani did look pretty good in the world cup a few years ago !

    If its Benitez in charge I think the club may surprise with the players they look to sign

    We really need to get some serious pace up top and on the left wing

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Not about fans who don’t deserve tickets but about those maybe that can’t, we need every man and his dog in there in two weeks time

  • MadisonToon

    May 3, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #4

    NUFC wasted 82 million this year?

    Townsend a waste?
    Mbemba a waste?
    Gini a waste?
    Mitro a waste?

    I’ll agree that some of the money was not well spent, but saying that all of the outlays have been a waste is daft. Without Gini we would already be down. Same goes for Mbemba and Townsend, probably also Mitro. Take those goals away and what do we have?

    Sensationalism creeping back into the blog this season. Might get more clicks but will also lessen the stock that people put into what is said on here.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 3, 2016 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Feeling a Bobbybee rant coming on about boycotters and can’t be arsed to get involved!

  • Bobbybee

    May 3, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    BandB, i hadn’t seen your final post before turning over. It does appear like jail’s bleating a bit though. I am blunt and that can upset people, but that’s what’s in my mind and probably in the mind of other ST holders – the only difference being I’ll say it! I have no problem whatsoever with those who decided not to renew. Their money, their choice, just as it’s mine to renew every season. I just think it’s too late now to cry about not being able to go to a game that really matters. Don’t you? Seriously, not being cocky. You make choices in life and suffer the consequences, regardless of what they might be. It was a sensible decision at the time, although one that now looks pointless. I can’t see droves of spurs fans without tickets now turning up hopeful of persuading home fans to sell out.

  • BandB

    May 3, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m not crying Bobby.
    You are.
    Go and buy yourself an ice-cream.


    May 3, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #8

    If Luuk de Jong had been played as an out and out Striker where he is played in by PSV he would, i am sure been more successfull playing for us? He was played by Pardew as a Midfielder and the players around were all playing shite at the time! Crap Trainer, Crap Team, makes a good player become also a crap player ? If we stay up ? Who says Rafa will have free reign over transfers? Have i been missing something? Will believe it when i see it !


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