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Newcastle Switch Attention To Different Strikers

8:27 am, Sunday, June 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

Newcastle will bring in a new striker this summer and it seems their number one target was Fulham’s Scottish striker Ross McCormack and according to the Chronicle today they have been quoted a price for the 29 year-old.

If the press report yesterday from West London was correct the release fee in McCormack’s contract is£15M and even at the new Newcastle with Rafa Benitez in charge, that’s still a lot to pay for a 29 year-old striker who is unproven in the Premier League.

So it seems that Newcastle may switch their attention to Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, who is available this summer, and has had a number of loan spells in the past.

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Patrick Bamford – while on loan at Middlesbrough

The 22 year-old had a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough in the 2014-2015 season scoring 19 goals in 43 appearances but last season at Crystal Palace and then at Norwich the frustrated striker wasn’t too successful – and in the total 10 games he played he didn’t score.

But Bamford would also cost £10M and that’s a  lot of money to pay for a young striker who has not proven himself much out on loan – and he has little chance of getting a game at Chelsea next season.

Patrick would be a risk if he was signed and another candidate is said to be former Everton striker Victor Anichebe, who is now a free agent after his release by West Brom, but we’ve never been too impressed with this player and his goalscoring record is not good.

In 168 games for Everton Victor scored 26 goals and while at West Brom he scored 9 goals in 49 games so he’s not the answer if we are looking for a prolific goalscorer.

McCormack would be very good for Newcastle, but he’s expensive and we don’t think either Patrick Bamford or Victor Anichebe fit the bill.

And fans don’t think McCormack is worth£15M.

Is Ross McCormack Worth £15M To Newcastle?

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It seems like we’ve been down this path before at Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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




6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jib // Jun 5, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    I wonder does Rafa still employ that Scottish striking coach Allan Russell that he brought in at the end of March to improve Mitro’s game ?

    I don’t think Rafa is a big fan of English strikers – at Liverpool he had Dirk Kuyt , Fernando Torres , David N’Gog ,and Morientes ( who flopped).
    The only English striker he seemed to rate was Peter Crouch.

  • 2 Munster Mag // Jun 5, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    No thanks

  • 3 SA Toon // Jun 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Ross McCormack may be expensive, but he is tried and tested in the Championship. If we are to bounce straight back into the EPL it may be worth it to pay the price and move forward.

  • 4 WWSBRD // Jun 5, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    A year ago Vardy wasn’t worth 20 mill now that’s a bargain price for him, if we get Ross for 15 mill and he scores enough to get up promoted his worth to us is a lot bigger than that

    Personally am still not bothered how much we spend or don’t, we need a goal scorer and we should get our top target

  • 5 Moonraker15 // Jun 5, 2016 at 10:12 AM

    I think we’ve proved in the past that not paying the going rate and holding out for a bargain has cost us big time. Go for the man Rafa wants and pay the money, within reason as it is £100 million tv money alone in the prem. We need a big squad and all of them able to do a job when called up, not the likes of Rivierre who may as well go now! I remember his debut at home; he broke free on the half way line and what did he do? Panicked and shot from 40 yards! To play at a packed SJP you need to have a certain quality and Rafa will identify this! HWTL

  • 6 OneAlanShearer // Jun 5, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    The thing is 15 million is a lot of money for a 29 year old BUT given the money around now is that actually the new market value rather than an inflated value?

    When you look at the optons around for proven goal scorers we will have to start looking abroad if we don’t get him.

    Andre gray is who I wanted but as he went up with burnley it’s unlikely now.

    At this point I’m hoping for rafa to go abroad for quality but still try for the likes of Tom lees, Lewis dunk, Lewis cook as well. We need a balanced side to start preseason with.




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