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.
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.
It seems like we’ve been down this path before at Newcastle.
What do you think?