Newcastle United are being linked with lots of players we are supposed to be after next month in the January transfer window, but of course not all of them will be accurate reports or anywhere near accurate.
We were supposed to be interested in Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede, but why would Newcastle be interested in a player who is struggling to get his place in the Aston Villa side this season?
And in any case it looks like Middlesbrough will be signing Gestede next month.
24 year-old Brentford striker Scott Hogan
Rafa wants to bring in another striker next month and we have been linked with two Premier League strikers lately in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and former target Saido Berahino of West Brom.
The Guardian are now reporting that we are interested in 24 year-old Brentford striker Scott Hogan who is third on the Championship goalscoring charts with 13 goals.
Rafa wants to strengthen some areas of the Newcastle side after we have lost three of our last six league games and it’s a little bit of a concern at the moment after our loss on Boxing Day and we certainly need to get back to our winning ways.
Daryl Murphy seems to have been completely forgotten since we signed him from Ipswich Town in August, so we have to think he’s not impressing in training with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez being the strikers Rafa uses when 17 goal Dwight Gayle is not playing.
24 year-old Scott Hogan came through the youth system at Rochdale and has generally played for lower league clubs, so he would be a risk.
That’s because he would be an unknown quantity in the Premier League where Newcastle are hoping to be next season.
Hogan joined Brentford from Rochdale in the summer of 2103 for £750K on a three year contract but he signed a one year extension last year which keeps him at the club through June, 2018.
Hogan has 13 Championship goals in 23 league games this season and reports are that Brentford want £15M for him, which is a sky-high price for an untested striker, but it’s good money if you can get it.
Newcastle don’t have to sell to buy players in January with the club making over £30M in profit in last summer’s transfer window, so we could easily afford Scott – if Rafa wants him.
But at anywhere near £15M Scott would not be good value and a big risk in the Premier League.
What do you think?