Newcastle Reported After New Striker Target

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?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Dec 29, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1

    £15m for Hogan – you’re having a laugh at that price. Can’t see Rafa sanctioning that sort of money for a player originally from the lower leagues. With his connections isn’t he more likely to look to Europe ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Were we linked with anyone we bought in the summer.

  • hibbit

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    the press are just fishing they don’t have a clue

    Rafa will have his targets sorted out but i’m sure the press don’t know them
    you just look at the last window when players arrived we had not heard a whisper about

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ridiculous non story. Murphy is here, and this bloke is no better.

  • sparky55

    Dec 29, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    This is just a speculative over-reaction to a coupe of recent bad results…we really don’t need anything but a left back…Dummett is scared of the ball in possession working the ball forward but actually quite decent while defending…but the only weak link IMO.

    The rest of squad is more than capable of getting us into the premier league…remember lads…we are in the Championship and our squad is the best in the Championship by a country mile.

    Wednesday played a brilliant game against us, we had a bad day but the chances we had we could have undeservedly won that game if the dice had fallen our way…but it didn’t and we got what we deserved…BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN WE NEED TO GO OUT AND KNEE JERK BUY SOMEONE FFS.

    We haven’t lost Shelvey for the rest of season…we’ve lost him til the 21st of January…so why buy another midfielder unless it’s a premiership class midfielder who’s prepared to come early and will have a definate slot next year playing next to Shelvey in midfield.

    Shelvey has started all but two games this year and we won them both. He is not totally indispensable…important yes….indispensable No, and we will start winning before Shelvey comes back.

    I’ve seen loads of people on here slate some his performances this year yet we still won those games and although he has recently hit some great form we have already proven we can win games when he’s not playing or with him in the team playing badly as he has done quite a few times this year.

    Keep the faith lads…this is just a minor blip and we’ll come good well before his ban is served.


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