Newcastle United are looking to add two strikers to the squad this summer who have Premier League experience – according to the Chronicle today.
It’s true that we have missed too many chances this season and could have won more games if we could have put those chances away – and obviously that has not gone unnoticed by manager Rafa Benitez.
The transfer plans are dependent on Newcastle winning promotion and with eight games to go and the club fairly well positioned for promotion back to the Premier League, we are hoping that happens.
Andre Gray of Burnley – a target this summer?
25 year-old Callum Wilson of Bournemouth is still a target, but we don’t think Rafa will sign the striker until he is fully fit and fully recovered from the serious ACL injury he picked up early last month.
25 year-old Andre Gray of Burnley is also a potential target and we have also been linked with injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool, who is likely to be sold this summer by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
The news in the Chronicle is that Newcastle have held their first high level transfer meeting for the summer transfer window, where targets have been identified, but of course we cannot move for any of those until promotion is assured.
But with Rafa wanting the players coming in early this summer so they can have a full pre-season on Tyneside, once we do get promotion tied up the serious work of negotiating transfers will start immediately.
Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and Everton’s James McCarty are targets and Andros Townsend is also a target – and all three players were top transfer targets in January, but Rafa couldn’t get Mike Ashley to loosen up the purse strings.
Or at least those were the reports.
We have a feeling that those striker targets may not be completely accurate and that Rafa may have some other strikers that he likes and will try to bring in during the summer.
He may surprise us there and wanting two Premier League ready strikers is also a surprise.
It’s going to be really exciting this summer – but first things first – we must secure that promotion – and as early as possible.
What do you think?