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Newcastle Linked With Loan Move For Argentine Forward

The Mirror is reporting today that West Ham’s Argentine U20 International Mauro Zarate is available for loan next month, and that Newcastle United may be interested in taking the 27 year-old forward.

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Mauro Zarate in action against Ipswich Town

West Ham only signed the 27 year-old on a three year deal in the summer from Buenos Aries club Velez Sarsfield,  but he has failed to make a big impression at the Hammers, and in only eight appearances for them this season he’s scored two goals.

He is a popular player with the West Ham fans, but manager Sam Allardyce doesn’t use him much and he was at Birmingham for a brief spell six years ago, and was at Rome club Lazio from 2008 through 2013 when he returned to Velez Sarsfield.

Zarate is a skillful player whose game resembles that of Paolo Di Canio, another West Ham favorite,  who became the controversial manager of Sunderland for a brief period in 2013.

Mauro is one of the few summer signings who have not been a big hit Upton Park, with new strikers Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia playing well and getting first team games.

Italian club Torino and Spanish club Malaga have been interested in taking the player on loan next month, but the Mirror is now reporting that both Newcastle and Sunderland may also be interested in a move for Zarate.

Mauro scores goals but is not a prolific goalscorer,  and while at Lazio he played 126 games with 34 goals and in his career he’s scored 95 goals in 327 appearances.

Newcastle need a goalscorer brought in next month – but Newcastle will likely go for an out-and-out striker who is a proven goalscorer – if one is available next month.

And with up to nine players set to return next month from injury – such as goal-scoring forwards Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong – a striker is really the number one target next month rather than a forward.

But you never know with Newcastle.

Newcastle brought in a goal-scoring forward on loan in the summer – also an Argentine U20 International – Facundo Ferreyra, but the 23 year-old has yet to appear in the first team, and hardly ever makes the bench, and maybe that experience will put Newcastle off going for Zarate?

We may even see Facundo’s loan move terminated next month.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Sherigham, fast feet? 🙂

    We do need to buy this January if we are to survive the league and secure those 17 points. Are good players available? Well yes. Didn’t we buy Siss, Haidi and others in January?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d start Cisse today. I’m not sure when he leaves for Senegal, but their training camp starts on the 2nd Jan which would probably mean he isn’t here for the Burnley game. Even not fully fit, he is still our most likely scorer, and if he is going to be capable of performing in the AFCON I don’t see why we shouldn’t get a game out of him before he goes.

    Cisse through the middle with Cabella and Perez either side. Sissoko Colback and Tiote in the middle. Not to fussed at the back, Janmaat, Colo and either Saylor or Dummet with Haidara playing left back if his absence on boxing day wasn’t injury related. Although no matter which defenders player, I’m sceptical of whether any of them are capable of keeping Lukaku at bay.

    We need a win and goals, Everton’s defence is fairly porous nowadays so we should be putting them under pressure, rather than inviting them to attack us.

    Martinez regularly gets the measure of Pardew though, and it often doesn’t make good reading for Newcastle fans, so I’m not going into this brimming with confidence.

  • AccyToon1

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #3

    We need a goal scorer and a CB and a LB. Let Willo go move Dummett to a regular CB. I would say Rhodes from Blackburn and give Willo in the deal. We have the quality to create just need to put on the net, and keep it out of ours.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Howay man, a loan forward from West Ham? One that isn’t a good goalscorer? We already have a loan forward who hasn’t had a look in, and another forward who isn’t a good goalscorer. I’m not sure why we need one who is a combination of the two.

    Having said that, a loan deal, little expenditure, and being able to say we got someone in? Sounds like Ashley’s kind of deal.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t believe the chances are great that we will buy another striker in January – simply because they cost too much money and we didn’t seem interested in spending that kind of money in the summer.

    A cheaper solution would be to hire a new manager – I am sure there are more goals to be made between Perez, Cisse, Rivi and that Argentinian fella. I even think Vuckic could be deployed as a targetman with his size and shot.

    Armstrong should be out on loan – he is way over his head here…

    But knowing Newcastle we will probably sell players instead. ????

  • davetoon

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Our problem is our lower wage ceiling so no recognised striker would come here. not even a horrible one like Torres

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7


    Hope you had a good christmas sir. I think you are right with all of that post. Just can’t see ashley listening to sense and doing that. Like you say we’ll end up selling one (probably sissoko) and scrape through the rest of the season.


    Lukaku and Everton aren’t having a great season, I don’t worry about them like I did last year. Still capable of beating us but Gary Neville has gone a lot of good analysis on them this season on sky and shown they don’t seem to find the forward pass this year, they don’t seem to pick the run of lukaku or the wise men and just spend a lot of time tapping it around at the back.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    TS…thanks for asking – Christmas has been great 🙂 hope everything had been great on your end?

    I am nit really counting on any of my predictions to come true…well beside us selling a player or two!

    Feel sorry for Armstrong though – he is just a kid thrown at the lions. Typical Newcastle to keep him at the club just in case…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #9

    I’d say a LB is the least of our worries, the fact that Dummet a left footed player some believe a better CB had to play at RB against Spurs shows we are woefully short for cover there, that we haven’t even got a RB reserve or development player is quite worrying, I can only think the reasoning behind such cost cutting is that right footed LB Santon was going to be swapped over when Janmaat was out.

  • sparky55

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #10

    You know you’re desperate and sh!te when you start considering West Ham cast-offs

    Have we really come to this?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree with most of that, but you cold argue that the side Martinez had at Wigan was guilty of the same flaws, yet even when we were doing well they still managed to beat us. If we get at them, and look to cause them problems, I think we can win it fairly comfortably. But when was the last time Pardew set up a team to do that?

    Allowing them possession will see them cause us problems. Very few teams allow opposition to have as much possession and to have it as high up the pitch as we do. Most at least try to press them back. We retreat to deep, and that will allow Everton more opportunity to find Lukaku/Eto’o/Naismith.

    One other worry is that we give away a lot of free kicks in dangerous positions. Players like Mirrallas, if he makes it, and McGeady are capable of drawing fouls, with the quality of delivery, or shot that Baines and one or two others are capable of, that is a big worry.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #12


    Mine was very nice too thank you.

    I don’t mind armstrong, I do think he shows something but for a young kid it’s much better if you can ease him into the side when it’s doing well, not chuck him in at the deep end like you say.

    He probably isn’t quite ready but from the comments I’ve seen from him he doesn’t seem like a lad who would be badly effected by struggling now, seems like he just loves getting a game for his club. So there should be no long term damage to his confidence.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13


    Very true, we will definitely give too many free kicks and like you say baines has a cracking delivery.

    I ubderatand teams sit deep to allow the opposition to come onto them and lose their shape but as you rightly point out we let teams play on the edge of our third with little pressure on them at times…it’s askiing for trouble.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #14

    Pardew said we need to get four points out of these two games to consolidate our position, not going all out for a couple of wins to put us back up there with the EL spots, it’s not rocket science to know which game he thinks the three points will come from so I think he’ll go for his new Über tactic and try and hit them on the break, like I said yesterday I think the 48K present today are in for a real Pardew lesson in football, gutted I’ve decided to stay away.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    hey pardew here is more crap for you to make worse


    Dec 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Haha, Could you imagine this, Pardew couldn’t manage Ben Arfa so what chance the sulky Zarate?


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