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These Two Strikers Seem To Be Newcastle Top Targets

The Star on Sunday reported yesterday that West Brom striker has now become Newcastle’s top striker target.

Former top target 25-year-old French striker Alassane Plea from Nice completed his move to Borussia Monchengladbach for £22M on Saturday.

Not sure if we were willing to bid £20M we couldn’t have gone in with a second bid a little higher and closed the deal.

AS we all know by now, Rondon has a £16.5M relegation release clause in his contract, but with other costs such as agents’ fees, that figure will be higher.

26-year-old Bournemouth striker Joshua King

Under the guidance of Rafa Benitez Rondon could be an improvement as a frontman over what we have in the squad at the moment.

It also looks like Rafa thinks Dwight Gayle can start to score goals for us next season if he can get some big players in up front.

The other striker that Rafa has been keen on for a couple of years now is 26-year-old Bournemouth striker Joshua King.

He was unhappy last season because he was not played in a striker role by Bournemouth and could be available from the south coast club.

But the former Manchester United trainee and 33 times capped Norwegian International (12 goals)  could come at a price Newcastle are unable or unwilling to pay.

That has been the case over the last four transfer windows, and nothing seems to be too different this summer.

Maybe our best bet is a loan deal with an option to buy for King.

Newcastle already have one in place for 22-year-old Kenedy, and this would be the second one allowed from another Premier League club.

We’d take Rondon and King come into the club, but we also need another fullback and maybe another forward brought in too.

Danny Ings is available for £20M from Liverpool, but we cannot see many clubs willing to pay that for a striker who has been injured an awful lot over the three years he’s been at Liverpool.

The only way we could get him in is via a loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Joselu will come good this season, he has been practicing his abilty to rebound the ball of his body into the goal.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    20m for Ings?
    whats he ever done?
    sure he only got about 9 goals in his debut season a long time ago.
    same as mitro who isnt injured.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    and just because rondon has a release fee of 16m doesnt mean we have to pay it. im sure they’d take less.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    The Star on Sunday
    As they say in Wimbledon
    “you can not be serious”


  • G

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought Southampton had slapped a 20M bid in for Ings? I would take King though. Rondon I could see Rafa buying to play behind a striker, but not as an out and out striker. Maybe as competition for Perez?

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Too many people are too obsessed with the ability of the striker to score goals. Yes, this is important, but for Rafa it’s less so.

    Rafa wants players who can hold the ball up, bring others into play, create space and close down defenders. This way, he’ll have goals from all other areas of the pitch and if the striker can chip in with a few, then all well and good.

    This is why when everyone was screaming for Joselu to be dropped last season, Rafa kept playing him.

    Therefore, when we are linked with a striker, we shouldn’t immediately dismiss him if the goals scored column is a little low.

    Remember, a 20 goal a season striker with proven PL experience is VERY expensive. A striker who can cajole 10 goals out of his colleagues but only score 10 himself is less so.

    I’m not saying that Ings and Rondon are definitely the best options for us, just that if they come we should welcome them with open arms and trust in Rafa’s judgement that they will benefit the team.

  • Mr Funky

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    What are the blog’s thoughts on Divock Origi as a striker option

  • lesh

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #8


    Were never seriously in for Plea. The supposed £20m bid, if it was made, would’ve been made in the knowledge that it wouldn’t have been accepted. And, if Plea was offered better wages then that was a pointless PR exercise – selling club reject bid then that’s that. Didn’t these reports of interest come out during the ST renewal window? Coincidence?

    And, if Liverpool are looking for £20m for Ings, then Mitro’s got to worth £30m or so.

    We’re looking at loanees as Ashley won’t want Rafa to buy – remember his words to the effect of ‘Rafa night sign extension, Rafa get no transfer budget’? Add to that the possibility that Ashley could be building a cash reserve to give to Rafa’s successor – just like what he dix when he sanctioned £70m to be wasted under McLaren?

  • G

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Off subject, but I noticed this in today’s transfer gossip. It certainly made me laugh:

    …Besiktas have been offered West Ham’s English striker Andy Carroll on loan…

    Hello Besiktas, would you like a striker that’s broken for 3 months on loan? Must have been an interesting phone call.

  • Sav

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Probably get Shane Long for a lot less to run the channels, hold the ball up and score a few headers.

  • Mr Funky

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #13

    @ Hibbit

    I think he could be a good option too – needs to be played in the right position -which is apparently through the middle not on the wings

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    If Ashley is naive enough to think what we had last season is enough based on a top 10 finish he’s incredibly deluded.
    Both Fulham and wolves are far stronger and have far bigger resources than 2 of those that went down. Cardiff the only team apart from perhaps Huddersfield that I’d say are weaker than us for sure right now.
    We are 4 to 7 players short. If we get in 2 top strikers, a number 10, and a right back with competition for dm, cb and lb we would have a very good season. No excuses we have to get them in asap. Our start could keep us down if we aren’t careful. Rafa performed miracles last season but I’m concerned if the players see a lack of ambition again their heads could drop. For pity sake Ashley you have the right man so back him. Check your ego at the door and get on board.

  • Harley

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Mr funky

    I’ve been talking with my mates about Origi. He’s had a disastrous spell on loan but seems to have all of the attributes a striker needs. I’m shocked we’ve not been linked with him more. I’d love him here.

  • Mr Funky

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Harley

    I read about his loan move to Wolfsburg – started well but then new manager came in moved him out to the wing and things went down hill from there. Seems like he needs a good manager backing him and playing him in the right position

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Hold your horses, it is way too early to think about who to buy. There are still too many good players available. You must wait till the bottom of the grab bag has been reached so NUFC can compete for the “best of the worst”.The only criteria then is if those available or “better than what is on the roster”. See? Easy! If you don’t find anyone, it’s “Wait for the Winter window.”

  • Toonfan8

    Jul 16, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    For me, if we stay as we finished and add 2 new players to that team, that will be better and mainly it should be striker and no.10, we stayed as we were as we have signed Dubravka and Kenedy on loan. Merino didnt play enough and Ki was brought as his replacement, which I have no problem with. But to really kick on, we should bring striker and no. 10, starters. And cover full back, CB and CM (if Hayden will leave). We are waiting, I think on selling Mitro, Mbemba, Colback to add new players. And Townsend will be brought if Ritchie will leave, which would be slight improvement. We have no idea who are our main targets apart from Townsend and Rondon. Maybee Ruben Loftus Cheek, can he be our new no. 10? Or Rafa want to switch to 4-3-3 if we will bring him? What about this:
    Dubravka – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett – Shelvey, Diame, RLC – Townsend, Rondon, Kenedy…not bad for me, that will be good, cover players Manquillo, Clarke, new FB, New CB, Ki, Perez, Atsu, Murphy, Gayle, Joselu…


    Jul 16, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19

    These 2 top targets? no good having all these targets, if you dont load gun & fire you can never hit it


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