After the high profile departure of star striker Andy Carroll for a whopping £35million, Newcastle United have been left short on attacking options.
Add to that the injury to Shola Ameobi, the only fit strikers on the books at St James’ Park are Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best and Nile Ranger – who have just eight career Premier League goals between them.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is actually three strikers down on the options that were available to him this time last week, after the departures of Carroll and Xisco – who has returned to Deportivo La Coruna, and the injury to Ameobi who will be out of action for at least six weeks.
Pardew has admitted that he may be forced into an emergency signing but he is also prepared to trawl the list of players who are out of contract to see if there is anybody available who could do a job for the Magpies.
“It is a possibility," said Pardew. "We have to explore every avenue. We are short on bodies.”
One of those options is former Arsenal and Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere reports the Daily Mirror.
The 27-year-old free agent signed for Arsene Wenger at the age of 16 but never really established himself at Arsenal, spending a series of short loan spells away from the Emirates.
He moved to Middlesbrough for £2.5m in 2007 and spent another three seasons at the Riverside before choosing not to renew his contract when it expired in June 2010.
Newcastle fans will be hoping that Aliadiere still has the spark that attracted the attention of Arsenal as the Magpies look to strengthen with some much needed firepower.