Newcastle are without doubt lacking a centre-forward, that fox-in-the-box type player. 

The Toon Army have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of summer signings at St. James' Park, believing that both Alan Pardew and new director of football Joe Kinnear could have done more in the transfer window.

Here, I take a look at the five possible signings which could increase Newcastle's striking options...

Nicklas Bendtner

The Danish international was on the verge of leaving the Emirates Stadium in the summer to join Crystal Palace but as Arsenal's move for Demba Ba deal fell through, the 25-year-old had to stay. If Arsenal signed a centre-forward in January, then Bendtner would surely be available on the market.

Shane Long

The 26-year-old was on Hull’s radar all summer and was subject to a £5m bid on the last day of the transfer window.  However, as West Brom were unable to sign Romelu Lukaku, Long remained at The Hawthorns.

However, with the arrival of Victor Anichebe, this could mean the door will be open for the Irish international to leave in January.

Bafétimbi Gomis

Gomis was Newcastle United’s top target in this summer’s transfer window, although a deal couldn’t be reached to sign the French forward. If Newcastle are looking to strengthen then they should look no further and splash the cash to sign Gomis.

Demba Ba

The ex-Newcastle United forward is an already established goalscorer in the Premier League but since moving to Chelsea last January, things haven’t worked out for the Senegalese striker. The Blues signed Samuel Eto’o this summer which, in theory, has moved Ba down the pecking order. Ba was targeted by Arsenal in the summer, only for the deal to fall through. If the 28-year-old could return to Newcastle, I think he would be even better than before.

Loic Remy

The 26-year-old signed a loan deal at St. James Park and has done well since making his debut. The French international turned down the Magpies to join QPR last season and is looking to make up for his mistake. If Remy has an excellent loan spell then they should really look to sign him on a permanent deal.

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