Five striker targets for Toon

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Every Toon fan is well aware that Newcastle failed to land a striker to replace the departed Andy Carroll on deadline day, and Alan Pardew has apologised profusely for not getting a deal with a big name over the line.

And, having scored only three times in four league outings this season, it is evident that Newcastle desperately need more power up front where Carroll left a £35 million hole last January.

But fans should not despair, because it is only another four months until the next window opens, and surely next time around Pardew and Mike Ashley won’t make the same mistakes that has left so many feeling frustrated.

Here are five strikers that, should their form continue, the Toon will hopefully be trying to get the second that window opens up next January.

Modibo Maiga

Pardew desperately wanted to bring Maiga, who scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for Sochaux since moving there last year, to St James' Park. But Sochaux refused to sell their striker, despite continued attempts by the Toon to seal the deal, even on deadline day. At one point Maiga was protesting, and Sochaux threatened to report Newcastle to FIFA.

“About Newcastle, it is very clear – they want me and I want to go there. They want the transfer to be sorted quickly, but it is not up to me. The worry is Sochaux,” Maiga said at the time.

In the end, Newcastle were unable to secure a deal for the 24-year-old, as Sochaux couldn’t find a replacement in time. Come January though, if Maiga is still unhappy, the French outfit may have no choice but to sell.


Mevlut Erdinc

Erdinc was a long-standing target for Newcastle, and Pardew had hoped to secure the French striker early on in the window. The manager made his courting of Erdinc very public; issuing an ultimatum and claiming that while PSG are in the Europa League, the Toon are a bigger club.

But Erdinc expressed a desire to stay in Ligue 1, and despite interest from other French clubs, has committed to PSG. Should Newcastle perform well at the start of the season though, and PSG not get very far in the Europa League, Erdinc’s head might be turned for the right price.

Papiss Demba Cisse

Cisse was a late target for Pardew, and after the transfer window closed, Freiburg’s sporting director Dirk Dufner claimed that a bid had been made for the striker, but with the timing being so close to deadline day, he insisted there wasn’t time to find a replacement.

"For starters, Newcastle United's offer was not high enough in our opinion and secondly, it was impossible for us to adequately deal with his departure so short for the transfer window closed," Dufner told Kicker.

But with fan unrest growing, and a large chunk of that £35 million from Carroll’s sale still supposedly in the bank, the Toon might make an offer that is more to Freiburg’s liking come January.

James Beattie

Could be a target for Newcastle a little earlier than January, after he was released by Rangers. The Toon are desperate to pick up a striker as soon as possible, and according to reports over the last couple of weeks, Pardew sees Beattie as a quick fix for the growing fan discontent and will be able to give Newcastle up-front power now rather than January.

Newcastle reportedly are interested in the possibility of a pay-as-you-play deal for Beattie, with the 33-year-old also fielding interest from Everton and Blackburn.

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