Newcastle target goalscoring wizard as Ba replacement


Newcastle United have offered Bognor Regis striker Jason Prior a trial at the club, with a view to a permanent deal worth around £12,000, according to the Daily Mail.

Demba Ba's imminent departure to the African Cup of Nations leaves Alan Pardew with a striking dilemma, with a deal for Modibo Maiga having broken down earlier this week.

Despite having stated he would stray away from signing a frontman and instead increase his effort on recruiting a defender following Steven Taylor's season ending injury, Pardew appears willing to take a punt on the non-league youngster.

Prior has scored close to 100 goals in nearly two-and-a-half seasons at Bognor, and will travel to the north-east for a trial at Newcastle next week.

The deal includes a view to a permanent deal worth in the region of £12,000, a mere fraction of the £35 million recouped for Andy Carroll.

Newcastle's reluctance to spent big in the transfer window has frustrated many on Tynside, but with Senegal striker Ba only away for six weeks of the season at most, Pardew is clearly unwilling to slash out on a mid-season short-term replacement.

The addition of a defender is Pardew's No.1 priority in the upcoming transfer window, with Newcastle reportedly linked with West Ham United centre-back James Tomkins.

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