Newcastle have not been known of late to be particularly active in the transfer market, but this summer may yet prove to be different. But who will they look to sign? Thomas Siddons considers some options.
1. Remy Cabella
If you read reports then yo would be led to believe that Newcastle are front runners to sign up the 24-year-old Montpellier midfielder. That could indeed be true and the Tyneside outfit have shown an interest in him ever since Yohan Cabaye packed his bags and went home to PSG in January.
However, The Telegraph reported that a £6 million bid from Newcastle had been rejected by Montpellier which is not very surprising as he would probably fetch £10 million (he cost me £15 million on FIFA 14!). It does look like that a deal will be agreed soon as an improved bid should be tabled if Mike Ashley is willing to put a bit more money in.
The only problem Newcastle could face is if Chelsea and Arsenal are serious enough about their interest and go in for the Frenchman. Although midfield is the least important position those two teams need to improve over the summer. Cabella seems keen on a move to Tyneside and would hopefully want game time over wages as he would be a guaranteed starter in black and white stripes.
2. Clement Grenier
This is the alternative to Remy Cabella to be the new Newcastle CAM. He would likely cost around the same as Cabella and maybe a bit more given that Lyon are less keen to see the midfielder go.
Rumours have shot around that clubs have gone in for Grenier, with Roma supposedly lodging a £10 million bid, though it is unsure how Lyon have reacted to this.
It is unlikely that the Toon will bring in both Grenier and Cabella as they are similar players and would be around £20 million combined which will not be preferable for Ashley even though they would be solid signings and bring necessary flair to the Magpies. So, should Newcastle fail to capture Cabella then Grenier will probably come in instead.
3. Joleon Lescott
Lescott was released by Manchester City after his contract came to an end after a disappointing season having played only 10 times in the Premier League, the last of which came in March.
Newcastle have not been linked with Lescott too heavily with a move to QPR, West Ham or Besiktas more readily moosted. His £90,000-a-week wages are somewhat of a stumbling block and for Newcastle that would be likely to make him their most expensive player though he would not be the most valuable.
Lescott would probably be interested in a move to Newcastle as its not too much of a step down but he would still be one of the best players there. He would also fit Newcastle’s frugal nature as he is a free agent and that could persuade them to pay out more in wages.
He would be a great addition to the team but centre back is relatively strong at the moment for Newcastle with attacking options more needed at this stage.
I do not think this is a move likely to happen and would go against Newcastle’s policy of not signing older players - Lescott is 31-years-old.
4. Loic Remy
Despite the prolific French striker having a fantastic season on loan at Newcastle - scoring 14 goals which was good considering he had some injuries (though that’s still up for debate towards the end of the season) and he lost Cabaye’s magic in January.
Before the season even ended, Remy thanked Newcastle but said that he wanted Champions League football next season which, of course, would rule out a permanent move.
Harry Redknapp claims that there is an £8 million release clause in Remy’s contract which would be a bargain and could see Arsenal and Liverpool go in for him to strengthen, while teams in the Bundesliga and La Liga may register interest.
But Liverpool have already snapped up Rickie Lambert so may not feel that they need the QPR man and Arsenal are looking at Karim Benzema so could be in a similar position.
This is the only hope for Newcastle as Remy could be left with little other options if he wanted to stay in the Premier League, though he is certainly Champions League standard so may go abroad. Atletico Madrid, possibly?
5. Bafetimbi Gomis
Another player that was on Newcastle’s radar six months ago (also in 2009 when Kevin Keegan watched him), and again he is a free agent.
If I was to compare Gomis to another player it would have to be Didier Drogba or Wilfired Bony as he is a strong striker of the ball and gets a good amount of goals each season - 14 in Ligue 1 this time around.
Newcastle are certainly not the only teams attracted to this free, good striker; West Ham, Sunderland, Swansea and QPR are all interested. It’s not all good though with the Frenchman demanding around £90-100k-a-week, which could possibly rule out Newcastle who are more likely to find a cheaper option.
If Newcastle make only one signing this summer it must be a striker otherwise Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong and injured Papiss Cisse would make up their attack.
6. Kevin Constant
This isn’t necessary a target for Newcastle but it could be possible to see him playing in the black and white stripes next season.
The AC Milan can play left back or in midfield and the San Siro outfit intend to use him as a temptation to Newcastle with Davide Santon going the other way which wouldn’t be too bad for the Magpies. But Santon is a fan favourite and should be kept hold of, especially if progress is to be made.
Constant himself may be open to the move as he has disgustingly been a victim of racism in the past though it doesn’t seem like he would actually get much of a say.
So, the squad wouldn’t really be strengthened or weakened and would not enlarge the squad as it would be a swap. This is likely to only happen if the Italian wants to leave England and/or some money was added to Kevin Constant to sweeten the deal.
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