Alan Pardew has recently stated his interest in bringing in a new striker to the club. It’s clear that we need someone up top with a little bit of quality that will stay fit and bang in 15-20 goals.
With this in mind I was surprised to read in The Mirror that Newcastle are interested in bringing in Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun. Yossi is a good player, but a striker he is not. The club have worked hard on improving the midfield this window and surely were all sorted in that area?
The Mirror claims that Chelsea are keen to offload the Israeli to Spurs as a part of a deal that would see long term target Luka Modric arrive at Stamford Bridge. However Newcastle are understood to be interested in the player should Chelsea be willing to sell for the right price and the player has reasonable wage demands.
According to the paper the player has told friends that he must chose between Spurs and Newcastle. Benayoun appears to be surplus to requirements at Chelsea and would be available for transfer. Although Chelsea would probably hope to persuade Spurs to take the player as a sweetener in their pursuit to land Modric. If the rumors are true you would think Spurs would have first dibs on the player.
Of course Yossi played for Alan Pardew at West Ham and Pards remains a fan of the attack minded midfielder. Personally I would welcome a player of his quality as I do actually rate the lad, but surely another midfielder isn’t the priority right now?
Yossi has suffered with an Achilles injury that has hindered his involvement since his £5.5 million move from Liverpool last season. Good player, but is he what we need? What do you reckon?