I’m sure we are all aware who Mark Douglas is and how reliable he tends tp be regarding NUFC has said that our top target is UK-based.
Whether that means it’s a defender or a striker remains to be seen but for arguments sake I’ll say its the striker. So the question is; who could it be?
Well Alan Pardew has already said any player arriving this month will be under 26 so that rules out the likes of Jermaine Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko who always seem to get linked. Remember, we have a policy in place which won’t be broken so it’s worth being realistic when looking at who the possibilities could be.
Steven Fletcher – He’s the right age (24) and scores goals for fun in a poor Wolves team that don’t create a lot of chances. The chances of us signing him probably aren’t great with Wolves being very reluctant to lose their most important player mid-way through the season when they’re in a relegation fight and us not being prepared to offer big money to prize him away.
Jordan Rhodes – Again, another player who scores for fun albeit in League 1 but having done it for a few seasons now and still only 21 surely someone will take the gamble on him, why not us? Well Huddlesfield are looking for £5 million+ for him and for a League 1 player most Premier League teams will look else where for that sort of fee.
Matt Phillips – The 20-year old winger come striker has been pulling up trees this season. Started his career on the wing but since moving in a more forward role a long side our former striker Lomana Lualua has scored two hat-tricks in his last few games. Can take people on for fun and has a finish or a cross to match. Wouldn’t command a huge fee and maybe we could chuck in a youngster on loan as a sweetener?
Out of these three Steven Fletcher would obviously be the best signing but I would be very surprised if we could pull it off, maybe in the summer? But make no mistake Matt Phillips would be a brilliant young signing and we would have a player not only for the future but the present too.
Other players that could fall into the category are the likes of Wilfred Zaha, Hugo Rodaellga, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Shane Long, Nicky Maynard and even a certain Andrew Carroll.
But for one reason or another though I can’t see anyone in that list being a viable option except for maybe Maynard but he seems to have gone off the boil in recent weeks.
It seems Pardew’s statement when he said we wouldn’t be bringing in a striker this month was an attempt to dampen expectations which had worked well, but as we near the half way point of this window it seems we do in fact want to bring a striker in as well as a defender!
Who do you think it could be?