It is been confirmed several times that Newcastle’s main objective this summer is to sign a new striker. We have been short of attacking options since Demba Ba was sold to Chelsea in January, which followed the sale of Leon Best and the release of Peter Lovenkrands. Two players we didn’t replace when they departed.
It is being reported today by Talk Sport today that Newcastle are readying a £12 million bid for Vitesse striker Wilfred Bony. The Ivory Coast striker bagged an impressive 31 goals in 30 appearances last season, he has also scored 8 goals for his country in 20 games. No matter what league you are playing in, a goal ratio that betters one in one is rather good.
Wilfred has been linked with the club before and was touted as a potential replacement for Ba in January. Newcastle have targeted multiple forwards this summer with Darren Bent and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continuously being linked with a move to Newcastle during the next transfer window. I would be surprised if Mike Ashley would agree to spending big money on more than one striker, although if Shola Ameobi is moved on then we find ourselves very short of numbers.
Veteran and Mackem slayer Shola’s future is in doubt as the striker wants to consider his future, he has been linked with a move to The Championship.
Papiss Cisse needs assistance and some real competition next season up front. He only really had Ameobi and youngster Adam Campbell that offered any alternative options tail end of last season. January arrival Yoan Gouffron could be used centrally, but he is best coming in from wide areas and that’s where Pardew chose to play him. (for 60 odd minutes before bringing him off seemingly every game)
With Bony’s fee being quite large if successful with our bid, it could be that Graham Carr and Joe Kinnear will look at a bargain basement second striker to bring in along with Wilfred. I believe we need two new strikers, that’s before Shola leave -if he does. As stated earlier it’s hard to believe that Mike will authorize bringing in two big money strikers. It could be that we pump for Bony and possibly Darren Bent or an obscure up and coming striker from abroad.
Former Mackem Darren Bent has been linked with a return to the North East with Newcastle and it has been reported that the England striker would welcome the move as he looks to resurrect his career. The 29 year old has been completely frozen out by Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and is looking for an escape from the Midlands. We all know where Darren has been, but we also know that he has demonstrated his ability to score goals in The Premier League. If we could pick Bent up for between £4-£6 million I think he would be a solid signing and would be another body in the squad.
Newcastle have been linked heavily with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St. Etienne, but with the player in such high demand I would be surprised if we could get him to the club. Aubameyang has said he wants European football, which as we all know isn’t something we can’t offer him currently. I must say having watch this lad though, I would love to see him playing in the black and white of Newcastle United.
What do you guys think? Would you be happy with Bony?