In classic Ashley era style, Newcastle again appear to be struggling to close a transfer; with reports of another bid rejected for Feyenoord hitman Nicolai Jorgensen. It is well documented the asking price is near £20m and as always, Charnley and co. are dragging their feet over cost rather than getting the deal done.
Jorgensen is a risk of course, like most transfers are, no premier League experience or not. There is clearly more value abroad with the likes of Josh King, Calum Wilson or Andre Gray going in the summer, all going for over £20m and only good for 10-12 goals a season. Looking abroad may make sense but whether it is Jorgensen or not, we need someone in next week. What other options could be a plan B?
VICENT ABOUBAKAR (Porto)
An ambitious one perhaps but he could be the striker we need to fire us to safety. It was reported at one stage in the summer window that we were in ‘advanced talks’ to sign the Cameroonian striker. A fee of £9m was suggested at the time, however he ended up staying with Porto and has since struck an incredible 25 goals in 30 games so far this season. His price-tag will have therefore gone up considerably, but his pace and power could mean he’s tailor made for the Premier League, and at 26, he’s a good age too. I think he would be the best option for us at the moment.
WILLIAN JOSE (Real Sociedad)
Spain is a market Rafa is particularly well-connected in so he will be certainly be casting his eye over his home land in our quest for a new front man. Another ambitious suggestion, but Jose was a player the Chronicle confirmed we had our eye on over the summer. He has 14 goals so far this season in La Liga, but is also 26 (a good age) and 6ft 2′ tall so a good mould for Rafa’s lone striker role at NUFC. Price may be a stumbling block though, especially for NUFC.
MOUSSA DEMBELE (Celtic)
Burst onto the scene at Fulham and has continued his development north of the border. He’s unsettled at Celtic but clearly has great potential, with a host of top clubs linked in the summer. Has been up and down this year but it was still surprising when it was recently reported that Brighton had an £18m bid accepted for him, but that one seems to have stalled. Could NUFC have made their move for the 21-year-old who scored a stunning 32 goals last season? Would be an exciting option.
Would you prefer one of these options over Jorgensen? Or is there someone else we should be targeting?