Journalist reveals the striker Benitez has identified as a ‘back-up option’ if NUFC fail to sign Plea

According to the Northern Echo’s Scott Wilson, Nice striker Alassane Plea is Rafa Benitez’s ‘number one’ attacking target, but he has identified West Brom’s Salomon Rondon as a ‘back-up option’ if a move for the Frenchman fails to materialise.

The story claims we are now preparing a new improved offer for Plea after having an initial bid rejected, however it seems as though Benitez is preparing a plan B – which is understandable given the sort of money Nice look set to demand for their top scorer.

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has also confirmed Rafa’s interest again this morning, admitting that the players agent has been back in touch with NUFC:

After failing to report to training for new boss Patrick Vieira, Nice are fighting to keep hold of their prize asset but as always, price is proving a sticking point for Newcastle. In Newcastle’s defence, it is a high fee for someone who has only really been prolific for one season of their career; though in this market, a proven striker would be north of £40m.

Rondon is an interesting one and from reading West Brom fan forums, he remains popular there and could be a great fit for Newcastle. He hasn’t been hugely prolific in England but is a class above our current options and would lead the line well given his pace and power. He has great pedigree from his Malaga days and Benitez could be the one to get the best out of him.

Either striker may not be the ‘blockbuster’ striker we dream of but considering no European football and a shoe string budget, they are as good as options as we can likely aim for currently. The key is that they would be significant upgrades and if Rafa wants them that is always good enough for the majority of fans.

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

2 thoughts on “Journalist reveals the striker Benitez has identified as a ‘back-up option’ if NUFC fail to sign Plea

  1. So let’s et this straight, a 16.5m striker with agent fees and wages is too expensive? But a 25m striker with agents fees and wages is less expensive and therefore sanctionable by Ashley?

    Well, let’s just take a step back, watch that money disappear and find out that we could only afford to get a reserve from another bottom feeder club for a fraction of that cost. It’s not as if that’s consistently happened before


  2. Hi West Brom fan here.. You could do much worse than sign Rondon, he will give you 100% effort every game, remember he has been playing for Pulis and Pardew for the last couple of seasons who have been playing with 9 at the back! A manager like Benitez would get the best out of him.. I would like us to keep him but that’s not gonna happen with us in the chumpionship…
    Hope you have a good next season… Boing Boing!


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