The Newcastle transfer targets are becoming progressively worse and less believable as each day goes by.
The media appear to be really floundering as instead of the usual naming of anybody who has scored more than three or four goals in France, they are having to come up with names a bit closer to home.
The presumption being that transfer activity will centre on players who are already playing in England and that you might have heard of.
The weekend saw a couple of strikers speculated that Newcastle were supposed to be after, with the Ross McCormack trail going cold after it was revealed that it would take at least £15m to match his buyout clause – for a forward who turns 30 in August.
The worst of the two suggested signings was Victor Anichebe, released by West Brom and having scored only six goals in his three years at The Hawthorns, the 28 year scoring only 24 league goals in his entire 11 season career so far.
The other weekend name saw Patrick Bamford doing the rounds yet again, the 22 year old already having had five loan clubs as he follows the path of numerous other Chelsea signings.
A total flop last season in the Premier League at both Norwich and Palace, scoring not a single goal, his previous goals in the Championship (Derby and Middlesbrough) and in League One (MK Dons) make him a seemingly plausible signing on the surface. However, it all smacks of just lazy journalism, rather than any substance in Newcastle actually being after Bamford.
Monday has seen two other names added to the pot.
Dwight Gayle at Palace is one of them, an underwhelming 15 league goals in three seasons at Selhurst Park doesn’t inspire confidence and any credibility on the 25 year old’s CV, appears to rest on one half decent season in the Championship when he scored 13 goals for Peterborough.
Finally we have 27 year old Lee Tomlin, a right footed attacking player who also showed his best form at Peterborough both in the Championship and League One. He previously scored 12 goals in 59 Championship appearances at Middlesbrough and then six in 18 for Bristol City after he failed to get games, following a move to Premier League Bournemouth.
I am yet to hear of a potential striker signing that I have any belief in actually happening and who I would have faith in improving what Newcastle have already got.
I also believe that the press are even more clueless than normal and Rafa Benitez will be delivering players of a higher calibre than those that are being discussed. Otherwise I think it would be a case of next to nobody leaving St James Park without the Manager having the guarantee of a more suitable player to replace them.