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Seven Budget Transfer Targets To Set Newcastle On The Right Track

11 years ago

We’ve already lost out on Luuk De Jong, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony, and now we’ve lost out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who would have been a massive signing for us, but because of the lack of ambition and hardball tactics from Mike Ashley, we have lost out on this top quality striker.

I did my research and created a list of 7 players that I’d like to see us sign.  Working on Ashley’s maximum budget of £20-25million and not going for players with too high a reputation.

Digao (Brazilian) 25 years old

Centre Back – Free Agent

Previous club: Fluminese

A solid Centre-Back, who I think is quite under-rated and at a decent age of 25. Free transfer, so why not bring him in?

Jaozinho (Brazilian) 24 years old

Left Winger – Free Agent

Previous club: FK Krasnodar

The left wing is a position where we are lacking players, so I think Jaozinho could do a job there, and is only 24, so he has potential.

Keisuke Honda (Japanese) 26 years old

Attacking Midfielder – Free Agent in January

Club: CSKA Moscow

We lacked creativity last season, as we were heavily relying on Cabaye and Ben Arfa to create, so Honda could take a weight off their shoulders and is certainly a quality player. I do not think it is worth spending 6-10million when we could get him on a pre-contract to sign for a free in January, though I think we need another creative player that we can actually bring in this summer.

Adam Lallana (English) 24 years old

Attacking Midfielder/Winger

Club: Southampton

Lallana was fantastic last season for Southampton and tore us apart when we were beaten 2-0 at St. Mary’s. But a key factor in Adam coming to Tyneside could be his friendship with Pardew, as he was the Southampton manager who signed Lallana. Lallana would definitely be an exciting flair player for us. Plus he’s English and we need a few of them to balance it out.

Ryad Boudebouz (Algerian) 23 years old


Club: FC Sochaux

Ryad has been scouted by Graham Carr in the past, so maybe Boudebouz could be the next gem?

Darren Bent (English) 29 years old


Club: Aston Villa

I think it’s inevitable that Bent will sign for us, although I’m not complaining too much about the fact he’s a proven prem striker and very lethal and quick…it’s the fact that he’s past his peak at 29 and an ex-mackem. But it’s good to hear that reports are suggesting that Darren wants to come, partly because he used to play under Pardew at Charlton.

Loic Remy (French) 26 years old


Club: QPR £8million release clause

Some people won’t like this, some people will like this. However, a lot of our striker targets are slipping away and there are very few quality forwards at a decent age these days. As we’ve missed out on Aubameyang and Bony, we may as well go for Remy. Although he’s on bail on suspicion of rape, and rejected us in January, he has a very good record for QPR and is the type of striker we need, fast and lethal.

I think these would be successful buys but unfortunately, I just don’t see us going for players like Digao, Jaozinho or Honda.

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