Free Agents That Newcastle Could Still Sign Now
There are a number of free agents that Newcastle United could still sign despite the transfer window closing on Monday, players who aren’t under contract can still be recruited.
Remember Shefki Kuqi (pictured), indeed who can ever forget Shefki Kuqi…
As you recall, Alan Pardew promised us all that Andy Carroll wouldn’t be sold late in the transfer window in January 2011….before Alan Pardew and Newcastle sold Andy Carroll late in the transfer window.
Newcastle United’s almost non-existent forward line was then further depleted by Shola Ameobi fracturing his cheekbone just after the window closing.
Due to Mike Ashley not allowing spending on any replacement for Carroll, Newcastle then to the wonder of us all, brought in 34 year of journeyman striker Shefki Kuqi for a fairytale (for him) move in the twilight of his career.
While the situation gave Newcastle fans a few ironic laughs, Kuqi was hopelessly out of his depth.
However, here are a few players who have found themselves without a club due to various reasons, all four are still looking for new employers but that will surely change any time soon.
Will Mike Ashley fund any of these?
Atletico Mineiro have parted company with ex-Barcelona and Brazil superstar Ronaldinho, with a quirky move by non-league Basingtoke for the thirty four year old bringing many headlines in the last day or two.
Thirty five year old Nicolas Anelka is reportedly attracting the attentions of Indian club Mumbai FC, managed by a certain Peter Reid. While his behaviour is anything but perfect, signing players such as Joey Barton has proved that Ashley doesn’t really care just so long as the deal works on the financial front.
Cristian Bolanos, the thirty year old winger is currently without a club after his contract ended at Copenhagen, despite playing a starring role for Costa Rica at this summer’s World Cup.
Joseph Yobo is now without a club after being released by Fenerbahce. The centre-back turned 34 today and a loan spell last season for Norwich wasn’t the biggest success but the former Everton and Nigeria defender could potentially offer something to Newcastle’s struggling defence.
Jack Collison is now a free agent after West Ham allowed his contract to come to an end, the twenty five year old midfielder has been plagued by injuries but could be seen as worth a short-term contract. To see if he can prove his fitness & form and as potential cover of Newcastle’s midfield problems continue with injury concerns over De Jong, Colback and Tiote.
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