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Revealed – What Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe Would Cost Newcastle

8 years ago

With Newcastle looking so short of goals, both Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe have now been linked with a move to St.James’ Park.

Of course rumours surfaced on deadline day that Defoe was possibly joining Newcastle from Toronto FC but that proved to have no substance on that occasion.

With Mike Ashley very likely to believe that he has spent more than enough in the summer (despite it all been pretty much covered by the Cabaye and Debuchy fees and the TV riches untouched), I can’t see any major expenditure in January.

It is now thought that a possibility for a quick fix, could see Newcastle move for a short-term loan on one of these players from the MLS.

Already stars such as Thierry Henry, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane have taken advantage of the seasons running at different times, by playing in the Premier League last winter during the MLS close season.

Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC) will knock off from MLS duty in December and won’t kick-off again until March, giving Newcastle a possible short-term shot in the arm, without having to commit a long-term spend.

Recent days have seen the publication of what all players earn in the MLS, so we can now get an idea of what the cost would be for Mike Ashley to take one or more of these players for a few months.

Defoe is the fourth highest player over the water and earns $6.18m a year, which at today’s exchange rate works out at around £75,000 a week.

Keane is the sixth best paid and earns $4.5m a year, equating to around £55,000 a week.

You would have to expect the players would expect those wages at least to be matched, while of course there may have to be a loan fee paid to their his clubs.

Could Mike Ashley stomach that to give the squad a chance to pull itself out of trouble, unless of course Alan Pardew has already done the job in the next couple of months…

Of course there are always cheaper alternatives and looking down the MLS list, in eleventh place there is a certain Obafemi Martins; been around the block a few times but only on $1.75m a year (around £20,000 a week).


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