With the transfer window coming quickly to a close, clubs everywhere are spending big to sign players to improve their squads in anticipation of a more competitive Premier League season, set to kick off in 14 days time.

Newcastle, on the other hand, have done limited business this summer…

After the signing of Fabian Schar (and rumoured purchase of Yoshinori Muto), I have put together a lift of potential bargain buys that I believe we could/should turn to this summer, considering that Mike Ashley will refuse to spend a decent sum of money on any one player.

These are all players who appeared for their national teams during the World Cup, and who had very good tournaments, but we could still get on the cheap nearing the end of the transfer window.

I’ve compiled the list based both on price, and on which positions we are likely to/should strengthen, if we were to sign more players.

Martin Caceres  (Uruguay) –

Martin Caceres played in all 5 of Uruguay’s World Cup matches as they had one of the best defensive records in the tournament and reached the Quarter Finals, eventually knocked out by winners France. He can play across the defence and would provide strong competition in our squad.

Currently aged 31, his value hovers around the £4m mark.  He only signed for Lazio in January, but with his contract up next season, I think he would be a very solid signing to bolster our defence.

Carlos Sanchez (Colombia) –

Carlos Sanchez played three times as Colombia reached the last 16. Having been sent off in their first game, he recovered to play an important role in their side, before being knocked out by England. Aged 32, he would come in to battle with Shelvey and Diame for a centre midfield spot. Currently playing for Fiorentina (but having spent the second half of last season on loan at Espanyol), he would cost no more than £3m, which would be a bargain for a player of his calibre.

Denis Cheryshev (Russia) –

One of the poster boys of the Russian World Cup, former Real Madrid (played for their reserves with Joselu) player Cheryshev had an outstanding tournament. He scored four goals in Russia’s five games, including a vital one in their 2-2 draw with Spain.

At present he plays for Villarreal, with his contract running until 2021. However, it has been rumored that he is looking for a move to the Prem after his performances during the World Cup, and is valued at around £8m. He can play across the front line, and I would bring him in to provide competition with Perez for the no.10 role, or with Ritchie for the right midfield role.

Steven Zuber (Switzerland) –

Steven Zuber started three of Switzerland’s four world cup games, scoring a header in their 1-1 draw with Brazil. He plays in left midfield and currently plies his trade with Hoffenheim in Germany. Valued at around £9m, he is similar to Ritchie in terms of his emphasis on work rate and tracking back. In my opinion he would be a great replacement for Ritchie – if he were to leave in the near future and an addition was needed in his position.

Ahmed Musa (Nigeria) –

The Leicester City player was arguably Nigeria’s best player at the World Cup, scoring twice in a group containing both Argentina and finalists Croatia. The centre forward has been out of favour at Leicester, and went on loan to CSKA Moscow for the second half of last season, where he scored 6 goals in 10 league games. He is known for his pace and dribbling ability and is valued at less than £15m.

Artem Dzyuba (Russia) –

Dzyuba scored 3 goals for Russia as they reached the quarter finals. The 29 year old has scored 30 goals in 62 appearances for Zenit St. Petersburg in the Russian Premier League, but spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal Tula, also in the Russian Premier League, where he scored 6 goals in 10 games.

He is valued at around £9m and would be an improvement on our current options.

Let’s all hope that we can bring some more new faces in before we face Tottenham…

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  • Paul Patterson

    I was waiting for a ‘Bargain Buy’s’ article, but I have to say, that’s a pretty feeble list. Rule out anybody over 30 that costs a fee and who will want wages over £50k a week.

    • Wor Lass

      … and is injured half the season.

    • Leazes.

      He’s 14 (look at his other posts) and playing football manager and sharing his thoughts…. I wish he wouldn’t.

      I’ve said in the past that I thought this one was actually Simon Van der Velde.

      • FatParosite

        The Mag does not do ANY editorial for it’s articles. I’m quite surprised the inborn Mank contingent have not used it as a literal toilet.

        • Leazes.

          I’m surprised Mark Jensen has so little to say

  • Phil K

    Players in their 30s won’t get a look in
    ESPECIALLY if they’re costing millions, for God’s sake

  • SuperDesHamilton

    For god sake 🙄🙄🙄.

    Caceras is chronically injured as is Cheryshev if you done any sort of investigating you’d know. Zuber has had a bad injury too & seems unable to do anything outside of The Swiss league

    • 1957

      Yeah Caceres has only managed 210 appearances in 13 seasons including 1 in seemingly a whole season for Southampton, any idea what happened there… not good enough or injured?

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He was quality at Sevilla & to some degree when fit at Juve under conte. He’s just always always injured a league like this where talent is second to physicality he would struggle

    • I wouldn’t mind Cheryshev playing 15-20 games a season if he plays like he did at the WC. Can get much worse for 15-20m.

      • Billmag

        How many players down the years have done great in the world cup then flopped afterwards, I mean Maguire £65ml good grief he’s on par with Phil Jones vastly overated.

        • Not talking about big money deals. I did say 15-20m.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        When he was fit he couldn’t get a sniff at Villarreal he just happened on a purple patch & Russia having such a small talent pool available Russia had to risk him

        • He was exceptional, even half-fit. We nee a player like that who can score goals out of nothing.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Ivan & Amath N’Diaye would both be cheaper better options in that position for me. Cheryshev will probably have to move though their ain’t no chance he’s dislodging Samu from the wing after years of glimpses of his talent he finally produced regularly for Villarreal last season

  • HarryHype59

    That Musa looks a good player. Wouldn’t mind him here. For less than fifteen million he could be a good acquisition.

  • Fisherking

    Getting mores like the chronicle 5 things we learnt and all that you couldn’t make it up

    Oh sorry you have

  • foggy

    Perhaps a striker who wasn’t at the world cup, aged 26, plays for Porto , Cameroon international and who might line up against the Toon is Vincent Aboubakar.
    Rafa should bend Ashely & charnleys arm and get them to cough up the 18m he’s supposedly going for

    • HarryHype59

      Sounds a decent call. However, the Fat one appears to be putting a limit of £10m max per player.

      • foggy

        Be interesting to see what happens to the Mitro dosh if he is sold to Fulham. Maybe he could be offered to Porto as a straight swap.

        • HarryHype59

          Alas, I fear Rafa will be lucky to see £4m of the Mitro fee this year. Swapping Mitro for a forward of equal value would be more be more beneficial to Rafa.

        • FatParosite

          Rafa will not see the full sum from the Mitro handover…. He will be gone when his last payment comes in.

      • Jezza

        Fatso’s price limit for any given new signing would appear to be half the fee they got for the player he is replacing.

    • Paul Patterson

      Hahahahahaha. You almost had me there until you mentioned 18m . .

    • Mike Adam

      Spot on foggy, I would love to see Aboubakar here. Transfermrkt does rate him at 18 mil Euros as far as I can see. He would be the type of forward to break our transfer record on. Out of the ones mentioned above, Musa would be my choice.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He’s ridiculously temperamental though. I agree with Musa though he’s a good player just never given a chance at Leicester.

        Was always gonna be hard the season after they won the prem & was constantly compared with vardy

  • I’d take Cheryshev for 15-20m. Shouldn’t hesitate if given the chance to sign him. Musa is a player I would entertain. but I doubt Leicester are selling for less than 25-30m.

  • FatParosite

    The ex-villa Sanchez was $hit 5 years ago. He was the worst player on the pitch against England.

    • simonjames60

      he was awful at Villa
      bone idle, couldn’t tackle,pick a decent pass or run with the ball

      brought nothing to the team apart from the hair

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If they cost money just forget about it

    • Nart

      Let’s just ignore the fact that in the past 2 days Newcastle have signed 2 players for £12.5m eh. Idiot.