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…