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Bargain Newcastle United signings in the summer – What’s on offer in Europe

5 months ago
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It appears that when it comes to potential Newcastle United signings, we’ll be once again sniffing around the bargain bins (unless the takeover happens…) for free transfers this coming summer.

On Sunday I had an article published on The Mag, looking at Premier League players who are set to be free agents this summer.

Potential bargain Newcastle United signings to prop up the current Mike Ashley / Steve Bruce NUFC team / squad.

I’ve now had a look at these overseas options below (selected from the soon to be free agents listed by Transfermakt.co.uk) of those out of contract in June 2021.

Are there better free options available elsewhere in the likes of La Liga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Bundesliga

Jetro Willems (left back / wing back)

This is a pretty obvious one, given his loan spell last season, one which may well have been even more successful if serious injury hadn’t cut it short.

Willems was definitely a fan favourite last time he was seen in a Newcastle team, and if reports can be believed, he’d jump at the chance to be part of it again. Eintracht Frankfurt are not going to renew his contract, so it seems a no-brainer to get back a player we know can deliver against the best in the Premier League and already is popular with the fans.

Melayro Bogarde (centre back)

As I mentioned in my previous article, we are sorely lacking in young centre backs, and at 18, Bogarde would certainly be one for the future.

A handful of appearances for Hoffenheim this season across centre back, right back, and defensive midfielder, Bogarde managed to get an assist to his name as a bit part player. Capped at every youth level for the Netherlands, this one may be worth a punt for the future.

Robin Quaison (attacking midfield / second striker)

A versatile attacker, Quaison has had a reasonable season, scoring four and assisting two in 25 appearances for Mainz.

Not a prolific scorer by any means, but his versatility – he can play as a striker, second striker, attacking midfield and on the left wing, may make him a reasonable squad player for a team with a tight (or indeed no) budget.

Ligue 1

Youssef Ait Bennasser (central midfield)

Ait Bennasser is due to return to Monaco, after being loaned out to Bordeaux, he may well leave as Monaco look to shake up their team.

An engine room type midfielder, and a full Moroccan international, an additional midfielder who can play a good pass wouldn’t go amiss in our central pairing. Maybe it’ll even wake up Shelvey if some more competition comes in….

Lassana Coulibaly (central midfield)

Another central midfielder, Coulibaly has quietly had a very good season as Angers look to finish mid-table in Ligue 1.

A goal and an assist in 29 appearances isn’t exactly prolific but he would bring some additional energy that I think most would agree, is sorely needed in our midfield three.

La Liga

Kevin Gameiro

Ok, ok, hear me out on the current Valencia striker. Yes he’s 34, but he’s scored goals everywhere he goes, he’s used to playing in a team with a cloud over it due to poor ownership, and he’s used to playing as a bench option, and not leading the line day in, day out.

Bit of a more left field option here, and not too likely, but there really wasn’t a huge amount of likely targets in La Liga to be honest…

As I mentioned in the comments of my last article, I’d rather we spent money on a couple of first team starters, but if we are going to be scouring the leagues for cheap pick-ups, here’s a few more for you Brucie.

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