St James’ Park boss looks to spend Mike Ashley’s money wisely.
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Newcastle are ready to offer Leon Best in exchange for Leeds’ rising star Max Gradel in January.
New manager Alan Pardew is intent on adding to his attacking options to safeguard Barclays Premier League status, and is keen on the versatile Gradel, who has also attracted attention from Wigan.
But with Leeds manager Simon Grayson having shown interest in Best, Pardew is keen to strike a deal in the New Year.
Pardew is also considering Southampton’s Jason Puncheon. The winger, 24, is on loan at Millwall but that ends on Monday.
Newcastle had Puncheon watched as he scored in Millwall’s 2-0 win over Leicester on Tuesday.
Pardew has a limited transfer budget next month and will scour the Football League for untapped talent. (Daily Mail)
Alan Pardew may be about to make the most of his lower league knowledge as he sets his sights on two players he knows very well indeed. The Newcastle United boss brought talented winger Jason Puncheon to Southampton from the MK Dons when he was boss at St Marys’ and Max Gradel is a player he came up against during his time in League One last term before he was rather stupidly sacked by the south coast side.
Gradel is an adaptable attacker who has been in fine form at Leeds this season, proving he could step up to the Championship level with relative ease. The 23 year old Ivory Coast born talent could add another creative option to the St James’ Park squad.
Puncheon is another talented player with a great deal of potential who has been a big hit on loan at Millwall. Clearly neither player could ever be considered spectacular signings but their possible success as Magpies signings shouldn’t be discounted and clearly Pardew is having to work within a fairly tight budget.
The pair would collectively cost Newcastle United around £9m and including Leon Best into the deal to sign either player makes a great deal of sense as the 24 year old has not had a look in since the club bounced back into the Premier League.
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