Alan Pardew draws up St James’ Park wish-list and prepares summer moves for Emirates, Upton Park, White Hart Lane and Reebok Stadium targets
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It seems that once Andy Carrroll’s move to Liverpool was sealed Alan Pardew made a beeline for various replacements, at least if you believe the speculation and gossip that was prevalent yesterday, and after the St James’ Park boss announced today that he will look to spend the entire £35m in the summer here are a list of the strikers he has apparently set his sights on.
Johan Elmander (Bolton)
The Swedish international is out of contract in the summer so will be a cost effective option but given that the Newcastle United boss is making a point of saying he will spend the Carroll cash, a move to sign someone for free fails to make sense. Also the former Toulouse man is not that good, very much a confidence player and only performs in patches.
Carlton Cole (West Ham)
Much maligned but has can still do a job but is by no means a top quality player. West Ham will probably be having something of a fire sale come the summer if they get relegated and again the England international could be on sale on the cheap and let’s face it Mike Ashley is unlikely to give Pardew all the Carroll cash is he.
Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)
A very underrated player who employs something of a scatter-gun approach to the game. Always shoots when anywhere near the target and thus has a decent strike rate whilst continuing to be only a bit part player at the Emirates. 38 goals from 75 starts is not a bad ratio at all, even when you take into account all his substitute appearances the Danish international has something to offer.
Peter Crouch (Tottenham)
Getting on a bit yes but a proven Premier League player who offers a similar old fashioned approach to the game as Andy Carroll did. The England man works well as part of a front pair, much better than up on his own as he has been during Harry Redknapp’s reign at Tottenham. Could be looking for a new challenge in the summer.