Alan Pardew tries to bring MLS star on short term St James’ Park deal.
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NEWCASTLE UNITED have made a stunning bid to sign three-time Footballer of the Year Thierry Henry.
After losing £35million centre-forward Andy Carroll to Liverpool, Newcastle swung into action to try to find a quality replacement.
Liverpool’s late swoop for Carroll left Newcastle with nowhere to go to find a regular replacement before Monday’s deadline. And that left them looking at temporary signings – or players out of contract.
Newcastle’s hierarchy immediately targeted Henry in much the way Tottenham tried to sign David Beckham – who has trained with them ahead of the start of the United States’ Major League Soccer season in March.
Henry, ironically, has also been in England recently, training with Arsenal ahead of the New York Red Bulls’ campaign. Newcastle approached Henry’s good friend and agent Darren Dein – son of former Gunners vice-chairman David Dein – to see if a temporary deal could be arranged.
Last night that seemed doomed to failure, with Henry committed to the Red Bulls’ pre-season schedule in Mexico ahead of their kick-off against Seattle on March 19.
Newcastle’s hierarchy immediately targeted Thierry Henry after Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool
Last night a well-placed Newcastle source told the Daily Express: “We had a real attempt to get Henry but the start of the MLS season worked against us.
“Carroll’s eleventh-hour departure prevented us getting a regular signing to replace him. But we would like to find a quality replacement, given that we have to look at players outside regular club contracts.”
SOURCE: Daily Express
On the face of it this would’ve been a very sensible short term solution to the loss of Andy Carroll to Liverpool but it appears that a move to bring Thierry Henry to St James’ Park has failed. The French veteran still has a lot to offer and would surely have been a big cult hero with the Toon Army and it may well have been a move the former Arsenal man would have considered had there been more time to seal the deal.
As it was any move made at the very end of January would’ve seen the 33 year old only at the Magpies for a very short spell before he was back on his way to MLS side New York Red Bulls, such was the impact of losing their top scorer so near to the end of the transfer window.
Alan Pardew must now try to get the most out of the strikers he has at Newcastle United but given that Shola Ameobi is sidelined and that flop Xisco has been loaned out to Deportivo, a lot of pressure will now be heaped on Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger.
A lot of pressure is also now directed at the club’s midfield who will have to continue to weigh in with crucial contributions. Thus far of the 36 goals scored in the Premier League, 11 came from Carroll and 10 have come from captain Kevin Nolan with the other recognised strikers at the club managing just six between them.