Alan Pardew brings Finnish international to reinforce St James’ Park strike-force.
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Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of striker Shefki Kuqi.
Kuqi, 34, was available outside the transfer window because he is a free agent and forms a stopgap ahead of replacing Andy Carroll in the summer.
Carroll was sold to Liverpool in January for £35m and the Magpies were further depleted when Shola Ameobi suffered a fractured cheekbone.
Finland international Kuqi joins Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger and Leon Best as the club’s available strikers.
Finland international Kuqi terminated his contract with Championship side Swansea by mutual consent at the end of January.
And, although the club had also been linked with the unattached Jeremie Aliadiere, the St James’ Park outfit went for Kuqi as he is much closer to match fitness and can, if needed, be called upon straight away by manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle have had to acquire a free agent as they failed to bring in a replacement for Carroll with so little time left after he joined Liverpool in a dramatic move on transfer deadline day.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Clearly Alan Pardew didn’t feel he could survive the rest of the season with strikers he has in his armoury and has made the wise decision to bring in reinforcements in the shape of bustling veteran Shefki Kuqi who could well prove a useful short term solution to the St James’ Park striking issues.
Andy Carroll’s eleventh hour departure left the Magpies with limited options up front, not least because Shola Ameobi is out injured, leaving pardew with Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Nile Ranger to call upon. Clearly Newcastle United managed to net four against Arsenal so perhaps their need was not as critical as it seemed?
Kuqi has been around and is very much a Championship level striker, but one last hoorah in the top tier may well bring out the best in the 34 year old who has had stints at Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Blackburn and may well surprise some Premier League defences with his no nonsense style.