Alan Pardew plans moves for talent from Stamford Bridge, Upton Park and White Hart Lane as the St James’ Park manager looks to spend Carroll cash.
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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has reportedly put together a wish-list of players he would like the Magpies to challenge for if indeed he can convince St James’ Park owner Mike Ashley to allow him to spend the money the club made from the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
Pardew’s most pressing concern is the lack of effective attacking options and with this in mind he has set his sights on Chelsea youngster Daniel Sturridge who has made a big impact on loan at Bolton, netting in his first three games of the Trotters. The England Under 21 international seems as even further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order with new signing Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou all ahead of the former Man City man in the striking queue.
Carlo Ancelotti may well opt to allow Sturridge to leave if a decent offer comes in for a player who cost the Blues £3.5m in July 2009. It is thought that the Premier League side would demand at least double that amount before considering a sale.
Tottenham playmaker Niko Kranjcar is also on the Newcastle radar as Pardew looks to boost the club’s creativity and was apparently a target during last month’s transfer window. Much like Sturridge the Croatian international is by no means a first team regular at White Hart Lane although the former Portsmouth man has impressed in recent games as a replacement for injured winger Gareth Bale.
Harry Redknapp would be loathed to lose his former Fratton Park charge but would not stand in his way as the 26 year old searches for first team chances elsewhere. Kranjcar has made just two Premier League starts this season as the abundance of creative midfielders at the top four chasing side has reduced his chances of a regular run in the team. The likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Steven Pienaar, Aaron Lennon, Rafael Van der Vaart already forced the departure on loan of David Bentley to Birmingham City and may well also force the Zagreb born midfielder into a Spurs exit.
The Newcastle United boss is also considering a move to strengthen his defence with the signing of West Ham defender James Tomkins. Former Hammers boss Pardew knows all about the adaptable defender as the youngster was making a name for himself in the club’s youth team during his three year reign at Upton Park.
The cost of these signings combined would probably be lower than the £35m the club received for Carroll so Alan Pardew will have to hope that Mike Ashley allows him to make the signings he feels the club need to make in order to keep the club pushing towards the top six rather than glancing wearily towards the relegation zone.