St James’ Park boss hopes to capture White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge talents.
Newcastle United will reportedly enter the race to sign Tottenham striker Peter Crouch as Mapgies owners Mike Ashley looks to appease the club’s supporters by providing funds to make a significant bid for the England international.
Despite the St James’ Park side receiving £35m from Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll, manager Alan Pardew has had precious little in the way of resources handed to him in order to improve his Newcastle United squad and aside from a reported £2m fee being used to sign Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye, all other additions have arrived on free transfers.
Events at St James’ Park have come to a head with the decision to transfer list midfielder Joey Barton and allow him to leave on a free transfer following his twitter outbursts at the manner in which the North-East club is being run, views that echoed statements made by full back Jose Enrique, and now Ashley is seeking to calm the situation by finally opening his wallet to help Pardew capture a long time target.
Pardew has previously expressed an interest in Crouch and it appears that Tottenham are willing to sell the tall striker as Harry Redknapp looks to refresh his attacking options. The likes of Stoke City and Fulham have also been linked with moves for the 30 year old.
Newcastle United will also push to persuade Chelsea to loan them their England Under 21 striker Daniel Sturridge for the coming season. The former Man City man is unlikely to garner much in the way of first team action at Stamford Bridge with the likes of Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and even Salomon Kalou ahead of him in the pecking order.
Sturridge is especially keen to secure regular first team football having experienced a successful spell at the Reebok Stadium where he netted eight goals in 12 matches for Bolton last term. Owen Coyle will once again try to bring the 21 year old on a loan deal but Pardew will hope to tempt the striker into a move to Newcastle United.
Pardew is very keen to boost his attacking options and even though Demba Ba has been brought in from West Ham the Toon Army boss still have few effective goalscoring talents in his squad, not least because the one player who was regularly scoring goals from midfield, Kevin Nolan, has also left the club this summer.