St James’ Park side plan move for talented youngster.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is reportedly ready to make an audacious bid for Roma forward Bojan Krki? in an attempt to fill the clubs much heralded number nine shirt.
The Magpies received £35 million for Andy Carroll in January but have yet to reinvest it in a replacement with current top scorer Demba Ba signing for free in the summer.
Ba and Leon Best are currently shouldering the striking burden as Newcastle look to cement their surprise top three position during the festive period but the Senegal international will be leaving for the African Nations Cup in January.
Pardew has now earmarked former Barcelona star Bojan to fill the void and become the clubs new number nine despite the Spaniard only joining Roma in the summer for €12 million.
His career at the Stadio Olimpico has yet to get fully underway and rumours that head coach Luis Enrique is prepared to let the striker leave are gathering pace.
The 21-year-old fits into the current transfer philosophy employed at St James’ Park with owner Mike Ashley demanding young players holding a potential re-sale value.
Now this would be a very wise move but one wonders if Magpies owner Mike Ashley has the ambition to cough up the £15m it would take to tempt Roma into selling former Barcelona man Bojan. The 21 year old has been around for what seems an age and has already notched up almost 200 appearances and has three La Liga and two champions League triumphs to his name.
Alan Pardew will have been delighted with the way Demba Ba and Leon Best have combined this season but the Newcastle United boss would no doubt love to bring in further attacking options, not least because Shola Ameobi is suffering with injury problems and Peter Lovenkrands has expressed his desire to leave due to lack of first team opportunities.
Bojan may well be interested in a move to the Premier League and given that Newcastle United are still unbeaten and are flying high at the top end of the table, a move to St James’ Park may well not be totally implausible.
Pardew has been looking to bring in talented players who are either youthful players with bright futures or players with good sell on value and Bojan Krkic ticks both of those boxes.
Since his move to the Stadio Olimpico Bojan has probably not got enough first team time as he would have liked, and he did indeed leave the Nou Camp due to his lack of chances to impress so maybe a move away is a possibility although a January exit seems less likely than a possible summer departure from Serie A.