To follow up on our earlier post, here is the second part of our look at the January transfer window.
Half way through the season, Newcastle are still within touching distance of the top four and their 3-0 victory over Manchester United on 4 January proved they can mix it with the “big boys” when it matters. A lot of credit must be given to manager Alan Pardew, who wasn’t exactly the fans choice to replace Chris Hughton in December 2010. Indeed, the majority of Magpies supporters would not have backed Pardew at the bookies even if they were given free bets to do so.
However, Pardew has been instrumental in the club’s resurgence. He brought in Yohan Cabaye and who would have thought free transfer signing Demba Ba would score 15 goals? But, Newcastle will lose Ba to the Africa Cup of Nations this month which may prompt Pardew to dip into the transfer market.
The club have been linked with Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta and even a loan return for Andy Carroll who joined Liverpool in a bank-busting £35 million deal a year ago. But, given Pardew’s recent success in the French market, a move for Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud could be the most likely. The Magpies have also been heavily linked with West Ham defender James Tomkins after Steven Taylor was ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.