St James’ Park side ready to push on with moves to improve under-performing squad.
Alan Pardew told he can strengthen Newcastle’s squad in the transfer window after poor start to the season
Alan Pardew has been given assurances he will be able to strengthen his Newcastle United squad in the January transfer window after the gamble not to sign more players in the summer backfired.
Debuchy is the most likely new arrival, although the Magpies have also been watching Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and are looking at buying a new centre-forward, in case Demba Ba’s £7 million release clause is activated, and a centre back.
Demba Ba is set to leave Newcastle – within the first week of the January transfer window.
The Magpies have so far been unable to agree a new deal with the striker, and want to move him on early if they cannot convince him to stay so they can focus on bringing in a replacement.
They do not want a repeat of the Andy Carroll situation, which saw the England target-man sold to Liverpool on the final day of the January 2011 transfer window – too late for Newcastle to bring in anyone else.
Marseille hitman Loic Remy has re-emerged among the Magpies’ main candidates to come in this time around.
The Geordies have made contact with Remy and Marseille about a possible move next month and are hopeful that a £10million deal can be struck.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Perhaps it was too much to expect Newcastle United to maintain the excellent form that helped the Magpies to secure a top five finish last season but that said St James’ Park boss Alan Pardew knows his side must look to pick up points to avoid the club being dragged down the table into a relegation fight.
Newcastle United sit just four points off the bottom three after a run of just two wins in eleven Premier League fixtures and as such it’s perhaps not surprising that Pardew wants to strengthen his squad in January.
Alan Pardew has done good business in previous transfer windows but Demba Ba aside, the players who pushed the club towards the top of the table last term, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye, have failed to put in consistent displays this season.
Newcastle United will continue to pursue long term target Mathieu Debuchy but perhaps the North-East side’s form will make it all that more difficult to lure the French international into finally leaving Lille in January. Pardew has been chasing the 27 year old right-back for the best part of six months.
Moves to land Tom Ince from Blackpool may be easier, especially now the Tangerines have lost Ian Holloway to Crystal Palace. The young winger has been in fine form this season, scoring 13 and providing eight assists despite the fact his Bloomfield Road side sit in mid-table.
If Newcastle United do finally give up on trying to get Demba Ba to sign a new contract, one that removes the release clause that has attracted so much attention, then a move to bring in Marseille forward Loic Remy is a sound one.
The presence of fellow French internationals Cabaye and Ben Arfa could also help to persuade the 25 year old to consider a move to Newcastle United. The former Nice man may well have finished as Marseille’s top scorer in each of the past two seasons but nonetheless he has struggled to retain a spot in new Stade Velodrome boss Elie Baup’s first team picture.
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