Magpies boss hopes to bring London based pair to St James’ Park.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is planning an ambitious double striker swoop this summer as he looks to lure two London based England internationals into making a move to St James’ Park. The Magpies manager has had to cope with a decidedly average attack following the deadline day sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and now hopes that owner Mike Ashley will provide the funds to bring in some much needed fire-power.
Pardew will look to reunite with West Ham striker Carlton Cole according to the Evening Chronicle and the chances of signing the 27 year old would clearly increase should the East London side fail to beat the drop.
Cole has been in and out of the West Ham side this season having fallen out with manager Avram Grant. The former Chelsea man has however netted 11 goals from 25 starts in all competitions and was the club’s top scorer last season. West Ham co-owner David Gold has admitted that his side would struggle to keep the club’s top performers should they be relegated to the Championship.
Newcastle United may find it harder to snap up their other reported striker target as Pardew is also being linked with a move for another of his former West Ham charges, Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe. The White Hart Lane striker has struggled for form this term and Harry Redknapp is apparently considering selling the 28 year old this summer.
The Daily Express states that Pardew will fight Sunderland boss Steve Bruce to sign the England man who has scored just three Premier League goals this season but is clearly a player that is on the whole a prolific marksman.
Newcastle United have had to depend on the likes of Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Shefki Kuqi for the second half of the season and given that their collective total of 16 goals from a combined 60 plus appearances, it seems fairly clear that Pardew would be looking to bring in reinforcements when the transfer window re-opens.
Carlton Cole and Jermain Defoe are thought to have a combined valuation of around £20-22m which would still see the North-East club having a large chunk of change from the £35m they received from Liverpool for youngster Andy Carroll.