Newcastle United Abandon January Striker Search

St James’ Park boss switches attention to defence.

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Newcastle will focus on buying a defender rather than a striker following confirmation that Modibo Maiga’s move to Tyneside has collapsed.

The Sochaux forward, 24, was set for a £6m transfer in January.

But the deal broke down because of medical concerns over one of the Mali international’s knees.

“I don’t think we will be bringing a striker in after the collapse of Maiga, which we had put a lot of work into,” said boss Alan Pardew.

Newcastle will lose 14-goal Demba Ba, who plays for Senegal, to Africa Cup of Nations duty in the coming weeks.

It will leave the Magpies with Leon Best, Shola and Sammy Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands as the only strikers in the first-team squad.

But Pardew, whose side lie seventh in the Premier League table after a promising start to the season, added: “As far as we are concerned, we will go with what we have got.”


This may not be the wisest decision that Alan Pardew makes. Whilst it may well be true that valuations on targets increase a great deal in the January transfer window, to not invest in another attacking option, something they should be considering regardless of Demba Ba’s African Nations Cup commitments, is frankly foolish.

Ba has scored 14 out of the club’s 24 Premier League goals this term and the players that Pardew has available to him are simply not good enough to lead the line. The four alternatives mentioned have netted just four goals between them this season!

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