Pardew Will Strengthen Again In Summer
After their busy January transfer window which resulted in five new players joining the Magpies, Newcastle fans will be hoping for more transfer activity when the summer transfer window opens at the end of the season.
A striker is definitely on the radar for Alan Pardew, while a defender will be expected to join if Fabricio Coloccini leaves to return to his native Argentina.
To narrow down some of the names that will be circulating closer to the end of the season, I've compiled a list of the top five players Newcastle could be linked with when the window re-opens.
In order to avoid the list being entirely made up of strikers, I've given the list some variance with targets from different areas included.
Let me know what you think the summer will hold for Newcastle United.
Bony in Action for Vitesse
Undoubtedly the main area for improvement in the summer for Newcastle United is attack. Papiss Cisse needs competition and Bony could be Alan Pardew’s first choice, after being linked with a late move in January.
The powerful Ivory Coast forward has an impressive scoring rate for current club Vitesse Arnhem and the Dutch minnows look resigned to losing their star man this summer. Bony has netted 33 times in 54 games and attracted interest from some of Europe’s big clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal.
Bony is similar in style of play to the now departed Demba Ba, as the 24-year-old has strength and pace in abundance. If he did join Newcastle, it would be interesting to see where Cisse fitted in, as Bony prefers a centre forward role similar to the one being occupied by the Senegal striker at the minute.
A fee of around £12 million could be enough to tempt Vitesse into selling their prize asset, a similar amount to the one paid to Freiburg when Cisse signed for the Magpies.
Such a fee would mean Pardew has a choice to make regarding squeezing both Bony and Cisse into the same team, although one would think the Newcastle boss has a plan in mind before consulting his chequebook.
Alderweireld in Champions League Against Manchester City
23-year-old centre-back Alderweireld is the latest talent off the Ajax production line. Formerly partnering Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen at the heart of the Dutch side’s defence, Alderweireld has filled his former captain’s boots as the main man at the back for Ajax and has attracted attention of a host of other clubs.
If Alan Pardew loses current captain Fabricio Coloccini, Alderweireld could be an excellent choice to replace the Argentine. A natural leader and formidable defender, the Belgian has been a part of his national youth sides since the age of 15 and has made 21 appearances for the senior squad to date.
As usual with players who have impressed at Ajax, Alderweireld will not leave cheaply and a fee of around £8 million could be enough to tempt the defender across the channel.
Aubameyang In His Country's Colours
Arguably the most unlikely target on this list, Aubameyang is set for big things.
The flashy striker has attracted attention from some of the world’s biggest clubs and knows he is a wanted man. Currently notching on a regular basis for St. Etienne, Aubameyang has said he will move away from France in the summer.
Aubameyang made headlines earlier this season when he took to the pitch wearing a pair of £2,500 crystal covered boots, giving something of a hint into the type of character the Gabon international is.
He’s not all hype though. The 23-year-old has 12 goals in 24 games so far this season and a fee of around £15 million would be the starting price for the forward.
Aubameyang has electric pace and movement, making him ideal for either the centre forward or wide positions that Alan Pardew uses in his 4-3-3 formation.
Despite heavy rumours insisting he was close to moving to Newcastle in January, I’d be surprised if Aubameyang chose Newcastle in the summer.
The heavy French contingent in the Toon squad could be a turning point but there are teams willing to pay more and offer more lucrative challenges than Newcastle.
Isimat-Mirin Could Be On His Way to England
One of the lesser-known targets on this list, Isimat-Mirin is one of Graham Carr’s most recommended targets from his search of France.
The 21-year-old centre-back would likely be an addition to the Newcastle squad rather than the first team, but the Valenciennes defender certainly has huge potential.
Already with 61 appearances under his belt for his current club, Isimat-Mirin has also attracted his country’s attention. Three appearances for France’s Under-21 side alongside Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara mean he is not only rated highly by scouts of other clubs, but by those in the national fold too.
A cheaper option than Toby Alderweireld, Isimat-Mirin would be available for around £3 million in the summer. Depending on Coloccini’s status at the end of the season, Isimat-Mirin would be unlikely to join Newcastle as a first-team arrival but more a backup to the likes of Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Newcastle had a late January bid for Vainqueur turned down by Standard Liege and could be set to return for their target in the summer months. A defensive midfielder with bags of energy, Vainqueur looks well suited to the Premier League with his style of play.
Most similar to Cheick Tiote with his combative style, the French (yep, you guessed it) midfielder could be tempted to swap Belgium for Tyneside if his club receives a fee around £3.5 million.
The former Nantes midfielder has only made 23 appearances for Liege, showing the kind of impact he has made on his new side as the suitors line up.
Vainqueur would be more likely to sign if Tiote was to leave St James’ Park in the summer, with rumours of Alan Pardew growing frustrated with the Ivorian’s lack of discipline on the pitch growing.
Until someone leaves though, it seems unlikely that Vainqueur will arrive in England. Pardew has plenty of options in midfield now so it will be more a case of someone leaving before Newcastle can strengthen their squad with another midfielder.