While they might be one of the less busy Premier League outfits of late, there’s an entire summer to come before Newcastle United need to really start feeling the pressure of squad improvements.
Following on from a mixed 2012-13 season, it would appear to be a lack of depth affecting the Magpies most at this moment in time after they were dealt a terrible hand in terms of injuries last term.
Whether it be players heading for the St. James’ Park exit or those making their way towards the Northeast, the following five stories are this week’s pick of the bunch surrounding Alan Pardew’s side.
Although recent reports would have you believe that the forward is homing in on a permanent switch to Upton Park, Newcastle United haven’t quite given up on the idea of taking Andy Carroll back to his boyhood club.
According to the Mirror, Carroll is hoping for a substantial pay raise in order to complete a move to East London, but West Ham are yet to agree to the necessary £100,000-a-week wages.
A poll conducted by northeast outlet, ChronicleLive.co.uk, revealed that a substantial percentage of Newcastle fans would like to see Carroll’s return this summer, but the financial side still seems to pose quite the issue.
Judging by how long the rumour has stayed floating, the 24-year-old would appear to be dithering over any transfer, just about leaving the door open for a move back to his roots.
Aubameyang in action for Gabon U23s (right)
It’s no secret that Newcastle United has become somewhat of an English hub for French talent in the last three years or so, but Alan Pardew doesn’t look likely to add any more Ligue 1 alumni anytime soon.
Having been linked with a move for Saint-Etienne attacker, Pierre-Aumerick Aubameyang, for several weeks now, Pardew will have been disheartened to hear that the player was quoted in French publication, Scarface (h/t Express), as saying the following:
A few years ago they told me that after playing with Milan, if I were to leave, then I’d want to come back to the Rossoneri. I now feel ready to confirm it really is like that. I would like a return to Milan, but I don’t know if that would be an easy thing to achieve.
Aubameyang has easily been one of the most impressive players in the French top flight this season, but Newcastle’s chances of signing the hitman seem all that much slimmer as a result.
Fabricio Coloccini’s lust for a move back to his native Argentina appears to have increased in recent months, and the Newcastle club captain appeared to have said his goodbyes to his teammates after the Mirror published an article dubbed “The Last Supper.”
Now it appears the 31-year-old has even more backing for a return to San Lorenzo, after it emerged that an Argentine media figure was willing to help finance the move.
ChronicleLive.co.uk has reported Marcelo Tinelli as wanting to aid any deal, saying that a San Lorenzo insider told the outlet that the Argentine club still want the Argentine centre-back.
Valued at somewhere around £7million, San Lorenzo have so far struggled to even test the water of Newcastle’s expectations, but can hope that their dream move can somehow come together this summer.
Just several months after earning his first call-up to the England Under-21s side, Derby starlet Will Hughes has earned a bigger portion of the spotlight than ever before and is allegedly being hunted by numerous Premier League outfits.
Newcastle would appear to sit somewhere among those clubs and the Mirror suppose that the Magpies would be hoping to pay around £10 million for Hughes’ signature before loaning him back to the Pride Park outfit.
The 18-year-old impressed in the Championship last term and could lead Derby to cash in on his services now rather than risk his value deflating.
Hoping to add to the arsenal of superstar ammunition already brought in this summer, AS Monaco are now eyeing some of Newcastle’s French ex-pats, according to recent reports.
The Sunderland Echo’s Ross Gregory has reported that Matthieu Debuchy is an apparent target for the oil-rich club, but that the Newcastle right-back is not interested.
Or, as the French would put it: “Merci, but no merci.”
With Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez already arriving at the club this summer, Monaco have shelled out a staggering £110 million in the last few weeks, but don’t seem keen on stopping anytime soon.