Newcastle United: 5 Attainable Transfer Targets

Dan Sheridan@@dansheridanContributor IJune 17, 2013

Newcastle United: 5 Attainable Transfer Targets

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    With time ticking by in the summer transfer window, Premier League clubs have been relatively quiet up to now, with almost half of England’s top-flight yet to make a signing.

    The likes of Manchester City, Fulham and Sunderland have already made significant additions to their squads, but elsewhere teams are biding their time as they line up their targets.

    Newcastle United are one of the sides yet to bring in any new faces, with manager Alan Pardew and new director of football Joe Kinnear assessing their options ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

    But all that is expected to change over the coming weeks and months, and here we take a look at just five of the faces that could tempt the Magpies into action.

5. Brown Ideye

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    Newcastle were first linked with a move for Nigerian international Brown Ideye at the beginning of May, when Sam Cunningham of the Daily Mail reported their interest in the striker.

    Six weeks later, no move has been forthcoming for the 24-year-old. However, according to his agent, clubs across Europe are jostling for position in an attempt to land the Dynamo Kiev star.

    According to Sky Tyne and Wear, the player remains keen on a switch to the Premier League, but is being tracked by sides from France, Germany and Turkey among others.

    However, with Newcastle quoted as his preferred destination by Neil Cameron in The Journal, a move to the North East could well be on the cards should they choose to make their move.  

4. Eder

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    Portuguese striker Eder is another forward that was linked with a move to Newcastle United last month as they continue their search for a new, top-class forward.

    Simon Jones of the Daily Mail credited the Magpies with an interest in the 25-year-old, with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham United also keeping an eye on the situation.

    Manager Alan Pardew is keen to bolster his attacking options after losing joint-top scorer Demba Ba to Chelsea during this year’s January transfer window.

    After impressing for Sporting Braga in last season’s Champions League, a move for the Portugal international could well be in the offing if a fee can be agreed.   

3. Will Hughes

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    At just 18 years old, Will Hughes has already attracted attention from a number of top clubs following some all-action displays for Derby County in the Championship last term.

    Newcastle are just one of those sides, according to Mark Douglas from The Journal, alongside Premier League giants Manchester City and Arsenal and even Spanish champions Barcelona.

    Hughes has been labelled as one of the brightest young prospects in English football, having worked his way up through Derby’s academy, and his price tag reflects this accolade.

    But his experience with England at Under-17 and Under-21 level suggests the midfielder is ready to make the step up to the top-flight.  

2. Darren Bent

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    Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is no stranger to life in the North East of England. He spent two years at Sunderland, where he bagged 36 goals in 63 games for the Black Cats.

    Now out of favour under Paul Lambert at Villa Park, the 29-year-old forward is looking to kick-start his Premier League career. According to Alan Oliver at Mirror Football, Newcastle are poised to hand him that chance.

    Magpies boss Alan Pardew knows all about the former Tottenham Hotspur man, having managed Bent during his time at Charlton Athletic before he moved to White Hart Lane in 2007.

    Despite his current wages, the England international could be temped to rethink his demands if it leads to a summer move to St. James’ Park and regular first-team football. 

1. Douglas

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    Not for the first time, Brazilian-born defender Douglas has been linked with a move to Newcastle from Dutch side FC Twente, and this time the Magpies could get their man.

    A £4 million move to Tyneside failed to materialise last summer, but their long-term interest in the centre-back shows no sign of abating despite reported interest from Inter Milan.

    Simon Jones from the Daily Mail suggests Newcastle are ready to make their move for the Dutch passport holder ahead of the new season.

    And despite the player himself seeking assurances about playing regular first-team football, as reported by Lee Ryder in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Alan Pardew hopes to have the 25-year-old on board before the new campaign kicks off.