6 Strikers Newcastle United Should Target

Dan ColasimoneContributor IAugust 23, 2013

6 Strikers Newcastle United Should Target

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    Newcastle United would love to sign a striker before the transfer window closes on September 2.

    With Europe's richest clubs prepared to spend astronomical amounts to sign players, teams with tighter budgets often struggle to find value in the market, as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Sky Sports:

    It's important we get another striker in.

    It's always frustrating in the transfer market but we've got a strong squad and we did some business last January which put us in good fettle because the six months of experience they got will stand them in good stead. 

    I think the figures the top clubs are paying out is ridiculous. We can't compete with them on a financial level so we have to be as clever and shrewd as we can, and get players in of the same quality but for a lot less money.

    Since the prolific Demba Ba was sold to Chelsea before the 2012/13 season, the Magpies have struggled to replace him up front.

    While the highest-profile names might be out of reach for Pardew, here are a handful of useful forwards who might be worth looking at.

    Market values listed are according to transfermarkt.com.

Luciano Vietto

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    Club: Racing Club

    Age: 19

    Market Value: €10 million

    Though this Argentine sensation is a little different to the type of striker normally featured at Newcastle, that is not to say he would not prove a massive hit at the club.

    Vietto is comfortable leading the line, but is not a classic target man. 

    Rather, he is a highly skilled poacher who can also lay on goals through his creative talents.

    His elusive dribbling style means that at full flight he is a nightmare for opposition defenders to try to contain, and best of all, he knows how to find the back of the net.

Alessandro Matri

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    Club: Juventus

    Age: 29

    Market Value: €11 million

    With new signings Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente likely to be occupying starting roles for Juventus this season, the likes of Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella and Mirko Vucinic may be deemed surplus to requirements for the Italian champions.

    Matri in particular seems certain to be on his way out, with Juventus actively encouraging him to move on.

    Whoever lands his services will get a hard-working, reliable front man, whose value to the team goes beyond simply scoring goals.

    Newcastle would want to be quick if they wish to sign him, however, as several Italian clubs, led by Napoli, are circling. 

Marko Livaja

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    Club: Atalanta

    Age: 19

    Market Value: €3.3 million

    A cut-price option for Pardew to have a peek at might be young Croat Marko Livaja.

    The former Inter player is an undeniable talent who could be worth much more on the market within a couple of years.

    If he can overcome rumored attitude problems, the sky is the limit for this quicksilver goal sneak.

Luiz Adriano

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    Club: Shakhtar Donetsk

    Age: 26

    Market Value: €6 million

    Newcastle front men over the years have tended to be quick and powerful, and Shakhtar's Brazilian No. 9 fits that description to a tee.

    With the arrival of young gun Facundo Ferreyra at the Ukrainian club, Luiz Adriano may consider moving to a team where he is a guaranteed starter every week.

    Having claimed a Europa League title and four domestic championships, this prolific hit-man is a proven winner who should be about to enter the peak years of his career.

Jese Rodriguez

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    Club: Real Madrid

    Age: 20

    Market Value: €12 million

    Should Real Madrid snare Gareth Bale, as they appear ever more likely to do, fringe attacking players at the club will be worried they will see even less game time.

    Jese is a sensational talent, and popular with Madrid fans, so Carlo Ancelotti would be hesitant to let him go, but a loan spell to another club could be a smart way of ensuring the player is able to further his development by playing regular first-team football.

    Pardew should monitor the 20-year-old Spaniard's situation carefully.

     

     

Leandro Damiao

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    Club: Internacional

    Age: 24

    Market Value: €22 million

    He wouldn't come cheap, but Leandro Damiao is the ideal target for Newcastle United.

    Big, strong and lethal in front of goal, the Brazilian would fit into the Magpies' current system perfectly.

    The likes of Tottenham, Southampton, Arsenal and Liverpool have expressed an interest in the striker, meaning his price could be pushed up even further.

    A cheeky offer to Internacional to test the waters might not be a bad idea, however, considering the 20-plus goals the 24-year-old could potentially bring to St James' Park this season.