10 Players Newcastle United Must Target to Revive Premier League Fortunes
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Newcastle United need a lift, and a glance at the Premier League form table quickly explains why.
The Magpies have lost 11 of their last 15 top-flight clashes, drawing a blank in front of goal in a dozen of those fixtures, and the end of the season cannot come quickly enough for the Toon faithful.
Manager Alan Pardew, who has come under increased pressure over the last few weeks, revealed details of the transfer kitty at his disposal to The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth recently.
So as the Geordies prepare for their final four games of the campaign, Bleacher Report takes a look at 10 players who could help restore belief both on and off the pitch at St. James’ Park next term.
One of Newcastle United’s biggest downfalls this year was their inability to replace Yohan Cabaye when the Frenchman left for Paris Saint-Germain in January.
His creativity—not to mention goals—have been a huge miss for the Magpies, and finding a suitable successor should be top of Alan Pardew’s list of priorities.
One player who fits the bill is Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier, who was linked with a move to St. James’ Park by the BBC following Cabaye’s transfer window exit.
The 23-year-old has scored six goals and provided five assists in all competitions this term and is currently concentrating on firming up his place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad in time for the World Cup.
Another Lyon player attracting the attentions of Newcastle United is striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is Ligue 1’s third-highest scorer behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani this term.
At 22, the France international would fit the Toon’s transfer model perfectly, having spent his entire career at the Stade de Gerland with his hometown club.
But with a major overhaul expected in the goalscoring department at St. James’ Park, the offer of regular Premier League football could be enough to turn his head.
Siem De Jong
As well as scouring France for Yohan Cabaye’s replacement, Newcastle United are rumoured to be scouting Holland ahead of the summer, and more specifically Siem de Jong.
With seven goals under his belt this term, the 25-year-old has played for the Dutch giants at every level since 2005 and has six Netherlands caps to his name.
His knack of finding the back of the net has been a strong feature at the Amsterdam Arena in recent seasons, with the No.10 scoring 73 times in his last five campaigns.
In his search for exciting young players, Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew could turn to England Under-21 international Tom Ince, who is currently on loan at Crystal Palace.
Pulis has been full of praise for the former Liverpool man, saying: "Tom Ince will be a top Premier League player, without a shadow of a doubt. He's got all the attributes and everything else."
Newcastle United’s interest in Florian Thauvin goes back to last summer, when the Telegraph's Luke Edwards reported that a £10 million bid had been lodged for the 21-year-old.
Known to have caught the eye of Arsenal in the past, the attacking midfielder opted for a move to Marseille and has bagged seven goals in all competitions this term.
Having worked his way up from Under-18 level with the French national side, the former Lille and Bastia man could be swayed by a move to the Premier League.
And though the Toon would have to improve on their previous offer, the Orleans-born midfielder would bring a much-needed creative spark to their starting XI.
Currently on loan at Everton, the 20-year-old has been integral to the Toffees' success this term and is expected to be in demand once the current campaign ends.
The Belgian was in Pardew's sights before he switched to Goodison Park, and according to the Daily Mail’s Colin Young, a fresh move could materialise in 2014.
Both Lukaku and Loic Remy have been good adverts for the loan system this term, but Pardew will be mindful of setting up another temporary deal following Luuk de Jong’s failure to cut it in the Premier League.
With experienced England centre-back Joleon Lescott expected to leave Manchester City on a free transfer, a number of Premier League clubs will form a queue for the 31-year-old.
The future of Toon skipper Fabricio Coloccini is unclear after Mirror Football’s Alan Nixon reported a recent dressing-room rant aimed at his manager and teammates.
And if the 32-year-old opts to return to Argentina this summer, Lescott could be viewed as an ideal replacement at St. James’ Park.
Little was known of Joel Campbell until earlier this year, with the Arsenal man on to his third loan club since arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2011.
All that changed, however, when the 21-year-old forward struck Olympiacos' second goal against Manchester United in the Champions League in February.
With Alan Pardew looking to instil radical changes to Newcastle United's frontline next season, a move for the Costa Rica international could be in the pipeline.
And according to the Daily Star’s Gary Jones, the Toon could make their move early once the current campaign has ended.
In the north-east, Steph Clark of the Durham Times has suggested the 27-year-old is being eyed up to replace Yohan Cabaye in the Magpies’ midfield next season.
The German made headlines last month when he admitted to diving against Nurnberg in the Bundesliga, which led to a penalty decision being overturned by the referee.
Another long-term Newcastle United target is winger Andre Ayew, who was rumoured to be on the Magpies' radar last summer, according to Ben Jefferson of the Express.
Despite the speculation, the Ghanaian international remained at Marseille, where he has scored 49 times over the past four seasons.
But his future remains unclear, and the exciting wide man could yet make the move to England after a disappointing campaign with L'OM, who are currently sixth in Ligue 1.
Ayew has 47 caps for his country and is set to play his part at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.