5 Strikers Newcastle United Could Turn to This Summer
Despite making six signings so far this summer, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is not finished in the transfer market just yet, with a proven goalscorer being his main priority.
With Emmanuel Riviere already on board after his arrival from AS Monaco last week, the Magpies have turned their attentions to landing an out-and-out striker before the 31 August deadline.
According to The Journal’s Mark Douglas, the Toon want a top forward to follow Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat and Riviere through the door at St. James’ Park.
And as usual, the local and national press have wasted little time in linking the Geordies with a host of names at home and abroad.
Here, Bleacher Report looks at five reported targets Newcastle could approach to lead the line next season.
Not for the first time since he left Tyneside in 2011, striker Andy Carroll is being linked with a move back to Newcastle United, and a bid of £15 million is rumoured to be in the offing.
His time in East London has been hampered by injury, and a Magpies source has suggested a return to his boyhood club could prove irresistible for the 25-year-old.
They said, per Oliver, “Like all Geordies, Andy Carroll has never lost his love for Newcastle and we are sure if West Ham agree to sell we would have no difficulty in persuading him to come home.”
The England under-21 star has just 12 months remaining on his Turf Moor contract, and the chance to vie for the Magpies’ No. 9 shirt would be an alluring proposition.
The player has insisted that he’s happy in the North-West, saying: “I signed a four-year contract when I came here and I still have a year left. I don’t feel there should be any panic. I am just enjoying my football.”
The name Alexandre Lacazette has been linked with Newcastle United for some months now, and the club continue to keep tabs on the striker, as reported Douglas.
Despite being quoted an asking price of £16 million by Lyon, the Magpies remain interested in landing the French international, who netted 23 times for the Ligue 1 outfit last term.
The next few days could define Lacazette’s immediate future, with a three-year contract extension reported to be on the table at the Stade de Gerland.
And if Lee Ryder’s report in the Evening Chronicle is anything to go by, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas’ offer could ultimately thwart the Toons' attempts to land the 23-year-old.
Despite the fact he only joined Borussia Dortmund a year ago, French forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future is already the subject of intense speculation.
Newcastle United were keen to enlist his services last summer before the striker moved to Germany, with the Daily Mirror’s David Cartlidge reporting as much at the time.
The West Londoners, however, face competition from the Magpies, with Alex Harris in the Sunday Express suggesting he is free to move on despite scoring 13 league goals last season.
It was the beginning of this month that Newcastle United were first linked with Carlos Bacca, and so far, the Colombian striker has yet to make a move from Seville.
The forward bagged a Europa League winners medal with the Spaniards last term and also found the net on 21 occasions in what was his first season in La Liga.
The Daily Mail’s Simon Jones reported the Magpies’ interest some weeks ago after Pardew received rave reviews on the former Club Brugge man.