Signings for Newcastle United with Mike Ashley promising investment
Prior to Newcastle United’s final game of the Premier League season against West Ham United, one they needed to win to guarantee safety, chairman Mike Ashley promised there would be significant investment in the summer.
After a long season, which has seen Alan Pardew depart as manager to take the reins at Crystal Palace, and the Magpies subsequently left in a relegation scrap, much change is clearly needed to return the Toon back to the days when they were credible challengers.
There have also been calls for them to take cup competitions seriously, with Newcastle 25/1 with Coral to win the Capital One Cup next season, and with the right manager and the requisite players, this could be a realistic possibility.
The Tyneside club have long had quality, cultured stars within their ranks, including David Ginola, Laurent Robert and Nolberto Solano, plus iconic strikers like Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Patrick Kluivert. And of course, there was Gallowgate icon Alan Shearer.
One issue that needs to be addressed, however, is recruiting a new boss. Current caretaker coach John Carver has, for his part, done well. His minimum expectation was keeping the club in the Premier League. He isn’t a manager, though there is no doubt that he is a football man, and will do well in a supporting role.
There have been suggestions that Brendan Rodgers could head north if Liverpool relieve him of his duty; however, a likelier name could be Michael Laudrup. The Dane is currently managing in Qatar for Lekhwiya, though is widely expected to leave the club if the Magpies come calling. Laudrup has a good reputation in the Premier League, and took Swansea City to the next level while he was there.
Advantageously for Newcastle, he also has an extensive network across Europe, especially in La Liga, where his ability to pluck bargains was demonstrated to great effect in the recruitment of Michu. Laudrup’s departure from the south Wales outfit may have largely been down to a disagreement over the availability of funds available in the transfer window, as well as a reported rift between his agent and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins.
With Ashley understood to be more generous with his chequebook from now on, a move to Newcastle could make sense for all involved, where he would be a magnet for big players as well an enforcer of attractive football. As a result, Coral take a look at who might be on the club’s radar this summer, with the club showing over the last decade that it is a draw for big names.
This is a move that is mutually beneficial for both parties. It represents a great opportunity for the player to become a cult-hero and follow in the footsteps as Shearer, who scored 148 times for the club.
At just 25, Austin has years ahead of him and is a natural goalscorer, proving that with QPR this season, netting 18 Premier League goals for the relegated side.
He is definitely the type of player that the Magpies need, who have long craved a number nine of his ability and even at £10m, he would represent good value for money.
With Hull City relegated to the Championship, albeit at Newcastle’s expense, the raid on their players and more importantly, their biggest earners may begin. One of the jewels in the crown is likely to be Scotland left-back and rising star Robertson, who will no doubt have a number of clubs circling for his signature.
However, should Newcastle want the left back, they may have to act fast, with the Hammers said to be monitoring the situation, if Manchester City make a move for Aaron Cresswell. Not since Philippe Albert have the Magpies had an outstanding player in that position, though Robertson is certainly in that mould. If they can snare him for £5m, it would represent a great piece of business.
The highly promising Ajax centre back would be a definite coup and a great signing for Newcastle who need to replace Argentine stalwart Fabricio Coloccini. At just 23, he is at the right age for a move, and would link up with international teammate Daryl Janmaat, while any fee is likely to be around the £7m mark.
The Colombian midfielder has apparently fallen out of favour at Porto, and could well be available in the summer. At just 22 years of age, he has an abundance of quality and would be a huge hit with the Newcastle faithful, however, Ashley would likely have to splash out at least £15m to sign him.
Getafe’s right winger would suit Newcastle to a tee, with his direct dribbling and has the type of flair that has been missing at the club. If the Magpies hire Laudrup as boss, this move could materialise with the Dane previously managing the Spanish outfit.
Any fee would be easily affordable for the 23-year-old who has impressed for Spain at U-21 level, and he could become a fan favourite.