Newcastle United have a unique advantage if they want to sign Jason Puncheon at the end of the season.
Jason Puncheon is out of contract this summer and with the clock ticking down, Southampton have still not made him a new contract offer.
This subsequently means he could be up for grabs on a free transfer at the end of the season and Newcastle could be the favourites to sign him for a very simple reason.
That reason is that Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew, was the manager who originally signed Puncheon at Southampton so it shouldn’t be too difficult for him to move from the South coast up to the North East.
Puncheon is undoubtedly a player who could substantially improve the current Newcastle side.
His pace and skill out on the right wing makes him one of the most effective wide men in the Premier League and it would take a lot of pressure off of Jonas Gutierrez, one of the club’s only wingers.
The 26-year-old is clearly a player that Pardew admires because the Newcastle boss has admitted that he’s had one eye on Puncheon ever since he took over at St James Park.
However, it could all be a simple case of waiting until the end of the season before Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino decides who he wants to keep and who he wants to move on.
Puncheon has started every single Premier League game he has been selected for so far this season and he has bagged five goals with a single assist in the process.
The stats suggest he’s more important to the Saints now than he ever has been which usually means a new contract is only a matter of time away. He’s also not said that he wants to leave Southampton so any switch at the end of the season is not something that he’s sought out.
If it doesn’t arrive then Puncheon will have to weigh up his options and one of them is to make the huge trip up to the North East.
Puncheon and Pardew obviously share a very good working and professional relationship which could make a move to Newcastle very easy. Unless of course, Pardew has spotted another unknown French player from Ligue 1.
Southampton fans, why haven’t your club offered him a new deal yet?
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