A round-up of news and views relating to Newcastle United.
Amid fan dissention at the appointment of Joe Kinnear, the Independent have a report claiming that Mike Ashley would be prepared to sell Newcastle United, but only if he recoups the £267million he has put into the club during his six-year reign. Ashley has never won over the fans at Newcastle, and the furore over Kinnear’s return to the club has led to calls for the owner to consider his position at St. James’ Park.
Despite the controversy at board level, transfer speculation relating to Newcastle continues to come in, with reports that Kinnear is hoping to appease the fans and Alan Pardew by bringing in Darren Bent and James Tomkins, who are two of Pardew’s top targets this summer. The Aston Villa striker could be available for around £6million after falling out of favour at Villa Park, whilst Tomkins is valued at around £5million by West Ham.
However Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is still Newcastle’s priority in their hunt for a new striker this summer, despite St Etienne valuing the 23-year-old at £16million. Newcastle are yet to put in a bid for Aubameyang, and could face competition from AC Milan and Monaco, as well as Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for the striker.
After appointing Laurent Blanc as their new manager, PSG are expected to rival Monaco in the hunt for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Blanc is an admirer of Cabaye, and could try to make the midfielder his first signing at the Ligue 1 champions. Cabaye is reportedly valued at around £20million, with both big-spending French sides unlikely to baulk at the price-tag.
Newcastle United are apparently considering a bid for Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, who has been linked with a host of clubs this summer. Swansea City and Anzhi are also repotedly tracking the 24-year-old, who finished as the Eredivisie top scorer last season.
According to his agent, David Hodgson, Dan Gosling faces crunch talks in the next week to discuss his future at Newcastle United. Gosling has never been able to hold down a regular starting place under Alan Pardew, having suffered a run of injuries since joining the club in 2010, and could be allowed toleave the club this summer despite his intention to fight for a place in the team.
On HITC this week we look at whether the current trouble at Newcastle might stop Bony joining the club, as well as the reports on Ashley’s possible sale of the club. We also take a light-hearted look at Kinnear’s Newcastle United dream team.
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