After narrowly escaping relegation last season, this summer was always going to be a crucial transfer window for Newcastle United, and despite the early hullabaloo surrounding Joe Kinnear’s appointment, they are ready to move quickly to secure several targets in the coming weeks.
Alan Pardew has confirmed that two names on their list are Darren Bent and Loic Remy, who are both likely to be up for sale at Aston Villa and QPR respectively.
Having relied heavily on Papiss Cisse in the second half of last season, Newcastle clearly needed to add some depth to their attack this summer, but bringing in both Bent and Remy would suggest that they are considering selling the Senegalese player.
Cisse has already come out to say he hopes to remain in a central position next season, having been frustrated playing out wide in the first half of last year. Although Remy can play on the flanks of an attack, Darren Bent is resolutely a centre forward, and Cisse could find himself shunted aside to accommodate the English player.
Already somewhat at odds with the club over their controversial decision to let loans company Wonga sponsor their shirts, Cisse might be pushed out of the club by the arrival of two new strikers.
After his fantastic start at St James’ Park, when he almost fired the Magpies into the Champions League, Cisse became a forlorn figure at Newcastle for much of last season. A late rally helped his team survive, but a return of eight goals in 36 Premier League appearances was not nearly good enough from the 28-year-old.
If Newcastle are keen to bring in Bent, it is likely the Aston Villa player would seek assurance over a first team place after his frustrating season at Villa Park, and that could see Cisse either relegated to the bench or pushed into a wide position.
If they can bring in Remy and Bent, Newcastle might feel that they do not need the Senegalese player, and despite a poor year they would probably be able to recoup most if not all of the £9million they spent on Cisse in January 2012.
Newcastle fans, would you be happy to see Cisse leave if Bent and Remy were arriving?
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