As Alan Pardew has recently reminded Joe Kinnear, Newcastle United are yet to make an addition to their first team squad so far this summer. However all the signs from St James’ Park are positive in their hunt for new forwards, with four attainable players identified.
Any of Bafetimbi Gomis, Loic Remy, Darren Bent and Andre-Pierre Gignac would be a good addition to Pardew’s team, but with Newcastle apparently keen to sign two players to join Papiss CIsse in their attacking ranks, which of the quartet should be their primary targets?
Other than Bent, who quickly fell out of favour under Paul Lambert at Villa Park and rarely featured as a result, all of their targets had good goal-scoring records last season. Gomis netted 16 times in 37 league appearances with Lyon, whilst Gignac scored 13 in 31 with Marseilles.
Remy started just one game for Marseille before moving to QPR, but impressed at the London club even as they were relegated, scoring six times in 14 matches.
Newcastle were interested in Remy before he opted to move to QPR, and it is not hard to see why, with the French forward a natural fit for their formation. Remy can either play through the centre or on the flanks of an attack, and if he is available at a bargain price, or even on loan, then Newcastle would do well to snap him up this summer.
Of the others, Gignac is probably the least attractive option, but Bent should probably also be avoided. The Aston Villa striker is undoubtedly a natural goal scorer, but has little else to his game, and often frustrates the rest of the team’s attacking play.
Gomis looks a smarter bet, as although he is not prolific, the France international has hit double figures in the league in the past seven seasons, and could complement the rest of Newcastle’s attack better than Bent.
Newcastle seem close to agreeing a deal with Lyon for Gomis, with some last minute posturing between the clubs a seemingly typical part of dealing with Jean Michel-Aulas, as Tottenham Hotspur found out when signing Hugo Lloris last summer. If they could also sign Remy, then they would have an excellent array of attackers for next season.
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