Five strikers who can end Newcastle United's attacking problems

The Magpies struggled for goals last term and have now lost Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi.

Newcastle United need to beef up their striking options this summer.

Following the close season, the Magpies released Shola Ameobi, while Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong returned to Queens Park Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach following their respective loan spells.

That leaves the chronically misfiring Papiss Cisse as the club's only recognised striker, while 20-year-old Ayoze Perez signed from Tenerife earlier this week.

Remy finished as the club's top scorer last season with 14 goals, while Yohan Cabaye, who left St James' Park in January, was second with seven.

Yoan Gouffran and Sammy Ameobi are still on the club's books, but neither are out-and-out centre forwards. So with Alan Pardew surely set to continue his spending in the striking department, we've looked at five possible options, giving them an effectiveness rating out of five.


The 32-year-old left the club after being released from his contract, but if Pardew cannot secure his targets, he may ask the Nigerian international to return to the club he served for 14 years.

Ameobi made 26 appearances last term and scored just once. The forward is hardly prolific, but should the Magpies struggle to land their targets - which is something that left fans frustrated in January - then Ameobi could possibly be asked to come back.

Signing effectiveness rating: 1.


The Arsenal striker is available on a free transfer after his contract expired at the Emirates, and has reportedly attracted the attention of Pardew. Hull City and Burnley are also showing an interest, and while the Dane was much-maligned during his time at Arsenal, much of that perhaps stemmed from his extrovert nature that some see as a misguided arrogance.

However the Dane contributed four assists and two goals in nine appearances last term, and after perhaps feeling jilted by Arsenal, the forward may have a point to prove in the Premier League.

Effectiveness rating: 2.


The 27-year-old Marseille striker could be available in a cut-price £6m move this summer. The OM forward made 36 appearances last terms and contributed eight goals and four assists. Payet would add to Newcastle's French legion, so would perhaps settle more quickly than usual, and at £6m, he would be affordable.

However, his penchant for playing in a wide position is something that could deter Newcastle from making a move.

Effectiveness rating: 3.


Newcastle have been continually linked with a move for the Lyon striker, who is available on a free transfer this summer. A recent report by The Mirror claimed that the Tyneside club had offered the Frenchman an £85,000-a-week deal, although he was believed to have been holding out for £100,000.

A whole host of clubs are said to be chasing Gomis, so Newcastle will have to pull off something of a coup if they are to land the 28-year-old.

Effectiveness rating: 4.


Perhaps the most fanciful on the list, but the Ivorian powerhouse would certainly provide Newcastle with goals. The Swansea City man netted an impressive 16 goals in 34 appearances last term in his first season in England.

Bony has been linked with moves away from the Liberty Stadium, but at a reported fee of £20m, Newcastle would have smash their transfer record to land the former Vitesse striker.

However, if Mike Ashley is serious in his commitment to both Pardew and the club, perhaps a heavyweight bid for Bony should be forthcoming.

Effectiveness rating: 5.

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