According to The Mirror (29/08, p67), Newcastle United have joined the battle for free agent winger Jordon Ibe.

It’s claimed that the Magpies want to sign Ibe on a free transfer, having been released by Bournemouth this summer.

Crystal Palace want Ibe too, and with neither side having big budgets, the free agent looks particularly appealing to both clubs.

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Ibe has Premier League experience, which appeals to both Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson, and Ibe may soon find himself in demand.

The 24-year-old was once a hot prospect at Liverpool, showing real promise at Anfield before losing his way and moving to Bournemouth for £15million.

Ibe was a major flop at Bournemouth though, managing just five goals and nine assists in 92 appearances for the Cherries.

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Newcastle need to find some more pace and attacking depth, so Ibe does make sense, but there’s ultimately a reason he’s available for nothing.

Ibe hasn’t lived up to his potential, and whilst he still has time to turn things around at just 24, Ibe would be a cheap punt rather than a saviour for Newcastle.

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