Newcastle’s World Cup transfer hitlist – Part Two

In spite of Mike Ashley’s frugal nature, Newcastle United are expected to make moves in the summer transfer window. Alan Pardew has already secured the signatures of Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, but more arrivals at St James’ Park are anticipated over the coming months.

Although the World Cup may prove a hindrance in pushing through deals, it also provides the perfect showcase for international talent. Whilst attacking reinforcements are believed to be the priority, Newcastle could do with adding depth to a threadbare squad.

Following on from Part One then, here is the second installment of the Magpies World Cup transfer hitlist.


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Ivan Perisic

Although Croatia have already been eliminated from the competition, Perisic still managed to impress with his performances in Group A. The Wolfsburg midfielder netted against both Cameroon and Mexico.

The latest rumours suggest that Everton have already opened talks over a potential £8 million move for the 25 year old. If Wolsburg are willing to accept an offer this low, Pardew should seriously consider making an offer for Perisic.


Jordy Clasie

One of the Netherlands rising starlets, Clasie has watched from the bench so far this summer. The diminutive central midfielder has impressed at Feyenoord over the last year.

Louis Van Gaal is believed to be interested in convincing Clasie to follow him to Old Trafford later in the summer. But with the Cabaye money lying around and then some, the Dutchman would be a suitable replacement for the influential Frenchman.


Ki Sung-Yueng

Having already acquired Colback from their fierce rivals, Newcastle could look to anger the Black Cats further by moving for the South Korean midfielder. The 25 year old enjoyed an impressive loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.

With the player entering the final year of his contract, Swansea could be tempted to accept a lower fee rather than risk losing the midfielder on a free next summer. Poyet is believed to rate the South Korean highly but no deal as of yet has been agreed.


Kim Bo Kyung

Kim may not be one of the first snapped up by the vultures circling Cardiff City. The midfielder isn’t even a consistent starter for South Korea.

But in glimpses, the 24 year old displayed promise in the Premier League for the Bluebirds. With squad depth a serious issue at St James’ Park, Kim could represent an affordable option.


Kostas Mitroglou

Transferring for £12 million in January, Mitroglou has made just one start and two further substitute appearances for Fulham. Hardly the return the Cottagers hoped for from their last gasp gamble to beat the drop.

Having suffered relegation, the 26 year old could be available to interested parties once the competition finishes.


Leroy Fer

Arriving at Carrow Road as one of many expensive acquisitions last summer, Fer was unable to prevent the Canaries from sliding into the Championship. The highly-rated Dutchman only displayed glimpses of the ability which prompted Chris Hughton to shell out an estimated £5 million.

Fer opened the scoring in the Netherlands recent victory over Chile.

The 24 year old may not feature much for his country this summer but will most likely agitate for a move back into the top flight. With the Canaries in no real position to bargain, the talented midfielder could be available for a reasonable price.


Loic Remy

A permanent move to Tyneside for the QPR striker continues to look unlikely. Having shone at St James’ Park, Remy has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham.

Having netted fourteen times in the Premier League, Newcastle were worryingly reliant upon the Frenchman for goals. Barring putting the club at financial risk, Pardew should do all he can to convince Remy to make the move to Newcastle permanent.


Mathieu Valbuena

A player long linked with a move to Newcastle, this could finally be the summer where the Magpies make their move. Valbuena shone in France’s recent demolition of Switzerland.

Recent reports claim that Valencia have identified the Frenchman as their main transfer target this summer. But as they have already proven with the signing of Ayoze Perez, Newcastle could potentially beat their Spanish counterparts to the signature of another player.


Max Gradel

A one time Newcastle target, Gradel is believed to have shunned interest from Tyneside to move to Saint Etienne back in 2011. The Ivorian attacker had shone in the Championship with Leeds United prior to this transfer.

A move to West Ham is believed to have broken down in the last transfer window. In need of attacking talent, Newcastle could be tempted to revisit one of their former targets.


Michel Vorm

If Krul is snared away this summer, Newcastle could be tempted to replace the ‘keeper with his international colleague. Vorm has been one of Swansea’s most impressive performers since their promotion to the Premier League in 2011.


Nacer Chadli

One of many Belgians to invade the Premier League in recent years, Chadli hardly enjoyed a memorable debut season at White Hart Lane this season. Aside from a stunning strike at St James’ Park, the 24 year old failed to net on any other occasion in the Premier League.

Despite having only moved to North London last season, there have been indications that Chadli could be willing to move once again. With Newcastle desperate for attacking reinforcements, the Belgian should be one of many that Carr and Pardew consider.


Nicolas N'Koulou

With Marseille’s financial problems being well documented, the Cameroonian defender could be the man sacrificed to raise funds. The 24 year old has become a key figure at the club since making the move from Monaco in 2011.

Despite this willingness to sell though, Newcastle will probably still be reluctant to part with the money that Marseille are expected to demand. With Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco all credited with an interest in the defender, the Magpies will likely pursue a less high profile target.


Remy Cabella

Ever since Yohan Cabaye departed for Paris Saint-Germain, Cabella has been earmarked by Pardew as the man to replace him. The midfielder is also said to be keen on a move to Tyneside, having netted an impressive fourteen goals for Montpellier this season.

However, negotiations with the French club are believed to have stalled over a difference in the player’s valuation. If the midfielder shines in Brazil, Newcastle may have missed their opportunity to sign the 24 year old playmaker.


Serge Aurier

If the rumours are to be believed, Mathieu Debuchy could soon be following his close friend Cabaye out of St James’ Park. With Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s exit also anticipated, a replacement at right back will almost certainly be required.

Aurier is believed to have been identified as a possible replacement in the event that PSG do indeed make a move for Debuchy. But with Bacary Sagna’s expected departure from the Emirates this summer, Arsenal are also believed to be in the running for the 21 year old Ivorian.


Sofiane Feghouli

Newcastle have long been credited with an interest in the Algerian attacking midfielder. But any chance of a move this summer looks slim, with the player recently confirming his desire to remain at the Mestalla.


Stefan De Vrij

One of two Feyenoord defenders on this list, De Vrij is almost certain to be on the move this summer. A transfer to Lazio was said to be in the advanced stages of negotiations only for nothing to materialise.

The Premier League appears to be a possible destination for De Vrij this summer, with Manchester United and Everton both linked. Although Newcastle are believed to be content with their current defensive options, a move for the 22 year old would surely represent a solid investment for the future.


Stephane M'Bia

Although he isn’t the QPR loanee that most Newcastle fans would hope to sign, a move for M’Bia could represent an attractive proposition. The Cameroonian midfielder has enjoyed a successful spell at Sevilla, netting in the penalty shoot out triumph over Benfica in the Europa League final.

At the age of 28, M’Bia doesn’t exactly fit the current transfer blueprint at St James’ Park. But with the current squad requiring far more depth, the Magpies could do far worse than considering the versatile Cameroonian star.


Tranquillo Barnetta

At the age of 29, Barnetta is one of his country’s most experienced performers this summer.

The Swiss winger has been linked with a move to Tyneside in the past. But at his age, it will take an impressive performance in Brazil for the Magpies to show an interest once again.


Vedad Ibisevic

The Stuttgart forward netted ten times in the league this season.

With strikers on the agenda at St James’ Park, the Bosnian could already be on Pardew’s radar. But at the age of 29, Newcastle will likely be looking for younger alternatives with a higher re-sale value.


Victor Ibarbo

Dubbed the new “Faustino Asprilla”, recent reports have linked the Magpies with a move for the Colombian striker. The 24 year old is believed to be available for around £8 million, having entered the final 12 months of his contract.

A number of European clubs are said to be interested, although Cagliari are holding out on a sale until after the World Cup. If the Magpies actually make a move, they will be boosted by the news that Ibarbo is interested in a transfer to the Premier League.


Victor Moses

Having endured a less than impressive stint at Anfield, Moses’ career has stalled somewhat. It is more than likely that Jose Mourinho will listen to offers for the former Wigan Athletic forward this summer.

A move to St James’ Park could provide the perfect opportunity for Moses to kickstart his career.


Vincent Aboubakar

Despite being guilty of one of the worst dives in recent memory in a friendly against Paraguay, Aboubakar is still attracting a lot of attention this summer. The 22 year old forward netted sixteen times for Lorient in Ligue 1.

Recent reports have linked Chelsea and Leicester City with moves for the striker. With a dearth of striking talent at St James’ Park, Aboubakar could be on Pardew’s radar this summer.


Waris Majeed

Reports have already suggested that Newcastle and West Brom are monitoring the 22 year old. The forward netted nineteen times in Ligue 1 for Valenciennes this season.


Wilfried Bony

How Newcastle must regret not making a move for Bony last summer. In a struggling Swansea side, the Ivorian managed to net an impressive sixteen times in the Premier League in his debut season.

Having signed for £12 million less than a year ago, the Welsh club are reportedly holding out for Bony’s buyout clause of £19 million. If the Swans don’t budge, that effectively rules Newcastle out of the race for the striker’s signature.


Yohan Cabaye

There’s nothing wrong with Newcastle fans dreaming, right? The Toon Army will likely be watching the PSG playmaker in Brazil, painfully reminding themselves of what their club currently misses.

But after failing to cement his place in Laurent Blanc’s side, there is speculation that Cabaye could be on the move again. Having recently tweeted his love for his former club, Newcastle fans would surely jump at any opportunity to welcome the Frenchman back to St James’ Park.

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