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Newcastle’s World Cup transfer hitlist – Part One

Date: 26th June 2014 at 4:45pm
Written by Chris Knight

After an incredible 501 days, Newcastle United made their first cash purchase since January 2013 with the recent capture of Tenerife starlet Ayoze Perez. And just like London buses, the twenty year old Spaniard was joined at St James' Park shortly afterwards by the controversial free transfer of Jack Colback. Fans may bemoan the fees involved or the relative reputations of the new arrivals but it is business which indicates that the club may be prepared to conduct some much needed business in the summer ahead. A tired squad with clear areas of concern may finally be given the fresh impetus it so desperately needs. The World Cup will likely provide an unwelcome distraction from the Magpies' recruitment plans. But with so many players keen to impress in Brazil, Graham Carr and Alan Pardew will likely be watching events unfold with some interest. Bearing this in mind, here is PART ONE of Newcastle's World Cup transfer hitlist. ANDRE AYEW A winger long linked with the Magpies, the 24 year old Ghanaian's desire to leave Marseille this summer has put a number of European clubs on alert. Ayew himself has fuelled the speculation by speaking of his "preference" to play in the Premier League. The 24 year old equalised with a peach of a header in the recent draw with Germany. With Hatem Ben Arfa clearly out of favour, Pardew could be interested in strengthening his attacking options with the acquisition of the Ghanaian. However, a bidding war is expected for Ayew and Newcastle will do well to convince the player to make the move to Tyneside. ASHKAN DEJAGAH Having gifted the Iranian the winner at Craven Cottage back in March, Tim Krul wouldn't be pleased to see the winger at St James' Park. The 27 year old impressed sporadically at Fulham this season though, and was arguably Iran's most dangerous player at the World Cup. BRAD GUZAN Having usurped Shay Given as Villa's number one a few season ago, Guzan has established himself as one of the club's most consistent performers. Despite his relatively small stature, the American has almost single-handedly earned his side points with the number of saves he has made. Unfortunately for Guzan, he has spent most of his time in Brazil so far watching Tim Howard and the rest of his international colleagues perform. But if Tim Krul is lured away this summer, the Magpies could do a lot worse than replacing him with the Villa number one. BRUNO MARTINS INDI Louis Van Gaal ... Read More

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