Following the arrivals of Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United yesterday confirmed Siem De Jong as their third summer signing. The 25 year old agreed terms on a six year deal and has moved from Ajax for a reported fee of £6 million.
Capable of playing as a playmaker or an outright striker, many view the signing of the Dutchman as the long-awaited replacement for Yohan Cabaye. But with Papiss Cisse the only other senior forward currently contracted to the club, more attacking reinforcements are desperately required at St James’ Park.
After the disappointments of the last few transfer windows, Newcastle fans aren’t anticipating many further arrivals at their club this summer. But following such a dismal run of form in 2014, Mike Ashley may finally be ready to put his hand in his pocket or delve into the club’s recent impressive profits.
Bearing this in mind, here are SIX signings to follow De Jong to Newcastle this summer.
The six month transfer saga that shows no signs of abating any time soon, Newcastle are still believed to be in the hunt for Cabella. The 24 year old racked up fourteen goals and five assists in a struggling Montpellier side this season.
In spite of Newcastle’s troubles in 2014, the Frenchman is still believed to be keen on a move to Tyneside. Capable of fulfilling a central or wide role, Pardew will be keen to add Cabella to his ranks if Montpellier can be negotiated down from their lofty £16 million valuation.
However, some Newcastle fans fear that the arrival of De Jong may spell the end of a prospective deal for the Montpellier playmaker.
With De Jong through the door it only makes me Newcastle have moved on from the Cabella and Grenier deals
— ShaunyBoy (@ShaunThompson18) July 2, 2014
Signing Siem De Jong would surely mean no Cabella? #NUFC
— Connor. (@CHPopadom) July 1, 2014
De Jong has been brought in to create and supply but there is currently a dearth of striking talent at the club. Shola Ameobi has been released, Papiss Cisse has been ruled out through for an extended period and no permanent deals for Luuk De Jong or Loic Remy seem to be in the offing.
Enter Alexandre Lacazette.
Lyon may have struggled in Ligue 1 but the 23 year old still managed to net fifteen times in the league. Newcastle will hope to profit from the French club’s financial woes but will likely face strong competition for Lacazette’s signature. If Luis Suarez departs for Barcelona, many expect Liverpool to move for the Frenchman this summer.
A striking solution much closer to home, recent rumours on social media have strongly linked the Magpies with a move for Ings. The 22 year old’s return of twenty one strikes played a massive part in securing Burnley’s promotion from the Championship this season.
German duo Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg have surprisingly been credited with an interest in the striker, along with the likes of Everton, Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton. Burnley are understandably reluctant to part company with Ings and are believed to be holding out for £7 million for the Englishman.
Pardew may try and find better value on the continent but most Newcastle fans wouldn’t be disappointed with the signing of the 22 year old.
Reports saying that Burnley have accepted offers from Newcastle and Southampton for Danny Ings, what a signing he’d be!
— NUFC Banter (@NUFC_Banter) July 1, 2014
Well apparently as well as @siemdejong joining Newcastle, we’ve agreed a few for Danny Ings as well, both of them would be fantastic
— Jordan (@CurtissDawsonn) July 1, 2014
If Newcastle get De Jong and Ings I will be very happy with that
— Lewis Carr (@lewiss_carr) July 1, 2014
With the arrival of De Jong and the continued pursuit of Cabella, talk of a move for Grenier has cooled in recent months. The Magpies launched an unsuccessful “substantial” bid for the 23 year old back in January in a last ditch attempt to replace Yohan Cabaye.
Judging by these spectacular efforts, the Frenchman certainly seems capable of filling the PSG midfielder’s boots when it comes to free kick duties.
As it stands, Newcastle look set to pursue other targets ahead of Grenier this summer. But with the club worryingly short of creative attacking talent, the 23 year old will surely remain on the club’s radar for the foreseeable future.
Although attack is most certainly the priority, a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy may be required this summer. Speculation linking the full back with a move to Arsenal continues to gather momentum and a £12 million deal has been mooted in some circles.
Even though the Ivory Coast flattered to deceive once again, Aurier impressed in Brazil and managed to pick up two vital assists in the victory over Japan. Strong defensively and a potent offensive outlet, signing the 21 year old Toulouse full back as a replacement for Debuchy could turn out to be a smart piece of business.
Indeed, it is a scenario which many Newcastle fans themselves have suggested on Twitter.
It’s going to be hilarious when Newcastle sign Aurier to replace Debuchy.
— Rosie 47 (@rosie_47) July 1, 2014
Aurier looks on his way to Newcastle and debuchy is on his way to arsenal
— Best Player In Packs (@PackLuckPics) June 30, 2014
0-3. 0-4. 0-4.
This horrendous sequence of results at the beginning of April not only emphasised the club’s blunt attack but also their frailties at the back. Fabricio Coloccini has established himself over the years as a reliable performer but lacks a solid defensive partner.
Lauded by many as one of England’s most promising centre backs, many were surprised by Tottenham’s decision to sell Caulker last summer. The defender moved for first team football but may be looking for a new club once again following Cardiff’s relegation into the Championship.
Attack may be the priority this summer but for a rumoured £8 million, Pardew would do well to strengthen his leaky defence with this 22 year old centre back.