The Sun is reporting today that if Newcastle fail in their bid for Mevlut Erding then their attention will turn towards capturing Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe, for a reported £9million transfer fee.
At 28 years old and a hefty price tag on his head, this transfer would be the polar opposite of what the club looks for in potential transfer targets. Assuming Newcastle were to give him a four year contract at the age of 32 any re-sale value would be minimal.
However, the player possesses proven Premier League experience and a record to match. He is, perhaps, England’s most natural striker and would seem to be a good foil for Demba Ba. Whilst he comes with proven credentials he only managed to score 4 goals in the Premiership last season, although he was not a frequent starter.
It seems highly doubtful that Newcastle would shell out anywhere near £9million for a player of his age (29 in October) and who scored so few goals last season. If the club could secure the player for a fee nearer £6million then the transfer would be much more realistic, but according to reports Defoe isn’t interested in a move to the north east.
I am also delighted that the club seems to have been put off a potential move for Peter Crouch, at 30 years old a £9million pound fee looks extortionate for a player who has only twice scored more than 10 Premiership goals in a league season.
If Newcastle do not secure Erding, I think the best alternative would be to try and secure a swap deal for Nicklas Bendtner. At 23 years old Newcastle would be able to secure a future return on any investment and it would also allow us to unload Enrique for a reasonable fee. Whilst there are question marks over the player’s attitude if feel he is a better player than Crouch and is younger than Defoe, who would command a high fee with no re-sale value.
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