With just three days left in the January transfer window it appears that Premier League duo Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to do business. Wolves currently find themselves second from bottom in the Premier League table and are on the lookout for a striker who can score the goals to fire them to safety, while Newcastle are after defensive reinforcements as the Magpies’ squad looks definitely weak at the back.
The addition of Papiss Cisse to the Newcastle ranks means that the Magpies are looking pretty strong up top. Cisse and top goal scorer Demba Ba will be automatic starters, which means that the other strikers on their books will be fighting for the backup positions. Alan Pardew has reportedly made Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands available, which has caught the attention of Wolves boss Mick McCarthy according to the Express and Star.
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Birthday boy Lovenkrands, who turns 32 today, is out of favour at St James’ Park and the Danish international is unlikely to earn a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer. Seeking his 100th career goal, Lovenkrands would be likely to jump at the chance of more regular football, despite stating his desire to stay at Newcastle. Best is further up the pecking order, but Pardew’s decision to start Shola Ameobi up front and put Leon on the left may have alarm bells sounding for the Irish international.
Another Irish international who could be headed in the other direction is Kevin Foley. It was reported earlier in the week by The People that Pardew was interested in a move for the 27-year-old who has struggled with injuries of late. It is not a transfer that will fill Newcastle fans with much excitement, but the utility player will provide competition for players in the defensive third of the field. Whether a move for the 2008/09 Wolves Player of the Season will materialise I’m not so sure, but don’t be surprised to see Lovenkrands or Best head to Molineux on loan in the coming days.
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