A number of names have already been linked with Newcastle United this summer, but Alan Pardew has said there is room for 3 new players.
The Magpies enjoyed a fantastic season with a 5th place finish, securing a spot in the Europa League in the process. However, they’re not intent on settling for that, as a summer of improvement is on the horizon.
Pardew said “I know we can sign two or three players and keep all those we have. I know we can do that. I think we will be stronger.”
Whilst they can of course get stronger, which players would be best suited to a move to Newcastle?
Mathieu Debuchy, Right Back, Lille
Danny Simpson is set for a move out of Newcastle with just a year left on his contract. The need for a full back is quite high this summer and Debuchy has been strongly linked with Pardew’s side. He impressed immensely at Euro 2012 which generated even more interest in the right back. Recent speculation has suggested that Debuchy could be set for a £7m move, well within Newcastle’s budget.
Douglas, Centre Back, FC Twente
Defensive improvements could be high on the agenda this summer and many centre backs have been linked already. They have missed out on Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen, who has moved to Spurs, but another Eredivisie star could be on the shortlist. Brazilian born Douglas is set to gain Dutch citizenship so he can appear for De Oranje, nullifying the need for a work permit. Douglas is a big, imposing figure at 6’4″ and is fantastic in the air. He’s earned a reputation for being one of the finest defenders in Holland, so £7m could be a very fair fee.
Wilfried Zaha, Winger, Crystal Palace
Another winger might be worth persuing for Pardew, but Jonas Gutierrez’s workrate is a key component in Newcastle’s success. Bringing in young talent for the future is something that Newcastle have already tried to do this summer in the shape of Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana, but Zaha is an exciting player that could do great things in years to come. If Newcastle want the 19 year old then they may face competition from Southampton and West Ham – but £6m for Zaha could prove to be a bargain in years to come – just maybe not an instant success.