Newcastle United are focusing all their efforts on acquiring the services of Nolan Roux before the transfer window closes. Alan Pardew has been desperate to bring new attacking options to St James’ Park but has been unable to do so up until now.
According to L’Equippe the Newcastle boss had been chasing Sochaux forward Madibo Maigo, but the French side have now reported Newcastle to FIFA after claiming that such an approach was ‘illegal’, despite Maigo’s best attempts to force a move through.
Pardew’s frustration over the transfer of Maigo appear to have forced him to look elsewhere, and the Newcastle boss is reported to now be heavily interested in the Stade Brest forward, Nolan Roux.
The 23-year-old has become a key player for the French club, and has bagged 21 goals in just 62 appearances since joining back in 2009. Roux impressive spell at Brest has caught the attention of Liverpool prior to Newcastle, and is valued around €8m.
Since Andy Carroll’s departure back in January, Newcastle have been lacking a centre forward that they can rely on – a goal scorer. Last season, Pardew could at least rely on Kevin Nolan to hit double figures and help keep his side comfortably above the foot of the table, but his transfer to West Ham earlier in the summer will have left a number of fans desperate to see some new faces at the club.
With the likes of Ameobi, Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands often struggling to impress, Pardew has already brought in Demba Ba and Gabriel Obertan to bolster his attacking options.
The Toon army will be demanding to see that the money generated through the sale of Andy Carroll is invested back in to the club, and at €8m, Nolan Roux could prove to be a great buy for Pardew. The Newcastle boss is also reportedly keen on bringing in a replacement for Luis Enrique before the transfer deadline, and it looks as though for the second transfer window in a row, we could see some very last minute activity from the Newcastle board once more.
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