Alan Pardew is not short of strikers, he is just short of strikers who are any good. Leon Best at the minute seems to be the most prolific and Shola Ameobi will no doubt do everything well other than score on his return from injury.
Now after selling Jager-chugging monster Andy Carroll they could really do with a quality striker to propel them further up the Premier League table.
Our friends at The Daily Mail are suggesting that Pardew has found his man and that he will be pleading with Geordie favourite Mike Ashley this Summer for the bunce to move for Espanyol striker Jose Callejon.
Callejon came through the youth ranks with Spanish giants Real Madrid after joining the club from the wonderfully named ‘Costa Tropical’ in 2006. He made his professional debut for the clubs reserve team in May 2007, however it was the following 07-08 season that the striker was prolific scoring 21 goals in 37 games in the Spanish second flight. That however was not enough to secure him a place at the club and he was transfered to Catalan side Espanyol.
During his time with Espanyol, Callejon has played mostly on the wing as opposed to up front and so his scoring record has diminished, that is not too say however that he has not been an impressive performer. His pace and excellent passing ability has made him particularly useful on the wing.
Last Summer the player was heavily linked with moves to Wigan and Everton with a potential value of £4.5million however these deals never came to fruition, and the player remained in Spain. It now seems that there will be another effort to bring the former under 21 international to the Premier League this Summer, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew recently went to watch the player as he begins to plan his Summer spending.
It remains to be seen whether other clubs would approach Espanyol, should Pardew formalise an offer but with the sale of Andy Carroll it seems likely that finding the funds to sign the player shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The club desperately need a forward and while I think Callejon is decent, I still think it might be a better idea for the side to sign someone that is more proven in the Premier League, but if it is to go ahead hopefully this one won’t be another fiasco like Luque or Xisco!
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