The Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club can secure the services of a quality striker this summer, but recent reports suggest they have failed in their bid to sign Alassane Plea.
With Mike Ashley at the helm the Newcastle supporters are far from confident that they will break their transfer record for a quality player this summer despite their need to invest. Newcastle have recently been linked with a move for Alassane Plea who currently plays his trade for Nice in Ligue 1, but recent reports from Germany seem to suggest that they have failed in their pursuit.
According to RP Online, the transfer of Plea to Borussia Monchengladbach will ‘probably be announced’ in the next few days. The news will hardly arrive as a surprise to Newcastle supporters who have become accustomed to disappointment in the transfer market in recent years, but it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom on Tyneside.
Besides, players joining Premier League clubs from Ligue 1 have often struggled to succeed within their new environment, so there was no guarantee that Plea would become a prolific goalscorer under Benitez.
With that in mind, Newcastle should turn their attention towards a player who is proven in the Premier League and should be available for transfer this summer, namely Liverpool’s Danny Ings.
After establishing a glowing reputation during the early stages of his career at Burnley, Ings deservedly earned a move to Anfield in the summer of 2015, but his stint on Merseyside has been marred by a torrid record with injuries which have significantly limited his progress.
The England international appeared to finally banish his demons towards the end of last season as he managed to make 3 starts in the Premier League, scoring a confidence-boosting goal against West Bromwich Albion in the process.
Ings certainly has plenty of work to do in his bid to establish himself in the top-flight again, but considering the rewards Newcastle reaped from the loyalty Benitez showed towards Ayoze Perez for the majority of the previous campaign, he should be well-placed to thrive at Newcastle.
The Magpies were crying out for a striker with a poachers instinct to spearhead the attack last season, and the answer to their problem could well be found if Benitez signs Ings on a cut-price deal from Liverpool this summer.
Newcastle fans – thoughts? Let us know below!