Newcastle enter race for Odemwingie

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is reportedly lining up West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie as a transfer target, The Sun has reported.

With heavy speculation currently surrounding striker Demba Ba and a possible move to Chelsea, Pardew is reportedly keen to replace his leading goalscorer with Odemwingie, who has been a key member of West Brom’s promising season to date, where they currently sit 7th.

Odemwingie has scored four goals and provided three assists in 12 games so far this season for the Midlands club, backing up his 10 goals in 25 games from last season. The Nigerian, 31, has been with West Brom since the summer of 2010 after transferring from Lokomotiv Moscow, but it is believed he may move on, with a price in the region of £3 million expected.

Fellow West Brom strikers Shane Long and on-loan Romelu Lukaku have been West Brom’s key goal scorers this season with 5 and 7 respectively, meaning manager Steve Clark would have other goalscorers should Odemwingie exit.

Newcastle, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goals, with Ba’s 13 goals a standout figure, and some 10 goals in front the next highest scorer, Hatem Ben Arfa. The Geordies are having a disappointing season so far, currently sitting 15th after having finished 6th last season. Ba was Newcastle’s top scorer last season as well, plundering 16 goals in 32 games.

The Senegalese striker has a buyout clause in his contract, meaning a club can lure him away in the January transfer window for a figure around the £7 million mark, which has reportedly turned the heads of Chelsea, themselves looking to provide some goal-scoring support to Fernando Torres.

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