Newcastle Transfer Focus – More twists in Newcastle transfer turmoil

With Newcastle seemingly linked with numerous strikers a lack of activity is starting to frustrate the St James’ Park faithful. This comes after the club look to have missed out on another target in Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon as talks appear to have broken down.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Express, among others, report that the Tyneside club’s chances of a deal for the France international are becoming increasingly unlikely, meaning yet another target has slipped through the fingers of director of football Joe Kinnear. In particular it is another striker that the club has failed to acquire after manager Alan Pardew stressed the importance of recruiting frontmen for the new season.

French club Lyon rejected a bid understood to be in the region of £7m from Newcastle, and seem to be holding out for significantly more for a player whose contract is up come the end of the season. With chairman Mike Ashley a notoriously difficult negotiator it would appear that any deal hinges on the Ligue 1 club accepting the initial offer.

News to buoy fans however comes in the shape of current striker Papiss Cisse. It seems that the Senegalese hit man has finally ended his dispute with the club over wearing the new shirt sponsor, money lending site Wonga. Having previously rejected the new shirt due to religious reasons it now appears the striker is prepared to pull on the black and white stripes.

Cisse told the club’s official website: “It has been a very difficult time for me and the club, and also for the fans. I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection I have made the decision to follow my teammates and wear the kit.

Now I think it is important for the team and the fans that we concentrate 100 per cent on football. Although I did not go to Portugal on the training camp, I was back here working hard on my fitness and preparing for the start of the new season.

Two strikers remain paramount to Newcastle’s transfer plans, and the Journal reports the club are still in for long term targets Darren Bent and Loic Remy. It is reported that it will take a £6m bid to take Bent to the North East with the striker thought to prefer to work under Pardew rather than consider a reported offer from Fulham.

A loan bid for Remy is reportedly in the offing after the striker expressed his discontent in playing in the Championship. Any loan deal would also offer Newcastle an insurance policy against any action taken in Remy’s upcoming court case. This may also appeal to the striker’s current club Queens Park Rangers who are looking to trim a bloated wage bill following relegation. With the new season rapidly approaching Newcastle will hope that any of these deals come to fruition.

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