Newcastle United could make a move for Tottenham forward Jermaine Defoe if the proposed deal for Mevlut Erdinc falls through.
Alan Pardew considers the Turkish striker as his No.1 transfer target, but with the season fast approaching, he is looking at other options.
Erdinc is thought to be available for around £7m from PSG, but the player’s representatives appear to be hesitating on the deal and Pardew is getting twitchy.
This is where Defoe comes in. The England international is a prove goalscorer at Premier League level and would be seen as a more than adequate replacement for Erdinc.
It would take around £10m for Pardew to bring him to St James’ Park, but with £35m in the bank from Andy Carroll’s departure to Liverpool last season, the transfer fee is managaable for Newcastle.
It all depends on the Erdinc deal. At four years younger and £3m cheaper, he would perhaps be a more sensible choice for the club, but Defoe’s ability to score goals cannot be underestimated.
Speaking about his pursuit of a forward, Pardew said: “I’m not going to use the word ‘promise’, it is a dangerous word. However, I am confident we will get a striker in.”
“Plenty of fans have come out to see us and mentioned on more than one occasion to me, ‘Where’s the striker?’ It is not something that is far from my mind.”
In what is expected to be a busy few weeks for Newcastle in the transfer market, there have also been rumours of a moves for Defoe’s Spurs team mate Peter Crouch and Aston Villa’s Stephen Warnock.
As for Tottenham, they are being linked with every player under the sun as usual.
Harry Redknapp is expected to complete a deal for Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, while he is also interested in securing the signature of striker Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao.