Is Newcastle’s pursuit of De Jong paving exits for Ba and Cisse?
Sharethematch.com looks at Alan Pardew's pursuit of Luuk de Jong and what this means for Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse
Striker speculation should concern Magpies fans
Football fans never get tired of seeing their club linked with new players, but the case of Newcastle United’s pursuit of FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong might be the exception to the rule.
Newcastle’s supporters will, of course, be pleased to see further proof of Mike Ashley’s willingness to bolster the squad after last season’s astonishing fifth-place Premier League finish.
De Jong is also an exciting proposition – he has scored 39 goals in 76 games for Twente, and earned a place in an extremely talented but underachieving Dutch squad for Euro 2012.
But those who read between the lines will be slightly worried. Why are Newcastle chasing De Jong so doggedly when they already have Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba?
One slightly unsettling possibility is that Alan Pardew views the Dutchman as a replacement rather than a reinforcement.
Ba reportedly has a release clause which is considered to be very attractive to potential suitors, while Cisse turned many heads with his superb impact last term.
Ashley’s philosophy appears to be that every player has his price, and it is hard to see him hesitating if he receives a big offer for any of his prized assets.
If this proves to be the case, the potential arrival of De Jong, or of anyone else at St James’ Park this summer, will be bittersweet.
Redknapp should look beyond English football
Harry Redknapp has once again been talking about how much he wants another Premier League job – but he might do better to broaden his horizons.
The former Spurs boss has reportedly spurned advances from various clubs in the Middle East as he remains determined to get another job in England’s top flight.
Clubs around Europe are also thought to be impressed by the style of football he produced at White Hart Lane, but the man himself does not seem prepared to consider a move abroad.
But it might be wiser to think again as, quite simply, there is nothing here for Redknapp right now.
Having tasted Champions League football with Spurs, it is unlikely he would take up another offer from a club outside the top six.
Yet here lies the problem: All the clubs he would be prepared to consider either have stable, established managers or have just appointed new ones.
England, too, have clearly thrown in their lot with Roy Hodgson for the long haul, and it now appears unlikely Redknapp will ever get a chance to manage his country.
So why stay? Rather than play the waiting game, he could quite easily capitalise on his popularity by going abroad to boost his CV.
After all, that’s what Hodgson did, and look where he is now.