The Daily Mail are reporting that Alan Pardew has turned his attention to signing the Bolton striker David N’Gog after losing out on Loic Remy to QPR. According to The Mail it is N’Gog’s “ideal age” and his ability to play “as a central and wide attacker”.
At £2 million he could represent probably the cheapest option for Newcastle in terms of signing a striker but he hasn’t had a brilliant time in England scoring 27 in 150 appearances for Liverpool and Bolton. And Newcastle fans must be thinking of the old adage, buy cheap, but twice.
N’Gog is perhaps an unconvincing target for a club the size of Newcastle United and one that is day by day sinking into the lower echelons of the Barclays Premier League. Pardew hasn’t managed a win since beating QPR on the 22nd of December. There almost seems to be an air of resignation around St James’ Park.
Pardew was quoted recently in the press as refusing to get taken for a ride in respect of players fees and wages. This is a level headed approach, however some type of compromise will have to be made if his side are to avoid what might be a grim relegation scrap.