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Alan Pardew may be more renowned for his tactical prowess than his new workout programme for players, but he’s also shown himself to be a dab hand in the transfer market. He’s made good decisions, signed great players and fixed numerous weaknesses present in Newcastle’s squad before he arrived. After signing Papiss Cissé you’d be excused for thinking that the Magpie’s January spending was over, but this may not be the case if the right bargain presents itself.

The Daily Mail recently reported that Tottenham have offered their sidelined Russian forward Roman Pavlyuchenko to Newcastle and Sunderland.

Roman has been unhappy with his situation at White Hart Lane for quite some time and has been hankering for a move since last summer. He’s not getting the first team football he desires in the run-up to Euro 2012 and is looking to secure a move that can get him the game time he desires.

One thing’s for sure, he’d have more opportunities with Newcastle than he’s had at Tottenham. Beyond the two Dembas, Newcastle’s striking options don’t inspire much confidence, with Leon Best only impressing sporadically. What’s more, both Dembas are at the African Cup of Nations at the moment, and there’d almost certainly be a space for Pavlyuchenko in the Newcastle starting line-up, at least until the end of February.

He may have only scored Premier League goal this season, but he’s only made five appearances. It’s time to give him a real opportunity.

Though he wouldn’t be first-choice at Newcastle, he wouldn’t be as much of a bench-warmer as he is now. Roman is a quality player that has been held back by the wealth of talent Tottenham have going forward and unable to carve out a regular slot in the North London side’s first team.

Such a move may well cause long-term Newcastle stars like Shola Ameobi to move on, but I think that would probably be for the best regardless of whether the Magpies bring in more defensive reinforcements.

Given a run of games, I’d expect him to recover his form and prove why Spurs were willing to pay £13.8m to bring him to England back in 2008.

If Newcastle can acquire him on the cheap, say for around £6-8m, wouldn’t it make for an astute transfer. Whilst Demba Ba is always likely to be Newcastle’s leading man, Pavlyuchenko is an excellent back-up striker.

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8 comments

  • Lyle says:

    Sod Off!

  • BillytheFish says:

    Shame really as he is a super player been treated quite badly by the Spuds………

    Not for us though!

  • choxtoon11 says:

    this is a stupid article for 2 reasons, 1 because its says he would be good back up when he does not want to be and 2 because he is far too old to be paying 6-8 million for he is not worth it not even close and its not in our policy to by someone over 26, no re-sale value! Pardew has done a great job as have our scouting staff and weather you like it or not so as ashley, its a good policy and keeps us in the black, this article is just another Micheal Owen waiting to happen. get him on loan for rest of season then send him back!

  • Scott says:

    Er????? Really cannot see him joining unless it is on loan. His wages are too high and he is over 28.

  • Toon69 says:

    Why would we want yet another forward, especially an overpaid & over the hill like Pav…. we have 2 prolific strikers with Bestie as backup, don’t need anymore, not unless it’s a straight swap for Strola going the other way… talk about crap reporting.. I could have done better.. lol

  • balders77 says:

    i still think he’s our best finisher…just question marks over work rate. he’d definitely score goals up there

  • TOONARMYELITE says:

    lmao the spuds always want top dollar aint ganna happen

  • TOONARMYELITE says:

    the other reason is they wont sell cheap is its ganna cut flopy faces cut aint it lmao 🙂

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