Toon turn to Alfred Finnbogason to solve striker crisis…
Newcastle are set to move for Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason in the January transfer window, after their failure to boy any players in this summer, reports the Journal.
The Icelandic forward bagged 24 goals in the Dutch leagues last year, and has started this term in blistering form – scoring six in his first four matches.
Alan Pardew is desperate to reinforce the attacking positions at St. James’ Park, with only the misfiring Papiss Cisse and loanee Loic Remy as proven striking options. Shola and his brother Sammy Ameobi are not considered good enough to mount any serious kind of push on the top half of the table, following Newcastle’s dangerously low 16th place finish last season.
If Newcastle want to secure a deal for the goal-hungry forward, they will have to beat off competition from the likes of Celtic, AC Milan and Werder Bremen, but the Toon are currently in pole position to land Finnbogason.
The club sent scouts to watch the Icelandic international play in his country’s Switzerland crucial World Cup qualifier against Switzerland this weekend. Finnbogason has bagged four in 16 for Iceland, but it is his record in Holland which has really excited the Newcastle hierarchy.