Transfer Window Special #3.1: Rumored Striker Targets

IPSWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Danny Graham celebrates his goal for Watford during the npower Championship match between Ipswich Town and Watford at Portman Road on March 15, 2011 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

This is part three (well, part of it) of a four part series about the upcoming transfer window, perhaps the most anticipated summer in Newcastle's recent history.  Part 1 (investigating the team's needs) can be found here, while Part 2 (examining possible purchasing strategies) can be found here.

Part of delving into the world of player acquisition is listening to rumors passed on (often generated) by the football media.  As unsavory as that can be, it's also kind of fun - each player linked to the club offers the fan an opportunity to imagine a new future.  In this case, the Toon Army can envision a future that includes strikers who can score goals on a consistent basis. 

Below, I have included a short profile on each striker mentioned by a major publication to have ties to Newcastle since February 1.  The list is intended to be comprehensive but there is little doubt that I have missed some rumors and have incomplete information on the ones I happened to catch.  Any help you can give me in the comments is more than appreciated.  I plan to update this and the other lists scheduled to be posted every 1-2 weeks or as needed. 

It should be stated repeatedly and strongly that these are only rumors and the information contained here may or may not be accurate.  Though I do strive for accuracy, mistakes and misinformation are an unavoidable side effect of undertaking this endeavor.

Follow the jump for a brief profile on each of the 19 strikers currently rumored to be transfer targets of Newcastle United.

In no particular order:

Kevin Gameiro (Lorient)

Striker, 24 yo, 5’7.5"

Speedy with an accurate shot

Reportedly wants to play in the Champions League or in Spain

Rumored price: £12 million

Also interested: Arsenal, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur

 

Danny Graham (Watford)

Striker, 25 yo, 6’1"

Geordie

2011 PFA Championship Team of the Year – Top Scorer in league

Rumored price: £3-5 million

Also interested: Queens Park Rangers

 

Connor Wickham (Ipswich)

Striker, 18 yo, 6’3"

Rooney comps

Rumored price: £10 million+

Also interested: Liverpool (grew up cheering for the Reds), Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland

 

Moussa Sow (Lille)

Striker, 25 yo, 5’11"

Top scorer in Ligue 1 in 2010-11

Lots of strength and pace, famous for doing bicycle kicks

Pardew offered £40 million for Sow and Gervinho

Rumored price: £7-10 million

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Gervinho (Lille)

Striker/Winger, 23 yo, 5’11"

Speedy with good finishing

Wants to play in Champions League, also wants to play in England.  Friends with Cheik Tiote (and other Ivorians)

Rumored price: £12-15 million, Newcastle offered £40 million for both Gervinho and Sow

Also interested: Aston Villa, Liverpool, Spurs, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla

 

Jay Bothroyd (Cardiff City)

Striker, 29 yo, 6’3"

Excellent control and vision, pacy

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Sunderland, Birmingham, Fulham, West Ham, Everton

 

Shane Long (Reading)

Striker, 24 yo, 5’11"

Good finisher, possesses keen awareness

Rumored price: £6 million

Also interested: Liverpool, Everton, Celtic, Wolves, Stoke, Aston Villa, West Ham

 

Carlton Cole (West Ham)

Striker, 27 yo, 6’3"

Lacks durability and creativity, a decent shooter

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (AZ Alkmaar)

Striker, 21 yo, 6’1"

Excellent shooting, a "prolific goalscorer"

Rumored price: £2 million

Also interested: Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Arsenal

 

Nicklas Bendtner (Arsenal)

Striker, 23 yo, 6’3"

Strong in the air, notoriously self-assured

Said to prefer a move to Germany or Barca

Rumored price: £15 million

Also interested: Bayern Munich, Fulham, Hamburg, Sunderland, Borussia Dortmund, Blackburn Rovers, Barcelona

 

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Striker, 28 yo, 5’7"

Good finisher, somewhat streaky. On-pitch discipline a problem

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Sunderland

 

Cheikh Diabate (Bordeaux)

Striker, 23 yo, 6’5"

A big, powerful presence with striking ability

Rumored price: Unknown (thought to be "substantial")

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Demba Ba (West Ham)

Striker, 25 yo, 6’2"

Pacy, adequate finisher

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Sunderland, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Blackburn, Spurs

 

Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham Hotspur)

Striker, 29 yo, 6’2"

Strong shooter, aerial target

Rumored price: £10 million

Also interested: Sunderland, Sevilla, Rubin Kazan, Spartak Moscow

 

Ji Dong-Won (Chunnam Dragons)

Striker, 19 yo, 6’2"

"The future of South Korean football"

Rumored price: Unknown

Also interested: Nobody?

 

Jose Solomon Rondon (Malaga)

Striker/Attacking Midfielder, 21 yo, 6’1"

Raw skills, tons of pace

Malaga "would not stand in his way"

Rumored price: £5-8 million

Also interested: Arsenal

 

Jeremie Aliadiere (Unattached)

Striker/Winger, 28 yo, 6’1"

Durability concerns, NUFC passed up on him and got Shefki Kuqi instead

Rumored price: Free transfer

Also interested: Wolves

 

Robert Snodgrass (Leeds)

Winger/Striker, 23 yo, 5’11"

Possesses creativity and scoring proficiency

Rumored price: £5 million

Also interested: WBA, Stoke, AV, Birmingham, QPR

 

Jose Maria Callejon (Espanyol)

Winger/Striker, 24 yo, 5’10"

Lots of pace, good dribbling skills

Rumored price: 5 million Euros

Also interested: Real Madrid (came up in Real’s academy), Wigan Athletic, Everton

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