Three reasons why Newcastle should hijack PL rivals move for proven top-flight striker
COMMENT by Russell Edge
Newcastle should try and leapfrog their rivals in the hunt for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony ahead of their return to the top flight next season.
The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle’s Premier League opponents West Ham and Swansea are set to fight over a £15m deal for the 28-year-old this summer.
However, it should be black and white rather than claret and blue that the Ivory Coast striker is turning out in next season.
Here, Football Insider looks at three reasons the Magpies should make a move for the 52-time-capped international striker:
Proven Premier League performer
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Rafa Benitez has been very vocal about his desire to secure some proven Premier League experience ahead of their promotion, and Bony would offer exactly what he is looking for.
He has spent four seasons in the English top flight since signing for Swansea and has proven that he has got what it takes to hit the back of the net.
He struggled to break into the Manchester City fold after joining the Sky Blues and as such his form seems to have disappeared.
A disappointing loan spell at Stoke will not have convinced the Potters to make a move for the former Swansea man, but Rafael Benitez can be the man to reignite his lethal touch which saw him fire home 17 goals in 34 appearances in his debut season.
Variation up front
Newcastle are set to be in the market for at least one new forward this summer, having played out their Championship campaign with just Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy.
With Murphy likely to depart in the summer, the Magpies will be lacking in bodies up front, and with Gayle having suffered a number of injuries, there will need to be a good quality of backup.
In Bony, they get a striker who brings something different to the table. He is a willing runner like Gayle but also holds that physical strength which Mitrovic possesses. He has shown he has an eye for goal and can be a dangerous proposition in the starting XI or off of the bench.
What Bony really needs right now is playing time, and Newcastle could be the place to give that to him.
Value for money
While Benitez will be given a substantial transfer budget to try and compete in the summer window, the manager will also be looking for deals which do not break the bank.
His finances will be closely monitored by owner Mike Ashley and the businessman will not look kindly on deals which he feels are unnecessarily expensive.
This is why a move for Bony would be the perfect option.
£15m in today’s modern transfer market would struggle to get you top-flight quality, but that is the price placed on Bony by Manchester City as they look to cut their losses, according to the Daily Mail.
That sort of cost is well within the Magpies’ price range, and ticks all the boxes for Benitez and, perhaps most importantly, Ashley.
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