Pardew ‘I’ll spend the 35million wisely’
Newcastle United are lining up a 10million bid for Carlton Cole
Newcastle United are lining up a £10 million summer move for West Ham striker Carton Cole, as they attempt to replace departed Andy Carroll and bolster their attacking line-up – according to a report in The Mirror.
Alan Pardew has already been promised the availability of funds following Carroll’s record-breaking £35 million move to Liverpool on transfer deadline day, and is looking to land 27-year-old England man Cole from the east Londoners.
However, form seems to have eluded Cole this season, with the ex-Chelsea striker scoring only four goals so far in West Ham’s battle against relegation.
Pardew signed Cole for the Hammers back in 2006, but did not get the time he wanted to work with the London-born striker as he was sacked as West Ham manager just five months after Cole’s arrival.
Despite his recent indifferent form, Cole’s playing style may fit the profile that Pardew is now looking for as Newcastle boss: strong and able in the air, with a natural ability to hold up the ball and create chances for others.
It is believed that it would cost the Magpies around £10 million to acquire Cole’s services, but West Ham may be willing to let him go for less if they are unable to stave off relegation, as the cost of honouring his contract could become a significant financial burden for a club in the Championship.
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