With the shocking news that Joe Kinnear is the new director of football at Newcastle United as confirmed by the club last week the summer transfer window could be ever more interesting for Geordie fans.

The 66-year-old former Toon manager has been quick to point out that he will be in charge of player recruitment at St James’ Park (later retreating by saying he’d be working in conjunction with Alan Pardew in an interview with talkSPORT), meaning new transfer targets could be on the horizon for the Magpies.

In the next few slides, we take a look at some of the transfer targets that have been linked with a switch to Tyneside and rate the likelihood of their completion.  It could transpire that the targets discussed do not meet the Joe Kinnear seal of approval, but we’re going to take a guess anyway.

Darren Bent

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We move onto a more likely target for the Geordies according to the Daily Mirror, as Darren Bent edges closer to the exit door at Villa Park. With the shocking news that Joe Kinnear is the new director of football at Newcastle United confirmed by the club Tuesday, the summer transfer window could be ever more interesting for Geordie fans. The 66-year-old former Toon manager has been quick to point out that he will be in charge of player recruitment at St James' Park (later retreating by saying he'd be working in conjunction with Alan Pardew in an interview with talkSPORT), meaning new transfer targets could be on the horizon for the Magpies. In the next few slides, we take a look at some of the transfer targets that have been linked with a switch to Tyneside and rate the likelihood of their completion. It could transpire that the targets discussed do not meet the Joe Kinnear seal of approval, but we're going to take a guess anyway. The England striker has been frozen out of the team at Aston Villa, as Christian Benteke filled his boots with goals and Bent remained unfavoured by manager Paul Lambert.

Bent does not fit in with the new transfer policy at Newcastle, as he is 29 (three years over the age Newcastle see their maximum transfer target age) and doesn't have any real amount of sell-on value.

But for the right price, Bent could be a genuine target for the Magpies, especially since Andy Carroll has joined West Ham.

Bent has a similar style of play to Papiss Cisse, so the likelihood of the pair playing together may be slim. Bent could definitely provide an alternative to the Senegal man though, as the workload can be shared between the two.

VERDICT: This move could have legs, but Bent is unlikely to be Newcastle's first-choice target.

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  1. Northwest mag dan

    PEA is the only one which would excite me from this article. I do rate Bent but would rather the club stuck to their initial idea of signing players in their early to mid 20's who still have the hunger to achieve big things.
    I only saw the highlights from the Uruguay game last night but if I was in charge at SJP I would have been up at 6am this morning to enquire about Abel Hernandez. What a prospect he looks. And I know what you're thinking.. He was only playing against Tahiti… but if he can score goals like that against the Tahiti defence just imagine what he would do against the likes of Wes Brown and John o Shea 🙂

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