Newcastle Coach To Replace Ba With Osaze: Report

Newcastle Coach To Replace Ba With Osaze: Report
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is reported to be interested in Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie in case Demba Ba leaves this month.

According to The Sun, Newcastle want Odemwingie to replace Senegal striker Ba, who has sparked off interest from a number of clubs including Chelsea.

 It’s not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the striker, but at 31, he’s the same age as compatriot Shola Ameobi and Peter hardly fits the profile of players Newcastle would want to sign in January.

 The Sun is reporting that talks are ongoing with West Brom about Osaze as it seems they may be willing to sell the Nigeria star, who joined West Brom in 2010 from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, and before that he played at Lille with both Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy.

Odemwinge has a decent record at West Brom having appeared 73 times for them with 30 goals, and this season, while he’s only appeared nine times, he’s still managed to score four goals.

And he’s certainly a skillful player who can play as an out and out striker or on one of the wings, so he would fit into Newcastle’s style of play fairly easily. 

Osaze has played for Nigeria 55 times with nine goals, but has not been included in Nigeria’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, which will start in South Africa later this month.

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