NEWCASTLE United have cooled interest in young hotshot Daniel Sturridge – as their hopes of landing No1 striking target Mevlut Erdinc took a blow.
Alan Pardew is stepping up his search for more firepower as he looks to revamp the Magpies’ attack for next season.
But it is understood England Under-21 sensation Sturridge is not on his list of targets.
Sturridge proved to be a hit at Bolton Wanderers in the second half of last season, joining the Trotters on loan from Chelsea and bagging eight goals.
But while he appears to fit the bill in terms of being the young, pacy type of player the magpies want in their forward line next season, Pardew is believed to be looking elsewhere for a player to partner new boy Demba Ba.
A United source said today: “At the moment the manager is looking into other players, so it is unlikely that Sturridge will be coming to Newcastle at this moment in time.”
As well as Ba – signed on a free transfer from West ham earlier this month – Pardew has Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi as the attacking options in his plans, with United prepared to offload Leon Best and Nile Ranger.
The Toon boss and chief scout Graham Carr have been scouring Europe for strikers, in particular France, but a move for Lille forward Gervinho broke down, with the Ivory Coast international set to complete a £10m move to Arsenal this week, while L’orient striker Kevin Gameiro snubbed a move to Tyneside in favour of joining Paris St Germain.
PSG’s Turkish international Erdinc emerged as United’s No1 target, but reports from France today suggest the 25-year-old is being offered as a makeweight in the French giant’s bid to sign wonderkid Eden Hazard from Lille.
PSG, backed by an influx of money from new Qatari owners, are splashing the cash in a bid to restore themselves to the top of French football, and are believed to have offered about £30m plus Erdinc for playmaker Hazard, who United have also been monitoring.
Lille, however, have consistently said the Belgian is not for sale, though the move by PSG to offer Erdinc as part of the deal will worry Pardew, who may be forced to turn his attentions elsewhere.
He was today linked with a move for Velez Sarsfield’s Argentinian striker Juan Manuel Martinez, who has also been a target of Wigan and Blackburn.