It’s been a few weeks since Republic Of Ireland player Anthony Pilkington was identified as a potential summer signing for Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United, and although interest in the 25 year-old may have cooled over the past few weeks, it still seems likely that he will find a new club in time for the start of the 2013/2014 season.
In fact, the odds of Pilkington heading to St. James’ Park to play first-team football is now 5/4.
Of course, Newcastle have been looking at several other potential signings according to The Guardian. Before the summer began, former Saint-Etienne man, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was reportedly top of the list. Needless to say, his recent move to Borussia Dortmund has poured cold water on that move and so Pardew must look elsewhere.
Ever since Joe Kinnear took over the reigns of director of football, the Magpies have been scouring the continent for more talent, but it still seems as though they are more likely to land someone a little closer to home.
The Toon Army have also got their sights set on Darren Bent to improve their attacking options, however it seems as though, Pilkington would certainly be the most sensible bid, financially. Aston Villa are unlikely to let a proven goalscorer such as Darren Bent go for a pittance, while Norwich could well be happy to let Pilkington go for the right price.
The Republic of Ireland international has often struggled with a troublesome knee injury while at Carrow Road, and it’s not unthinkable that he could be sold in order to finance a deal for a fitter replacement.