Transfer Betting: Man City, Newcastle and Norwich shop for strikers

Steve McClaren is still thought to be determined to bring a striker to Newcastle in this transfer window
Steve McClaren is still thought to be determined to bring a striker to Newcastle in this transfer window

Will Neymar, Saido Berahino, Loic Remy and Patrick Bamford find new homes in the Premier League by Monday night?

"Berahino has been a hot topic all week and while Tottenham attract the most press attention, Newcastle are thought to be his keenest pursuers at 7/4. They aren’t optimistic though, reportedly threatening to abandon their interest if they can’t strike a deal with West Brom before the weekend."

The final Friday of the winter transfer window is all about the strikers as far as the newspapers are concerned, with Manchester City, Newcastle and Norwich among the clubs commanding headlines.

Here's how the latest tittle-tattle has impacted on the Betfair Sportsbook odds regarding where each protagonist will be by the close of business on deadline day...


Neymar to join Manchester City @ 66/1

Observations from Neymar about what his future holds were interpreted as encouraging news for Man City, specifically the remark that Pep Guardiola "is a guy that I really admire and who I would love to work with", as the Catalan coach is expected to succeed Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

However, it was probably far more significant that he said "I'm very happy where I am right now at Barcelona" and, even if there is a chance of him being tempted to the Etihad Stadium in 2016, odds of 66/1 on him heading there in this window imply that it wouldn't be before the end of the season.


Saido Berahino to join Newcastle @ 7/4 OR Loic Remy to join Newcastle @ 9/4

Berahino has been a hot topic all week and while Tottenham attract the most press attention, Newcastle are thought to be his keenest pursuers at 7/4. They aren't optimistic though, reportedly threatening to abandon their interest if they can't strike a deal with West Brom before the weekend.

Plan B is alleged to be Loic Remy, who is underutilised at Chelsea, spent 2013/14 on loan at St James' Park and was a huge hit, netting 14 times in 24 Premier League starts. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse don't look like getting near that, firing four times and twice respectively in 2015/16.


Patrick Bamford to join Norwich @ 8/15

The thrilling 5-4 defeat to Liverpool left Norwich with the Premier League's 11th most productive attack and second leakiest defence, yet while those numbers suggest that strengthening at the back is more important than up front, Alex Neil is rumoured to be targeting another forward.

Bamford is unlikely to receive many minutes over the next few months for existing employers Chelsea, but needs a new loan home after cutting his stay at Crystal Palace short in frustration at being granted just six top-flight substitute appearances, notching in none of them.

The 22-year-old was more effective for Middlesbrough in the Championship last term, scoring 17 second-tier goals, and that record is 8/15 to earn him a move to Norwich despite his struggles since.

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