There’s no doubt that Joe Kinnear’s top priority in the January transfer window will be to sign a defender and probably a left back, and Newcastle will be linked with anybody who looks anywhere decent in that position, during January.
Steve Gohouri – wanted by Newcastle United?
Hopefully we’ll get the new players into the squad early in January so we can get the benefit of the new players as soon as possible.
The latest player to be linked with a move to Tyneside is Borussia Monchengladbach defender Steve Gohouri, who has said he would like a move to England, with Newcastle of course reportedly lining up a bid.
Newcastle are supposed to be ready to bid around 4M euros (£3.4M) to sign the Ivory Coast international in January. The 6 ft 3 ins Gohouri, has claimed he is wanted by clubs in several European leagues and has talked to Sky Sports about his move:
“I am back playing very well, that is why clubs all over the world – there are clubs in France and Russia – are after me,”
“However, my next move has to be in the Premiership. There are clubs showing some interest, but to be honest the Premiership is not an obsession.”
“I love the Spanish league as well, however, in the Premiership the physical contact is more, so I can enjoy myself more there.”
The 27-year-old, who moved Borussia Monchengladbach in December of 2006, seems to have played just 14 times for the team, and has only recently returned from injury.
“I will be back in the national team soon. I was out because of the injury. The coach said the team needs me once I start playing.“
“We have to go to the World Cup, it is the biggest thing in the world. We should be there and create history for African football.”
It seems here that the player is making his own case, and he seems to be his own biggest fan. But he doesn’t even say there are clubs in England interested in him, so we’re not sure if he would be a decent buy for Newcastle, or if we are interested in the player at all.
He’s only played for the Ivory Coast on a handful of occasions, so we would have expected him to have a lot more caps at 27.
We’ll put him down as a dubious interest – at best.