The Sunday Mirror is reporting today that Newcastle are after a striker who is 5 inches taller than current star Andy Carroll.
Lacina Traore – 6’8″ 20 year-old striker
The player the paper is reporting Newcastle are interested in, is 6ft 8in Ivory Coast born Lacina Traore.
Traore is currently at Romanian champions CFR Cluj, after playing until 2008 for his home-town club in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan.
The news is that former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was ready to sign the 20 year-old for Rovers, but lost his job before he was able to do the deal.
But the £8M fee quoted for the player would seem to put a big doubt over the validity of this story, since there is no way Newcastle will pay £8M for a 20 year-old, who is unproven in the Premier League.
Maybe we would have done that a few years ago, but that’s a big big risk, and if the fee was about half of that then Newcastle may indeed be interested.
Again, we have no idea how much truth is in this Sunday Mirror story.
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