News in the Sunday Sun today, that Newcastle will go after highly-rated Ivory Coast forward Gervinho in the summer.
Gervinho – Lille forward – can play as striker or winger
Newcastle fans are coming to terms with losing Andy Carroll, but the Tyneside lad blotted his copy book a little, and will never now be a Newcastle legend – but that was his choice and the Newcastle club has to move on.
And as Alan Pardew has said today he only wants players who want to play for Newcastle United – and that’s always the way it should be – and that’s how you get amazing feats like the one we witnessed yesterday – talk about guts and glory!
We’re not sure if it’s good news that we are hearing about the Ivory Coast International now, we’d be a lot happier if Newcastle had quietly negotiated a deal, and they don’t need to wait for the summer to try to get a deal struck.
The forward, who is very quick, is said to be rated at £8M, and is one of France’s top prospects after a first season that saw him score 13 goals in 32 games.
But Arsenal are also fans of the player, and a year ago he said it would be a dream move to the London club, so we don’t know if Wenger is still interested in this 5′ 11″ tall player.
We suspect they may not be after signing Marouane Chamakh lsast summer as a free agent.
Gervinho will know Cheick Tiote well, and he has already played 19 times with 5 goals for the Ivory Coast.
The player turns 24 in May, and started his career at Belgium club Bevern in 2005, and moved to French club Le Mans in 2007, before joining Lille in 2009.
He has played 40 times for Lille with 17 goals, and in 160 first class appearances he has notched 40 goals
Gervinho can either play on the wing or up front as a striker, and his contract runs out in 18 months, so Newcastle may be able to get a decent deal on the player, and of course it should help that Cheick Tiote is at Newcastle, and doing just great.
Gervinho was captain for the Ivory Coast Olympic team in 2008.
From what we can tell, this lad looks a very good player, and speed is something the team needs more of.
The lad seems exactly what Newcastle need, somebody who can get a lot better at Newcastle, just like Tiote has, and has exploded onto the Premier League scene in dramatic style.
Back in November Tiote had recommended two Ivory Coast players that would be good at Newcastle – and one of them was Gervinho – the other one being Seydou Doumbia.