There is news today that both Liverpool and Newcastle have set their sights on 23 year-old Lille striker Gervinho, according to reports coming out of France.
Gervinho – Newcastle target in the summer
This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the Ivory Coast International (19 caps, 5 goals), and he was said to be a target of a number of clubs in the January transfer window.
But Lille wanted to keep the player to help them win the French League – and they are currently at the top and a full 5 points clear of second placed PSG after 22 games, but the French club have agreed to let the ambitious player leave in the summer.
Gervinho has scored 10 goals in 21 games so far this season and can play on either wing or as an out-and-out striker, and Newcastle have identified him as one of the strikers they will go after to replace Andy Carroll, who elected to join Liverpool for a massive £35M last month, to the dismay and disappointment of Newcastle fans everywhere.
It also seems though that Newcastle will go after Johan Elmander – that’s if the big Swede doesn’t sign a new contract at Bolton Wanderers, and therefore becomes a free agent this summer, available for nothing.
But it now seems that Liverpool have also become interested in the player, who is valued at aorund £10M.
Gervinho 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.
The 5’11” tall player has played 40 times for Lille with 17 goals, and in 160 first class appearances he has scored 40 goals, and from what we can tell, he looks a very good player.
Gervinho’s contract runs out in 18 months, so Newcastle may be able to get a decent deal on the player, maybe.
And of course having the great Cheick Tiote at Newcastle, who is quickly becoming a big star on Tyneside, and seems to love it at Newcastle, will help to lure the player to Newcastle United.
We hope Cheick will help lure the player to Tyneside, because Gervinho was one of the two Ivory Coast Internationals that Cheick thought would be good at Newcastle.
The other one is Seydou Doumbia, a 23 year-old 5′ 10″ striker, currently at CSKA Moscow, and since Seydou moved there last summer, he’s scored 12 goals in 15 appearances for the Moscow club. He joined from Swiss club Young Boys and scored 50 goals in 64 games while there for two seasons – that sounds impressive!
It should be a very interesting transfer window for Newcastle fans this summer, because for the first time in a long while, Newcastle have significant money to invest in bringing good players to the club, with the £35M the club got for big Andy Carroll.
That amount will however be spent on transfer fees and wages, so the whole amount will not be spent purely on transfer fees.