Newcastle Open Negotiations For Lille’s Gervinho

There’s some good news today coming from French sources, that Newcastle United have already started preliminary negotiations with French club Lille to acquire 23 year-old Gervinho.

Gervinho – Newcastle open negotiations for player

The reports are saying that the famous Newcastle club have opened tentative negotiations, as they look to tie up the £10M rated Ivory Coast International.

And with Cheick Tiote committing himself to the club on Friday, you have to think that our midfield dynamo can persuade his Ivory Coast team-mate to join him on Tyneside – we hope so anyway.

Gervinho can play on either wing or as a striker, and from what we can tell he looks like he could become an excellent buy for the Newcastle club.

Gervinho is said to be one of a number of striker targets being considered by Newcastle, but he has to be near or at the top of the list,  for Newcastle to start negotiations now.

This is not the first time Newcastle have been linked with the Ivory Coast International, who has 19 caps and  5 goals for his country, and who was also interesting other clubs last month.

Lille wanted to keep the player through the end of the season,  to help them win the French League,  and the side are currently second top of the French league, just one point behind Rennes with a game in hand.  Lille entertain Lyon this afternoon, who are in 4th place.

Gervinho has scored 23 goals in 53 games for the French club, and 10 goals in 21 games so far this season.

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″ player has over 165 first class appearances in his career, and has scored over 40 goals.

Since his contract runs out in 16 months,  Newcastle may be able to get a decent deal for the player, and we’d be surprised if the fee is as much as £10M.

We have to hope that we can tie up one or two of our major targets before the end of the season.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • toonwardo

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    good news to wake up to. Looks the real deal, and would be so much better than defoe, crouch etc…

  • tdt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Not an outstanding scoring record as a striker, but if its as a winger then thats a great record. Didnt Tiote recommend him earlier in the season? He fits the type of player we’re in for these days, young and promising.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Yeah Tiote did recommend him earlier in the season, but its sunday so I dbout these “sources” are true and just the gossip press. If there are any quotes from his agent / his club then i’ll believe it…

  • kilcline

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    No quotes and hence an unreliable source!

    We will do business in the summer but i doubt we will be able to guess who comes in the door.

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #5

    i’ve been wanting newcastle to sign this player for a while. would be class if he signed in the summer 😀

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    would be a very very very good signing. Like Craig Bellamy, but a lot younger 🙂 He and Best at his best or Ranger with improved finishing would be a nice pair.

  • Crawfordladd17

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #7

    U need 2 players at least for each position for that 2 happen a left back a centre back(because campbell will leave hopefully) a winger Ireland(perment) and 2 strikers
    GK= Harper Krul Forester
    RB= Simpson R.Taylor
    CB= Collicini Taylor Williamson
    LB= Jose Enrique ?

  • howay man

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #8

    good news, I heard Pardew was at a rennes game a week or so back, keeping an eye on soon to be free agent sylvain Marveaux no doubt

  • toonarmy21

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #9

    If Ireland is poor or too expensive go for o hara he’s proving again he pure class, also go for Scott Sinclair and Jay Thomas

  • Colombus

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Gervinho would be a very exciting signing, but I’m really not sure if this rumour is true. Either way, the french league is a very good place to start looking. EL Arabi would be another excellent signing!

  • john_cena163

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Dam good news, hope its true.

  • Colombus

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew was at rennes – toulouse, but Marveaux didn’t play as he is injured. Maybe he was looking at class act Etienne Capoue which would be an absolute class act signing for our defense? I also hope for Marveuax as he would be a potential coup!

  • Brutooon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Internaional Player
    Lotsof Experience

    I would say YES

  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    We would Be Better of Spending £10 million on This Guy that £8 million or Ireland . It Would Be Good To get Him if he is Going to Be be as Good a Tiote for Newcastle !!!!!!!

  • tdt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #15

    GK= Harper, Krul, Forester
    RB= Simpson, R.Taylor
    CB= Collicini, S.Taylor,
    CB = Williamson, Campbell
    LB= Jose Enrique, Kadar
    RM= Ben Arfa, Routledge
    DM= Tiote, Guthrie, Smith
    AM= Nolan, Barton, Vuckic
    LM= Jonas, Lua Lua, Ireland
    ST= Best, Ranger, Lovenkrands, Shola

    We currently have a good squad, just need to replace the dead wood (Campbell and Smith alteast) and buy a couple of first teamers (Winger and Striker). If we can do that as well as get in a new bunch of youngsters from all over the place, I think we’ll have a good season next time round.

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    I’d take him in a heartbeat! He’s got a very good future ahead of him. He’s also Tiote’s international team-mate! Bring him and Falcao from Porto.


    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #17

    How many other clubs are sniffing around?

  • magpie999

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #18

    I think the deal is done myself.

    I think its why Tiote committed himself to such a long contract.

    Get him and Sturridge, what a strike force that would be

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I would also love to see doumbia and gervinho here. Both of these players were suggested by tiote i think. We should definitely look into them as we could form a good link between tiote, gervinho and doumbia 🙂

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    magpie999 – I think so to, why else would Tiote commit himself to Newcastle when we aren’t even safe yet. If we get him and either Falcao or Sturridge we’re a team pushing for the Europa League every year until we’re good enough for CL.

  • supervil

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    This would be a great signing.

    @Magpie999 – Sturridge is going straight back to Chelsea like, or another one of the big clubs. No way he’ll come here. He was great yesterday. Had Enrique and Colo tied up in knots, how many people have done that this year?

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Good shout youngtoonfan!

  • magpie999

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23


    I’m not too sure, I think they may ship Drogba out in the summer so Sturridge would probably step up…HOWEVER

    I think what will happen at Chelsea will be they won’t win the league, Mourinho will return as manager and Drogba will stay as a result.

    Sturridge will not sit behind Torres, Anelka and Drogba.

  • berToon

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #24

    bit dodgy signing lots of africans because of the cup of nations but he is a good player

  • bills-son

    Feb 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #25

    tdt – Not an outstanding scoring record as a striker.

    “Gervinho has scored 23 goals in 53 games for the French club, and 10 goals in 21 games so far this season.”

    tdt – Are you having a laugh??

  • hadthetshirt

    Feb 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Seems to be an excellent player and that’s not a bad ratio goals per game in my eyes.Compare it to number 23 for instance.
    Sturridge would also be good if we can get him.Or perhaps Elmander on a free.
    Either way too here we are after Gervinho as opposed to Carlton Cole gets the hair on the back of the neck standing up.
    Looks like we need a left back as well.

  • dazza

    Feb 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Guys Marveaux signed a precontract with liverpool.

    Ive heard gervinho is also anfield bound.nwould get your hopes up.

    Caceido and this french kid pereria for me.

  • Spuggy

    Feb 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #28

    I too think Gervinho and Sturridge would complete out forward line-up. Especially with Gerviho’s flexibility on the wing, or in a 3-man forward line, with Arfa on the other side and Sturridge in the middle. Would be awesome!

    Sturridge may want to move from Chelsea with Torres and Anelka/Drogba he’s not gonna get a look in.

    I do think that there may be a further strategy with Tiote’s signing (in addition to adding a brilliant player), as it open the door to a few great ivorian players which hopefully with Tiote whispering sweet nothing in their ear combined with our deeper summer purse we can get Gervinho!

    Gervinho and Sturridge please!!




    Wow – what a team, and that’s just adding those two players. Then with a bit of depth signing Ireland and Larsson on a free, some LB/CB cover, clear out a few players like Guthrie, Smith, Campbell.


  • sammydolan

    Feb 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #29

    There is definitely some Sports Direct vouchers on the table from MA if Tiote talks him into this!

  • Oleg G

    Feb 27, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #30


  • Oleg G

    Feb 27, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #31

    And about the player. What can I say… I want that player in our team. Hoping for him to come, and not some PL “proven” player for twice the price and with huge ego.

    Although that guy Sturige or however you write his name, he is class. but I am sure his price now is already 12M

  • ToonLegend

    Feb 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    keep seeing people on here saying we should sign o’hara from spuds
    it will never happen the player himself said he wants to stay in london if he leaves spuds

  • geordieforeva

    Feb 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Gervinho… we definitely need this guy… can’t wait to see Gervinho and Benny playin together…

  • toonhamu

    Feb 27, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Would be a class signing, exactly the kind of player who can push the team on to the next level

    Secure safety, sign up Barton and Enrique and we’re looking good for the summer

    Get in cover for LB and CB, with another quality striker and we’ll be looking strong to challenge for top ten next season

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #35

    crawfordladd17 at no7 ur a lunatic.

  • BoomBoomCheickCheicktheRoom!

    Feb 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #36

    Magies til d3ath… we are not gonna be a team challengin for CL football in the near future so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We need to create a stable team that can keep us consistently knockin on the door for europa league football and mid table every season

  • tiotes magic back pocket

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #37

    This lad is very talented sign him up. Agree with Spuggy that looks an awesome line up Gervinho n Sturridge in the summer n a couple of young players n left back cover n we r looking good . Any team would $h!t themselves having to deal with Ben Arfa Gervinho n Sturridge

  • tweaked

    May 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #38

    yeah gervinho i hope is top of the list for pardew, even 20mil will be worth spending for him and 20mil for sturridge


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