Graham Carr, the Newcastle United Chief Scout, has come out today and said that the Newcastle club are still a massive draw to players in Europe.
Gervinho – Lille winger a real target at Newcastle
The Newcastle scout who has been given the credit of luring the Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote to Tyneside last summer, and was out scouting in Germany this weekend.
OK – so who was he after do you think?
The major European countries where Newcastle are doing their scouting right now are France, Holland, Belgium and Germany and Newcastle United remain a huge club in those particular countries.
This is what Graham said today:
“I really think we have a good chance of getting the players that are on our list,”
“Supporters would certainly be surprised at the pulling power of Newcastle United in France and Holland in particular.”
“I would say that outside of the traditional big four we’re probably the biggest draw in those countries.”
And Graham basically confirmed that one of Newcastle’s targets is Ivory Coast International winger Gervinho, who is currently playing at Lille and has 11 goals so far this season for the French side, who are top of the French League right now.
Graham talked about Gervinho:
“I asked Sven about Gervinho because he had him when he was at the Ivory Coast,”
“Sven said that he will probably cost you a lot of money! He is a good player but probably not an out-and-out striker.”
“So it is up to the manager to decide what kind of player he wants.”
We’ve watched Gervinho now a couple of times on TV, and he is a winger, and a goal-scoring winger too, but wouldn’t be a direct replacement for Andy Carroll, as we’ve never seen the 23 year-old play as an out and out striker.
But Gervinho is very fast, and we think he would be a good addition to the Newcastle squad, and probably could be bought for around £10M, since his contract runs out in 16 months at Lille.
Moussa Sow plays as the lead striker for Lille, and he has also been linked with Newcastle recently, and with 17 goals he’s currently the top scorer in the French League.