Newcastle United Still A Big Draw In Europe

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh yeah, they’re queuing up…

  • CheickTiote

    Mar 13, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Would love to see Sow and Gerviniho and Collejon and Kranjcar and Indian owners at Newcastle this summer!

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 13, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    What made Newcastle United to a well known club in Germany was Kevin Keegan joining us after Hamburg. That of course is in the football world.
    What made Newcastle United well known in the none football world was the German women who followed and loved Keegan after this.

    Enjoy 😀

  • Graeme

    Mar 13, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #4

    If we can get 5 or 6 players in, of similar quality to Chiote, for an average of £6 million each, we should be looking well for next season!!

    The really big question is “Will FCB spend any of his amassed transfer profits on new players??” If he does, we can have a much stronger squad and make a challenge for a cup – maybe!!!

  • RedMissionBells

    Mar 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #5

    I agree that Newcastle United is a big draw for many players.

    However, I think many players see Newcastle United as more of a stepping stone to bigger clubs.

    I fear that Newcastle United is becoming like West Ham. Recall how Masherano and Tevez went to West Ham, and eventually moved on to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively?

    I also noticed more recently that whenever our players are playing well or in a good run of form, they refuse to sign contracts, talk about leaving the club or in Carroll’s case, left the club.

    Enrique – Refuse to sign a new contract and has been talking alot to the spanish press about transfers.

    Barton – Not signing a new contract Yet.

    Carroll – Left almost instantly. Did not even finish playing 1 full season.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 13, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #6

    I have always known that Newcastle still has great pulling power around Europe. Even though we haven’t won nowt for ages we are still considered to be the 5/6 best team in England. Tottenham have edged in front of us perhaps and it really pisses me off to see that Spurs is interested in EVERY player we are after. They are our strongest competition for transfers outside the top 4. So if a good foreign player is interested in playing in the EPL and none of the top 4 are interested then it will be a showdown between us and Spurs. Hopefully we will win just because we can offer regular football as Spurs have too many players. Just look at what Spurs have achieved with Harry Redknapp there. He has bought sensibly and now they play in the Champions League. We could be doing the same in 2 years if we buy properly. I am very anxious to see who’s coming in this summer, I can’t wait.

    As for players not signing new contracts when they are in a good vein of form, basically it’s down to Ashley’s unpredictability. I think they are all waiting to see if he will actually invest well in the team to convince them to sign on the dotted line. Tiote signed an improved contract recently and he’s been our best player, he’s clearly not to fussed about our investment and is very happy to be here (we’re no steeping stone to him).

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 13, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #7

    The only player that could possibly want away is Enrique. Mainly because I see him a bit agitated and impatient at playing the waiting game to see if Newcastle finally live up to their promise. I think he wants 1- European football 2- More money. If we can’t offer him both or just one of those points then I think he will leave.

    Barton I believe will stay as he has stressed many times before that he still owes us a lot after we have stuck by him through hard times. He also keeps mentioning how happy he is here and that he would play anywhere for the team.


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