There is a report today that Newcastle want both Lille forwards Moussa Sow and Gervinho.
Moussa Sow - Newcastle after this striker?
23 year-old Gervinho is an Ivory Coast winger who can score goals and is very fast, and Sow is a big powerful out and out striker, who currently heads the French scoring charts.
Newcastle have been linked with both players before, but there will be significant competition from other top clubs for these two players.
The report suggests Alan Pardew is willing to pay £40M for the two, but that’s way above what the two of them are worth, so we have some trouble believing that figure, it seems very high.
Maybe they though of the £35M Newcastle got for Andy Carroll and rounded it up.
This story today may have come about because yesterday the local Newcastle Journal suggested that Newcastle already had two deals tied up, both players were Internationals, and the deals would be struck early in the summer transfer window.
It was some inside information the Journal had received (we hope it’s true), and it’s interesting both these players are Internationals, with Sow having played for Senegal and Gervinho having impressed for the Ivory Coast last summer in the World Cup.
25 year-old Sow, who stands just under 6′ tall, has been scoring goals for fun this season in the French League, and currently has 19 goals for Lille, who are currently 4 points clear at the top of the French League.
His contract runs out two years come June, and Gervinho’s contract has only 15 months to run.
Sow joined Lille after four seasons at Rennes and was a free transfer, and the player been an instant success, and he has had a number of clubs now watching him, and they are said to include both Newcastle and Sunderland.
He was born in Mantes-la-Jolie, France and played twice for the France U21 side, before representing Senegal at full International level, and he has so far got 5 caps.
Gervinho – Ivory Coast International forward
Gervinho can play on any wing and up front too, and has looked very good when we’ve watched him this season, and has lightning speed and has also managed to score 12 goals so far this season.
Gervinho started his career at Belgian club Beveren, before moving to Le Mans in France ion 2007, and he joined Lille in 2009.
We’d be surprised if this report was true, and there’s no way Newcastle will pay out £40M for just two players, when so many other positions need strengthening for next season.
But we’ll see soon enough, if we can secure our safety in the Premier league first of course.