Gervinho – Newcastle Are A Good team

Gervinho, the Ivory Coast International winger, who is a potential target of Newcastle United this summer, has said today that Newcastle are a good team.

Gervinho – Newcastle are a good team

He is obviously aware of the interest of Newcastle, and has said it would be a privilege to play in England or in Spain, two of the top leagues in the world.

But whether that means he could be one of the two International players Newcastle are said to have agreed a deal with already, is not clear.

But you can bet your life a certain Cheick Tiote will have talked to his team mate, during this International break, and we think our central midfielder will give a very account of both the club, the City and its passionate supporters.

After all,  Cheick has just signed a massive six and a half year deal at the Tyneside club, said to be worth around £50K/week.

This is what Gervinho said today:

“Newcastle are a good team, I have been linked to various teams now but I am still under contract at Lille until 2012, so I am not worrying. We are top of the league and I want to win that.”

“At the end of the season we can sit down and see what the next step will be. I want to concentrate on my football.”

“The Spanish and English leagues are two of the best in the world and it would be a privilege to play there, but I belong to Lille until 2012.”

Obviously he’s not going to come out and say Newcastle are a bad team, but we do think there will have been some positive comments made about Newcastle from some people he may have asked – like his former Ivory Coast manager Sven Eriksson.

It wasn’t a coincidence that England played a few of their games at Newcastle when Sven was the England manager, and the Swede knows all about the history and the fans at Newcastle.

The great Bobby Robson was one of Sven’s mentors, and Sven used to go to Ipswich when he was younger,  to see how Bobby conducted the training sessions in East Anglia.

Of course Gervinho doesn’t say that he even wants to join Newcastle, and there will be some considerable competition for the Lille player, who has considerable speed and can score goals, but he would still be a great capture for the Tyneside club – if we can get him, and his comments certainly don’t hurt that possibility.

And the very fact that he will have just one year left on his contract at Lille, who are leading the French League at the moment, don’t hurt that possibility.

We think he will come in the £10M range, as far as transfer fee goes, and not much higher as some recent reports have suggested.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • lewman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    is there anything in the interview regarding other teams or does he just speak about newcastle and his own club lille?

  • connor_nufc

    Mar 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Great player shud be our number one target

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe after he seen Tiote’s goal v Arsenal he probably wants to come to Newcastle and do the same!!:)

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 26, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    lewman- no he only speaks about Newcastle and Lille

  • Graeme

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    The only points to consider are A) what he will cost, B) what his wages are likely to be C) Will the FCB spend the money??

    Can you identify ANY window, since FCB took over where he has actually spent more than he has made?? I’m not holding my breath.

    Its as obvious as the nose on his face, what is needed in the way of recruitment – when did the FCB EVER do what the club, the team actually need?? Still there is always a first time I guess.

  • Alinufc

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #6

    @ Graeme well he hasnt done badly fr himself out of transfer windows, we should of got more cover this winter, but he still bought players like ben arfa, tiote… we bought in the championship, admittedly not all successes but some have worked pretty well, e.g. danny simpson

  • ganiyu

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Mike ashley is not going to buy any striker bcos Xisco is coming back to fight for a first team spot.

  • Partizan

    Mar 26, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #8

    He’ll end up in Sevilla

  • Partizan

    Mar 26, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    1 quarter of Sevilla’s team is made by African players, 3 players from Cote d’Ivoire…..Romaric,Kone,Zokora plus Kanoute,Dabo(french speaking…….like 1 big family.

    I really hope we get this guy,but the way i see it….we can only dream,unless we offer some crazy money then yes there is a chance.

  • gorskino10

    Mar 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    All depends Partizan, Sevilla has 3 good wingers (Perotti/Jesus Naves/Capel) im not sure if they need him on the wing and tbh as Luis Fabiano is gone and Kanoute is 33 they need an out and out striker which Gervinho isnt.

    So they should go for a main striker not a winger. Tbh it all depends where he wants to go more, every player has an opinion on where they want to go ive seen many top players say i want to go to Italy only or ones saying EPL only so if he wants to come to England more we have a better chance.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 26, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Newcastle good team? No.

    Newcastle is a superb team

  • GeordieDan

    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #12


    That’s like saying Arsenal is one big European family. Afrika’s a pretty big place ye na! 🙂

    Believe me or not (I couldn’t really give a sh*t either way) but I’ve heard Gervinho is more than a bit keen to come here. My sources are usually fairly accurate-at least a damn sight more than the Daily Mail and bollox like that.

    Its bit of inside goss but the crack is that there has been a decent amount of negotiating already done regarding Gervinho’s switch here.

    I think there’s something definitely in this one.

  • max

    Mar 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #13

    sign him…

  • BigKirky

    Mar 26, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #14

    Get him signed

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 4:38 AM

    Comment #15

    It would be absolutely brilliant if he signs with us and joins his best pal Cheik Tiote. He is a brilliant player!


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