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.