News in the Newcastle Journal today that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has intervened personally in the club’s attempt to sign Lille winger Gervinho.
Gervinho - will meet Pardew this week
Newcastle have been tracking the Ivory Coast International player for some time now, but Newcastle have a big advantage in the transfer market this summer, because they will pay transfer fees up front in cool cash – and that’s almost unheard of these days.
Newcastle got £30M of the £35M fee for Andy Carroll in cash in January from Liverpool, and they are flush with money, and that could help them negotiate deals with other clubs this summer.
Mike Ashley has also insisted that Newcatsle will not pay transfer fees over many years, as the club used to do, and often in the past Newcatsle would be paying out the remainder of a transfer fee, years after the player had already left Newcastle – as a failure.
That’s good financial management by Newcastle these days, but it also makes Newcatsle a great club to do business with this summer.
The news is that Gervinho has agreed to meet with Pardew this week, and Alan will tell the player all about the size of the Newcastle club, with 52,000 home gates and a football mad public.
Pardew will also tell Gervinho about Newcastle’s seemingly ambitious plans, and that they will be signing some good players this summer, and also did very well last season in the Premier League, with some outstanding results. against the very top clubs.
It should also help that Cheick Tiote, Gervinho’s team-mate for the Ivory Coast International side, is already on Tyneside, and one of Newcastle’s top players.
It seems clear one strategy Newcastle are pursuing is getting in quickly for their top targets, and trying to get the cash deals tied up early, before competing clubs come along.
That was always what Sam Allardyce tried to do, and it seems a decent ploy, as you tend to get the player for a lower price, before the August bidding war comes along and daft things are done in the last few days of the transfer window.
Getting players in early also gives them a chance to settle on Tyneside, and Pardew would like new players on the USA tour in July.
Gervinho has looked a good player when we’ve watched him this season, and is flexible in being able to play on either wing or up front, and he would be a very good signing for the club.
The player will turn 24 years old on Friday, and he has played for the Ivory Coast about 20 times and last season scored 15 goals in 35 games for Lille, who won the French League.