News today that Newcastle officials have been very busy on up to three deals, that would represent an excellent start to the transfer window, if they can close them.
Kevin Gameiro – Newcastle after him – this week?
There have apparently been two separate approaches to French club Lorient in an effort to sign their top striker Kevin Gameiro, with news of an improved offer of £10M.
But Gameiro only yesterday welcomed interest from Spanish club Valancia, since he has made it very clear that he would prefer a move to Spain.
So we don’t know how the bid has been received by Lorient, and whether Kevin may be looking at playing in England, even though that would not be his first choice.
The other player Newcatsle are after is Gervinho, who has been a long term target and news this week that`Alan Pardew will meet with the player.
The 20 times capped Ivory Coast international can play on either wing or through the middle, and while he is not the finished product, he seems to have lots of natural skill and flair.
But Gervinho has also been interesting Arsenal and Manchester City, and since his club Lille were French Champions this year, he will leave the French club but wants European Champions League football, and of course both Arsenal and the Eastlands club can provide that.
Pardew has not given up on ether player and of course Newcatsle can pay the transfer deals in cool cash, which has to be a big advantage in arranging a deal.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“We’ve given a player a deadline this week, so that’ll be interesting,” “We think that’s 60-40 in our favor.”
“We are pitching for a striker that we bid for – that’s been reported. We’re hopeful on that but we’ll have to wait and see. There’s no real feedback from the club on that. And we’re pitching for another couple of players.”
“If I was a Newcastle fan, we’re making the right noises on that front. I’m sure the fans are disappointed about the Joey situation but we are trying to take the club forward by signing players.”
So it seems that Newcatsle are after three players, Gervinho, Gameiro, and maybe the third is Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia, and Newcastle have been reported to have put in an initial bid of £5M.
Swansea’s Darren Pratley has also been mentioned this week, but Darren doesn’t seem to be in the same class as the other three.
If Newcastle can sign Gervinho, Gameiro and N’Zogbia that would be unbelievable, but there has to be little chance of signing all three – although if we can get one through the door early, that would be very good.
Newcastle seem to be doing all the right things to get the transfer season off to a good start, but it’s always difficult to do big deals early in the transfer window.
But that hasn’t stopped the club from at least doing the right thing, and trying to wrap up deals for their top targets very quickly.