The Journal is reporting today that Newcastle have had a £10M offer accepted late last week for Kevin Gameiro.
Kevin Gameiro - top target of Newcastle
But we all know that Gameiro’s preference is Spain, but his club Lorient are more than anxious to do business with Newcastle, since they will get the £10M up front in cool cash.
The ability of Newcatsle to pay money up front in cash for all their transfer business this summer will be a huge positive for the club.
That’s one reason why they have quickly accepted Newcastle’s improved bid but now the club will need to persuade Kevin that Newcastle would be a good club for him.
His preference is to join a Spanish club and Valencia are in for him.
Seville and Paris-Saint Germain are also after the player, but they will not be able to pay the wages Newcastle will offer the player.
Kevin is still said to be open to moving to the Premier League, but let’s hope he’ll not just move to Newcastle for the extra money he can get, which has happened far too much in the past.
That’s one thing Newcastle have to be very wary about this summer, since the Newcastle team spirit remains of paramount importance.
And it seems that Newcastle will sign either Gameiro or Gervinho – but not both, but the Journal says Gameiro is Newcastle’s number one choice.
If they cannot persuade Gameiro to come to Tyneside, then they move for Gervinho and the fee again is expected to be around £10M.
That makes sense since Newcastle will not being in all the players they are currently pursuing, and there has to be a priority for which ones they will go for first.
That’s true in the striker hunt where today we are said to be after both Berbatov and Demba Ba, but other strikers such as Kevin Gamerio, Shane Long and even Daniel Sturridge are also on have also got Newcastle’s attention.
If Newcastle have 5 positions they are targeting, think of five columns with a priority order in each column.
And then Newcastle will go down each column and try to sign as high up the list as possible – starting at the top candidate – but only one player will be signed from each column.
Gameiro and Gervinho seem to be in the same column.
We would think Newcastle will sign two out-and-out strikers in the summer – but who those will turn out to be – we have no idea.
And Newcastle are expected to go in for another French winger – Charles N’Zogbia of Wigan – as their initial paltry bid of £5M was turned down.
So Newcastle seemingly have many different targets lined up at the moment – and the next step is to close one or two of the deals in process.