We reported yesterday that the French press claimed that Newcastle United were very close to signing Lille star Gervinho.
Gervinho – scored twice for Ivory Coast yesterday
But there have also been reports that Arsenal are in for the player, and are willing to offer Lille up to £15M for their star winger/striker.
But so far no Arsenal bid has been accepted by the French club, but there is certainly lots of news going around linking the Ivory Coast player with the London club, which is little worrying. 🙁
Nevertheless, the news has been confirmed today that his agent has said he will be linking up with his Lille teammate Yohan Cabaye (notice I got the spelling right), and his Ivory Coast international team mate, Cheick Tiote, who is at Newcastle.
It’s not really new news, but rather a change in emphasis of yesterday’s news, to now say his agent is confirming he will join Newcastle.
Cheick Tiote was signed from FC Twente only last summer, and was outstanding for the Magpies last term, and ended up the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season in his very first season at the club..
And if Newcastle capture Gervinho we have to think Cheick waxed lyrical to his team-mate, about the Newcastle club and life on Tyneside in general. 😀
The French press yesterday suggested that Newcastle would be paying around £18M for Cabaye and Gervinho, so Newcastle will be paying close to £14M for Gervinho, if that figure is indeed accurate.
One advantage Newcastle will hold over Arsenal, who have been interested in the player for a couple of years now, is that Newcastle can pay Lille in cool cash – up front – and that should be a huge incentive for the French club to do business with Newcastle.
That’s thanks to the massive £35M fee the Tyneside club received for Andy Carroll from Liverpool – £30M of which was in cash.
And Gervinho scored two goals in the Ivory Coast 6-2 victory over Benin yesterday, and they now qualify for the finals of the African Cup of Nations to take place next January.
If Newcastle do secure the services of Gervinho, we have to assume they will end their interest in Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro.
Maybe Newcastle could go after Chelsea’s 21 year-old Daniel Sturridge, who scored in the England U21 2-0 win over Noway at St. Mary’s, Southampton yesterday.
While all this news is very positive, we’ll just have to wait and see if Newcastle can indeed pull this one off – but if they do it will be a terrific signing by Newcastle.
It’s never over until it’s over, is an old saying that is very true in these transfer dealings, so we still need to be a just little wary until any deal is signed.
However the news is more than encouraging at the moment, so here’s hoping. 😀
Howay the Lads!!