The Scottish Sun reported yesterday that Newcastle would bid £5M for Celtic striker Gary Hooper in January.
Modibo Maiga – number one target for Newcastle?
In our article on the news last night, we openly wondered how much truth there was in the report, since we know that Newcastle are still keenly interested in Modibo Maiga of Sochaux.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting this morning that while Newcastle have watched the former 23 year-old Scunthorpe striker over the last 12 months, he is not said to be a top January target.
The Journal is reporting that the Tyneside club have compiled a list of striker targets for January, and that the players are all based on the continent, and they include Maiga and FC Twente 21 year-old striker Luuk de Jong.
Luuk is already a Dutch International and only turned 21 in August, and he has 21 goals in 52 games for FC Twente, and has also played at the U19 and U21 level for his country.
De Jiong looks a top player in the making from what we can tell and is still very young at 21, and would be a great buy for Newcastle.
We suppose that 26 year-old Papiss Demba Cisse of SC Freiburg could also be on the list, since Newcastle went after the Senegal striker on the very last day of the transfer window in August.
Both de Jong and Cisse would cost around £10M and Maiga seems the cheapest option at around £7M, and we think Maiga is most likely the current number one target for Newcastle.
What do you think?