The Daily Telegraph i s reporting today that Newcastle United are set to sign target Modibo Maiga, to a long-term deal in January.
Modibo Maiga – will sign a deal though the summer of 2016
And as we had hoped for, and even suspected, negotiations have been ongoing between Sochaux and Newcastle, to get the striker on Tyneside, and the deal completed in early January.
Newcastle seem to be learning from what happened on the last day of the transfer window last August 31st, when it looked like Newcastle would sign the striker, but Sochaux pulled out of the negotiations in the afternoon, and the Newcastle Board were left red-faced.
And Alan Pardew was furious, although the Newcastle manager was right to keep a diplomatic silence for about a week after the window closed.
This news is good, in that Managing Director Derek Llambias has continued the negotiations with Sochaux, who now seem willing to sell their 26 times capped Mali international in January for around £7M.
The 24-year-old has scored four goals in six games this season for Sochaux, and the news is he will sign a four-and-a-half year deal, that will keep him through the summer of 2016, and he could become a Newcastle player as soon as the paperwork is completed very earl;y in January, like in the first couple of days.
This even seems that this could have been agreed with Alan Pardew in early September, because Alan had every right to feel let down by the Board, that they didn’t bring the promised striker in, and if the club can do this, it’s a good recovery.
Maiga was very anxious to come to Newcastle, when he heard of the club’s interest in him in August, and Modibo even went on strike.
And with Newcastle now not only 4th top of the English Premier League, but also playing very well, the striker will be even more keen to arrive on Tyneside in January – and we don’t blame him. 😀
This is great news and we have to hope the Telegraph story is accurate, and it will give Newcastle and Alan Pardew more options up front.