News today in the Evening Chronicle, that sources in France have said that Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga is the hot favourite to join Newcastle in January.
Modibo Maiga – Newcastle player in January?
It’s not the first time this has been reported, and it could be that the deal has already been struck with the French club, and the deal could go through very early in January.
That would be an excellent recovery from the Newcastle Board, after their failure to sign a striker on the last day of the summer transfer window, on August 31st.
We’ve always known the Mali striker is really keen to join Newcastle, and he went on strike in the summer to try to force a move to Newcastle, much like Frenchman Ben Arfa did the summer before.
If Maiga does arrive in early January, he’ll not be available too much in the first few weeks, since he will be participating in the African Cup of Nations with Mali, who won their group.
Maiga is a very skillful player, and will give Newcastle a different option up front, and he’ll cost the Magpies round £7M, which could be a decent deal for Newcastle.
News also that Newcastle will bring ina perhaps a couple of defenders, with Birmingham’s 27 year-old Liam Ridgewell still a target, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if Newcastle try to bring in Erik Pieters from PSV.
He was a top target in the summer, and could still arrive on Tyneside.
A striker and two defenders would be good signings for Newcastle in January, as long as we don’t lose any of our top players, like we did last January when Andy Carroll was sold on the very last day of the transfer window.
Three net new players in January would certainly strengthen the Newcastle squad for the run-in to the season.