With the news in the local papers we had thought it was almost a cast iron certainty that the striker that would be coming in early January would be Mobido Maiga of Sochaux.
Olivier Giroud – Newcastle are a big club – so who knows?
Newcastle were close to signing the 24 year-old on the last day of the transfer window last August but it fell through, as did an attempt to bring center-back Liam Ridgewell of Birmingham to the club.
But one player Newcastle have been continually linked with over the last couple of months is top striker Olivier Giroud of Montpellier.
Certainly it’s true that Newcastle scouts have been watching the Montpellier games this season, and the club is top of the French League with 36 points from 16 games and 3 points above new moneybags club, PSG.
Another player that Newcastle have been linked with at Montpellier is 22 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who can play center-back or full back and with Steven Taylor out for the rest of the season, the 22 year-old would appear to be a decent buy in January for around £5M.
It’s a fair bet that Chief Scout Graham Carr has seen a decent player or two at Montpellier, and he is tracking them closely, but exactly who they are is still not crystal clear.
The 25-year-old Giroud has had a terrific season scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances, including one on Saturday in Montpelier’s 4-0 defeat of Lorient.
Olivier signed for Montpellier in January of last year and has scored 24 goals in 52 appearances since that time, and the 6’4″ striker certainly looks a decent player.
He has talked about being happy at the French club, although he has admitted today that Newcastle are a big club:
“I am very happy with the start of the season. I am in good form, in good physical condition so I am lucky at the moment and enjoying my football.”
“It is normal to be linked with clubs when you are scoring goals.” “I like the English Premier League. Newcastle are a big club, so who knows?”
“But at the moment I am thinking about Montpellier and putting them on the European map at the end of the season.”
One thing is almost certain, and that’s Newcastle will bring in another striker in January, and they could also bring in two defenders, who could be Erik Pieters of PSV and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Montpellier.
Both defenders can play at both center-back or full-back, and those seem to be the type of defenders Newcastle need at the moment.
Those two players plus either Maiga or Giroud would be excellent transfer business for Newcastle in January, and hopefully that could happen early next month too.
What do you think?