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Magpies’ Potential Target Admits Newcastle Are A Big Club

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?

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #81

    youve also got to have fast attacking player for wing backs… Santon and Simo would be okay with Kadar slotting in

  • rharrison

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #82

    Team at end of Jan…


    Santon Collocini Vertonghen(7M) Pieters (5M)

    HBA Tiote Cabaye Guitierrez

    Ba Giroud (9M)

    Sa Ameobi
    Sh Ameobi

    Raylor (6M)
    Perch (1M)

    Net Transfer: 14M
    (Still gives Ashley 21M from Carroll so we are all happy)

    Note, not a chance of all the above happening, but i can wish

  • bringbackemre

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #83

    emre , aimar , saviola and inzaghi are all availabe
    wud love to see any of them here even if just a loan

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #84

    who’s guna pay £6million for Raylor haha

  • bringbackemre

    Dec 5, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #85

    milner.-yeah i reckon that formation wud really suit for the time being

  • sparkes123

    Dec 5, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #86

    Looks like he’s got it all – great video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR_kI9eA5lQ

  • Crab Eye

    Dec 6, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #87

    dont want to sound like dennis wise here – but this guy on you tube looks pretty awesome! great in the air, massive left foot and bit of flair too! this guy over magia!

  • rharrison

    Dec 6, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #88

    GeordieToon89 // Dec 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    who’s guna pay £6million for Raylor haha


  • lesh

    Dec 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #89

    Listening to Dalglish after the Fulham result, I was waiting for him for a day of nation mourning!

    What a whining git…… what is it about those people that always makes them as the victims of injustice, always….. pathetic!!!

  • lesh

    Dec 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #90

    * I was waiting for him to call for a day of natioal mourning!

  • Graeme

    Dec 6, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #91

    Chelski have accepted transfer requests from Alex and Anelka – may not be as expensive as thought!!!


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