News in the Daily Express today that Mobido Maiga will be flying into Newcastle to have his medical today.
Mobido Maiga – having medical in Newcastle today
If you are believe the news in the press for the last month or so a deal has already been completed for the 24 year-old 6’2″ Mali striker, and terms have been agreed between his club Sochaux and Newcastle, and the fee is said to be around £7M.
The deal to bring the striker to Newcastle fell apart on the last day of the summer transfer window and left manager Alan Pardew far from happy.
But we think what has happened is that Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley then assured the Newcastle manager the will get this lad in very early in January, but of course he will be off to the African Cup of Nations in mid-January.
The news is that Maiga will fly in today for his medical on Tyneside, and once that has been completed they will do the deal, and it will become valid on January 1st.
There’s nothing like getting a jump on the transfer window, and Maiga will sign a four and a half year deal at the Newcastle club.
Maiga has scored 6 goals and two assists in 10 appearances for Sochaux this season, and will add something different to Newcastle’s strike force.
And it will leave the door open for Peter Lovenkrands to leave when his contract runs out in the summer and he becomes a free agent.
Maiga signed for Sochaux in 2010 from Le Mans, and he has scored 21 goals in a total of 44 appearances for the French side, and while at Le Mans he struck up an excellent partnership with Gervinho, who is now at Arsenal.
He played 88 times for Le Mans and scored 15 goals there, and it was at Le Mans, whom he joined in 2007 from Casablanca-based Raja Club Athletic, that he became a top prospect in French football.
Last summer he went on strike as he made is clear that a big club like Newcastle going after him was a chance in a lifetime, but he finally went back to Sochaux and agreed to stay.
This lad is desperate to come to the Magpies, and in that sense he is another player who wants to be here, but the news is also that Newcastle have also tripled his wages.
On November 21st Maiga was asked if the deal would be sealed at Newcastle, and he had this to say to Footafrica365:
“I do not know, we’ll see.” “What is clear is that all players dream of playing for a club like that, and I hope it will happen, either this winter or in the summer.”
“There are no more problems with Sochaux, everything is back to normal.”
Maiga has played 27 times for Mali with 4 goals, and is yet another player who has been watched for a while by Chief Scout Graham Carr, who is a very important cog in the Newcastle wheel these days.
We hope Newcastle will continue to strengthen their squad in January with new defensive recruits, and also keep their top players – like Cheick Tiote – as just one example.
Update: The Journal is validating this news today, but says he will be having his medical in London, and not in Newcastle, as reported in the Daily Express.