There are reports circulating in France that Modibo Maiga failed his medical, for his January transfer to Newcastle United.
Modibo Maiga – failed his medical
Newcastle had already agreed a transfer fee of around £6.5M for the Mali International striker, and the 24 year-old was supposed to sign a five and a half year deal just before Christmas – on 22nd December to be exact.
The medical was carried out over two days in London, on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, but there many reports now coming in confirming that he has indeed failed the medical because of a knee problem.
Karim Aklil, Maiga’s agent had this to say to L’Equipe tonight:
“I am disappointed at this turn of events,”
“Modibo is in perfect physical condition, which was confirmed by one of the leading experts in the field and I am quite surprised of the medical diagnosis by the doctors appointed by the club.
“I am convinced that the future will prove us right and that Modibo will prove his worth and will remain one of the best strikers in the Championship of France.”
And there seems some disagreement on the prognosis of the Newcastle medical doctors, as Professor Jaeger is said to be the leading expert in his field, mentioned above by Aklil.
Jaeger has contradicted the opinion of the Newcastle medical doctors, and has confirmed Maiga is in perfect health.
The French Daily L’Equipe has reported that Maiga will not now be joining Newcastle, because of a knee injury, and his club Sochaux are said to have held a crisis meeting on the news.
The subject of that meeting is said to be the future of Modibo Maiga.
After all, the drawn out negotiations for his transfer to Newcastle, have been going on for over six months now, and £6.5M is a lot of money for any French club.
L’Equipe are now reporting that Newcastle will go after top French International striker Oivier Giroud, who is some player for Montpelier and is 25 years-old.
The 6’4″ striker is in tremendous form for table-topping Montpelier, and he has scored 14 goals and has 5 assists for his club in only 18 appearances this season.
Giroud could be valued at about the same price as Modibo, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Newcastle make some official statement on this rather surprising news.
We’d be very happy to see Olivier Giroud through the door at Newcastle, but the Tyneside club will have to move very quickly.
Newcastle fans need to see a top striker coming into Newcastle next month, as the late but promised replacement for the departed local striker Andy Carroll.