There was news circulating yesterday that Montpelier owner Louis Nicollin has said Newcastle are too small a club for striker Olivier Giroud.
Olivier Giroud – Montpellier striker
There was news that Newcastle may be interested in the striker, but that he would not come cheap and that Newcastle may have to go up to £10M, if they were really interested in him.
Louis Nicollin is the owner of the Monrperllie club, and he had this to say about a possible transfer to Newcastle:
“Newcastle? They are too small for him.” “Arsenal? You would have to see if Arsene Wenger is interested but, as before, there is Van Persie.”
“And at 10M euros? No. Given that he still has more than two years of contract, it will cost more.”
“He has a contract until 2014, so 50M or 60M euros at least.”
Newcastle used to be in the game of paying out massive fees and massive wages for their player but their transfer strategy is a lot different these days, and they are after bargains.
To be fair Newcastle have invested in their scouting network big time, with Chief Scout Graham Carr in the lead.
And Newcastle have made some excellent acquisitions over the last couple of years, like Mike Williamson for £1M, Demba Ba for nothing, Yohan Cabaye for £4.5M, Ben Arfa for £5M, and other players like Mehdi Abeid and Sylvain Marveaux and Dan Gosling on free transfers.
What Louis Nicollin is saying above, is he knows Newcastle don’t have the money to pay way over the odds for his player, and even if they did they they are no longer in the game of paying out outlandish fees for their transfer targets.
So it must be over to Manchester City or even French club PSG, who now have lots of money to waste, I mean spend, and either club could probably pick up Giroud for a bargain €50M, and they would only have to pay him around £200K a week.
A bargain indeed, and one last thought – how does Giroud compare with our very own Demba Ba this season?
Ba has scored 14 goals in 19 appearances in the English Premier League, the world’s top football league, and Giroud has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances for Montpellier in the French League, which is not the top league in the world.
And we paid zippo for Demba Ba, so you see what I mean.