Newcastle Are Too Smart Not Too Small For Olivier Giroud

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.”

Yeah right.

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    No way will he be sold for that money, anything over 10 million and the player will force the move. It just won’t be to us.

  • sirtoongospel

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    The only forwards i would be interested in from abroad who seem to be available at a price are Moussa Sow and Papiss.

    Fingers crossed shola has his best 6 weeks in a toon shirt when Demba is away!!!

  • Dannyo

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Hehe, Ed sounds smart when he’s annoyed at silly quotes, lol.
    They’re obviously wanting to hike the price up, they know he’s not worth £30 mill, but they can say he are and perhaps get paid £18 mill in the end. A good price for a player with 2 years left on contract…

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    First Dougie freedman and now Monpellier chairman, not good for NUFC

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    last week he said he was flattered to be linked witth NUFC,

  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Sirtoongospel – can you remember when Stroller EVER had a consistent 6 week GOOD SPELL? He is consistently useless, has been for 10 years, but comes good in fits and farts, maybe once every 2 or 3 months!!

    The chances of that spell coinciding with Ba being away is slightly lower than me winning Euro-millions tomorrow night!!

  • ross armstrong

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Indian magpie – paper talk mate , dont believe anything

  • ToonIcon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    From no striker yesterday to 12k for this lad from bognor
    anyone else wandering if the 12k be a sticking point ?

  • seantoon

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Says in the sun Alan Pardew would jump at the chance to resign Andy Carroll


    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    Remember when Pardew said we will not be selling Andy Carrol at any price then we sold him a week later? how can anyone take this press conference no striker in jan clip as being 100% true because i can’t!
    Now we’ve got these bloody nobody clubs saying we’re not big enough for there flash in the pan strikers! If we are not big enough a club for there players what does that make them stupid sons of biatches??

  • Kris

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    About Jason Prior – the lad is 23 years and plays in level 7 in England right?…he will never take the step up in the premiership at that age…Could be MA’s nephew aswell….

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    As you correctly assumed I havent read the last five years accounts,and even if I had ,not being an accountant I probably wouldn’t understand them,and even if I could understand them from what I know about MA and his dealings I probably wouldnt believe them,you’re obviously a very clever chap could you perhaps explain to me how West Ham have cleared £30 million of debt,yet you and a few others still claim that we are indebted to MA for the original sum he lent the club,are you implying that the £130 million he used to buy the club was also a loan.

  • rwpoynter

    Dec 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Firstly,most of the premier league clubs are not going to pay out this silly money or the wages that go with it, we have been down that line enough times before and these guys don’t hardly ever perform to justify it (Shearer being the only obvious exception). Also one day, not far from now, the owners of Chelsea, Man City, PSG are going to get bored with their expensive ‘toys’, but who is going to buy all their debts off them? Despite all his critics, Mike Ashley is right in refusing to go along with this. His balancing act has to include not making the team unsuccessful by selling all the good players, because the higher up the league we are, the more he will eventually get for it, were he to sell. You never know, but if we were to win a Champions League and he make a profit, he may not want to part with it for love nor money (well not love anyway!).
    As for Carroll coming back, that would only be if Liverpool wanted to cut their losses, which would not be the right reason for doing it. We have as a team, overall, done very well this year without Mr Carroll and he was trouble, so why have him back. Demba Ba is every bit as good and more versatile. I think Pardew is playing canny politics here.


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