Newcastle will have their scouts watching the European Championships this summer in Poland and the Ukraine.
Olivier Giroud – Newcastle still interested?
And Alan Pardew has said there are a couple of players in particular they will watch, but these summer tournaments can also be dodgy. How many times has a player shone at the tournament, his price has gone up, and he moves, and is then a flop at his new club.
That happens quite a lot, which is why Newcastle have already done their homework on the players they are after this summer, and Alan hopes they have lousy tournaments so they will not attract the interest of other clubs.
This is what the Newcastle manager had to say today to the local press:
“We’ll be represented at the Euros.” “There are a couple of players we’re looking at in that tournament and, as far as I’m concerned, I hope they have an awful one!”
“The valuations will go up and down – we’ll look at that.” “Someone’s reputations will go through the roof, and someone’s won’t. That might affect the price.”
“Most clubs want to hold off to see how their players do.” “You all want the bonus of your player being the star, or having a big tournament.”
We didn’t think Newcastle were still interested in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud, but they are due to bring in another striker in the summer, but we thought that would be a younger player than the 25 year-old.
But Olivier looks a good player, and he brilliantly set up Montpellier’s winning goal in stoppage time last Sunday, put in the net by Karim Ait Fana, to give his team a vital 1-0 win over high flying Lille.
The French striker has scored 25 goals for Montpellier this season and also has 8 assists in his 41 games played, and maybe Newcastle are keeping tabs on him, just in case Demba Ba moves on
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had a decent game for Montpellier in central defense, although the Montpellier captain should have been sent off in the second half for a wild tackle, but the referee didn’t give him the caution – he obviously remembered he had given him one in the first half.
Yanga-Mbiwa has been linked with Newcastle all season, and of course it seems we are also afer Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy, who also played in Sunday’s game at right back for Lille, and is Yohan Cabaye’s friend.
Yanga-Mbiwa almost moved away from Montpellier last season, when the asking price was £5M, but that’s gone up to £7M.
Yanga-Mbiwa was born in Bangui, in the Central African Republic but moved to France as a toddler, and has played 8 times for the France U21 side.
Those are three players Newcastle will presumably be keeping an eye on, but another target – Erik Pieters will not be part of Euro 2012 due to his foot injury.
But the problem with all three players above, is that other top clubs are also very interested in the three of them, and they include Arsenal and Manchester United, to name just two.