Newcastle Target Desperate To Join Arsenal – For £12M

News today that one of Newcastle’s striker targets is anxious to join Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud – wants to join Arsenal

Olivier Giroud is said to be close to joining the top London club for around £12M, according to his club – French Champions Montpellier.

And if the fee is £12M, there’s no way Newcastle would pay that for a 25 year-old, who is untested at the top levels of football.

And the news seems true, as it comes from Rene Girard, the manager of Montpellier, who has said Arsenal have come in for his star striker.

This is what Girard told French radio yesterday:

“Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England.” “If Arsene Wenger agrees with the president Louis Nicollin, he will sign for them.”

Arsenal are also keen to offload striker Marouane Chamakh as part of a player-plus-cash deal, and Chamakh could be a good fit for the Moroccan striker, who has lost his way since joining from Bordeaux on a free transfer two years ago.

Arsenal have already signed Lukas Podolski from FC Köln for £11M, and if they sign Girard they are well positioned in case Robin van Persie leaves the club for the highest bidder in the summer.

And with Arsene Wenger at the Euro 2012 Championships as a commentator for French TV, he can keep tabs on the French striker, that’s if he gets a game for France – he was an unused substitute against England on Monday.

Robin van Persie is being pursued by Juventus and Manchester City, and don’t put it past the current Premier league Champions to match the offer of £180K/week in wages, said to be made by the Italian club.

When Manchester City will ever balance their books we have no idea, but we hope the new UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, which force European clubs to balance their books soon, do not turn out to be a paper tiger.

Only last week the local press in Newcastle were reporting that FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, and Olivier Giroud were Newcastle’s two top striker targets, but somehow we never thought Newcastle would have much chance of getting Olivier to Tyneside.

And £12M is simply a lot more than he’s probably worth, and we wonder how much Luuk de Jong will cost?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    So Rotonda,
    Whenever I see a goal line clearance again I’ll know that that defender was really to blame in the first place, because he let the striker shoot.

    On this player, don’t want him

  • bigmattyn

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Is anyone else getting the problem that when they go on to they only get articles up until 28th May? It’s really starting to piss me off that I have to check twitter to read every new article! Ed sort it out!

  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    If he wants to go to the arse – bye now!

    Joining a second rate club, compared to TOOOON seems a pretty poor sense of judgement, but, then again, some cant see the wood for the trees lol.

  • Graeme

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Bigmattyn, yes, mine does the same and its annoying. Click on “Home Page” and it will take you to the latest news.

  • cyprus

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    And, last ever comment on Simpson saga. Ye ye he’s rubbish and all that, another team’s player is better (Debuchy, he’s only on our wish list), but the club still value him at 4 mil and still offer him the lowest possible salary for a PL player. That’s just unfair. If you don’t want the lad, fine, let him go, do a Barton with him, don’t jerk him around. He seems a decent lad, who always gives his best.

  • lewytoon

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    he doesnt desperatelty want to join them, he just wants to depserately play in england

  • Szarka

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    I was sure he wont be a Nufc player, and end up at the top 4.

  • Spoof

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Graeme m8, in fairness to Giroud if we have not made an offer how can we critisize him for not joining us, from the little I have seen of Giroud he does appear to be a good player

  • martoon

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #9

    bigmattyn @2 – Yes I had that problem – it is because something has changed with the web address since you saved it in your favourites. I f you delete nufcblog from your favourites go to the home page as Graeme suggests and then save this in your favorites for nufcblog it should sort it.

  • Whistler

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Didn’t ever think we’d be in for Giroud in all truth…imo he’s heavily overpriced at 12m, he’s decent but not that decent…could well turn out to be Guivarch in disguise. I’ve said on here since Carroll left that Luuk deJong is the player I’d like to see come in…would be a great signing

  • Eyeball81

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    So much for saying Giroud was worth 50m…5-6 months ago…now theyre selling him for around 12m to arsenal…let them have him

  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Never rated giroud that highly and personally dont think we were ever actually interested in him… Luuk De Jong is twice the player and like 5 years younger

  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #14

    I dont Believe the Journal

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #15

    Giroud is an outstanding striker and anyone saying they don’t want him are clearly bitter that Arsenal look to have got him however didn’t think we would ever be in for him as he is out of our price
    range. As for Simpson being messed about how is being offered 25k for a player of very limited ability being messed about he should be snatching the boards hand off. The plan would more than likely have been to upgrade even if he did sign so he won’t be a garunteed starter anymore.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #16


    No need to repeat yourself on 2 different threads. We get the idea.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #17


    he’s on 10K, he was offered 25k. that’s qite an increase wouldn’t you say? espeically for someone who isn’t that good.
    he and Willo were our weak links when chasing a CL place.

  • Whistler

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18


    Giroud outstanding!? I don’t know what you’ve been watching…Benzema is outstanding, Giroud is no better than Andy Carroll.

  • bigmattyn

    Jun 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #19

    Graeme and Martoon – Thanks for the help guys. Don’t think I ever had it in my favourites as far as I’m aware but clicking on homepage seems to have worked a treat. Every computer I tried it on seemed to have the same problem!

  • mal68

    Jun 13, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t believe just how few people here rate Giroud, suspect that maybe some havent seen him play. Really is a star

  • SmileyFace

    Jun 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Bigmattyn – use instead of

    works for me:D


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