The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle are closing in on the £12M transfer of Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony. The Ivory Coast International joined the Dutch club in 2011 from Sparta Prague, and he is one of the in-form strikers in Europe this season having scoring 22 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Vitesse.
Wilfried Bony – top Ivory Coast striker
The 24-year-old Ivorian striker currently leads the Dutch League scoring charts with 16 goals in 18 league games, which included a hat-trick against Heerenveen in October, and he is contracted to the Eredevisie club until the summer of 2015.
The Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Bony is available at the right price, but Newcastle may have to wait until the summer, although they have already tabled a £12M bid for the striker, according to the Telegraph report.
Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham United are also said to be interested in the striker, but it seems Newcastle are the first side to bid for the player and they would like to have him at Newcastle before the end of the month.
Bony was born in Bingerville in the Ivory Coast in 1988 and the 6′ tall striker has played 16 times with four goals for his country.
The Ivorian is very fast, and a natural center-forward, and if Newcastle can get this player into the club before next Friday, it will be yet another coup for the Magpies in January.
Bony is currently in South Africa competing in the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the Ivory Coast, along with Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, but Newcastle signed Papiss Cisse while he was competing for Senegal in last year’s AFCON – so that’s not a barrier to signing the lad this month.
We said earlier today that we thought Mike Ashley wants another top striker at the club this month, and the Magpies have just had a €10.5M bid turned down for St. Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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