Newcastle Bid £12M For Top Ivorian Striker


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

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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107 comments so far

  • cndrbrown

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Jesus’ lets hope

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Very exciting, however we do.. you know… have Cisse and want to play 4-3-3?

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  • Phoenix

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #3

    If cabaye talks to the French lads about newcastle and gives them a glowing report seems only fair tio

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  • Phoenix

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Only fair tiote done the same,never know pardew might have asked him to sound bony out

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Can we have the new signings faces on the banner please ed!!

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  • naptoon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #6

    mr t “sign for toon crazy fool”
    bony “ok … dont hurt me”

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  • jeraziah

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    As I said in the previous post.. Eredivise is a league where anybody could score alot of goals. 4 in 16 for his national side probably tells more than 16 of 18 league games in Eredivise.. Afonso Alves scored 45 in 39 in the same league.. And how good was he at Boro?? Total failure.

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  • naptoon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #8

    so was kezman … nistelroy on the other hand…

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  • Beattie25

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #9

    jerazahi

    Whilst I agree with you, Boro didn’t have Graham Carr scouting out Alves.

    If we signed him on Carr’s say so I’d think he could cut it.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Jereziah, I agree with you but there’s still every chance he could be like Van Nistelrooy, Huntelaar or RVP!

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Jeraziah… Fair point but i think when buying a striker its a risk regardless of hes previous record. Look at Torres for eg. He scoeed so many for liverfool but a complete failure for chelski.

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  • h0sta

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #12

    remember him from his Sparta days…he remembers me berseker when in the penalty box but he very often screw up possesion because of poor pass…i dont like this type of players..so i didnt think he could become a good winger for nufc .. goufran could be better also pardew said that he likes intelligent players what in all honesty i didnt see in bony 🙂

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Remember seeing Huntelaar for Heerenveen against us in UEFA cup and thinking he was going to be red hot and in a couple of years he was one of the best finishers, perhaps I should be Carr’s assistant.

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  • Bowzer912

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope so

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  • Tekkers29

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #15

    to be honest i have a bad feeling about bony as i have been watching a few of his games since last year when we last talked about him. From what i’ve seen he scores a lot of goals from poor defending or beating 2 or 3 players with skill which he won’t do in our league, i don’t doubt his finishing ability but his postional play is not up to standard for me so he will struggle to get chances unlike cisse who’s movement is brilliant at times and would be better if he could time his runs to stop from being offside all the time.

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  • Phoenix

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #16

    I know it’s only YouTube clips I’ve seen but when you compare pea,Wolfy,and bony I think bony looks the better of the three.one thing for certain he could handle the physical side of things he looks like tiote on steroids lol

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  • Toon73

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesus H Christ.

    It’s only a matter time before this beast is playing in the EPL – would much prefer it be with us 🙂

    Check out some his youtube clips…faaaaark

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  • nickybutttt

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #18

    do we have the money? i think it is the way to deal at summer for preparation

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #19

    Bony is a pal of Tiote’s apparently

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  • Jamiemac

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Got back from a week skiing in Austria today and had a quick flick through the blog..

    Am I dreaming?!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #21

    I would go for a different Ivorian called Seydou Doumbia. He is one of the quickest players in world football and would love him to come here. Would probably be in the same price bracket as Bony but a lot better IMO

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  • yorkshire_magpie

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #22

    I think we should sign this kid. Looks amazing only 8 years old. Watch this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9S_E2NgSM8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  • donkeypunch

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #23

    African Cup of Nations is my only concern with bony i know it the soft dutch leage most of his goals come from but you only have to look how composed he is on the ball and how well he strikes it with power

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  • h0sta

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #24

    jamiemac
    quite a dream isnt it ? 🙂

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Plus, he’s 24! He’s not going to improve that dramatically (Didier Drogba aside, plus he just adjusted to the league) and from the bits I’ve seen I worry he’s a flat track bully.

    Not sure about this one.

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  • Phoenix

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Donkey punch I thought the same as you

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  • mot7

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Sounds good but another player lost to AFCON every other jan no so sure

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  • Toon73

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #28

    He may not be able to do his tricks against the top 4 but against the rest of these nuffies he’ll have a field day.

    This is the one ST I am genuinely keen on.

    Do it Ashley !

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  • croftus5678

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #29

    wilfred bony is not only tiote’s best friend but he’s got a great eye for goal and is a poacher of sorts.
    its reported here and when i said the same thing before another blogger said i was wrong for calling bony not the fastest but i may have caught him on off days when i watched him play (would be nice to get peoples opinions on him is he fast from people who have actually seen him play ?)i know when i have seen him his goals was not spectacular but he was in the right place at the right time most of the time and he did look strong.
    verdicts out for me i’m not sure on the lad as i can not relly go back on what i said in previous blogs in that he’s a good player but imo not fast (could be wrong) he reminds me a hell of a lot of lukaku though not seen him hit a ball as hard as him though.

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #30

    If the bid is true then MA is obviously still looking for that CF signing before Thurs.
    Hope he does it.

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  • naptoon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #31

    http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/130125/vitesse-arnhem-ready-sell-chelsea-and-liverpool-target-19012
    from talkshite friday and didnt chelsea have some kind of deal with vitesse a few seasons ago … like us and st mirren.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Oh yes please be true…pleaseeee!!!! 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #33

    Could only see this lad coming as a replacement for cisse tbh wont be happy on the bench and certainly dont want to see a 442 again!

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  • naptoon

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #34

    whatever the case it looks like they will sell for rite money

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  • dubzy

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #35

    Narrrr ,Would rather RVW Plzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • jeraziah

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #36

    @9 @10 @11

    Yeah solid points, all of you..

    But RvP is like one in a million. But in Carr we trust, so lets just wait and see who we end up buying. We’re gonna get another Striker before the windows closes, thats obvious.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Looking at the 3 strikers we have been linked at cant say I am overly impressed with them for 12 million surely there is better options out there??

    That Doumbia is awesome might be expensive though might be better than what we are going for??

    Quite good news that we are after a striker and we are still looking to splash the cash

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #38

    jeraziah

    love the optimisim and if the Toon are still bidding then the intent is there.

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  • G

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #39

    Please god, let this one be true. This lad would tear the prem a new backside.

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  • yo-yo

    Jan 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Dunno for sure but reckon Biony is quite a Ba like player in some ways as he has good hold up play so would be great at the share end of a 4-5-1. Another nail in Strolla’s career

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