News in Metro today that Tottenham Hotspur are ready to challenge Newcastle for Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, but Newcastle have also bid over the last day or so for Vitesse striker Wilfried Bony (£12M) – the Ivory Coast International, and St. Etienne turned down a €10.5M bid (£8.6M) for their 23 year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only yesterday.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel – Newcastle interested
So Ricky van Wolfswinkel isn’t the only top striker on Newcastle’s radar screen during the last four days of this January transfer window – and it’s the lad’s 24th birthday today – so happy birthday Ricky.
The player’s agent Louis Laros has already talked about Newcastle’s interest in his player, and apparently Norwich City and Chris Hughton are also interested in the Dutch International.
This what Laros has said:
‘I know Newcastle are interested.’ ‘I will not mention clubs because it is a private matter, (so why mention Newcastle?), but I can say that in England there is great interest in Ricky.’
We’re not sure there’s any new news in this report in the Metro – but Sporting Lisbon would be more than willing to accept a decent cash bid from say Newcastle - because they are in need of some cool cash – like a number of other European football clubs thee days.
The advantage Newcastle have over other clubs in the transfer market is they pay the full transfer fee up front in cool cash – unlike the vast majority of English clubs – who don’t even have the money to buy players – so they pay the transfer fee over a number years (they pay for it with future earnings is another way to look at it) – just like Newcastle used to do under Freddy Shepherd.
The value Lisbon put on the player is around £10M – and that seems a decent price for a player who Newcastle could bring in over the next four days.
Newcastle have already bid around that amount for both Bony and Aubameyang, so it seems like Mike Ashley could be looking for the best deal among those three strikers.
It’s very likely we’ll end up with one of those strikers at Newcastle before Friday – and either one of them would be a good (great?) acquisition for Newcastle this month – wouldn’t they?
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