Have Newcastle Bid For Congolese Striker?

There is news in the Daily Express today that an English club has bid for 27 year-old Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani, and while we’d be surprised if it was Newcastle – you just never know.

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Dieumerci Mbokani – Anderlecht’s 27 year-old striker

Newcastle are linked because we need at least one new striker in the summer to replace the departed Demba Ba, whom we failed to replace in January, after he had left for Chelsea, and we were linked with Mbokani last November.

Dieumerci’s agent Christophe Henrotay has now said that an offer for the player was made for his client in January, but it was turned down:

“Mbokani is having a great season and I can confirm interest from clubs across the continent.” “Juventus, Inter Milan and Fiorentina are all keen on him but nothing has been discussed as yet.”

“I can confirm that there was a bid from an English club in January. I will not reveal the name of that club.”

The first thing to realize is not to take anything seriously that an agent says, because they are simply trying to drum up interest and news on their client, so he can be sold and they can get paid.

Mbokani was brought in from Monaco in the summer of 2011 to Anderlecht to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea and is now on a season long loan deal at West Brom.

Mbokani has a very good goals record at Anderlecht, and in 45 games has scored 31 goals for the side, but how he would perform at the highest levels in the English Premier League is an open question.

Dieumerci is 27, so he may be too old for Newcastle, and he stands 6’1″ tall and has played 21 times for the DR Congo with 11 goals and was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now called DR Congo).

We’d be very surprised if Dieumerci Mbokani arrives on Tyneside in the summer, but nevertheless it is possible we bid for him in January, since we also bid for both Loic Remy of Marseilles (he joined QPR), and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St. Etienne, who remains a Newcastle target in the summer.

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