It doesn’t look like we have much chance of getting our top striker target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of St Etienne, with some big clubs starting to be linked with the 23 year-old Gabon International – but we could be wrong on that.
Wilfried Bony – Newcastle first interested last January
And it looks as if Newcastle aren’t interested in Andy Carroll at £15.5M from Liverpool, although West Ham seem to be willing to pay that amount for the player who was on loan to them in the season just finished.
Newcastle were linked with Wilfried Bony, the Vitesse striker in January, and he’s said to be rated at around £12M – but that seems a little high.
After bringing in the five Frenchmen near the end of January, Newcastle tried to being in a striker to replace Demba Ba, and the three strikers we were linked with were Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Wilfried Bony and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel has already been signed by Norwich, so it seems reasonable that the Sunday Mirror is now saying we could be in for Bony, whether it’s true or not.
The 24-year-old Ivorian stands 6 foot tall and has scored 51 goals in 69 games for Vitesse, since joining them from Sparta Prague in January of 2011 for about £3.5M.
In the season just passed he has scored a massive 30 goals in 30 appearances for his Dutch club, which is why his price has gone up.
His contract still has two years to run at Vitesse, so he will not come cheap, and he has played 18 times for the Ivory Coast with 6 goals. and will know Cheick Tiote well.
Newcastle may have to recruit more than one striker this summer, and that’s especially if Shola Ameobi decides to request a transfer to get more playing time elsewhere.
Wilfried Bony could be a good option.
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