Swansea, Hammers In Lead For Newcastle’s Other Striker Target


Newcastle have been linked with Vitesse striker Wilfred Bony who scored 31 goals in just 30 appearances for the Dutch club last season.

Wilfried Bony

Wilfired Bony – two clubs have agreed £10.2M fee

And since we seem to be about to miss out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Newcastle will need to turn their attention to other targets.

But it seems Bony has his heart set on joining Swansea City who seem willing to match Vitesse’s asking price of €12M (£10.2M) for the 24 year-old.

This is what the Ivory Coast International said in Voetbal International over the weekend:

“The clubs are now talking to each other, Swansea has made Vitesse a bid and I hope it’s good,” “Swansea is a wonderful club. It’s my chance to play in the Premier League and they also play attractive football.

“I understood from my agent that Swansea want to pay €12M  (£10.2M)  for me and that is what Vitesse want to receive, so I hope there is some good news soon.”

Vitesse had a massive season last term, in large part due to Bony’s goal scoring prowess and finished fourth in the Eredivisie.

And last week there were even stories that Bony had signed for the Welsh club, but Vitesse issued the following statement:

“On Thursday afternoon June 27 appeared in various media reported that Wilfried Bony to move to Premier League club Swansea City. This message is incorrect.”

“For the striker, top scorer in the Eredivisie last season, there is admittedly much interest and Swansea City are one of the interested clubs. However, a transfer is not the case.”

And  yesterday it was reported that West Ham have made a similar £10.2M bid for the striker, and that has matched Swansea’s bid. Howe West Ham can shell out another £10M, after spending a massive £15M on Andy Carroll is beyond us.

No sign of Newcastle in the bidding yet, and yes – you probably got it –  the fee is probably too high for the Tyneside club.

Newcastle are still looking for that top striker they can get in for a decent (low) price – if they can find him this summer – and that’s not Darren Bent.

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201 comments so far

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Considering NUFC have not made a bid, i guess we are not even in the running for Bony – ALL PRESS SPECULATION!

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  • G

    Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Not a bad player, not very pacy, but good positional sense, and an eye for goal. I reckon he’s deffo off to Swansea like.

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  • Roy Morten

    Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Guti is a good guy aswell but not on the football field.. needs to be replaced aswell. If MA wants to get rid off AP then he just have to tell JFK to sell Guti….

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #4

    As per usual we will wait until an offer goes in for him and then make a smaller offer to then be told it is difficult to get them over the line.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #5

    FFS..

    Who said Bony was an NUFC target?

    It’s silly season, we are being linked with anyone who could possibly move, bloody hell it was only a few weeks back Rooney was mentioned.

    Seriously come on people!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonarmydownsouth
    5 mins ago
    Jesper
    No just making a point
    Of course they can be replaced, but not without breaking the bank, unless there being replaced by players of lesser talent, which makes it a pointless exercise
    Gos, tav, sammy and fergie are no longer counted as younger players so even on loan would still need replacing

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #7

    @Spoof

    Proof!

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  • Roose Trollton

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    These rumours are fake, concocted by JK and simon bird to placate you while ashley harvests all of our hope for sustenance while not buying any players. We are in for nobody.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Mr Funk
    Andy Carroll, Luuk de Jong and PEA, it has been confirmed that we did make offers which were less than the offers which were made by West Ham and Borussia Munchengladbach, granted we made an offer before Dortmund but it was always going to be turned down, £8m is what we offered, all this is common knowledge m8.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Roose@8
    nice too see you being so optimistic, mind I totally agree with you, this is last summer all over again.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #11

    @10

    after only 3 days!?

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  • AaranD

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    If we did buy Bony, I think it would be to replace Cisse.
    I can’t see us playing two up top and if we did Cisse and Bony are, i think, to similar. And neither Cisse or Bony can play out wide. So Bony wouldn’t be guaranteed 1st team football like he would at other clubs, which is a big factor.

    Siem De Jong and players like Nacer Chadli, Marko Arnoutovic, Zarate, Georginio Wijnaldum are what we should be looking at. Players who can get 8-15 goals a season but just as many assists.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Mr Funk // Jul 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    It is possible that Perch has been replaced by the 1 yr contact extension given to Conor Newton.

    Proof please?

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #14

    richy
    come on m8, loads of deals are agreed before July 1st but they cannot be signed until the 1st, we all know that to be the case and we all know that at present there are virtually no genuine links to an impending deal, so don’t come the “only 3 day’s line” it doesn’t work and you that to be the case, we will sign this summer, but it will still be a poor summer with possibly just a reshuffle of the squad without any strengthening of the team.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Mister Tuff@13
    I’m annoyed now, why the hell did I not think of that reply lol

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  • Ginger

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #16

    So I was looking at the squad we could have this season:
    *means homegrown.

    1. Cheik Tiote
    2. Dan Gosling*
    3. Davide Santon
    4. Fabricio Coloccini
    5. Gabriel Obertan
    6. Hatem Ben Arfa
    7. James Tavernier*
    8. Jonas Gutierrez
    9. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    10. Mathieu Debuchy
    11. Mike Williamson*
    12. Papiss Cisse
    13. Rob Elliot*
    14. Ryan Taylor*
    15. Shane Ferguson*
    16. Shola Ameobi*
    17. Paul Dummet*
    18. Vurnon Anita
    19. Moussa Sissoko
    20. Romain Amalfitano
    21. Haris Vu?ki?*
    22. Bradden Inman*
    23. Conor Newton*
    24. Yoan Gouffran
    25. Sammy Ameobi*
    26. Steven Taylor*
    27. Sylvain Marveaux
    28. Tim Krul*
    29. Yohan Cabaye

    I may have made some mistakes but if not these are the players we will have to name in the 21 man squad next season, 13 of them being homegrown and 29 of them in total. We’re gonna need to do some selling/loaning or we’re stuffed!

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  • Phatoon

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    @Mister Tuff

    Want Mr Funk said (this is like Resevoir Dogs!) was a thought, not a fact, so he doesn’t need to prove it.

    But it is a possibility as Newton signed a new 1 yr deal and is now “of age”. So if we use Newton, he could be considered as a “Perch replacement”.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Aaran
    Yeah agree with that, both are lone CF’s of similar style, although bony is more dominant and couldn’t see us spending that much on a sub

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  • Ginger

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I meant to say 25 man squad

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #20

    @ Mister Tuff

    No proof needed because i was suggesting it was a possibility not a certainty

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  • GeordieDan

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #21

    How can Hammer afford £15 million plus £10million Ed?

    That’ll be from the extra TV revenue ALL CLUBS INCLUDING US got.

    Otherwise known as the down-payment on Mike Ashley’s next sportswear brand he wishes to rape, pillage and plunder.

    Any normal football club owner would spend it on the club as he agreed to do many moons ago-to paraphrase, “the funds raised by the club will go back into the club” I believe it was said at the time?

    Fair enough the ******* doesn’t want to fund it with his own cash anymore but he now just simply takes money from the club and doesn’t spend it on anything to do wish the club.

    Where is this advertising money, the TV money, the £24 million profit just on player sales……………….?????

    And all the fools who continue to back Mike Ashley’s grand long-term plan deserve the reality check that will kick in when he finally leaves and our club is a ghost of what it once was.

    A cheap, laughing stock of a club that can’t afford good players and has no ambition to buy them. Plays boring football with mediocre managers. A club that has ZERO respect for the fans period.

    And worst of all a club with no SOUL.

    But thats worth it to balance the books isn’t it Ashley worshipers!?!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Poor old Carr recommended PEA 2 years ago when he was around 6/7M, leroy Fer when he was valued at 4M and Wanyama when he was 900k but the powers that b then (ie Llambias and Pardew) vetoed all 3 deals. MUPPETS !!!!!!

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  • Smokey

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #23

    AaranD
    Completely agree with Wijnaldum and Siem de Jong. Both appear to be great players. I personally haven’t seen enough of the other players you mentioned to have an opinion on them.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #24

    I’d just like to say good luck to Perchy, was a decent player for us.

    We’ll see anita step up next season so he shouldn’t be too much of a loss though.

    Anyway, someone made the point earlier that no clubs have been active in the transfer market. I’m sure the likes of villa and Liverpool would disagree.

    We’ve been sluggish so far. Here’s hoping we pick up pace soon.

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  • Average_Contents

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #25

    agree there spoof a lot more could of been done before July 1st as demonstrated by a lot of the other prem teams! Instead we wait till near the transfer window opens and appoint JFK which messes the club up right before important business is due to be done and therefor sets us back by what? 2 weeks maybe?

    And guys I’m not a doom n gloom kinda guy and not saying we won’t sign anybody but come on JFK should have been appointed as soon as the season finished not when he was! We are a laughing stock! Cannot understand the reasoning of appointing the guy when Mike did

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Please tell me the Matt Taylor rumour is b…..ks
    A 31 year old west ham reserve, it beggars belief.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #27

    phatoon/Mr Green/funks’ secretary – I raise the point as Funk complains about speculation -but adds to it himself.

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  • Mr Funk

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Mister Tuff

    Whereas, Spoof comment was made in a manner that it was fact – all we have is press speculation, until someone involved in a deal comes out and says we made an offer or not. So far, that has not happened!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Tads…point taken! But most of those youngsters didn’t really play any part after the January transfer window so I don’t see why they should be accounted for?

    If they go out on loan they would not have any impact on the 25 players we have to name.

    As for replacing the fringe players. When you say we have to break the bank to find better British players or players who apply to the home grown rule what are we talking about here?

    I don’t think we have too. There are alot of good deals to be made I think! And if Newcastle have done their job they should know players need to be upgraded.

    Even if we should break the bank this season this would be where I would do it. That and a new forward.

    What do you think?

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Phatoon
    and what I said was also not a fact due to it being something which could possibly happen in the future, so for Mr Funk to ask someone for proof of something which he feels will happen in the future is rather silly.

    As for the past it is there for all to see

    Now before this gets silly, have you ever went to a game saying that you think we will win today.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    I can’t fathom the logic of appointing jfk at all. The timing is just an added cock up.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32

    West Ham would be able to bid for him because they are happy being a boom and bust club. They will go massively into debt, then they will get relegated, sell their best players, develop some youth players and get promoted 3 or 4 years later. They will never break into the top 6.

    I keep saying, look at the history of the top 6. Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Utd have all had long runs of top finishes, working to improve bit by bit every year. This is what we need to do.

    Sure, it would be great if MA was happy to spend (not loan) £20M a year on signing new players, but I don’t blame him for not doing that at the moment given the stick that the fans give him.

    Let’s go and nail 3 top 8 finishes in a row, then we can be taken seriously and make a push up the league.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Funk @20 -posted before I saw your reply – I think it’s a possibility that Joking Ear is Perchs’ replacement -but not a certainty. I too can speculate.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Rotonda

    Because no other manager has ever missed the chance of a top signing…

    You do realise that there are around a couple of dozen other clubs who would also be in the running for these players? Are their managers all muppets too?

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  • Spoof

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #35

    Mr Funk
    how on earth could you read my comment as being a factual comment, it was a comment of what could happen in the future.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #36

    JFK is old news. What’s the point in going on about him?

    He’s there now, and I care more about the squad on 1st September, than I do about that nutter with verbal diarrhea…

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  • Sazzer

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Ginger – lots of players so we will sell few of them. 13 foreign players if Obertan and Amalfitano leaves us, 4 spots available.

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  • richyg01

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    @14 – loads of deals?

    There are not really that many deals of note that have gone through

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #39

    TDsarf,
    And why do you think the same fans who welcomed this seemingly eccentric billionaire with open arms happened to turn on him, do you think it was because behind the mask of joviality there was a cold calculating businessman who knew all along that he was here purely to promote his tacky sports chain no matter what the cost to the clubs loyal fans.

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  • Perchinho Pricing Blunder

    Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #40

    So we never made a bid?
    he must really have been a target….

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