Newcastle Arrange Rangers Friendly – Closer To Signing £7M French Striker

Newcastle today arranged a friendly with Glasgow Rangers on Tuesday, 6th August, with a 7.45 pm kcik-off time, and that should fill out our pre-season schedule, and it’s probably been arranged because of Mike Ashley’s almost 10% ownership of the top Glasgow club.

Rangers

Here is now the updated Newcastle schedule for pre-season.

DateOpponentsLocationResult
Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pmMotherwellFir ParkW 4-2
Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pmRio AveEstadio do Rio AveL 3-1
Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pmPacos de FerreiraEstadio da Capital do MovelD 1-1
Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pmBlackpoolBloomfield RoadW 1-0
Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pmSt. MirrenLove StreetW 2-0
Tue - 6 August, 7:45pmRangersIbrox StadiumD 1-1
Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pmSC BragaSt. James' ParkD 1-1

And it still leaves open a possible game on Saturday 3rd August, and maybe that’s the date we are trying to arrange a friendly game with Lille for, although the Rangers game may have been in place of the possible Lille game.

Newcastle will likely field a strong side against Rangers, and manager McCoist said this on the Rangers web-site:

“We have enjoyed a positive pre-season so far and we are all looking forward to our final warm-up match against Newcastle before the league campaign begins.” “Newcastle have a strong squad, packed with international players and they will provide a great test for our players.”

“I am sure both sets of supporters will be keen to fill Ibrox and take in such a high profile game before the serious league business gets underway.”

And some slightly updated news from last night on the transfer front – Newcastle’s top striker target now seems to be 27 year-old striker Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon, and it’s over five years ago that Kevin Keegan was interested in signing the striker, who was then at St. Etienne.

And it if reports are to believed we bid £9M for him in March of 2008.

batefembi gomis

Bafetimbi Gomis – top target for Newcastle?

Gomis has just one year left on his five-year contract at Lyon, so it wouldn’t surprise us if the fee Newcastle are trying to agree for the striker is even less than the £7M quoted.

But we need to sign a striker soon, and hopefully over the weekend, and maybe after we’ve hammered Rio Ave 5-0 tomorrow night? 😀

That will help to raise the spirits on Tyneside.

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