New Newcastle Transfer Target Looks An Excellent Player


We didn’t know too much about Marseilles’ 23 year-old winger/striker Andre Ayew, when we saw the report in France on Thursday morning, that Newcastle were interested in the son of  the three-time African Footballer of the Year Abedi Pele, but the more we’ve looked into this player’s record, he would seem to be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle.

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew – looks like an excellent striker/winger

The 43 times capped Ghanaian International can play up front as a striker or on the wing, and the 23 year-old joined Marseilles from Nania in 2005, when he was just 15 years old.

Last season Andre scored 13 goals and had 5 assists in 45 appearances for Marseilles, and he had loan spells at Lorient in 2008–2009 and at Arles-Avignon the following season.

Ayew scores  most of his goals from inside  the penalty box, and about half of his goals come from headers, and while not particularly tall at 5’9″, he is a good header of the ball, and that’s something we don’t currently have at Newcastle.

Andre is said to be rated at around £10M, and Liverpool are also credited with an interest in Ayew,  who was born in Seclin, a community just outside of Lille to Ghanaian parents, and he could well be one of Newcastle major targets next week.

Ayew could be used at Newcastle in a 4-3-3 formation as one of the wide men up front, and he always looks to get into the penalty box, which is where he scores most of his goals, so he would certainly fit in with the styles of Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.

Newcastle are really short of scoring power since Demba Ba left in January, so if we can get Bafe Gomis on Tyneside next week, and this 23 year-old, they would both appear to be decent buys for the club, although the £10M fee may be a bit too high for Newcastle, given the frugal way in which Mike Ashley is currently running the club.

Sorry to bring that up.

The latest report on Newcastle’s interest in the 23 year-old is in the Express, and since Alan Pardew said he was hoping Newcastle can bring in a couple of players next week – maybe Andre will  be one of them.

Andre is the right age at just 23, and he still has time to develop as a footballer, and he could do that on Tyneside, although we don’t know what the real level of interest is from Liverpool, who could outbid Newcastle for the player.

What do you think?

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80 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely!

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  • toonfogg

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s a winger which is what we need so get him in no messing around JFK. We need a signing or 2 just to give the team a lift

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  • ronjohno

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed
    I think this site is the best but with the greatest of respect these signings you suggest just aint going to happen – I know you put things on the site to get reaction and talk which is great but………

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  • jeff

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #4

    are you going to link us with willian next ed? oh wait you already did that LMAO

    please man, these guys are never gonna come

    and ps stop with the survey popup adverts that somehow skip past adblock

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Good erudite plain speaking article by David Conn about our plight in his Inside Sport column at The Guardian online. Sorry not tech savvy enough to post a link, but easy enough to find by googling the Guardian and then the football page.

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  • musomag

    Aug 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Not another target! Dream on, this will never happen. He’ll sign for Liverpool or Spurs in a heartbeat. Some real news please Ed

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  • SuperShearer

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Luke Edwards on Twitter saying that Cabaye still isn’t in the right frame of mind to play tomorrow. Sad as I thought he was more professional than that, pull your finger out lad and do what the club pays you for.

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #8

    jimmysmith

    go to the website bar of the guardian page, right click copy, come back to nufc blog page, right click paste

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #9

    The game draws near…

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  • SharpEnough23

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #10

    As a non Geordie fan I think in recent years the amount of foreign players at the club is becoming a joke, I’m from the midlands and it’s because of our great English players that I chose to support Newcastle and not villa or wolves.

    not one player we put out tomorrow will be english, unless that bellend who supposedly manages the team plays dummett or worse williamson

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Ayew will play in central midfield if he is brought in to replace Cabaye.

    He is a real intelligent player which he has obviously learned from his father (Abedi Pele).

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  • GeordieAnt

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Actually a really interesting read lads:

    Here’s the link. Saves jimmysmith having to do it:

    http://www.theguardian.com/football/david-conn-inside-sport-blog/2013/aug/23/alan-pardew-signings-newcastle-frustration

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  • toonfogg

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Supershearer
    If true and this is down to Cabs then I agree very unprofessional. Also if we don’t get the right bid for him do you not think we’ll have a depressed Cabs again just like last season. If he does stay the club better stock up on happy pills. Legal ones obviously. lol although I do think he’s basically gone already.

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #14

    one of the transfer “target”

    nothing to say until we ACTUALLY sign someone

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  • jimiley

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Keep the faith in Percy Parsnip and Joe “pick up the phone” Kinnear to get us some great transfers this summer. Within 10 years we will be challenging for the title. God bless HMS Toon and all who sail in her.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #16

    We will never get ths guy. I reckon he is just behind walcott on speed. If you put them in a race I bet walcot would beat him by about 4 cm.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #17

    I have always rated him same goes to the winger Atsu

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  • jimiley

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #18

    We will get this guy if nobody else wants him, he costs less than 4 million and he wants no more than 30K a week. We may get him. Keep the faith in Big Mike, one of the richest geezers in the Premiership.

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  • jimiley

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Some fan s think the owner has no ambition. Does anybody know how much is business is worth. Billions. But he will not waste it on players wages and who can blame him? He will keep us in the Prem with modest players and we should be grateful. Its better than supporting Darlington. I will settle for 15th this season. No way will we be relegated

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 24, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #20

    @Jimiley Have you ever seen him play? it’s just a matter of time before a bigger club comes sniffing around. Story of our lives.

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  • doonundertoon

    Aug 24, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    Comment #21

    if we are infact interested this will be a very good signing, yes he is a winger/inside forward but a very industrious one, like jonas but offers a lot more going forward, can also play central midfield, only problem will be afcon, but atm i dont care, i just want somebody through the door lol

    i dont think he will come very cheaply though if im honest, 10 -15 million easy, so we will probably lose him due to some financial reason, but going off our current formation, an attacking lineup of
    cisse
    remy – HBA – ayew

    really is a frightening proposition, but going off our track record of the last few summer transfer windows, i doubt anything will come of this 🙁

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  • gazzaforever

    Aug 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #22

    He prefers to play midfield than winger, he s good but inconsistent. We should try to get lass diarra from anzhi, he s a great mid and right back. Or matthieu flamini.

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  • Mac

    Aug 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #23

    Serious gang of divvies on here. I am guessing almost none of them go to the match. We have a team rammed full of internationals a manager that was voted manager f the year a short two years ago ahead of fergie moyesy wenger and co. Jesus be happy with what you’ve got

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #24

    @Mac // Aug 24, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    In case you forgot, with that very same team and manager, we almost got relegated last season if not for Bosingwa’s heroics.

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  • toonincheek

    Aug 24, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Comment #25

    Mac –

    Don’t you understand that Toon fans want
    nothing less that world domination?

    I agree we have the best squad for years,
    decades even, but even I am beginning to
    question APs performance.

    A lot of the Bulls**t he comes out with –
    it’s what he has to do.
    But – The manager’s prime role is to get
    the best out of the players.
    He isn’t achieving that.

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Aug 24, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Comment #26

    @Jimiley – his business ambition is exactly the reason his footballing ambition is so mediocre!

    It seems he simply wants us to remain in the premier league. Minimum expenditure for maximum results- i.e. SportsDirect being flashed on screens all over the world everytime a big club comes to St. James’!

    He doesn’t want to waste his money on something (advancing up the league) which would only improve his coverage minimally. Champions league would be great but i don’t think he really wants Europa league as it’s not high profile enough.

    I can’t believe you actually wrote that comment. It seemed to actually attempt to say “He’s TOO ambitious to be doing silly things like buying better players!”.

    I can’t believe you are proud of his wealth! It’s just another kick in the teeth. He has all this money and still won’t spend any. It’s not a toy to him like Abramovich- it’s a calculated business investment. There’s no sentimental value. I don’t even think there’s any hobby/ enjoyment value now.

    I hope you see this and reply as I would love to hear what you say.

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  • Mac

    Aug 24, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #27

    An article and a very good article was written in the times. I am assuming people in on this blog read the times and not just the red tops anyway players are responsible for results not the manager. Chelsea dominated the prem why? They had the best players. Arse dominated the prem why they had the best players man u dominated why? There seems to be a pattern they had the best players. Yes I agree we did almost get relegated last season but sureeelllllyyy any and I mean anyone caj see that had to wth our BEST players being injured and over streached due to an extra competition. Moyes nearly got Everton relegated in his second season? ???? Is he a bad manager????? His chairman didn’t spend millliiioooonnnss yet fans stood by him. What’s his job now?????* Jose didn’t win the league in Spain at every time of asking. Is he a bad manager???????? Pardew is the same manager that guided us to 5th, people wanting rid of him is absolutely ridiculous, and to relace him with someone that was sacked from a league one side. Seriously. And you wonder why we’re a laughing stock when fans have that opinion.

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  • Mac

    Aug 24, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #28

    I apologise for the miss spelling. Long flight big fingers

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Aug 24, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #29

    @Mac – Of course the players make the difference! I don’t think that needs to be said lol.

    However, by making decisions a manager can make the team perform better/ worse depending on how intelligent those choices are. Innovation and creativity can also provide techniques or ideas which which completely surprise the opposition and therefore get a surprise result against a much stronger team.

    The fact that, as you say, we have a good first 11 highlights the fact that our results have not been up to par- even accounting for injuries. That would suggest to me that those decisions being made have been poor.

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  • gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb)

    Aug 24, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #30

    *Sorry for double post!

    You can’t have it both ways that the players are the deciding factor relieving the manager’s pressure yet still say ” Pardew is the same manager that guided us to 5th”.

    And, before it possibly comes, I’ll say that I don’t want Pardew sacked now. I simply want him to do different things. What he has been doing repeatedly, every game (Hoofy hoof, Shola on at 65 mins, floated corners etc.), has not been successful.

    If he doesn’t try new things by november time then I would like him gone as he clearly won’t/ can’t change or can’t come up with any new ideas.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Aug 24, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Mac @27 – its up to the manager to install the fire, set up the team each week, make the tactical dicisions when he needs to, get the best out of HIS team and keep the loyal geordies happy and in the loop with what is going on within OUR club…

    Pardew fails on all of the above.

    Imagine a top manager working with our current squad – Huge pottential but set up all wrong!

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  • GeordieRob

    Aug 24, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Good game day morning all,

    That’s really the point though Tom. I think all of us that still favour Pards getting some more time could care less if he got fired and replaced with Hiddink or Heynckes. But that won’t happen under this ownership. You guys have to understand that by now. I mean you’ve got more chance of getting a front three of Messi, Ronaldo & Bale than either of those two names.

    The story of NUFC over the last 10 years is a cautionary tale against those who scream “this is terrible and it can’t get any worse!” How horrible and intolerable to just miss out on champions league. Those were the days…

    If Pardew goes, I fear we’ll end up with Kinnear or Pulis! It won’t be some continental style technician. That much I am sure of. It’s a choice of the devil you know versus the devil you don’t and at this point I’ll stick with Pards. If he gets fired, I think a number of us will wish it didn’t happen in years to come.

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  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we will end up signing a 3rd choice goalkeeper.

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  • jackostoon

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning Rob,
    Only posting so you don’t feel neglected, I’m as frustrated as the next Newcastle supporter, but the way I see it is I’ve waited for transfers this long, may as well wait a little longer to see what takes shape, everyday I wake with hope that today will be the day, a tad longer won’t hurt.
    Torq,
    If your up and about, It’s safe, for now.

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  • jackostoon

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Dodger,
    You can never have enough keepers lol

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #36

    I wouldn’t put all my money on us making any signings this window…the closer we get to the end the bigger the chance are for a panic signing!

    …never the less signings are not really going to change what we see on the pitch (that’s for Pardew to change)

    Morning everyone!

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #37

    Im thinking back in for Gomis last day of the window and thats it. Then 1-3 players in during January depending on our league position.

    I hope the lads are up for it today. Want to see some fight. I think if the crowd get behind them we’ll be fine. Its a big if right now though.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Guys The good news is

    There is no Bad news

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  • gar69

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #39

    The problem with pardew is he consistently picks Taylor and Gutierrez when fit. If he persists with the wrong team selection and tactics then in my opinion we have no chance of having a good season. The team is full of good players, who for whatever reason aren’t playing to their full potential. Leaving marveaux on the bench is criminal. As for the rest of the management well what can you say, Ashley has no intention of investing serious money and has no ambition. kinnear is out of his depth. I hope they have a change of heart and sign a couple of good players but I can’t see it. Other clubs have no problems signing players, so why the problems with us.

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  • GeordieRob

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Morning Jackostoon

    I think the only way we’ll become a powerful player again with this regime is though youth development like Dortmund. Sure they sign well too, but that’s only to supplement their own players.

    For all of Graeme Carr’s good work, we still don’t seem to be able to pick good kids up. And we’re just as poor at developing them. But I’ll call it a work in progress thus far. Kids don’t develop overnight so it may be the nature of the beast…

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